Civil Rights & Social Justice

ACLU asks Pa. Supreme Court to declare the death penalty unconstitutional

The Pennsylvania branch of the American Civil Liberties Union has asked the state's highest court to declare the Keystone State's death penalty statute unconstitutional, arguing that it violates equal protection provisions because of "the...

Pa. critics blast Trump’s federal funding ban for clinics that provide abortion, abortion referrals

The administration's rule change would affect more than 169,000 Pennsylvania patients, about 38 percent of whom are served by Planned Parenthood

Legal mail policy at Pennsylvania prisons will be revised under settlement

A controversial policy on copying and storing legal mail at Pennsylvania prisons will be revised under a nearly finished settlement between groups that advocate for incarcerated persons and the state Corrections department. In a Friday...

One nation under who? New poll paints perilous picture for American pluralism | John...

America has a bunch of foundational myths — George Washington and his famed cherry tree; the belief that anyone can get ahead if they just work hard enough; and the stubborn belief that our...

State civil rights commission will host meeting in Carlisle after KKK fliers found

The commission in charge of investigating civil rights violations in Pennsylvania will host at least one meeting in Carlisle after police found fliers seemingly distributed by the Ku Klux Klan. Carlisle Police said in a...

Victims’ rights amendment Marsy’s Law moves out of House committee

A bill aimed at protecting the rights of crime victims advanced out of state House committee 19-4 Thursday, with Democrats and Republicans on both sides of the tally. Marsy's Law, introduced by Rep. Sheryl Delozier,...

As U.S. hate group activity hits a new high, the Southern Poverty Law Center...

Pennsylvania-based hate groups ranging from Holocaust deniers and neo-Nazis to white nationalists and the Ku Klux Klan all popped up on the Southern Poverty Law Center's radar last year, providing a fuller picture of...

‘His legacy lives on’: K. Leroy Irvis, Pennsylvania’s only black House speaker, remembered

K. Leroy Irvis is remembered as "the Lion of Pennsylvania" -- a civil rights champion, incorruptible force for good, and the commonwealth's first black state House speaker. Perhaps less noted is his great sense of...

Latino, community leaders in York announce second annual Latino Health Summit

YORK, Pa. -- Political and community leaders, as well as healthcare executives from across this south-central Pennsylvania city gathered Tuesday to announce their effort to address health disparities among Hispanic-Americans in Pennsylvania. The second Latino...

Attorneys say state prison policy on legal mail has stymied communication with clients

A lengthy back-and-forth on copiers and paper jams isn't the most compelling courtroom drama, but it gets to the heart of a lawsuit against the state Corrections Department and its new legal mail policy. After...