Civil Rights & Social Justice

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...

Pa. House and Senate Democrats, Gov. Wolf tout bills fighting workplace harassment, discrimination

House and Senate Democrats gathered Tuesday to roll out a package of bills they say would ensure a safe and equitable workplace for all state residents.

Muslim lawmaker calls for unity one day after Pa. House member delivers ‘Islamophobic’ prayer

A Muslim lawmaker in Pennsylvania's General Assembly called for unity one day after a fellow House member delivered a prayer decried as Islamophobic. Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Philadelphia, said Tuesday he'd been hesitant to offer the...

The officer who fatally shot a black teen in East Pittsburgh was acquitted. But...

On Friday, the former police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager in East Pittsburgh was acquitted of murder and manslaughter charges. Supporters of Antwon Rose II, who was 17 at the time of...

#MeToo complaints against Pa. lawmakers would be investigated by independent office under legislation

With little fanfare, the Pennsylvania state House adopted new sexual harassment rules at the start of session, streamlining a process whose vagaries had allowed members to stick around despite misconduct allegations — even from...