Civil Rights & Social Justice

‘We have two options: Do something or do nothing’: New app connects conflict resolution volunteers to those in need

BY: - July 11, 2021

Philadelphia Interfaith Coalition has partnered with Philly Truce volunteers to offer its members’ houses of worship as safe spaces to conduct mediations.

Pa. Youth Congress hits Keystone State corporations for lack of LGBTQ support

BY: - July 10, 2021

Preston Heldibridle, the group's executive director, said that the organization has seen benefits from its work during Pride month.

A federal investigation seeks to uncover the painful history of Native American boarding schools in Pa., nationwide

BY: - July 9, 2021

Some advocates want Congress to take the next step and create a formal truth commission. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., in the coming weeks plans to reintroduce legislation forming one.

Chronic unemployment linked to higher risk of early death, Philadelphia report finds

BY: - July 8, 2021

Unemployment spiked during the coronavirus pandemic, particularly for Black, Hispanic and Latinx workers in Philadelphia.

‘What Homewood can become is limitless,’ Pgh community activist says

BY: - July 8, 2021

Despite the shift, Homewood Children’s Village CEO Walter Lewis believes Homewood remains a neighborhood full of creative energy.

ACT UP Philadelphia calls for revamp of city’s housing services

BY: - July 7, 2021

To mark the end of Pride month and the ongoing fight for adequate housing, members of the Philadelphia chapter of the HIV/AIDS activism organization ACT UP held a protest outside of Mayor Jim Kenney’s condo in Old City.

Hunger strike ends at Pa. prison; organizers proclaim it a success

BY: - July 6, 2021

The hunger strike by more than 20 incarcerated men at State Correctional Institution-Phoenix in Montgomery County over prolonged solitary confinement is now over.

CDC study finds racial, regional disparities as schools in Pa., elsewhere, reopened for in-person learning

BY: - July 6, 2021

The highest racial disparities were in Ohio and Pennsylvania, where on average, students of color were 21 percent and 23 percent less likely to have access to full-time, in-person learning. 

COMMENTARY

Critical race theory: What it is and what it isn’t | Opinion

BY: - July 6, 2021

Critical race theory provides techniques to analyze U.S. history and legal institutions by acknowledging that racial problems do not go away when we leave them unaddressed.

COMMENTARY

What, to the slave, is the Fourth of July? | Frederick Douglass

BY: - July 4, 2021

In July 2020, as the United States found itself at a reckoning point on civil rights, the Capital-Star ran excerpts from a speech on the meaning of the Fourth of July delivered by the abolitionist and advocate Frederick Douglass in Rochester, N.Y., July 5, 1852. With that dialogue ongoing in 2021, we are continuing that embryonic tradition.

COMMENTARY

What to the descendants of enslaved people is the Fourth of July? | Opinion

BY: - July 4, 2021

The voting rights of formerly enslaved people in America are currently under attack. We demand access to the ballot without any undue hindrance to our right to vote. 

Pa. state prison inmates mount hunger strike, calling for end to solitary confinement

BY: - July 2, 2021

The hunger strike is in response to what advocates call inhumane torture in solitary confinement