Civil Rights & Social Justice

‘This is the best opportunity we’ve had’: Why advocates think this could be the year Pa. bans LGBTQ discrimination

BY: - May 5, 2019

Just five years ago, central Pennsylvania voters rejected an incumbent after he came out as gay. Former Rep. Mike Fleck, a Republican from Huntingdon County, lost a tight primary in 2014, two years after he first publicly acknowledged his sexual orientation. Since then, state lawmakers who remain have tried time and time again to ban […]

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‘We cannot ignore the threads’ that connect acts of hate, Holocaust survivors, supporters say at Capitol ceremony

BY: - May 1, 2019

Wednesday's remembrance ceremony in the ornate reception room outside Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf's office in the Capitol was the 35th annual observance.

These two party bosses used to oppose open primaries. Now, they’re all in

BY: - May 1, 2019

Alan Novak spent eight years as the chairman of Pennsylvania’s Republican Party, trying to secure votes for GOP candidates across the state. During that time, Novak said, his party “didn’t think much about independent” voters. And as a party boss, he didn’t think that voters should participate in primary elections unless they registered as Democrats […]

Good-government groups join forces to push open primaries to top of Pennsylvania’s reform agenda

BY: - April 30, 2019

Pennsylvania currently has closed primaries, meaning a registered voter can only help narrow a field of candidates in the spring if they belong to the same party.

Fetterman reports high support for cannabis legalization, decriminalization

BY: - April 30, 2019

Lt. Gov. John Fetterman told Democratic lawmakers on Monday that residents in 50 counties have shown strong support for legalizing recreational cannabis for adults. Appearing Monday before a joint hearing of the House and Senate Democratic Policy committees, Fetterman shared the preliminary findings from his statewide recreational marijuana listening tour, which began in January, and will […]

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Immigrants aren’t a roadblock to progress or prosperity. They amplify it | Gisele Barreto Fetterman

BY: - April 29, 2019

America has always been a home for the exiles and asylum-seekers, for anyone looking for a better life.

California Synagogue Shooting: Pa. officials react to violence at Congregation Chabad in Poway

BY: - April 28, 2019

The shooting came six months to the day of the mass shooting at Tree of Life in Pittsburgh, Pa.

High stakes for Pa. as Supreme Court grapples with census citizenship question

BY: - April 25, 2019

The high court's eventual decision could have significant consequences for Pennsylvania’s federal funding and political representation.

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Pa. Rep. Joyce helped elevate false claims migrants in Arizona were carrying tuberculosis. Republicans only have themselves to blame

BY: - April 24, 2019

Joyce's statements are an unfortunate reminder that Republicans have turned undocumented immigrants into a faceless other to be feared.

The controversy over Lt. Gov. Fetterman’s marijuana listening tour, explained

BY: - April 23, 2019

Fetterman's initiative has come under attack this month from Republican lawmakers, who claim the strong show of support for legalization doesn’t reflect what they see in their districts.

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Taking undocumented immigrants’ housing won’t help the ‘most vulnerable,’ Mr. President | John L. Micek

BY: - April 23, 2019

The Trump administration is upping the ante in its war on undocumented immigrants with a new proposal to boot them from public housing — all in the name of helping “the most vulnerable” Americans. But immigration activists and advocates for low-income Pennsylvanians say all the White House’s plan would do is leave thousands of children, […]

As legal pot efforts take hold across the country, opponents organize in Pennsylvania

BY: - April 22, 2019

Bills that would legalize recreational marijuana for all adults in Pennsylvania are presumed to be dead on arrival in the state House and the Senate, where one Republican leader called the idea “reckless and irresponsible.”