Civil Rights & Social Justice

U.S. Supreme Court’s liberal justices challenge abortion restrictions in high-stakes case

The challenge to Louisiana's restrictive law has implications for states across the nation. Pa. Attorney General Josh Shapiro filed a brief in the case.

Can a movie improve race relations? Bucks County’s DA thinks so

Bucks County District Attorney Matt Weintraub is taking a new, preemptive approach to racial relations and police interactions in his jurisdiction.

Here’s 15 things you didn’t know about the ‘Dred Scott’ decision | Opinion

Constitutional scholars state that this ruling is “widely considered the worst decision ever made by the Supreme Court.”

Former POWER leader joins Philly DA’s office as senior advisor

In addition to his work in the DA’s office, the Rev. Gregory Holston serves as pastor at Janes Memorial United Methodist Church in Germantown.

Philly honors reparations advocate, plans a path forward for restitution | John N. Mitchell

Officials and activists here in Philadelphia honored Simmons for her work on Reparations Awareness Day, which was Feb. 25.

NAACP suing state for prison gerrymandering

They argue in their civil lawsuit, which was filed in Commonwealth Court on Thursday by the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and Ballard Spahr, that it’s illegal for Pennsylvania to count prisoners as residents of the counties where they are incarcerated rather than the county where they were living before they were incarcerated.

How one man’s perseverance led a Pa. borough to adopt its LGBTQ non-discrimination ordinance

Local leaders aren't waiting for lawmakers in Harrisburg to adopt LGBTQ anti-discrimination ordinances, so they're moving on their own.
Pat Albright repurposes a sign to protest the elimination of General Assistance. (Photo by Sarah Anne Hughes)

Pa.’s cash assistance program’s former beneficiaries say they’ve been forgotten by Harrisburg

The fight to protect a cash assistance program for impoverished adults spurred a spate of fervent activism across Pennsylvania last June, including a shouting match on the state Senate floor and a protest outside Gov. Tom Wolf’s private home in York.

Why Paula Peebles’ story of gun-selling cops can’t be dismissed | John N. Mitchell

PHILADELPHIA -- Imagine being surrounded 24 hours a day by uber-violent hood rats whom you know will remorselessly kill you, a family member or a loved one for snitching.Now, imagine that this is only...

Defaced Cecil B. Moore mural: ‘Just like new’

Corin Wilson, a project manager with Mural Arts Philadelphia, said her organization jumped to restore the mural as quickly as possible.