In recent years, fossil fuels have become something of a pariah in American politics. Class action suits, perhaps most famously Juliana v. United States, echo the lawsuits that broke the tobacco trust. Spearheaded by either youth activists or coastal cities, such lawsuits basically argue that Big Oil should be liable for the damage it has done to the planet. And, like Thalidomide or Big Tobacco, it should pay for its public deception about the true danger of its products, as its decades-long campaign of climate denial finally collapses.
Billy Graham passed away peacefully last Wednesday. In his almost century of life, his charisma had taken him across countless continents and cultures. His role as spiritual advisor to Ronald Reagan was so subtly seismic that we will likely feel the ripples of his preaching in American politics for decades to come.
Walter Naegle, a Fordham alumnus, was the long-term partner of Bayard Rustin, the civil rights leader who served as chief strategist of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, and mentored Dr. King in practical non-violence. In this interview, Mr. Naegle reflects on his life in NYC, the progress of LGBT rights at Fordham, and Rustin’s lasting legacy.
OutSummit is the annual gathering of OutRight Action International, one of just a handful of LGBTI advocacy groups with U.N. consulting status. The group addresses a kaleidoscopic range of issues, from trans rights in Germany, to eco-feminism in Fiji, to the criminalization of gay men in East Africa and elsewhere around the world. Founded in 1990 as the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, OutRight is also one of the oldest LGBTI advocacy groups in the United States, serving as an underwriter to countless crucial human rights rulings, and carries its clout with pride.
New FBI classifications reinforce patterns of racial suppression