Civil Rights & Social Justice

Inmates sue Allegheny County Jail, alleging inadequate mental health care and ‘dehumanizing’ conditions

The lawsuit contends that jail staff have used tasers, pepper spray, and restraint chains for inmates requesting mental health care.

A Texas judge ruled this doctor was not an expert. A Pennsylvania Republican invited...

A physician testifying before a House panel Monday as part of a “fact-finding mission” on gender-affirming care was disqualified by a judge earlier this year as an expert on trans health care. 

Pittsburgh Steelers will display Antwon Rose Jr.’s name on helmets for whole season

And his name will be there for the whole season, a decision the entire team came together to make.

Diversity is up among Philadelphia’s municipal workers

Diverse employees accounted for almost 53% percent of the City’s salaried workforce in FY19, a 1 percent increase from 2018. While the review shows that there are improvements over last year but City Controller Rebecca Rhynhart said the numbers could be better.

Duquesne U. prof put on leave after using ‘N’-word multiple times in video class...

A Duquesne University student who asked to remain anonymous told Pittsburgh City Paper that the professor who said the n-word was Gary Shank of the university’s School of Education.

Philly Council bill would make racially motivated 911 calls a crime

The bill clarifies that it is a hate crime - complete with penalties for criminal conduct - to misuse the 911 emergency response system if one is motivated by a hatred of other persons based on certain characteristics such as race or ethnicity.

New Philly online voting initiative targets LGBTQ voters, compiles tools for voter registration, requesting mail-in ballots, information on polling locations and critical dates.

Philly officials consider next move to clear homeless encampments

On Wednesday morning, outreach workers and clergy members were rebuffed when they attempted to assist people ordered to vacate the camp.

Report: These are the most — and least — diverse states. How did Pa....

While the state's Latino population is vibrant and growing, a new study confirms that the Keystone State still has some distance to go.

Pa.’s Toomey, Md. lawmaker back bill to award Medal of Honor to Black...

More than 1 million Black Americans served in World War II. Not one received the Medal of Honor, even though white soldiers did.