Civil Rights

Congress Discusses US Reaction to Chinese “Authoritarianism”
Geopolitics
Congress Discusses US Reaction to Chinese “Authoritarianism”
2019-12-13 14:47:29
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Civil rights leaders and members of Congress urged that tougher policies be adopted to oppose human rights abuses in China and Hong Kong during a congressional hearing earlier this week. They accused China of mass incarceration of political... Read More

Betsy DeVos Wants to Change Campus Sexual Assault Policies. House Bill Aims to Stop Her
Education
Betsy DeVos Wants to Change Campus Sexual Assault Policies. House Bill Aims to Stop Her

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin, D-Mich., proposed legislation Tuesday to stop Education Secretary Betsy DeVos from advancing rules that critics say could hurt efforts to fight sexual harassment and assaults on college campuses. Slotkin is one of several members... Read More

Atlanta-Based Court Considers School’s Transgender Bathroom Policy
Civil Rights
Atlanta-Based Court Considers School’s Transgender Bathroom Policy

ATLANTA — Judges on the federal appeals court in Atlanta on Thursday peppered lawyers with questions in a case that could set an important precedent for bathroom access by transgender high school students. Two judges, both members of the more... Read More

Supreme Court Confronts Homeless Crisis and Whether There’s a Right to Sleep on the Sidewalk
In The News
Supreme Court Confronts Homeless Crisis and Whether There’s a Right to Sleep on the Sidewalk

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court meets Friday to consider for the first time whether the Constitution gives homeless people a right to sleep on the sidewalk. The justices are weighing an appeal of a much-disputed ruling by the 9th Circuit... Read More

Panel Calls for Virginia to Purge 'Explicitly Racist' Laws and 'Segregationist Policies'
State News
Panel Calls for Virginia to Purge 'Explicitly Racist' Laws and 'Segregationist Policies'
2019-12-06 15:17:05
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A Virginia commission tasked with researching racist laws adopted in the state's past recommended Thursday that scores of them be officially repealed, including measures that prevented black voters from casting ballots and prohibited interracial marriage. "The devastating long-term... Read More

City Moves Toward Ban on Conversion Therapy for LGBTQ Youth
State News
City Moves Toward Ban on Conversion Therapy for LGBTQ Youth

KANSAS CITY, Mo.—Kansas City took a step Wednesday toward becoming the second city in Missouri to ban conversion therapy for minors following more than an hour of emotional testimony from a packed room of LGBTQ residents and advocates. Conversion therapy,... Read More

Ohio Supreme Court Again Refuses to Hear Appeal of Abortion Clinic Closure
State News
Ohio Supreme Court Again Refuses to Hear Appeal of Abortion Clinic Closure

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Supreme Court has declined to reconsider its decision rejecting an appeal from a Dayton-area abortion clinic ordered closed by state health officials. The justices voted 4-3 on Aug. 21 not to review the case, with... Read More

Federal Judge Temporarily Blocks Alabama's Near-Total Abortion Ban
State News
Federal Judge Temporarily Blocks Alabama's Near-Total Abortion Ban
2019-10-29 17:12:41
by Dan McCue

A federal judge blocked an Alabama abortion ban Tuesday that would have made the procedure a felony at any stage of pregnancy in almost all cases. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson, who was appointed to the bench by President Jimmy... Read More

HHS to Shutter Homestead Detention Center
Immigration
HHS to Shutter Homestead Detention Center

WASHINGTON — The private prison company running the Homestead detention center that housed thousands of migrant children since 2018 and became a symbol of the Trump administration’s immigration policies will not have its contract renewed, according to an email sent... Read More

Bipartisan Commission to Study Proliferation of Terrorist Content Online
Bipartisan
Bipartisan Commission to Study Proliferation of Terrorist Content Online
2019-10-22 22:54:23
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A bill introduced Tuesday by the chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security would establish a bipartisan commission of non-government experts to examine the ways social media and other online platforms have been exploited to promote and... Read More

Supreme Court to Hear High Profile Abortion Case in Midst of 2020 Campaign
Supreme Court
Supreme Court to Hear High Profile Abortion Case in Midst of 2020 Campaign
2019-10-04 19:01:01
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court agreed Friday to decide whether Louisiana can lawfully close down abortion clinics if their doctors do not have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. The case does not threaten to overturn Roe v. Wade, the... Read More

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Civil Rights
Supreme‌ ‌Court‌ ‌Set‌ ‌to‌ ‌Tackle‌ ‌DACA,‌ ‌LGBT‌ ‌Discrimination,‌ ‌Among‌ ‌Other‌ ‌Issues‌ ‌This‌ Term‌
2019-10-01 21:01:50
by Dan McCue

This year's term begins Monday, Oct. 7, and will extend into late June, encompassing the presidential primaries and ending just before the Republicans and Democrats host their presidential nominating conventions. As always, one can expect the Justices' statements from the... Read More

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