Civil Rights & Social Justice

What 2020 does — and doesn’t — have in common with 1968 | Fletcher...

Sudden economic downturns and U.S. responses to foreign attacks or threats triggered three of the five turbulent years prior to 2020. One year – 1968 – featured domestic social and political turmoil.

Qualified immunity, explained. And why police reformers want to end it

in the 1960’s, the U.S. Supreme Court created a loophole, as a way to protect public servants from high-stakes lawsuits known as qualified immunity.

‘Feed The Hood’ providing free meals to honor Antwon Rose on 2nd anniversary of...

Feed the Hood has 500 meals earmarked for Hawkins Village. After Friday’s event there are plans to keep it as a distribution site.

June 24 virtual panel discussion looks at the history of central Pa.’s LGBTQ community

The event is being co-hosted by the LGBT Center of Central PA, and Penn State University Press at Midtown Scholar Bookstore in Harrisburg.

This is the moment: Defund the police, reinvest in people | Opinion

The uprising we’re witnessing, and the demand to defund police, is the sound of Americans speaking to our country’s police state in its own language.

Mayor Kenney declares Juneteenth an official Philly city holiday

Black people have celebrated the anniversary for more than 140 years, making it the oldest African-American holiday observance in the U.S.

What does it means to be Black, like me in America in 2020? |...

How does it feel to be Black in America? That question is at the root of our persistent problems within the United States.

‘Shameful!’ 3-day suspension for Erie cop caught on video kicking protester lights up social...

News of a 3-day suspension for an Erie police officer caught on video kicking an incapacitated protester has provoked angry reaction on social media, with some accusing police of a “double-standard.”

Philly launches independent investigation of police tactics, use of force against protesters

Officials did not provide details of the cost or timeline for completing the probe. Its results will be released to the public, officials said.

Pa. advocates hail SCOTUS ruling protecting LGBTQ workers from job discrimination

WASHINGTON — In a landmark victory for LGBTQ rights, the U.S. Supreme Court held Monday that employers can’t legally fire people because of their gender identity or sexual orientation.In a 6-3 opinion, the court ruled...