Civil Rights

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
U.S. Constitution
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

2020 Hutchins Forum Hosts Discussion on America’s Racial Reckoning
In The News
2020 Hutchins Forum Hosts Discussion on America’s Racial Reckoning
2020-08-06 13:53:21
by Gracie Kreth

Harvard’s Hutchins Center for African and African American Research and PBS NewsHour co-hosted a discussion Wednesday afternoon about the coronavirus pandemic and the racial reckoning occurring in America and the impact these two simultaneous events will have on the upcoming... Read More

Congress Reviews Police Actions Against Portland and D.C. Protesters
Political News
Congress Reviews Police Actions Against Portland and D.C. Protesters
2020-07-29 14:30:11
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Recent police action against protesters fell under criticism during two congressional hearings Tuesday. Some accusations of wrongdoing were directed at U.S. Attorney General William Barr, who Democratic lawmakers accused of abusing his authority by authorizing excessive force against... Read More

Biden Lays Out Plan to Address Racial Injustice, Slams Trump
2020 Elections
Biden Lays Out Plan to Address Racial Injustice, Slams Trump

Joe Biden on Tuesday unveiled plans for addressing systemic racism that has put Black people and other nonwhite communities at an economic disadvantage, promising “bold, practical investments” to rebuild as the country struggles with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic... Read More

Trump to Keep DACA Protections in Place to Review Court Decision, Reject New Applications
Immigration
Trump to Keep DACA Protections in Place to Review Court Decision, Reject New Applications

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump will allow certain young, undocumented immigrants to renew deportation protections for one year as his administration reviews a Supreme Court decision that blocked his efforts to end a program designed to let them remain in... Read More

Attorney General Barr Defends Response to Protests, His Role in Criminal Cases of Trump Allies
Congress
Attorney General Barr Defends Response to Protests, His Role in Criminal Cases of Trump Allies

WASHINGTON — Attorney General William Barr on Tuesday aggressively defended the federal response to violence and protests at the federal courthouse in Portland, Oregon, and his decision to intercede in criminal cases involving President Donald Trump’s close associates. The attorney... Read More

Standing Together: Heal America Tour to Host Community Discussion on Race, Reform in Minneapolis
In The News
Standing Together: Heal America Tour to Host Community Discussion on Race, Reform in Minneapolis
2020-07-28 21:57:19
by Reece Nations

MINNEAPOLIS - A panel of community leaders will lead a discussion on systemic injustices in Minneapolis, Minn., on Wednesday as a part of the “Heal America Tour”, a series of events designed to spark productive dialogues on inequality in America.... Read More

Mayors Urge Congress to Block Deployment of Federal Troops to Cities
Cities
Mayors Urge Congress to Block Deployment of Federal Troops to Cities
2020-07-28 16:20:00
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Democratic mayors of six U.S. cities have sent a letter to congressional leaders, asking Congress to take steps to bar the federal government from deploying federal agents to municipalities that don’t want them. The letter, sent Monday,... Read More

Rep. John Lewis Honored as ‘The Conscience of the Congress’ in Capitol Ceremony
In The News
Rep. John Lewis Honored as ‘The Conscience of the Congress’ in Capitol Ceremony

  WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. John Lewis is now the first African American to lie in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda, an honor bestowed upon the man who colleagues regard as “the conscience of the Congress.” House Speaker Nancy... Read More

John Lewis to Lie in State in the U.S. Capitol
Congress
John Lewis to Lie in State in the U.S. Capitol
2020-07-24 17:14:12
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. John Lewis will lie in state at the Capitol next week, with the public viewing extended over two days and moved outdoors to allow for social distancing and public health precautions due to COVID-19. After an invitation-only... Read More

Trump Repeals Rule Meant to Integrate Neighborhoods
Civil Rights
Trump Repeals Rule Meant to Integrate Neighborhoods

WASHINGTON — With President Donald Trump facing sagging support in the suburbs, his administration on Thursday targeted an Obama-era affordable housing regulation, the latest in a series of appeals to white voters’ fears of crime and declining property values. The... Read More

NAACP Sues ED For ‘Robbing’ Public Schools of Coronavirus Funding
Education
NAACP Sues ED For ‘Robbing’ Public Schools of Coronavirus Funding
2020-07-23 14:10:06
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON - The NAACP is adding its voice to a broad legal challenge of a rule by the U.S. Department of Education that diverts COVID-19 relief aid away from public schools to benefit private education.  The powerful civil rights organization... Read More

John Lewis, Lion of Civil Rights and Congress, Dies at 80
Congress
John Lewis, Lion of Civil Rights and Congress, Dies at 80

ATLANTA (AP) — John Lewis, a lion of the civil rights movement whose bloody beating by Alabama state troopers in 1965 helped galvanize opposition to racial segregation, and who went on to a long and celebrated career in Congress, has... Read More

Left Out: Ways and Means Committee Releases Report Exploring Health System Inequities
In The News
Left Out: Ways and Means Committee Releases Report Exploring Health System Inequities
2020-07-15 15:38:38
by Reece Nations

Challenges faced by residents of rural and underserved communities regarding barriers to health care were analyzed in a report released by the House Ways and Means Committee. The report, entitled “Left Out: Barriers to Health Equity for Rural and Underserved... Read More

Justices Allow Limited Access to Free Birth Control Under ACA
Supreme Court
Justices Allow Limited Access to Free Birth Control Under ACA
2020-07-08 17:07:44
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a Trump administration regulation that lets employers with religious objections limit women’s access to free birth control under the Affordable Care Act. The 7-2 decision could have a profound, immediate effect on... Read More

Hoyer Says House Will Vote This Month to Remove Bust of 'Dred Scott' Author
Congress
Hoyer Says House Will Vote This Month to Remove Bust of 'Dred Scott' Author
2020-07-02 19:07:55
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer told reporters at his weekly pen and pad session that the House will vote later this month to remove the bust of Chief Justice Roger Taney from the U.S. Capitol. Taney wrote the... Read More

Supreme Court Strikes Down Louisiana Abortion Clinic Law
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Strikes Down Louisiana Abortion Clinic Law
2020-06-29 15:55:18
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Monday struck down a Louisiana law regulating abortion clinics, reasserting a commitment to abortion rights in the first big abortion case of the Trump era. Chief Justice John Roberts joined with the liberal wing... Read More

Study Suggests Climate Change Increasing Pregnancy Issues in Minority Communities
Science
Study Suggests Climate Change Increasing Pregnancy Issues in Minority Communities
2020-06-26 20:07:08
by Jacob Pederson

Climate change is increasing the likelihood of low birth weights, premature births, and stillbirths in minority communities, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The study’s authors said while they found detrimental impacts... Read More

Senate Reaches Impasse on Police Bill, Opening Door to Bipartisan Negotiations
Congress
Senate Reaches Impasse on Police Bill, Opening Door to Bipartisan Negotiations
2020-06-24 19:15:26
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A policing reform bill proposed by the Senate's lone Black Republican failed to garner enough votes to pass on Wednesday after Senate Democrats said its proposed reforms didn't go far enough in the wake of the deaths of... Read More

‘Juneteenth National Independence Day Act’ Would Make June 19 Federal Holiday
In The News
‘Juneteenth National Independence Day Act’ Would Make June 19 Federal Holiday
2020-06-19 18:38:02
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON - New legislation would commemorate June 19 as a federal holiday 155 years after Major Gen. Gordon Granger issued the order signifying the end of slavery in the United States. In accordance with the Emancipation Proclamation, in 1865 Granger... Read More

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