Civil Rights & Social Justice

Pa. Attorney General Josh Shapiro joins lawsuit to block Trump restrictions on family planning program

BY: - March 5, 2019

The filing comes a day after California Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed a separate federal challenge to the administration’s rule change.

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Abortions rise worldwide when the U.S. cuts family planning funding | Analysis

BY: - March 4, 2019

Abortion rates tripled in Latin America and doubled in Africa under the Bush-era 'global gag rule.' The law, which Obama repealed and Trump reinstated, cuts funding for abortion providers abroad.

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Glen Mills case proves Pennsylvania needs to do more to protect vulnerable kids | Opinion

BY: - March 4, 2019

Too many young people in Pennsylvania residential foster care are subjected to a pattern of abuse and maltreatment.

Pennsylvania gets C+ grade from national gun control group

BY: - February 26, 2019

The Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence gave Pennsylvania’s gun laws a slightly better mark in 2018 following the passage of a bill restricting domestic abusers’ access to firearms. Passing the law improved Pennsylvania’s grade from a C to a C+. Judged by strength, the commonwealth’s gun laws rank 12th in the nation, according to […]

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The ‘Green Book’ is out of print, but its message still resonates today | Opinion

BY: - February 26, 2019

The history behind the Best Picture winner. From the 1930s to the 1960s, 'The Negro Motorist's Green Book' and 'Travelguide: Vacation and Recreation Without Humiliation' offered African-American roadtrippers lists of black-friendly businesses.

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Trump’s Title X gag rule is an attack on the most vulnerable | Opinion

BY: - February 26, 2019

The irony of taking away family planning services in the name of reducing abortion is startling.

Will paper personal mail return to prisons? Corrections secretary says ‘no’

BY: - February 25, 2019

Since September, people incarcerated in Pennsylvania’s prison have not received original copies of their personal mail. Will that change? For the moment, the state’s Corrections secretary says “no.” Under a policy designed to keep drugs out of prisons, letters and photos are sent to Smart Communications, a Florida company with a three-year, $15.8 million contract […]

A view of the Old Eighth Ward looking west from the State Street Bridge. The buildings to the right were razed to make room for the Capitol Park. Source: Dauphin County Historical Society, reprinted with permission.

A monument at the Capitol will honor Harrisburg’s long-gone immigrant and African American neighborhood

BY: - February 25, 2019

The journalist J. Howard Wert journeyed to the underworld in 1912 — and he lived to tell the tale. “These shacks have been speakeasies, gambling halls, and foul dens of prostitution,” Wert wrote in a Harrisburg Patriot-News column, describing alleys just a stone’s throw from Pennsylvania’s state Capitol. “Around some linger legends of deeds of beastiality […]

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

BY: - February 22, 2019

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 vast disparities across the commonwealth in the quality of representation for capital case defendants who are unable to pay.” Right now, […]

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

BY: and - February 22, 2019

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

BY: - February 22, 2019

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 press release, the Department of Corrections said it will implement a new policy by April 6 that allows incarcerated persons […]

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

BY: - February 22, 2019

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 occasionally sputtering constitutional republic is still more exceptional than any other nation on Earth. They’re core to our conception of ourselves […]