Civil Rights & Social Justice

Despite Protests, TX Passes Tough New Abortion Restrictions

Despite Protests, TX Passes Tough New Abortion Restrictions
Republicans used their majority to cut short debate and give preliminary approval early Monday to some of the toughest abortion restrictions in the country as time was running out on the Texas Legislature's special session.
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NYC Mayor Wants ‘Due Process,’ But Doesn’t Object to Secret Orders Tossing Tenants

NYC Mayor Wants ‘Due Process,’ But Doesn’t Object to Secret Orders Tossing Tenants
Mayor Bill de Blasio commented for the first time Monday on the Daily News/ProPublica’s investigation into the NYPD’s use of the nuisance abatement law to boot hundreds of people from homes — saying while he supports the underlying “concept” of the law to keep neighborhoods safe, he thinks “there should always be due process” and promised to “look carefully at protocols.”
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The NYPD is Kicking People Out of Their Homes, Even if They Haven’t Committed a Crime

The NYPD is Kicking People Out of Their Homes, Even if They Haven’t Committed a Crime
The NYPD is Kicking People Out of Their Homes, Even If They Haven’t Committed a Crime - And it’s happening almost exclusively in minority neighborhoods.
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Thoughts on Western Stand-Off From Florida

Thoughts on Western Stand-Off From Florida
Over three weeks ago, a group of armed men occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Oregon. The armed stand-off between the occupiers of a federal reserve and everyone else turns on a fundamental disagreement about democratic government and public property in America.
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Everything You Need to Know About the Planned Parenthood Videos

Everything You Need to Know About the Planned Parenthood Videos
On Monday, a grand jury indicted David Daleiden, founder of the Center for Medical Progress, and Sandra Merritt, a center employee, on felony charges of tampering with government documents and a misdemeanor charge related to purchasing human organs. The charges stem from the investigation surrounding the controversial Planned Parenthood videos that surfaced last summer.
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Bad Grandpa: The Ugly Forefather of New York’s Affordable Housing Debacles

Bad Grandpa: The Ugly Forefather of New York’s Affordable Housing Debacles
Thus began a 2001 article by Eric Lipton in The New York Times. It must come as no surprise to the reader that almost 15 years later, ProPublica detailed how New York City failed to police expensive tax subsidies it gave out to developers in exchange for limiting rent increases and including a modest number of affordable apartments in projects.
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Schools Allowing Apple To Spy On Your Kids — MN Lawmakers Act

Schools Allowing Apple To Spy On Your Kids — MN Lawmakers Act
You know that iPad your school has given your kid to use? Apple is using it to collect data on your children and market to them, according to privacy advocates. “It’s a goldmine to be able to use that (data),” said Rep. John Lesch (DFL). “You get them young, that’s really worthwhile. You know their prime spending years for technology are going forward.”
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Colorado Independent Sues Denver: Release the Michael Marshall Tapes

Colorado Independent Sues Denver: Release the Michael Marshall Tapes
The Colorado Independent has sued the City and County of Denver demanding the release of videotapes showing sheriff’s deputies’ fatal confrontation with Michael Lee Marshall, a mentally ill, homeless man, in the city jail.
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Scene from ‘Making a Murderer’ Echoes in Etan Patz Case

Scene from ‘Making a Murderer’ Echoes in Etan Patz Case
It is one of the most controversial moments from the Netflix sensation “Making a Murderer” — the graphic pre-trial news conference held by local prosecutors seeking to convict a Wisconsin man and his nephew of murder. The lead prosecutor, in front of television cameras and radio microphones, talks in detail about the alleged confession of the nephew, complete with details of the rape and strangling of a young woman.
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100,000 NYC School Children Face Airport-Style Security Screening Every Day

100,000 NYC School Children Face Airport-Style Security Screening Every Day
On the coldest morning New York City has seen this winter, a stream of teenage students hit a bottleneck at the front of a Brooklyn school building. They shed their jackets, gloves and belts, shivering as they wait to pass through a metal detector and send their backpacks through an x-ray machine. School safety agents stand nearby, poised to step in if the alarm bleats.
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