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Prosecutors: Video Will Show Three Cops Violated Floyd’s Rights
Civil Rights
Prosecutors: Video Will Show Three Cops Violated Floyd's Rights

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Witness testimony will get underway in earnest Tuesday at the federal civil rights trial of three former Minneapolis police officers accused of failing to intervene as fellow Officer Derek Chauvin killed George Floyd by pressing his knee into the... Read More

Jury in Federal Trial in Floyd Killing Appears Mostly White
Civil Rights
Jury in Federal Trial in Floyd Killing Appears Mostly White

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A jury of 18 people who appeared mostly white was picked Thursday for the federal trial of three Minneapolis police officers charged in George Floyd’s killing, a case that the judge told potential jurors has “absolutely nothing”... Read More

Arkansas Inmates Sue Jail for Treating COVID With Ivermectin Without Consent
Civil Rights
Arkansas Inmates Sue Jail for Treating COVID With Ivermectin Without Consent
2022-01-19 18:52:57
by Reece Nations

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of four inmates at an Arkansas jail who were unknowingly administered ivermectin to treat their cases of COVID-19. The plaintiffs in the case allege... Read More

Biden to Back Filibuster Changes to Push Voting Rights Bill
Voting
Biden to Back Filibuster Changes to Push Voting Rights Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will use a speech in Georgia to endorse changing Senate filibuster rules that have stalled voting rights legislation, saying it’s time to choose “democracy over autocracy.” But some civil rights groups won’t be there, in protest of... Read More

Governor to Pardon Plessy, of ‘Separate but Equal’ Ruling
Civil Rights
Governor to Pardon Plessy, of ‘Separate but Equal’ Ruling

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana’s governor planned to posthumously pardon Homer Plessy on Wednesday, more than a century after the Black man was arrested in an unsuccessful attempt to overthrow a Jim Crow law creating “whites-only” train cars. The Plessy v Ferguson... Read More

Chauvin Pleads Guilty to Federal Charge in Floyd’s Death
Civil Rights
Chauvin Pleads Guilty to Federal Charge in Floyd’s Death

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin pleaded guilty Wednesday to a federal charge of violating George Floyd’s civil rights, admitting for the first time that he kept his knee on Floyd’s neck — even after he... Read More

House and Senate Democrats Seek to Protect Access to Birth Control Act
Civil Rights
House and Senate Democrats Seek to Protect Access to Birth Control Act
2021-11-23 21:52:41
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — More than 100 Democrats in the House and Senate are urging their colleagues to help them guarantee a woman’s timely access to birth control at her local pharmacy. The legislation, the Access to Birth Control Act, was reintroduced... Read More

Civil Rights Groups Seek Blacklist of Conservative One America News
Media
Civil Rights Groups Seek Blacklist of Conservative One America News
2021-11-12 21:34:10
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — Sixteen civil rights groups are asking telecommunications companies AT&T and DirecTV to cut business ties with conservative media outlet One America News Network. The groups led by media advocacy group Free Press accuse One America of spreading anti-democratic... Read More

Ex-Cops Accused of Violating Floyd’s Rights Face Arraignment
Criminal Justice
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 in federal court Tuesday at a hearing that could also address some pretrial motions. A federal grand jury indicted Derek... Read More

GOP-led States See Texas Law as Model to Restrict Abortions
In The States
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 the federal courts have a new template in an unusually written Texas law that represents the most far-reaching curb on... Read More

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

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

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

Supreme Court Agrees to Take Up Major Abortion Rights Case
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Agrees to Take Up Major Abortion Rights Case
2021-05-18 17:35:21
by Alexa Hornbeck

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear an abortion case next term that could dramatically alter abortion jurisprudence. In 2018, Mississippi enacted a law that banned abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy. It was one of a wave... Read More

Montgomery Has Civil Rights Struggles ‘In its DNA,’ Says Mayor
In The States
Montgomery Has Civil Rights Struggles 'In its DNA,' Says Mayor
2021-03-12 21:03:14
by Daniel Mollenkamp

When Steven Reed was elected the first Black mayor of Montgomery, Ala., he came with an ambitious plan to develop the city and to move towards equity.  He viewed his election as a mandate for equity that could outline a... Read More

Library of Congress Acquires Rodney King Courtroom Sketches
In The States
Library of Congress Acquires Rodney King Courtroom Sketches
2021-03-03 16:43:19
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - Thirty years ago today, on March 3, 1991, a Los Angeles motorist named Rodney King was severely beaten by four White police officers wielding metal batons, an event that would ultimately seal his place in recent civil rights history.  This... Read More

House Votes to Expand Legal Safeguards for LGBTQ People
Civil Rights
House Votes to Expand Legal Safeguards for LGBTQ People

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic-led House passed a bill Thursday that would enshrine LGBTQ protections in the nation's labor and civil rights laws, a top priority of President Joe Biden, though the legislation faces an uphill battle in the Senate.The... Read More

Civil Rights Activists Advocate for African American Reparations
Congress
Civil Rights Activists Advocate for African American Reparations
2021-02-18 15:30:44
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Witnesses at a congressional hearing Wednesday said the African American community should receive reparations for the inequality and bigotry that started with slavery but continues now. They were speaking in support of a recently reintroduced bill that would... Read More

US Lawmakers Unveil Anti-Slavery Constitutional Amendment
Civil Rights
US Lawmakers Unveil Anti-Slavery Constitutional Amendment

NEW YORK (AP) — National lawmakers introduced a joint resolution Wednesday aimed at striking language from the U.S. Constitution that enshrines a form of slavery in America’s foundational documents. The resolution, spearheaded and supported by Democratic members of the House... Read More

NAACP President: ‘We Are the Owners of This Government,’ Not Its Victims
Civil Rights
NAACP President: ‘We Are the Owners of This Government,’ Not Its Victims
2020-11-11 15:59:36
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — Derrick Johnson, president and CEO of NAACP, was the special guest this week at the Meridian International Center, a non-partisan center for diplomacy and global leadership. He shared his perspective on recent general election results including their impact... Read More

Voter Intimidation Complaints Grow on Eve of Election Day
2020 Elections
Voter Intimidation Complaints Grow on Eve of Election Day

WASHINGTON — Election advocacy groups are preparing for the possibility of voter intimidation at the polls Tuesday, although weeks of early voting remained mostly peaceful despite the country's unsettled mood in a year with simmering partisan and sometimes violent conflicts on... 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

Berkeley Votes To Replace Police With Unarmed City Workers in Traffic Stops
Cities
Berkeley Votes To Replace Police With Unarmed City Workers in Traffic Stops
2020-07-15 15:44:02
by Gaspard Le Dem

The city of Berkeley in Northern California will become the first U.S. city to remove police from traffic stops in an effort to reduce racial profiling and avoid deadly run-ins between law enforcement and Black drivers. On Wednesday morning, the... Read More

Civil Rights Leaders Tell Congress Police Practices Need Reform
Congress
Civil Rights Leaders Tell Congress Police Practices Need Reform
2020-06-10 18:14:32
by Tom Ramstack

African American civil rights leaders spoke out in support Wednesday of a bill pending in Congress that would set national standards for police behavior. It also would ban chokeholds, reduce legal immunity for police misconduct and create a national database... Read More

Obama Steps Out as Nation Confronts Confluence of Crises
Political News
Obama Steps Out as Nation Confronts Confluence of Crises

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Barack Obama is taking on an increasingly public role as the nation confronts a confluence of historic crises that has exposed deep racial and socioeconomic inequalities in America and reshaped the November election. In doing... Read More

Barr to Prosecutors: Look for Unconstitutional Virus Rules
Justice
Barr to Prosecutors: Look for Unconstitutional Virus Rules

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr on Monday ordered federal prosecutors across the U.S. to identify coronavirus-related restrictions from state and local governments “that could be violating the constitutional rights and civil liberties of individual citizens.” The memo to... Read More

House Overwhelmingly Passes Legislation Making Lynching a Federal Hate Crime
Congress
House Overwhelmingly Passes Legislation Making Lynching a Federal Hate Crime
2020-02-26 21:59:47
by Dan McCue

The House, in an overwhelmingly bipartisan fashion, passed legislation that would classify lynching as a federal hate crime. The Emmett Till Antilynching Act, introduced by Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., passed on a vote of 410-4. The Act is named for... Read More

Coronavirus Quarantines Prompt Warnings of Possible Civil Rights Violations
In The News
Coronavirus Quarantines Prompt Warnings of Possible Civil Rights Violations
2020-02-13 16:20:58
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Federal and state officials are hurrying to figure out a long-term quarantine procedure for passengers arriving at U.S. airports who potentially carry the deadly coronavirus without violating their rights. As the epidemic grows, they are considering quarantine within... Read More

Virginia Lawmakers Pass Comprehensive LGBTQ Protections
State News
Virginia Lawmakers Pass Comprehensive LGBTQ Protections

RICHMOND, Va. — Advocates for people who identify as LGBTQ cheered Thursday as Virginia’s General Assembly passed comprehensive legislation protecting them from discrimination in housing, employment and public spaces. “This is a historic day and bright moment for the whole... 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

House Committee Calls for Action to Prevent Airline Mishandling of Wheelchairs
Travel
House Committee Calls for Action to Prevent Airline Mishandling of Wheelchairs

U.S. House committee leaders this week called for airlines to do more to prevent mishandling of wheelchairs and scooters of passengers with disabilities, and sought more information on airlines’ policies and procedures. In a letter to industry group Airlines for... Read More

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