Civil Rights & Social Justice

Gov. Wolf vetoes bill that tied voting machine funding to end of straight-ticket ballots

“Pennsylvania must secure its elections and provide real reform that makes it easier to vote,” Wolf said in a statement Friday.

Why a Pa. House resolution recognizing the Stonewall riots didn’t happen on the 50th...

Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta is the first LGBTQ person of color to be elected to Pennsylvania's General Assembly. It's part of the reason the Philadelphia Democrat wanted the state House to recognize the 50th anniversary...

Oscar Ramirez and his daughter Valeria: How much power does that powerful image have?...

By Nicole Smith Dahmen and Paul SlovicWhen the Associated Press published Julia Le Duc’s photograph of a drowned Salvadoran man, Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez, and his 23-month old daughter Valeria, it sparked outrage on...

Nineteen Pa. counties are actively collaborating with ICE to deport immigrants in local custody,...

Pennsylvania's county governments are "systematically cooperating" with federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials to deport undocumented immigrants who end up in local police custody.

ACLU lawsuit alleges State Police acted as immigration enforcement during traffic stops

Ten state motorists are suing the Pennsylvania State Police for alleged racial profiling and enforcing federal immigration law without a criminal warrant.The allegations stem from five separate incidents beginning in early 2017, some including...

How SCOTUS’ gerrymandering decision could put Pennsylvania’s own ruling in the spotlight

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that federal courts have no role to play in adjudicating accusations that political boundaries were drawn for partisan purposes. That 5-4 decision will have no impact on Pennsylvania's...

Thirty years after its release, Spike Lee’s ‘Do the Right Thing’ has lessons for...

Director Spike Lee's classic has lost none of its power with age. And the question it raises are just as vital and important as ever.

Pennsylvania marks 100th anniversary of vote in favor of women’s suffrage

On June 4, 1919, the U.S. Congress passed the 19th Amendment to give women the right to vote.But that wasn't the end of the story.To amend the U.S. Constitution, Congress sent the question to...

Bill banning female genital mutilation headed to Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk | Friday Morning...

The legislation is based on a House bill sponsored by Rep. Tom Murt, R-Montgomery

‘Juneteenth is American history,’ supporters say, as Pa. becomes 2nd U.S. state to make...

'Teach the young people we have to carry on our history,' Rep. Sue Helm, the holiday's legislative sponsor, said Wednesday.