Patricia Miller Gives a Brief History of Abortion on State of Belief

Patricia Miller was interviewed on the show State of Belief with Rev. Welton Gaddy about the history of the “Scarlet ‘A’” in America—abortion. Her book, Good Catholics: The Battle over Abortion in the Catholic Church, tells the story of the remarkable individuals who have engaged in a nearly fifty-year struggle to assert the moral legitimacy [more...]


Doing Public Sociology During Hard Times for Immigrant Women

Guest post by Cecilia Menjívar

The prison is in the middle of nowhere, in the desert, about 45 minutes from Phoenix. To enter it, I had to go through a gate with barb wire and two additional fences before reaching the building where this privately-run prison is located. Once inside the building, I went through a [more...]


The Radical Roots of Pride Month

As we celebrate GLBT Pride Month, Executive Editor Niels Hooper looks back at the radical movements throughout history that expanded and redefined notions of gender and queer culture.

Guest post by Niels Hooper

June is traditionally Gay Pride or GLBT Pride month, and countless smaller towns—and Los Angeles— have already held their pride celebrations so as not to [more...]


Mignon Moore Shares the Story of Her Family in The Huffington Post

Mignon Moore’s research is personal. Her book Invisible Families explores gay identity and motherhood among African American women, and in this Huffington Post Gay Voices installment, she and her partner Elaine Harley discuss building their families of choice, first by creating community networks for same-gender-loving (SGL) women of color and then by adopting two children through [more...]


When Welfare Leaves Out Fathers

A recent article in the Atlantic cited Kathryn Edin, co-author, with Timothy Nelson, of Doing the Best I Can: Fatherhood in the Inner City, on anti-poverty programs’ effects on poor working fathers. The article is one in a series that attempts to discern the shifting place of the father in America.

Following the example of Frandy, an inner-city father who [more...]


As San Francisco Goes, So Goes the Nation?

Many economists view San Francisco’s labor standards as a model for the rest of the country. From mandatory healthcare expenditures to a high minimum wage, the city has been a “vanguard of progressive local policy efforts,” according to a recent column in the New York Times Economix blog. Pointing to the findings of When Mandates Work, [more...]


Judith Levine Talks Trust and Single Mothers on MSNBC

Judith Levine, author of Ain’t No Trust: How Bosses, Boyfriends, and Bureaucrats Fail Low-Income Mothers and Why It Matters, joined MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry for a panel on the challenges facing single mothers from low-income backgrounds, and what can be done to provide more support. Levine explains how trust (or the lack thereof) undermines policy goals designed to help [more...]


Black Against Empire Goodreads Giveaway

Follow the link and register for your chance to win a free copy of the paperback edition of Black Against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party by Joshua Bloom and Waldo Martin.

In Oakland, California, in 1966, community college students Bobby Seale and Huey Newton armed themselves, began patrolling the police, and promised [more...]


Bow Down to Google? Not So Fast, Says Siva Vaidhyanathan

Do you ever get the feeling Google is ascending to technology overlord status? Siva Vaidhyanathan raises that troubling possibility in a New York Times’ Bits Blog piece about Google’s ever expanding reach and the backlash it now faces from some activist groups. He says,

We’ve been perfectly happy to let Google be the benevolent dictator of [more...]


When Obama and O'Reilly Agree: The Case for Raising the Minimum Wage

San Francisco was also one of the first cities to increase the minimum wage beyond the federal level and mandate better benefits for low-income workers. The wage increase went into effect in 2004, long before the notion of one percenters and the recent wave of wage protests by fast-food and retail workers. And now everyone [more...]