Civil Rights & Social Justice
Pa. lawmakers propose bills to study AI’s potential, safeguard against threats
As the marvels and shortcomings of artificial intelligence increasingly capture headlines, Pennsylvania lawmakers are proposing legislation to track and regulate the emerging technology’s use.
Ohio AG on bathroom policies: Law does not protect ‘subjective preferences’ of trans people
It comes after Ohio GOP lawmakers introduced a bill banning transgender students from using the bathroom and locker room that aligns with their gender identity.
From Philly to Harrisburg and D.C. and back: Estelle Richman reflects on life in public service
The veteran public servant will receive the lifetime achievement award at the PGN Stonewall Awards on June 4.
‘We’re in a moment’: Is it time to expand voting rights for incarcerated Pennsylvanians?
'When I was told I could vote, it was an amazing feeling,” Jessie Tate said. “It felt so good. They gave you an ‘I voted’ sticker, and I was walking around with that sticker on all day long.”
Pa. House Judiciary Committee passes package to expand definition of Ethnic Intimidation
The bill expands protections to the state’s LGBTQ+ and disabled residents for the first time ever.
Small, rural communities have become abortion access battlegrounds
Extreme variations in abortion policy from state to state are the new normal, and local challenges are 'what we’re in for,' a Temple University legal scholar said.
We’re weaponizing fear into violence. Jordan Neely paid the price | Opinion
If Americans want to end this epidemic on the streets, don’t lash out at the victims of systematic marginalization.
What book bans and the Hollywood writers strike have in common | Heather MacDonald
Book bans have reached a fever pitch. In 2022 alone, at least 2,571 unique books were banned or challenged. The American Library Association reports that challenges to books have doubled in the last year through organized efforts to reshape our country’s access to information. Luckily, this educational hit list has been met with resistance. Elected […]
‘It’ll be fine, I’ll be with a white girl’: Words of wisdom and a warning | Monday Morning Coffee
Jordan Neely died for no reason. For too many, Black lives still don’t matter enough. Words from a teen remind us of why.
Appeals court judges embrace anti-abortion speculation
Mifepristone remains legal and on the market as the case winds its way through the legal system.
Pa.’s Rep. Scanlon: ‘No place’ for threats, violence no matter where you stand on abortion access
WASHINGTON — Republicans at a U.S. House hearing aired frustration with the Department of Justice this week for what they contended is a lack of enforcement of a Clinton-era law that protects access to reproductive health care at anti-abortion pregnancy centers and abortion clinics. GOP lawmakers on the House Judiciary Committee expressed anger the Federal […]
Racial slurs, dress codes, few Black teachers: How Black girls say Philly schools are failing them
'We cannot create equitable education spaces without intentionally considering the needs of Black girls,' experts said.