Civil Rights & Social Justice

Abortions rise worldwide when the U.S. cuts family planning funding | Analysis

Abortion rates tripled in Latin America and doubled in Africa under the Bush-era 'global gag rule.' The law, which Obama repealed and Trump reinstated, cuts funding for abortion providers abroad.

Glen Mills case proves Pennsylvania needs to do more to protect vulnerable kids |...

Too many young people in Pennsylvania residential foster care are subjected to a pattern of abuse and maltreatment.

Pennsylvania gets C+ grade from national gun control group

The Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence gave Pennsylvania's gun laws a slightly better mark in 2018 following the passage of a bill restricting domestic abusers' access to firearms.Passing the law improved Pennsylvania's...

The ‘Green Book’ is out of print, but its message still resonates today |...

The history behind the Best Picture winner. From the 1930s to the 1960s, 'The Negro Motorist's Green Book' and 'Travelguide: Vacation and Recreation Without Humiliation' offered African-American roadtrippers lists of black-friendly businesses.

Trump’s Title X gag rule is an attack on the most vulnerable | Opinion

The irony of taking away family planning services in the name of reducing abortion is startling.

Will paper personal mail return to prisons? Corrections secretary says ‘no’

Since September, people incarcerated in Pennsylvania's prison have not received original copies of their personal mail.Will that change? For the moment, the state's Corrections secretary says "no."Under a policy designed to keep drugs out...
A view of the Old Eighth Ward looking west from the State Street Bridge. The buildings to the right were razed to make room for the Capitol Park. Source: Dauphin County Historical Society, reprinted with permission.

A monument at the Capitol will honor Harrisburg’s long-gone immigrant and African American neighborhood

The journalist J. Howard Wert journeyed to the underworld in 1912 — and he lived to tell the tale. “These shacks have been speakeasies, gambling halls, and foul dens of prostitution,” Wert wrote in a...

ACLU asks Pa. Supreme Court to declare the death penalty unconstitutional

The Pennsylvania branch of the American Civil Liberties Union has asked the state's highest court to declare the Keystone State's death penalty statute unconstitutional, arguing that it violates equal protection provisions because of "the...

Pa. critics blast Trump’s federal funding ban for clinics that provide abortion, abortion referrals

The administration's rule change would affect more than 169,000 Pennsylvania patients, about 38 percent of whom are served by Planned Parenthood

Legal mail policy at Pennsylvania prisons will be revised under settlement

A controversial policy on copying and storing legal mail at Pennsylvania prisons will be revised under a nearly finished settlement between groups that advocate for incarcerated persons and the state Corrections department.In a Friday...