Civil Rights & Social Justice

Tax Day 2019: This is how U.S. tax law discriminates against women, LGBTQ Americans,...

Instead of reflecting a society constantly striving to better itself, U.S. tax laws are mired in the past.

How the Pa. General Assembly is trying to expand rights for crime victims

The House and Senate have approved a dozen victim-centered bills over the last past week, including a few identical versions of the same bill passed by both chambers.

‘We will have to take on their shares’: Pennsylvania General Assembly remembers 11 victims...

"I am overwhelmed at the unified show of support," said Rep. Dan Frankel, a Democrat who represents the Squirrel Hill neighborhood where the synagogue is located.

Lawmakers are taking a new approach to give older child sex abuse victims the...

A House committee advanced bills from two members who are survivors of childhood sexual abuse Monday, as the lawmakers seek justice for minor victims.

Meek Mill, Van Jones back Pennsylvania lawmakers’ push to reform parole and probation

A bipartisan coalition of activists and lawmakers gathered Tuesday to make the case.
Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia. Source: Flickr user James Cridland.

In Philadelphia, big gains in public health happen in grocery stores — not a...

When it comes to improving the health of an entire community, it takes a lot more than just medical insurance and proximity to doctors.Rep. Joanna McClinton, the youngest woman to be elected chair of...

It’s Equal Pay Day. Here’s how Pa. lawmakers want to close the gender wage...

April 2 marks Equal Pay Day in the United States, an occasion that calls attention to the fact that women in America earn less on average than men.According to the National Committee on Pay...

New exhibit pays tribute to Pennsylvania women who were ‘Game Changers’

After Gov. Tom Wolf assumed office in 2015, First Lady Frances Wolf took note of the distinct decorations lining the walls of her husband's Capitol office: portraits of his male predecessors."And I thought, 'What...

Why does the Pa. Legislature begin sessions with prayer? Experts say it’s more than...

When a member of Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives gave a fiery Christian prayer before the chamber welcomed a new Muslim lawmaker on Monday, critics were quick to denounce it as Islamophobic and unconstitutional.In a...