Civil Rights, Privacy Issues, USA Patriot Act
Pros & Cons of Gun Ownership & Use Laws for Individuals
This article presents an overview of the pros/cons and the politics of U.S. gun ownership and use laws. About 80 million Americans, representing half of U.S. homes, own more than 223 million guns.
Pros & Cons of Legalizing Marijuana
Presents the pros and cons of legalization of marijuana, both for medicinal purposes and for recreational use. Also evaluates the likelihood that President Obama will decriminalize the sale and use of marijuana.
Why Should Marijuana Be Legalized?
Readers share thoughts on whether or not marijuana sale and possession should be legalized.
How Should Gun Control Laws Be Changed?
Readers share their thoughts about why and how existing U.S. gun control laws should be changed.
President Obama's Civil Rights "Guiding Principles"
Summary of President Obama's basic goals and principles for civil rights policies and plans under his administration.
Sen. Barack Obama's Remarks about Martin Luther King, Jr.
The complete text of the remarks of U.S. Senator Barack Obama delivered at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Groundbreaking Ceremony on November 13, 2006.
Lesser Known Wise & Prophetic Words of Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a Baptist minister, was the best-known leader of the U.S. civil rights movement. The crowning achievements of Dr. King's drive for equality for all Americans were the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" Speech
Presents the text of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech, delivered on August 28, 1963 at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. as part of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Historians consider one of the greatest of American political speeches.
Profile of Coretta Scott King, Human Rights Advocate
Coretta Scott King, widow of civil rights leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner Martin Luther King, Jr. was a tireless, profoundly effective advocate for human rights in her own right. For decades, she was CEO of the King Center she founded to continue her husband's ministry of nonviolent social change.
Obama Campaign Promises: Civil Liberties & Rights
An overview of Barack Obama's policies and plans on U.S. civil liberties and rights.
Barack Obama's Courageous Speech on Race & Faith
Courageous remarks entitled "A More Perfect Union" by Sen. Barack Obama on March 18th, 2008 in Philadelphia.
Cesar Chavez, Latino Champion of Civil Rights & Fairness
Cesar Chavez, one of America's great civil rights leaders, never earned more than $6,000 in a year. Feted by Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr, honored by President Bill Clinton, Chavez did much to secure better wages, health care and working conditions for migrant farm workers.
The Failing US Report Card on 9/11 Commission Recommends
On December 5, 2005, the 9/11 Commission, composed of four Republicans and four Democrats, issued its final report, accompanied by a summarized report card, on the status federal government implementation of its 41 basic recommendations to deter another catastrophic attack on the US homeland. This article presents that summarized "Final Report Card on 9/11 Commission Recommendations."
The USA Patriot Act of 2001
The Electronic Privacy Information Center site maintains this complete archive of material concerning the USA Patriot Act, passed by Congress and signed by President Bush in October 2001. Read the text of the USA Patriot Act here.
Bill of Rights Defense Committee Opposing the USA Patriot Act
The Bill of Rights Defense Committee encourages communities to take an active role in an ongoing national debate about the USA Patriot Act and other antiterrorism measures that threaten civil liberties guaranteed by the Bill of Rights. With BORDC support, 4 states and 364 cities and counties have passed resolutions to protect their 56 million residents' civil liberties.
United States Constitution
Reread the text of the United States Constitution to refresh your memory of our Constitutional rights and guarantees.
United States Bill of Rights
Reread the United States Bill of Rights, which includes 27 amendments to the constitution. Among rights guaranteed by the Bill of Rights are the freedom of speech and press, the right of peaceable assembly, the right to a a trial by jury, the right to bear arms, and the right to freedom of worship.