Civil Rights & Social Justice

#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...

State Police attempt to assuage GOP concerns on new immigration policies

In February, Republicans expressed grave concerns over new Pennsylvania State Police policies that limit cooperation with federal immigration authorities. Some state House Republicans went as far as saying Pennsylvania had been made a de-facto "sanctuary...

Anti-poverty advocates call for a “New Moral Agenda” for Pennsylvania

In a single sentence, Xavier Thomas, a youth climate activist from Philadelphia, summarized the philosophy of anti-poverty advocates who rallied at Pennsylvania’s state Capitol today. “We shouldn’t be living in poverty in one of the...

House panel hears from judges on how to fix state criminal justice system

A panel of state judges met with the Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee Tuesday to discuss the state’s criminal justice reform efforts. Inside the state Supreme Court building, seven judges from counties across the commonwealth expressed...

Senate says defamation lawsuit against Leach accuser will not affect investigation

As a state senator's defamation lawsuit against a woman accusing him of sexual assault advances through court, Democratic Senate leaders in Harrisburg insisted this week it won't affect their independent investigation of the accuser's...

Senate security employee escorted out of Capitol as harassment suit works through court: report

*This story was updated on Wednesday afternoon to include comments from senate secretary Megan Martin. More than a year after she accused her then-supervisor for sexual harassment, a top official with the state Senate security...

Pregnant women shouldn’t have to choose between a job and a healthy baby |...

By Jeannette Cox Pregnant women in low-income work often face an unappealing choice: lose their job or perform duties that endanger their health and that of their baby. Walmart, the biggest private employer in the U.S.,...

When it comes to passing hate crimes laws, go beyond mere statistics | Opinion

This is a case where we need to go beyond the numbers when deciding an issue that may be one more based on morality than science.

The hugely important court fight over abortion rights you’re not hearing about is right...

The U.S. Supreme Court is getting all the attention. But here's another reason why the states are critically important to the abortion rights fight too.