Civil Rights & Social Justice

Could this be the year Pennsylvania lawmakers ban LGBTQ discrimination?

As he has for the past two decades, Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, is again looking for lawmakers to support a bill that would ban LGBTQ discrimination statewide.The legislation, nicknamed the Fairness Act, has never...

Pa. can’t be a role model on criminal justice reform if we undermine peoples’...

By Andy HooverElected officials and corrections administrators in Pennsylvania have been doing a bit of a victory lap after the recent announcement that our state prison population dropped by 1,000 people in 2018. On the...

Philly lawmaker wants Major League Baseball to honor Roberto Clemente

In 298 career games against the Philadelphia Phillies, Roberto Clemente — baseball's first Latino star and a Pittsburgh Pirates great — slashed a .330 average against the cross-state rivals. That was his second best...

As the fight over Trump’s Wall rages in Washington, Pa. Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon...

The delegation headed by House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer "will meet directly with immigrant advocates about the humanitarian situation as well as receive a border security briefing."

Can the Pa. Legislature be trusted to investigate its own #MeToo allegations?

There is still no system to investigate sexual harassment complaints uniformly in the Pennsylvania General Assembly. Bipartisan lawmakers are floating proposals to change that.

Wolf, lawmakers have to step up this budget season to help survivors of sexual...

The time is now to provide additional, sustained resources to help survivors weathering the storm both today and in the future.

Pa. voters spoke: On Budget Day, it’s time for Wolf, lawmakers to turn those...

As the draw up a new state budget for 2019-2020, Gov. Tom Wolf and the General Assembly need to hear the voices of all Pennsylvanians. Not just special interests.

Black Caucus celebrates past, present and future with Black History Month kickoff

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nh3ypyO3t_o One month after Pennsylvania swore in its most diverse class of lawmakers ever, members of the state’s Legislative Black Caucus aren’t just celebrating Black History – they’re also making it.Pennsylvania’s Legislative Black Caucus (PLBC)...

Can doctors and rising suicide rates convince Pa. lawmakers to act on guns?

When more than a dozen moderate Republican lawmakers lost their re-election bids in 2018, some advocates worried that the new makeup of Pennsylvania’s General Assembly could stymie legislation on progressive policy issues.As one of...

This powerful Capitol committee has a new chair. He’s not Daryl Metcalfe 2.0

Colleagues expect new House State Government Chair Garth Everett will bring decorum and cooperation to Metcalfe’s old committee