civil-rights

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Black Americans are more likely to be harmed by high drug prices. How one Pa. lawmaker is trying to help | Tuesday Morning Coffee

BY: - July 13, 2021

Nearly 30 percent of people who take prescription medications struggle to afford them. The burden is disproportionately borne by Black Americans, a new report concludes.

Allegheny Co. President Judge Kim Clark says systemic racism exists in courts

BY: - July 12, 2021

Clark, who has served as a judge since 1999, and as president judge since 2018, is the first Black person to hold the top position in Allegheny County history.

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This is why reparations are always about more than money | Opinion

BY: - July 12, 2021

Past atrocities do not end when the physical violence comes to an end. The violence continues to affect the social, cultural and economic lives of those targeted far into the future.

Pa. Youth Congress hits Keystone State corporations for lack of LGBTQ support

BY: - July 10, 2021

Preston Heldibridle, the group's executive director, said that the organization has seen benefits from its work during Pride month.

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Critical race theory: What it is and what it isn’t | Opinion

BY: - July 6, 2021

Critical race theory provides techniques to analyze U.S. history and legal institutions by acknowledging that racial problems do not go away when we leave them unaddressed.

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What, to the slave, is the Fourth of July? | Frederick Douglass

BY: - July 4, 2021

In July 2020, as the United States found itself at a reckoning point on civil rights, the Capital-Star ran excerpts from a speech on the meaning of the Fourth of July delivered by the abolitionist and advocate Frederick Douglass in Rochester, N.Y., July 5, 1852. With that dialogue ongoing in 2021, we are continuing that embryonic tradition.

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What to the descendants of enslaved people is the Fourth of July? | Opinion

BY: - July 4, 2021

The voting rights of formerly enslaved people in America are currently under attack. We demand access to the ballot without any undue hindrance to our right to vote. 

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Closures of Black K-12 schools across the nation threaten neighborhood stability | Analysis

BY: - June 29, 2021

Residents of the St. Louis neighborhood known as The Ville have been fighting for years to stop the closing of Charles H. Sumner High School, the oldest historically Black high school west of the Mississippi River.

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We are all Jews now. To fight anti-semitism, it’s time to don a Kippah | Bruce Ledewitz

BY: - June 23, 2021

Anti-Semitism threatens us all. We are all Jews. And we must show solidarity - here's an easy way to do that.

Alle. Co. DA Zappala faces rising criticism over reports he retaliated against Black attorney

BY: - June 4, 2021

Ed Gainey, the Democratic nominee for Pittsburgh mayor, has joined the chorus of voices calling for an investigation into Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala.

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Tulsa Massacre at 100: A lesson in Black bravery and resilience | Michael Coard

BY: - June 1, 2021

Like a Black phoenix literally rising from the ashes, Black folks courageously pushed onward and upward.

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Change universities to change capitalism | Opinion

BY: - May 26, 2021

Producing a truly more humane and effective system will also require changing American higher education.