Civil Rights & Social Justice

Retiring Rep. Brian Sims finds next act with LGBTQ business, policy group

BY: - November 27, 2022

'Discrimination and violence against LGBTQ people are on the increase because it is fueled, in part, by legislative attacks in local, state, and national governments,' Sims said.

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Abortion advocates aim to outflank lawmakers in 2024 using ballot measures | Analysis

BY: - November 26, 2022

The midterms showed the political potency of abortion ballot measures.

COMMENTARY

National Day of Mourning: The suppressed speech of Wamsutta (Frank B.) James, Wampanoag

BY: - November 24, 2022

For indigenous Americans, Thanksgiving is not a day of celebration. This is what they lost.

COMMENTARY

A reminder for your holiday table: Thanksgiving celebrates a racist genocide | Michael Coard

BY: - November 22, 2022

The tragic residue of the horrific plight that began 401 years ago continues to exist in 2022.

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Congressional Hispanic Caucus welcomes new House members, reflects on Latino vote

BY: - November 21, 2022

The campaign arm of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus welcomed the highest number of Democratic Latino lawmakers elected to Congress, during an event at the Democratic National Committee’s  headquarters. CHC BOLD PAC chair, Democratic U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego of Arizona, said continuing to reach out to Latino communities and young voters will be key to taking […]

‘The future of Philadelphia is at stake’: New coalition to tackle Philly’s gun violence

BY: - November 21, 2022

'As a city, we have the resources, support and commitment to save lives,' Sharmain Matlock-Turner, of the Urban Affairs Coalition, said.

COMMENTARY

Funding for Social Security is at a crisis level. It’s hurting the disabled | Opinion

BY: - November 21, 2022

The failure to serve disabled people with intersectional and marginalized identities represents a crisis in equitable access to disability benefits.

Transgender Day of Remembrance is November 20

Philly leaders and organizations set for Trans Day of Remembrance

BY: - November 20, 2022

The annual observance, which takes place today, is a time to honor and remember lives lost to transphobic violence.

COMMENTARY

Reproductive coercion is a form of domestic violence | Denise Johnson

BY: - November 20, 2022

Let’s not let pregnancy mortality be another unintended consequence for victims of domestic violence.

Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner takes questions from reporters after a press conference in Harrisburg on Friday, 10/21/22. (Capital-Star photo by Marley Parish)

A lone Republican voted against impeaching Philly DA Larry Krasner

BY: - November 19, 2022

When the Pennsylvania House of Representatives voted Wednesday to impeach Democratic Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner, a lone Republican voted “no.” Although the historic measure passed 107-85 over the objections of Democrats, state Rep. Mike Puskaric, R-Allegheny, broke ranks and voted against the action, which he said he believed would set a disastrous precedent for […]

COMMENTARY

The feds make it too hard for former inmates to access Social Security benefits | Opinion

BY: - November 18, 2022

The government punishes formerly incarcerated people twice by making them jump through too many hoops.

Coalition invites community participation to envision a better future for Black Pittsburghers

BY: - November 17, 2022

The event takes place on Saturday, Nov. 19 at Obama Academy in East Liberty. Admission is free, but registration is encouraged.