Civil Rights & Social Justice

‘A People’s Budget:’ Activists rally at the Capitol for a higher minimum wage, free college, and better school funding

BY: - April 17, 2019

'Estamos listos para este poder?' -- 'Are you ready for this power?' one activist asked.

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I’m a Mexican immigrant. Without a higher minimum wage, the American Dream is still out of reach | Latinx Voices

BY: - April 17, 2019

A Mexican immigrant came to the United States seeking a better life. After 20 years, her salary still doesn't reach $10 an hour. A higher minimum wage would elevate all workers.

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Tax Day 2019: This is how U.S. tax law discriminates against women, LGBTQ Americans, and people of color | Analysis

BY: - April 15, 2019

Instead of reflecting a society constantly striving to better itself, U.S. tax laws are mired in the past.

How the Pa. General Assembly is trying to expand rights for crime victims

BY: and - April 14, 2019

The House and Senate have approved a dozen victim-centered bills over the last past week, including a few identical versions of the same bill passed by both chambers.

‘We will have to take on their shares’: Pennsylvania General Assembly remembers 11 victims of Tree of Life synagogue massacre

BY: - April 10, 2019

"I am overwhelmed at the unified show of support," said Rep. Dan Frankel, a Democrat who represents the Squirrel Hill neighborhood where the synagogue is located.

Lawmakers are taking a new approach to give older child sex abuse victims the chance to sue

BY: - April 8, 2019

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

BY: - April 3, 2019

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 doctor’s office

BY: - April 2, 2019

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 the House Democratic Caucus, knows that firsthand. Growing up in the Southwest Philadelphia neighborhood that she now serves as a […]

It’s Equal Pay Day. Here’s how Pa. lawmakers want to close the gender wage gap

BY: - April 2, 2019

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 Equity, the symbolic holiday indicates how long a woman has to work into 2019 to earn what an average man […]

New exhibit pays tribute to Pennsylvania women who were ‘Game Changers’

BY: - April 1, 2019

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 about women of Pennsylvania?'” the first lady said in a recent interview with the Capital-Star. “It just started asking the […]

Why does the Pa. Legislature begin sessions with prayer? Experts say it’s more than just tradition.

BY: - March 30, 2019

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 two-minute prayer, Rep. Stephanie Borowicz, R-Clinton, called Jesus “our only hope” and willed “every knee” to bow to God. Minutes […]