Civil Rights & Social Justice

COMMENTARY

‘We Don’t Accept That’: Immigrants’ rights group wants action now on reform | Monday Morning Coffee

BY: - October 11, 2021

Congress has fumbled immigration reform for decades. One Pennsylvania advocacy group is long past tired of waiting.

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How land acknowledgments meant to honor indigenous people do the opposite instead | Opinion

BY: - October 11, 2021

The historical and anthropological facts demonstrate that many contemporary land acknowledgments unintentionally communicate false ideas about the history of dispossession and the current realities of American Indians and Alaska Natives.

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The debate on Latino vs. Latinx vs. Hispanic is the song that never ends | Rebecca Rivas

BY: - October 10, 2021

Imagine trying to find a term to categorize an entire nation of people whose roots stem from Latin-American countries, which all have distinct cultures, foods and feelings about their relationship to the United States.

Philly Councilmember Curtis Jones urges citizens to call out ‘red flag’ behavior

BY: - October 9, 2021

By Brian Saunders PHILADELPHIA — City Councilmember Curtis Jones Jr. took the floor during this week’s virtual City Council meeting to urge people to speak up if someone they know is going through a mental health crisis. Jones’ remarks come in the aftermath of Monday’s Thomas Jefferson University Hospital shooting, which left one man dead […]

‘HIV is not a crime’: Pa. House panel tackles outdated laws targeting those living with the virus

BY: - October 6, 2021

'HIV is not a crime but there are outdated laws that make it a crime in Pennsylvania. We cannot have people losing lives and livelihoods because of this,' Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta said

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It’s time to stop asking, and time to start suing, for reparations | Michael Coard

BY: - October 6, 2021

We do whatever needs to be done to attain justice and we do it by any means necessary. And one of those means is litigation.

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How the brutal trade in enslaved people has been whitewashed out of U.S. history | Opinion

BY: - October 6, 2021

Americans continue to misunderstand how slavery worked and how vast was its reach – even as the histories of race and slavery are central to ongoing public conversations.

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How century-old racist US Supreme Court cases still rule over millions of Americans | Opinion

BY: - October 6, 2021

The 4 million inhabitants of five U.S. territories – Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Northern Marianas Islands, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands – do not have the full protection of the Constitution.

Pgh event will celebrate a half-century of queer media in Pennsylvania

BY: - October 5, 2021

Co-creator of QBurgh, Jeff Freedman, describes the exhibit as a well-documented history for the LGBTQ community in Pennsylvania.

Democrats’ vision for free community college would boost undocumented students

BY: - October 4, 2021

A lifeline for many people now denied access to higher education could also reignite controversies in Republican-leaning states over immigration and federal overreach.

10 years after ‘Don’t ask, Don’t Tell”: A new world for LGBTQ service members in Pa. and beyond

BY: - October 4, 2021

'I have a lot of peace of mind knowing that my wife can also receive benefits or services offered to other military spouses,' a Montgomery County veteran said

Pgh residents share polarized views on future of city’s Columbus Day Parade

BY: - October 3, 2021

The annual celebration is scheduled for Oct. 9 in the Bloomfield neighborhood.