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Civil Liberties

NAM original coverage, youth media stories, and ethnic media articles on civil liberties and rights. For more information on NAM civil liberties coverage, contact Sandip Roy at sroy [at] newamericamedia [dot] org.

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Murder of Gay Puerto Rican Teen Generates Talk of Equality

YO! Youth Outlook Multimedia, Commentary, Various authors, Nov 21, 2009

Last weekend in Puerto Rico, Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado, a 19-year-old gay teen was found decapitated, partially burned, and mutilated and left by the side of a road. Youth Outlook asked young people their reactions to the brutal murder.

New America Now: Health Care Special

New America Now, Audio, Nov 21, 2009

As the health care reform bill heads to the Senate, New America Now presents a special on Health Care in the United States.

Indian Summit, Defamation, Revolution & Romance

New America Now, Audio, Nov 13, 2009

This Week on New America Now: Obama holds a historic summit with Native American tribes, Yoav Shamir discusses his new documentary tackling anti-Semitism, and Carolina De Robertis talks about her book Revolution and Romance.

Wherever There's a Fight

New America Now, Audio, Sandip Roy, Nov 09, 2009

Stan Yogi discusses his novel, Wherever There's A Fight: How runaway Slaves, Suffragists, Immigrants, Strikers, and Poets Shaped Civil Liberties in California.

San Jose Beating, California Civil Liberties, and Armenian Folk Music

New America Now, Audio, Nov 06, 2009

Raj Jayadev discusses the San Jose Police beating, Stan Yogi is co-author of a new book about the history of civil liberties in California, and Hasmik Hartyunyan is an Armenian folk singer.

California Weighs Maine Vote on Gay Marriage

New America Media, News Report, Sandip Roy, Nov 04, 2009

Now that Maine voters have struck down same sex marriage, activists in California are wondering what lessons to take back home. Activists here were split over whether to take on same sex marriage again in 2010 or 2012. Maine, for many, was the dress rehearsal.

Funeral Held for Slain Mosque Leader, Questions Remain

Final Call, News Report, Ashahed M. Muhammad, Nov 03, 2009

Imam Luqman Ameen Abdullah the 53-year old leader of Masjid Al-Haqq was gunned down by FBI agents on October 28 after a raid on a warehouse just outside of Detroit.

ACLU Report Says Guidelines Needed for Police in Schools

San Francisco Bayview, News Report, Will Matthews, Nov 03, 2009

Allowing police officers to patrol school campuses without specific guidelines outlining their roles and responsibilities can create a harmful environment, according to a study by the American Civil Liberties Union.

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Bernice King Should Publicly Renounce Her Anti-Gay Bigotry

New America Media, Commentary, Earl Ofari Hutchinson, Nov 03, 2009

Civil rights was the issue of the day for Martin Luther King, Jr. Now, it's gay rights. As Bernice King carries on her father's legacy and work, she must renounce her anti-gay bigotry.

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Gay Community Hopes For Accuracy in Census 2010

New America Media, News Report, Erik Fowle, Oct 30, 2009

For the LGBT community, the 2010 Census will be a big leap forward. When gay couples record themselves as being married, or as unmarried partners to persons of the same sex, their original answers will finally be retained.

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