Civil Rights & Social Justice

Philly’s drag community remembers Valencia Prime

BY: - September 24, 2022

'I called her the voice of the people. She really was an advocate, especially to newer queens,' Prime's sister, Asia Monroe, said.

Lawmakers hear about challenges victims, law enforcement face processing rape kits

BY: - September 23, 2022

Going to the hospital and having a rape kit done “was pointless,” Sarah told members of the House and Senate’s Democratic Policy committees. “It ended up meaning nothing. My detective and prosecutor would never even see the swabs. My rape kit was never processed and tested.”

Rev. Dr. William Barber, co-chair of the Poor People's Campaign, speaks at a briefing on Capitol Hill on Thursday, 9/22/22 (Capital-Star photo by Ariana Figueroa).

Faith leaders urge minimum wage hike, expanded child tax credit as Congress nears recess

BY: - September 23, 2022

'We need Congress to legislate like it loves the people,' Rabbi Michael Pollack of March on Harrisburg, told lawmakers.

Overturning Roe sends approval of U.S. Supreme Court plummeting, Marquette poll finds

BY: - September 23, 2022

By Erik Gunn On the heels of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in June that overturned a national right to abortion, public approval of the court has fallen dramatically and stayed there, a new national poll from Marquette Law School finds. In the new survey, 40 percent of respondents said they approved of how the court […]

‘Heartbroken and horrified’: state officials, advocates discuss abortion access in Pa.

BY: - September 21, 2022

As more than a dozen states have moved to ban or restrict access to abortion care following the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 24 decision overturning Roe v. Wade, Goulet said that it's important that Americans talk about what it is like to experience pregnancy in the U.S.

House passes legislation to cancel dead voters’ registrations, improve ballot security during transport

BY: - September 21, 2022

Two bills to keep voter registration records up-to-date and improve security for ballots being transported passed the state House.

COMMENTARY

DeSantis’ compassionless conservatism underscores urgency of real immigration reform

BY: - September 21, 2022

'The migrants are human beings, and we’ve got to treat them like human beings. They are being used as political pawns to get publicity,' U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, of Texas, said

Report: U.S. government failed to properly count deaths of people in prisons and jails

BY: - September 21, 2022

The Dept of Justice failed to enforce the Death in Custody Reporting Act of 2013, which requires states that receive federal funding to report prison and jail deaths to the agency.

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

‘Crisis pregnancy centers’ that oppose abortion questioned by U.S. Senate Democrats

BY: - September 21, 2022

The centers collect sensitive data from patients, presenting troubling new complications as states move to increase penalties for abortions.

COMMENTARY

DeSantis, Abbott pull from segregationists’ playbook with their anti-immigration stunts | Opinion

BY: - September 21, 2022

Then, as now, the message Southern racists aimed to send with their 'reverse freedom rides' was, 'Here, you love them so much, you take care of them.'

Former ‘lifers’ call on lawmakers to end ‘death by incarceration’

BY: - September 20, 2022

'Second chances doesn't mean everybody comes home, it means everybody has a chance to come home if they do the right thing,' state Sen. Sharif Street said.

Democratic lawmakers, reproductive rights advocates rally in support of abortion access in Pa.

BY: - September 20, 2022

Just one day before Democratic lawmakers, physicians, and reproductive rights advocates gathered on the Capitol steps to support keeping abortion legal and accessible, thousands of anti-abortion proponents attended the Pennsylvania March for Life.