Monica Pottslearns more about coastal cleanup efforts:
In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Sharon Hanshaw realized the women in her East Biloxi, Mississippi, community needed a political voice to counteract the big developers and casino owners who took the lead in reconstruction efforts. She helped found the group Coastal Women for Change and now serves as its executive director. Hanshaw and other East Biloxi women work to communicate with their local and national political representatives and keep the community informed on what it needs to know to rebuild.
Fifty years ago today, a white mob attacked a busload of freedom riders in Montgomery, Alabama. Yesterday, Tea Party Senate candidate Rand Paul said he opposed the provisions of the 1964 Civil Rights Act that barred businesses from discriminating against blacks -- a position he backed down from today.