Civil Rights & Social Justice

Honoring ‘The Great Migration,’ Pa. state agencies celebrate Black History Month

The event, in the Forum Auditorium, behind the state Capitol, focused on the legacy of "The Great Migration."

Pa. House Speaker Mike Turzai will reintroduce Down syndrome abortion ban bill

Pennsylvania's state House Speaker has fired the first shots of 2019's culture war, saying he plans to reintroduce a controversial bill that would ban abortions based on a diagnosis of Down syndrome, even though...

This is what hate and extremism looked like in Pennsylvania last year | The...

Welcome to The Numbers Racket, an occasional Capital-Star feature offering deep, but user-friendly, dives into some important data.

Could this be the year Pennsylvania lawmakers ban LGBTQ discrimination?

The legislation, nicknamed the Fairness Act, has never been brought up for a vote. This year could be different.

Pa. can’t be a role model on criminal justice reform if we undermine peoples’...

By Andy HooverElected officials and corrections administrators in Pennsylvania have been doing a bit of a victory lap after the recent announcement that our state prison population dropped by 1,000 people in 2018. On the...

Philly lawmaker wants Major League Baseball to honor Roberto Clemente

In 298 career games against the Philadelphia Phillies, Roberto Clemente — baseball's first Latino star and a Pittsburgh Pirates great — slashed a .330 average against the cross-state rivals. That was his second best...

As the fight over Trump’s Wall rages in Washington, Pa. Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon...

The delegation headed by House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer "will meet directly with immigrant advocates about the humanitarian situation as well as receive a border security briefing."

Can the Pa. Legislature be trusted to investigate its own #MeToo allegations?

There is still no system to investigate sexual harassment complaints uniformly in the Pennsylvania General Assembly. Bipartisan lawmakers are floating proposals to change that.

Wolf, lawmakers have to step up this budget season to help survivors of sexual...

The time is now to provide additional, sustained resources to help survivors weathering the storm both today and in the future.

Pa. voters spoke: On Budget Day, it’s time for Wolf, lawmakers to turn those...

As the draw up a new state budget for 2019-2020, Gov. Tom Wolf and the General Assembly need to hear the voices of all Pennsylvanians. Not just special interests.