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2021-09-14 18:37:14
by Alexa Hornbeck
Women’s Clinics Outside of Texas See Surge in Abortion Refugees

Clinics outside of Texas are seeing an increase in women traveling across state lines to get abortions only two weeks... Read More

Clinics outside of Texas are seeing an increase in women traveling across state lines to get abortions only two weeks after Senate Bill 8, a Texas law which bans nearly all abortions after six weeks of pregnancy before most women... Read More

Ex-Cops Accused of Violating Floyd's Rights Face Arraignment

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Four former Minneapolis police officers charged with violating George Floyd's civil rights  are scheduled to be arraigned... Read More

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Four former Minneapolis police officers charged with violating George Floyd's civil rights  are scheduled to be arraigned in federal court Tuesday at a hearing that could also address some pretrial motions. A federal grand jury indicted Derek... Read More

2021-09-09 21:09:41
by Dan McCue
Justice Department Sues to Block Texas Abortion Law

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Justice Department on Thursday sued the state of Texas over a newly enacted law that prohibits... Read More

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Justice Department on Thursday sued the state of Texas over a newly enacted law that prohibits nearly all abortions in the state. The move came just days after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to block the... Read More

2021-09-08 20:33:39
by Tom Ramstack
Statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee Removed in Virginia Capital

RICHMOND, Va. -- A statue of General Robert E. Lee that has held a prominent place in the former Confederate... Read More

RICHMOND, Va. -- A statue of General Robert E. Lee that has held a prominent place in the former Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia, for 131 years was taken down Wednesday morning. Disputes over whether the statue is a symbol... Read More

2021-09-08 14:27:32
by Tom Ramstack
Private Companies Join Action Against Texas Abortion Ban

WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department’s pledge on Monday to assist opponents of the new Texas ban on abortion is winning... Read More

WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department’s pledge on Monday to assist opponents of the new Texas ban on abortion is winning more and more supporters among some of the nation’s big name private corporations. The state law enacted in May empowers... Read More

GOP-led States See Texas Law as Model to Restrict Abortions

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Republican states that have passed increasingly tough abortion restrictions only to see them blocked by... Read More

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Republican states that have passed increasingly tough abortion restrictions only to see them blocked by the federal courts have a new template in an unusually written Texas law that represents the most far-reaching curb on... Read More

2021-09-02 20:34:36
by Tom Ramstack
Virginia Supreme Court Reinstates Teacher Opposed to Transgender Policy

RICHMOND, Va. -- The Virginia Supreme Court ruled this week that a public school teacher must be reinstated after he... Read More

RICHMOND, Va. -- The Virginia Supreme Court ruled this week that a public school teacher must be reinstated after he was suspended for refusing to use transgender students’ preferred names and pronouns. The teacher, physical education instructor Tanner Cross, cited... Read More

Divided High Court Leaves Texas Abortion Law in Place

WASHINGTON (AP) — A deeply divided Supreme Court is allowing a Texas law that bans most abortions to remain in... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — A deeply divided Supreme Court is allowing a Texas law that bans most abortions to remain in force, for now stripping most women of the right to an abortion in the nation's second-largest state. The court voted... Read More

Texas 6-Week Abortion Ban Takes Effect, With High Court Mum

A Texas law banning most abortions in the state took effect at midnight, but the Supreme Court has yet to... Read More

A Texas law banning most abortions in the state took effect at midnight, but the Supreme Court has yet to act on an emergency appeal to put the law on hold. If allowed to remain in force, the law would... Read More

2021-08-30 18:43:08
by Dan McCue
Education Dept. Opens Civil Rights Investigations in Five States Over Masking

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights has opened investigations in five states to determine whether... Read More

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights has opened investigations in five states to determine whether statewide prohibitions on the universal indoor wearing of face masks discriminates against students with disabilities. The five states that were... Read More

2021-08-19 13:11:25
by Dan McCue
Ed Dept. to Use Civil Rights Authority to Press for Face Masks in Schools

WASHINGTON -- The Department of Education will invoke its civil rights enforcement authority to prevent states from imposing universal bans... Read More

WASHINGTON -- The Department of Education will invoke its civil rights enforcement authority to prevent states from imposing universal bans on wearing face masks in classrooms, Education Secretary Miguel Cardona said on Wednesday. The decision represents a dramatic escalation of... Read More

2021-08-12 16:05:32
by Dan McCue
Four Years Later, Northam, Biden Reflect on Violence in Charlottesville

Four years after a White supremacist rally left three people dead in the home city of Founding Fathers Thomas Jefferson,... Read More

Four years after a White supremacist rally left three people dead in the home city of Founding Fathers Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and James Monroe, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam says there’s “still much work to do” when it comes to... Read More

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

WASHINGTON -- Reciting Thomas Paine’s The American Crisis from memory, Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C., philosophized about fair weather patriots... Read More

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

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Fred Ware and his son were researching the history of the home he's owned in the... Read More

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

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

Biometric technology identifies you based on your biological characteristics: your fingerprint, your iris, your face.  It can even measure how... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON -- A new two-part study from the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a D.C.-based national security think tank,... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON -- President Joe Biden celebrated the 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act Monday and announced new guidance... Read More

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

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

The American Civil Liberties Union on Monday sued the state of Texas to block “radical” new abortion restrictions currently set... Read More

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

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

A report from the U.S. voiced concern over ongoing human rights abuses, which the U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken,... Read More

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

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

COLUMBIA, S.C.- South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster and others have appealed a federal court’s preliminary injunction preventing them implementing a... Read More

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

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

The court-appointed attorneys representing Britney Spears in her conservatorship case resigned Tuesday after the pop icon asked a judge for... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court plans to hear a case in its next term that could expand rights of... Read More

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

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

The hashtag “#freebritney” has recently been flooding social media channels after the pop sensation claimed her 2008 court-mandated conservatorship withheld... Read More

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

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

The Labor Department has made $1.5 million available to all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the... Read More

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

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

MINNEAPOLIS - Former Minnesota police officer Derek Chauvin was sentenced to 22 and a half years in prison on Friday... Read More

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

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

The Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that a Pennsylvania school district violated the First Amendment by punishing a student over... Read More

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

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

The future of the nation’s remaining symbols of the Confederacy could be decided at an upcoming POV roundtable hosted by... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON- The U.S. Department of Education confirmed Wednesday that Title IX protects students from discrimination based on sexual orientation and... Read More

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

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will take part in a remembrance of one of the nation's darkest — and... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON — Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage month may be wrapping up, but the APPI community is pledging to come... Read More

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

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