Civil Rights & Social Justice

After 45 days, only one GOP senator has co-sponsored anti-lynching bill

After 45 days, only one GOP senator has co-sponsored anti-lynching bill
“Well, sometimes it’s good to be first."
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A South Dakota Jury May Have Sentenced a Man to Death Because He Is Gay

A South Dakota Jury May Have Sentenced a Man to Death Because He Is Gay
One of the jurors who imposed the death penalty on Charles Rhines said he didn't want to send him to prison because "if he’s gay, we’d be sending him where he wants to go.”
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Target Refused a Flu Shot to a Man With HIV—Then the Retailer Doubled Down

Target Refused a Flu Shot to a Man With HIV—Then the Retailer Doubled Down
A lawsuit filed in Minnesota state court accuses the retailer of refusing to give a flu shot to a customer because he's HIV-positive.
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El Paso County Deputies Started A Fight Club To Reward Use Of Force Against Prisoners

El Paso County Deputies Started A Fight Club To Reward Use Of Force Against Prisoners
The county dismissed the “fight club” as simply bad judgment.
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A Proposed House Amendment Wouldn’t Ban Same-Sex Couples From Adopting—It’s Even Worse Than That

A Proposed House Amendment Wouldn’t Ban Same-Sex Couples From Adopting—It’s Even Worse Than That
Under the proposed amendment, states would effectively be unable to prohibit religiously affiliated child-welfare agencies from denying services to millions of people.
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Black Lives Matter Is Still Here

Black Lives Matter Is Still Here
Black Live Matter is still going strong five years later - and avoiding the mistakes of their predecessors.
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The House Could Soon Give Jeff Sessions’ $50 Million to Wage the War on Drugs

The House Could Soon Give Jeff Sessions’ $50 Million to Wage the War on Drugs
Kanya Bennett is Legislative Counsel at the ACLU's Washington Legislative Office
While the House was busy passing the divisive “
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In Passing ‘Blue Lives Matter’ Bill, House Lawmakers Ignore Civil Rights Leaders

In Passing ‘Blue Lives Matter’ Bill, House Lawmakers Ignore Civil Rights Leaders
Civil rights groups believe that the U.S. Senate version of the bill, which establishes crimes against law enforcement as hate crimes, is significantly worse.
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'What Took So Long?': Coming Out When You’re Well Into Adulthood

'What Took So Long?': Coming Out When You’re Well Into Adulthood
A new memoir explores why it’s OK to be uncertain about your identity at any age.
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Council Member Pushes Habitat for Humanity to Restore Homes to Displaced Families

Council Member Pushes Habitat for Humanity to Restore Homes to Displaced Families
A New York City Council member is asking the local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity to find housing for several families who were displaced as the charity carried out a project to buy and renovate buildings in Bedford-Stuyvesant. Though the properties were purportedly long vacant, a ProPublica investigation published last week found that tenants in several buildings were pressured to leave shortly before the charity moved to buy them.
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