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Clyburn Predicts August Return to Vote on Reform Legislation
Congress
Clyburn Predicts August Return to Vote on Reform Legislation
2021-07-29 14:39:45
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON -- Reciting Thomas Paine’s The American Crisis from memory, Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C., philosophized about fair weather patriots in America today during a discussion with Axios. Claiming that some people only “love the country when everything is going... Read More

State Lawmakers Work to Strip Old 'Whites Only' Covenants
In The States
State Lawmakers Work to Strip Old 'Whites Only' Covenants

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Fred Ware and his son were researching the history of the home he's owned in the Hartford suburbs since 1950 when they discovered something far uglier than they expected.  Tucked in a list of rules on... Read More

Keeping Big Brother in Check: Facial Recognition Technology
Technology
Keeping Big Brother in Check: Facial Recognition Technology
2021-07-28 13:23:01
by Victoria Turner

Biometric technology identifies you based on your biological characteristics: your fingerprint, your iris, your face.  It can even measure how you walk, your gait, said Steve Crown, vice president and general counsel at Microsoft, during Tuesday’s Center for Strategic &... Read More

Facial Recognition Tech Threatens Human Rights, Needs Oversight
Technology
Facial Recognition Tech Threatens Human Rights, Needs Oversight
2021-07-27 20:00:48
by Daniel Mollenkamp

WASHINGTON -- A new two-part study from the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a D.C.-based national security think tank, has said that civilian and judicial oversight will be crucial to limiting the potential human rights abuses from government use... Read More

Biden, Harris Celebrate Americans with Disabilities Act
Civil Rights
Biden, Harris Celebrate Americans with Disabilities Act
2021-07-27 12:55:31
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- President Joe Biden celebrated the 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act Monday and announced new guidance suggesting long-term COVID-19 could be considered a disability in some cases under federal civil rights laws.  “For our nation, the... Read More

ACLU Sues to Block Texas Abortion Ban
In The States
ACLU Sues to Block Texas Abortion Ban
2021-07-14 18:50:44
by Dan McCue

The American Civil Liberties Union on Monday sued the state of Texas to block “radical” new abortion restrictions currently set to take effect on Sept. 1. The ACLU filed the lawsuit on behalf of Texas abortion providers -- led by... Read More

U.S. Names China, Ethiopia, Myanmar In Genocide Prevention Report
Geopolitics
U.S. Names China, Ethiopia, Myanmar In Genocide Prevention Report
2021-07-13 19:52:09
by Daniel Mollenkamp

A report from the U.S. voiced concern over ongoing human rights abuses, which the U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, at a press conference on Monday characterized as an attempt to apply international pressure to stop atrocities. In the 2021... Read More

Battle Over Abortion Bill in South Carolina Continues
In The States
Battle Over Abortion Bill in South Carolina Continues
2021-07-08 17:48:02
by Ansley Puckett

COLUMBIA, S.C.- South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster and others have appealed a federal court’s preliminary injunction preventing them implementing a ban on the abortion of a fetus with a detectable heartbeat. McMaster signed the South Carolina Fetal Heartbeat and Protection... Read More

Attorneys for Britney Spears Resign From Conservatorship Case
Law
Attorneys for Britney Spears Resign From Conservatorship Case
2021-07-08 13:08:25
by Tom Ramstack

The court-appointed attorneys representing Britney Spears in her conservatorship case resigned Tuesday after the pop icon asked a judge for permission to hire her own counsel. The high-profile case is testing whether California's conservatorship laws protect the wealthy celebrities they... Read More

Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Deaf Woman’s Emotional Distress Suit
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Deaf Woman’s Emotional Distress Suit
2021-07-06 20:04:24
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court plans to hear a case in its next term that could expand rights of discrimination victims to collect compensation for "emotional distress." A ruling that allows the compensation could widely broaden the liability for... Read More

Fighting for Reproductive Justice as #freebritney Ignites Debate
Law
Fighting for Reproductive Justice as #freebritney Ignites Debate
2021-07-06 13:42:05
by Alexa Hornbeck

The hashtag “#freebritney” has recently been flooding social media channels after the pop sensation claimed her 2008 court-mandated conservatorship withheld her from removing her intrauterine device, hindering her ability to reproduce, an issue which has been at the heart of... Read More

$1.5M in Grants Available to Empower Women Workers on Labor Rights
Employment
$1.5M in Grants Available to Empower Women Workers on Labor Rights
2021-06-28 19:25:48
by Victoria Turner

The Labor Department has made $1.5 million available to all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to develop partnerships with community-based organizations and other non-profits seeking to empower women workers by strengthening their... Read More

Chauvin Sentenced to 22.5 Years for Murder of George Floyd
Criminal Justice
Chauvin Sentenced to 22.5 Years for Murder of George Floyd
2021-06-25 21:06:04
by Dan McCue

MINNEAPOLIS - Former Minnesota police officer Derek Chauvin was sentenced to 22 and a half years in prison on Friday for the widely publicized murder of George Floyd outside a Minneapolis bodega. The sentence, delivered by Judge Peter Cahill of... Read More

Supreme Court Sides With Cursing Cheerleader Over Snapchat Post
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Sides With Cursing Cheerleader Over Snapchat Post
2021-06-23 15:32:39
by Dan McCue

The Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that a Pennsylvania school district violated the First Amendment by punishing a student over a vulgar social-media rant sent away from school grounds. The vote was 8 to 1, with Justice Clarence Thomas dissenting.... Read More

Future of Remaining Confederate Symbols Topic of Roundtable
In The News
Future of Remaining Confederate Symbols Topic of Roundtable
2021-06-16 20:26:47
by Brock Blasdell

The future of the nation’s remaining symbols of the Confederacy could be decided at an upcoming POV roundtable hosted by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The Facebook live event, whose date marks the sixth anniversary of the mass shooting at... Read More

Department of Education Confirms Title IX Protects Gay and Transgender Students
Civil Rights
Department of Education Confirms Title IX Protects Gay and Transgender Students
2021-06-16 20:12:01
by Ansley Puckett

WASHINGTON- The U.S. Department of Education confirmed Wednesday that Title IX protects students from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination based on sex in any educational activity or... Read More

Biden to Honor Forgotten Victims of Tulsa Race Massacre
Civil Rights
Biden to Honor Forgotten Victims of Tulsa Race Massacre

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will take part in a remembrance of one of the nation's darkest — and largely forgotten — moments of racial violence when he helps commemorate the 100th anniversary of the destruction of a thriving... Read More

‘We Are Not a Monolith’: Understanding Mass Diversity Key to Winning Over APPI Voters
Political News
‘We Are Not a Monolith’: Understanding Mass Diversity Key to Winning Over APPI Voters
2021-05-28 19:13:52
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage month may be wrapping up, but the APPI community is pledging to come together to speak up, speak out, and be heard as perhaps never before.  There has been recognition of APPI heritage... Read More

Civil Rights Advocates Ask Congress to Protect Voting Rights
Congress
Civil Rights Advocates Ask Congress to Protect Voting Rights
2021-05-28 14:36:49
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Civil rights attorneys advocated for an update to the federal Voting Rights Act Thursday as the uproar instigated by former President Donald Trump over fair elections continues to create turmoil in Congress. They blamed outdated language in the... Read More

Texas Governor Signs Law Banning Abortions as Early as Six Weeks
In The States
Texas Governor Signs Law Banning Abortions as Early as Six Weeks
2021-05-19 20:50:28
by Alexa Hornbeck

AUSTIN, Texas - Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law on Wednesday a bill that not only bans abortions in the state before many women know they are pregnant, but, in a unique twist, gives private citizens the right to... Read More

Expanding Access to Methadone Treatment in Jails and Prisons
Discrimination
Expanding Access to Methadone Treatment in Jails and Prisons
2021-05-19 12:15:00
by Alexa Hornbeck

The ACLU of Illinois held a media availability this week with Christine Finnigan, who continued to receive her 'medically, necessary physician-prescribed methadone treatment' in DuPage County Jail following a lawsuit brought against the DuPage Sheriff's Office by the American Civil... Read More

Supreme Court Throws Abortion Fight Into Center of Midterms
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Throws Abortion Fight Into Center of Midterms

WASHINGTON (AP) — In agreeing to hear a potentially groundbreaking abortion case, the Supreme Court has energized activists on both sides of the long-running debate who are now girding to make abortion access a major issue in next year's midterm... Read More

Pennsylvania Voters to Decide Racial Equity Amendment
In The States
Pennsylvania Voters to Decide Racial Equity Amendment

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Protests over George Floyd's killing at the hands of Minneapolis police were raging across the country last June when a Democratic lawmaker took to the floor of the Pennsylvania Senate to argue for greater protections against... Read More

Biden Strengthens Protections for LGBTQ Health Care
Health
Biden Strengthens Protections for LGBTQ Health Care
2021-05-11 12:50:47
by Alexa Hornbeck

The Biden Administration announced Monday it will interpret federal non-discrimination provisions as protecting the LGBTQ community against discrimination in health care.   The move, which was announced through the Department of Health and Human Services, means the Office for Civil Rights... Read More

Senate OKs Bill to Fight Hate Crimes Against Asian Americans
Congress
Senate OKs Bill to Fight Hate Crimes Against Asian Americans

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Thursday overwhelmingly passed a bill that would help combat the rise of hate crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, a bipartisan denunciation of such violence during the coronavirus pandemic and a modest step... Read More

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

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