Civil Rights

Younger AAPI Taking the Helm to Combat Anti-Asian Violence
Civil Rights
Younger AAPI Taking the Helm to Combat Anti-Asian Violence
2021-04-14 14:05:10
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON DC — For Michigan State Sen. Stephanie Chang it has been hard to find words to explain the violence and senseless killings of the last several months to her mixed-race six-year-old daughter.  “She’s Asian and Black and I want... Read More

Racial and Environmental Justice at ‘Historic Inflection Point’
Political News
Racial and Environmental Justice at ‘Historic Inflection Point’
2021-04-12 16:28:05
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — Senator Ed Markey remembers growing up and playing in his neighborhood about four blocks from the Malden River in Massachusetts. He would get near, but never in the river; he was taught not to swim in it from... Read More

Eritrean Forces Exit Tigray Over G7 Concerns About Human Rights Abuses
International
Eritrean Forces Exit Tigray Over G7 Concerns About Human Rights Abuses
2021-04-06 13:05:40
by Daniel Mollenkamp

The G7 issued a statement expressing concern over human rights abuses in Tigray at the end of last week. Since then, Eritrean forces have begun to withdraw from Tigray, according to information from the Ethiopian Foreign Ministry, as reported by... Read More

Reversing Trump, Pentagon Releases New Transgender Policies
Military
Reversing Trump, Pentagon Releases New Transgender Policies

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon on Wednesday swept away Trump-era policies that largely banned transgender people from serving in the military, issuing new rules that offer them wider access to medical care and assistance with gender transition. The new department... Read More

America Pledges $80 Million in Aid for Sahel Crisis
Foreign Affairs
America Pledges $80 Million in Aid for Sahel Crisis
2021-03-24 13:13:58
by Daniel Mollenkamp

At the Coalition for the Sahel Ministerial on Friday, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale announced American commitments of more than $80 million for relief to the crisis in the central Sahel. Of the $80 million in... Read More

New York City Unveils 'First Ever' Racial Justice Commission
Cities
New York City Unveils 'First Ever' Racial Justice Commission
2021-03-23 19:39:37
by TWN Staff

NEW YORK - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled a new racial justice commission Tuesday, which he said will be tasked with targeting and dismantling structural and institutional racism across the city. At the same time the new... Read More

AARP Endorses Bipartisan Bill Protecting Older Workers
Employment
AARP Endorses Bipartisan Bill Protecting Older Workers
2021-03-22 15:53:32
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - AARP has endorsed bipartisan legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives that would strengthen protections against age discrimination in the workplace. The Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act is intended to reverse a 2009 U.S. Supreme Court decision... Read More

Asian Americans Seek Protection Against Hate Crimes
Law Enforcement
Asian Americans Seek Protection Against Hate Crimes
2021-03-18 22:29:50
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- The day before actor Daniel Dae Kim testified to Congress Thursday about hate crimes against Asian Americans, he talked about an attack on his sister while he was being interviewed on CNN. “She was running in her own... Read More

Biden Order Could Change How Colleges Handle Sex Misconduct
Education
Biden Order Could Change How Colleges Handle Sex Misconduct

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is set to sign an executive order on Monday directing the Department of Education to review policies implemented by Donald Trump's administration, including changes to Title IX regulations that prohibit sex discrimination in federally... Read More

George Floyd Justice in Policing Act Passes in House
Congress
George Floyd Justice in Policing Act Passes in House
2021-03-04 20:32:44
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives passed the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act on Wednesday by a margin of 220 in favor and 212 opposed.  The bill was named after the Minneapolis man killed during an arrest in May... Read More

Library of Congress Acquires Rodney King Courtroom Sketches
Congress
Library of Congress Acquires Rodney King Courtroom Sketches
2021-03-03 16:43:19
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - Thirty years ago today, on March 3, 1991, a Los Angeles motorist named Rodney King was severely beaten by four White police officers wielding metal batons, an event that would ultimately seal his place in recent civil rights history.  This... Read More

House Votes to Expand Legal Safeguards for LGBTQ People
Civil Rights
House Votes to Expand Legal Safeguards for LGBTQ People

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic-led House passed a bill Thursday that would enshrine LGBTQ protections in the nation's labor and civil rights laws, a top priority of President Joe Biden, though the legislation faces an uphill battle in the Senate.The... Read More

Inspector General Report Says US Efforts at Gender Equality in Afghanistan Produced 'Mixed Results'
Military
Inspector General Report Says US Efforts at Gender Equality in Afghanistan Produced 'Mixed Results'
2021-02-19 15:31:23
by Daniel Mollenkamp

WASHINGTON- A report from the Office of the Inspector General recommended that America make safeguarding women's rights in Afghanistan a top priority, describing the fragile nature of gains in equality in the region. The U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan... Read More

Civil Rights Activists Advocate for African American Reparations
Congress
Civil Rights Activists Advocate for African American Reparations
2021-02-18 15:30:44
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Witnesses at a congressional hearing Wednesday said the African American community should receive reparations for the inequality and bigotry that started with slavery but continues now. They were speaking in support of a recently reintroduced bill that would... Read More

Columbus, Ohio, City Council Passes Police Reform Policy
Cities
Columbus, Ohio, City Council Passes Police Reform Policy
2021-02-09 20:09:40
by Dan McCue

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Less than two months after the fatal shooting of an unarmed Black man by a Columbus police officer, the City Council last week passed a comprehensive police reform policy it hopes will reduce the number of police-involved... Read More

Biden to Drop Trump's Military Transgender Ban
Military
Biden to Drop Trump's Military Transgender Ban

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is set to issue an executive order to reverse a Pentagon policy that largely bars transgender individuals from joining the military, dumping a ban ordered by President Donald Trump in a tweet during his... Read More

US Lawmakers Unveil Anti-Slavery Constitutional Amendment
Civil Rights
US Lawmakers Unveil Anti-Slavery Constitutional Amendment

NEW YORK (AP) — National lawmakers introduced a joint resolution Wednesday aimed at striking language from the U.S. Constitution that enshrines a form of slavery in America’s foundational documents. The resolution, spearheaded and supported by Democratic members of the House... Read More

NAACP President: ‘We Are the Owners of This Government,’ Not Its Victims
Civil Rights
NAACP President: ‘We Are the Owners of This Government,’ Not Its Victims
2020-11-11 15:59:36
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — Derrick Johnson, president and CEO of NAACP, was the special guest this week at the Meridian International Center, a non-partisan center for diplomacy and global leadership. He shared his perspective on recent general election results including their impact... Read More

Supreme Court Blocks Injured Officer's Suit Against Leader of Black Lives Matter Rally
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Blocks Injured Officer's Suit Against Leader of Black Lives Matter Rally

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday set aside an appeals court ruling by a panel of conservative judges that held an injured police officer could sue and win damages from the leader of a Black Lives Matter protest rally. The case had raised alarms... Read More

Chicago 7 Prosecutor: 'They Were Going to Try to Destroy Our Trial. And They Did a Damn Good Job'
Civil Rights
Chicago 7 Prosecutor: 'They Were Going to Try to Destroy Our Trial. And They Did a Damn Good Job'

CHICAGO — Even five decades later, former federal prosecutor Dick Schultz has a pretty good idea of when the legendary Chicago 7 trial started to go off the rails: during the testimony of the very first witness. That day in September 1969, U.S. District Judge Julius Hoffman halted... Read More

Prosecutors Say They Won’t Enforce Anti-Abortion Laws as Protests Spread
Civil Rights
Prosecutors Say They Won’t Enforce Anti-Abortion Laws as Protests Spread
2020-10-19 14:26:23
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- A nationwide coalition of prosecutors is pledging not to enforce anti-abortion laws as protests spread against a Supreme Court nominee who is a staunch abortion opponent. They issued their “Joint Statement from Elected Prosecutors” last week during Supreme... Read More

Supreme Court Refuses to Halt By-Mail Abortion Pills
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Refuses to Halt By-Mail Abortion Pills

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court let women, for now, keep obtaining abortion-inducing pills by mail during the COVID-19 pandemic, deferring action on a Trump administration request to reinstate a requirement that patients visit a medical facility. In an unsigned,... Read More

Act Restores Private Right to Sue on Discriminatory Educational Practices
Education
Act Restores Private Right to Sue on Discriminatory Educational Practices
2020-09-17 13:49:04
by Sara Wilkerson

WASHINGTON - The House passed the Equity and Inclusion Enforcement Act (EIEA), legislation on Wednesday that will restore students’ and parents’ right to hold schools accountable for racial discrimination under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The... Read More

Congressional Resolution Supporting Asians Seeks to Protect Against COVID-19 Hate Crimes
Congress
Congressional Resolution Supporting Asians Seeks to Protect Against COVID-19 Hate Crimes
2020-09-14 21:08:10
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- A congressional resolution that started Monday as a condemnation of hate crimes against Asians quickly turned into a dispute over who should be blamed for the devastation caused by coronavirus. Democrats blamed President Donald Trump for mishandling the... Read More

Cities Urge Supreme Court to Uphold Anti-Discrimination Protections
Supreme Court
Cities Urge Supreme Court to Uphold Anti-Discrimination Protections
2020-09-14 20:40:32
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Conference of Mayors and a coalition of leaders from smaller municipalities are urging the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold protections against discrimination in the delivery of government services. The court is currently scheduled to hear the... Read More

Black Mechanics Sue Mitsubishi Electric for Harassment, Discrimination in Workplace
Employment
Black Mechanics Sue Mitsubishi Electric for Harassment, Discrimination in Workplace
2020-09-11 18:20:09
by Reece Nations

OAKLAND, Calif.– Four plaintiffs in a recently-filed California lawsuit allege they endured verbal harassment and discrimination by their supervisors at Mitsubishi Electric U.S., Inc. LeiRoi Bowie, Gabriel Ross, Lavell Roberson and Craig Martin, all plaintiffs in the suit, were consistently... Read More

Battle Being Waged Over Free Speech
Employment
Battle Being Waged Over Free Speech
2020-09-08 15:10:02
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — According to the American Conservation Society, conservatives are using the First Amendment to challenge progressive legislation. They assert that the Free Speech Clause is being used by corporate and right-wing interests to undermine progressive efforts in areas such... Read More

Marijuana, Discrimination Bills on House’s September Agenda
Congress
Marijuana, Discrimination Bills on House’s September Agenda

WASHINGTON — House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer laid out the chamber’s agenda for September, including marijuana legislation and anti-discrimination bills, but in a letter to colleagues Monday he acknowledged that there is no appropriations deal in sight as the... Read More

Advocates Still Fighting for Equality on 19th Amendment Centennial
Civil Rights
Advocates Still Fighting for Equality on 19th Amendment Centennial
2020-08-27 19:42:03
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON - Even as the White House was bedecked in gold and purple to commemorate the Centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, activists and scholars continued to contemplate the ongoing fight for women’s equality. On August 26, designated... Read More

Heeding Mom, Tennessee Lawmaker Helped Women Gain the Vote
Civil Rights
Heeding Mom, Tennessee Lawmaker Helped Women Gain the Vote

One hundred years ago this month, women in the United States were guaranteed the right to vote with ratification of the 19th Amendment — secured by a 24-year-old Tennessee legislator's decisive vote, cast at the bidding of his mother. Harry... Read More

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