Civil Rights & Social Justice


Pa. Senate bills aim to aid name changes for transgender Pennsylvanians | Wednesday Morning Coffee

BY: - January 19, 2022

Good Wednesday Morning, Fellow Seekers. A cadre of Democratic lawmakers in the state Senate are seeking their colleagues’ support for a package of bills aimed at lifting the legal barriers that they say bar LGBTQ Pennsylvanians from living as their authentic selves. In a series of ‘Dear Colleague‘ memos circulated last week, Sens. Timothy P. Kearney and Amanda […]

Advocates call for further investigation after Allegheny Co. Jail officials deny abuse allegations

BY: - January 18, 2022

County Councilor Bethany Hallam, a member of the county's jail oversight panel, is leading the push.

Advocates for the poor slam Senate filibuster meltdown; call for action on voting rights

BY: - January 17, 2022

'We are in a crisis of democracy,” the Rev. William Barber said. 'We talk about the filibuster, about how it hurts Black people — the filibuster has hurt everybody in this country.'

Where to draw the lines in Black, Latino communities at center of Pa. legislative map fight

BY: - January 17, 2022

Some leaders in communities of color have raised concerns that the proposed House map may, intentionally or not, dilute their voices.


How are Trump appointees are shaping Philly’s 3rd Circuit Court? | Monday Morning Coffee

BY: - January 17, 2022

The appellate court's rulings haven't 'dramatically' changed, but there have been noticeable differences, according to a published report.

MLK Day 2022: Volunteering in the U.S., by the numbers | The Numbers Racket

BY: - January 17, 2022

Before the pandemic, approximately 63 million Americans - 25 percent of the adult population - volunteered, according to data from the Nonprofit Source, a marketing agency helping nonprofits expand their online presence. 

Poll: Mental health of LGBTQ youth takes a hit from anti-transgender bills

BY: - January 16, 2022

This impact is even more dramatic among transgender and/or non-binary youth, according to the Trevor Project.


What MLK meant by justice. And how one central Pa. community is commemorating it | Opinion

BY: - January 13, 2022

As we begin a new year, our Carlisle community continues America’s quest to embrace Dr. King’s commitment to social, economic, and political justice.

Congressional Black Caucus calls for Senate action on voting rights

BY: - January 13, 2022

Only one Republican, Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, has said she would support Democrats in passing the John Lewis measure.


Remain in Mexico protocols force thousands of asylum-seekers to endure violence | Opinion

BY: - January 12, 2022

The Biden administration has failed to show much improvement over Trump on human rights issues at the border.


From the grave, MLK’s telling white folks ‘Stop it, just stop it’ | Michael Coard

BY: - January 11, 2022

Dr. King was more than that 'I Have a Dream' speech. Much more.

Activists welcome law to increase say on Philadelphia zoning

BY: - January 10, 2022

Mayor Jim Kenny opposes the legislation. Advocates acknowledge the devil is in the details.