Civil Rights & Social Justice

Historic report on federal Indian boarding schools finds more than 400, including 3 in Pa.

BY: - May 14, 2022

‘This has left lasting scars for all Indigenous people,’ Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Bryan Newland said.

Congress explores creation of truth commission for U.S. Indian Boarding Schools

BY: - May 14, 2022

Thousands of Indigenous children were forcibly removed from their homes to attend U.S. boarding schools with the goal of assimilation.

The scene of a deadly mass shooting at an Airbnb party in Pittsburgh’s Deutschtown neighborhood

New Pgh youth programs get a boost from state gun violence-prevention funding

BY: - May 11, 2022

The local groups who received funding took a variety of approaches to providing positive support.


The Supreme Court shouldn’t be shrouded in secrecy | Opinion

BY: - May 11, 2022

The high court's lack of transparency translates into an absence of accountability.


A leak? The Supreme Court tipped its hand on abortion long ago | Bruce Ledewitz

BY: - May 11, 2022

The justices harmed the rule of law when they refused to enjoin Texas' restrictive, six-week abortion ban

Pa.’s Casey says he’ll vote for abortion rights bill

BY: - May 10, 2022

(*This story was updated at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, 5/10/22 to correctly reflect that the Senate is voting on a bill sponsored by U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn.) Pennsylvania’s senior United States senator says he’s a yes vote on a bill protecting abortion rights, handing Democrats crucial support in the narrowly divided chamber ahead of […]


There’s a path for John Roberts to save Roe. He should take it | Opinion

BY: - May 10, 2022

Chief Justice Warren Burger's vote-switch in the 1972 ruling upholding the death penalty could point the way.

Abortion rights advocates. (Photo by Astrid Riecken/Getty Images).

Abortion has been common in the U.S. since the 18th Century. So has the debate | Opinion

BY: - May 9, 2022

The argument started a century before Roe, and has been going on ever since.


Dems’ inaction helped speed the demolition of Roe v. Wade | Dick Polman

BY: - May 9, 2022

We're paying the price for decades of apathy, willfully blind to the plotted theft of women’s privacy rights.

Rochelle Jackson, founder and director of the BWPA

New survey highlights inequities faced by Black women in Pittsburgh

BY: - May 8, 2022

'We need folks to recognize that these reports and data, these statistics, these experiences, they are real,' advocate Rochelle Jackson said.

LGBTQ community leaders call for change after Philly nightclub death

BY: - May 7, 2022

'We clearly need a change in how we look at ‘security’ for our community,' Sultan Shakir, president and CEO of the Mazzoni Center, said.

Mothers in Charge marches down Broad Street in Philadelphia to protest gun violence

In Philly, Mothers in Charge rallies for peace in the community

BY: - May 6, 2022

'Too many mothers cannot even say goodbye to their children and give a kiss on their forehead in the casket because the damage is so severe,' an organizer said.