In the waning days of 1964, University of California, Berkeley, students inspired by the fight for racial equality found their collective voice in challenging a campus ban on political advocacy.
On Dec. 2, following weeks of demonstrations and failed negotiations, more than 1,000 students took over the administration building in what would be the apex of the Free Speech Movement.
The national fundraising drive known as "Giving Tuesday" is having a growing impact for nonprofit groups, with nearly $46 million raised for charity over a 24-hour period, according to initial numbers released on Dec. 3.
The Giving Tuesday effort is driven largely by social media and online giving campaigns. It was started in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y in New York City and the United Nations Foundation to kickstart the critical holiday giving season after Thanksgiving.
The U.S. Labor Department on Dec. 3 announced the final rule for the federal government incorporating the executive order signed earlier this year by President Barack Obama prohibiting workplace discrimination against transgender federal employees and LGBT employees of federal contractors.
“Thanks to the strong leadership of the Obama administration and the tireless work of equality advocates, transgender federal employees and LGBT employees of federal contractors are now guaranteed basic protections from discrimination in the workplace,” said David Stacy, government affairs director for the Human Rights Campaign.
Nobel Peace Prize winners Malala Yousafzai from Pakistan and Kailash Satyarthi of India have stressed the importance of uniting people across borders and religions by educating children and freeing them from poverty.
The 17-year-old Malala, who was shot in the head two years ago for insisting that girls have as much right to education as boys, says it is "not only the right but the duty of children" to be educated.
Four people were stabbed on an Amtrak train traveling from Chicago to Port Huron, Michigan.
President Barack Obama says a decision by a New York grand jury not to indict a white police officer in the alleged chokehold death of an unarmed black man underscores the need to strengthen the trust and accountability between communities and law enforcement.
The Miami-Dade County Commission voted on Dec. 2 to amend the existing human rights ordinance to prohibit discrimination in housing, public accommodations and employment based on gender identity or gender expression.
The vote was 8-3.
The Obama administration issued guidelines on Dec. 8 that restrict the ability of federal law enforcement agencies to profile on the basis of religion, national origin and other characteristics, protocols the Justice Department hopes could be a model for local departments as the nation tackles questions about the role race plays in policing.
The policy, which replaces decade-old guidelines established under the Bush administration, also will require federal agencies to provide training and to collect data on complaints.
A judge has suspended enforcement of a South Florida city's law that restricts the public feeding of homeless people for 30 days and ordered mediation on the issue.
The ordinance is aimed at keeping people from feeding the homeless in parks and other public places in Fort Lauderdale.