Civil Rights

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

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