Civil Rights & Social Justice

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

BY: - June 17, 2020

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

COMMENTARY

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

BY: - June 17, 2020

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

BY: - June 17, 2020

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

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

BY: - June 17, 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 media 

BY: - June 16, 2020

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

BY: - June 16, 2020

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

BY: and - June 15, 2020

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 that employers who fire individuals “merely for being gay or transgender” violate Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, […]

Pa. House panel approves police reform bills, with full vote as soon as next week

BY: - June 15, 2020

All the proposals — four from Democrats, one from a Republican — passed unanimously through the GOP-controlled committee with little comment from lawmakers. 

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We need transformational change to cure the virus of racism infecting police | Opinion

BY: - June 15, 2020

Five years ago, after Michael Brown’s death at the hands of Ferguson, Mo, police, the National Urban League called for comprehensive police reform.

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Say her name: Dominque Fells. And what Pa. lawmakers can do next | Monday Morning Coffee

BY: - June 15, 2020

Two Black Trans women were killed within 24 hours in the U.S. last week. The White House's response? Increase discrimination.

COMMENTARY

Let’s strive to make rubber bullets relics of the past. There is a path forward | Opinion

BY: - June 15, 2020

A rubber bullet conveys a clear message about force and who holds the monopoly on it. I never thought I’d be writing about their use in my country.

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Why ‘Defund the Police’ is a slogan ripe for Republican exploitation and distortion | Dick Polman

BY: - June 15, 2020

The good news for America is that Donald Trump is crashing his presidency the same way he bankrupted casinos, with recent polls showing him significantly trailing Joe Biden. His own advisers reportedly say that his internal numbers are “brutal.” The bad news for America – potentially – is that Trump may have found a life […]