civil-rights

‘Hate will not prevail in America’: Biden marks 60 years since March on Washington

BY: - August 28, 2023

The U.S. still hasn’t met the goals of the Civil Rights Movement, President Joe Biden said Monday, the 60th anniversary of one of the movement’s most iconic events. Six decades to the day after the 1963 March on Washington, where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech, Biden urged Americans not […]

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The past has passed. We cannot go back | Lloyd E. Sheaffer

BY: - July 16, 2023

There are some among us who want to turn back the clock. We must keep marching forward.

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The U.S. Supreme Court last month reversed decades of legal precedent by striking down affirmative action and ending educational institutions’ ability to consider an applicant’s race as one factor in a holistic review process. (Rich Hundley III/ Governor's office)

The end of affirmative action is as American as chattel slavery | Opinion

BY: - July 14, 2023

We have an obligation to move our reality toward one that perfects the promises of our nation’s most hallowed documents for all.

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John Roberts lives in a colorblind fantasyland | Opinion

BY: - July 12, 2023

In Roberts’ neighborhood, racism is an outmoded vestige of the past that doesn't warrant judicial empathy or relief.

The U.S. Supreme Court is considering whether a web designer can refuse to create wedding websites for same-sex couples. (Photo illustration by Iowa Capital Dispatch with images via Canva)

Philly reacts to U.S. Supreme Court siding with anti-LGBTQ+ wedding designer

BY: - July 2, 2023

The ruling provides a 'green light' for businesses to discriminate, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said.

Lorie Smith, the owner of 303 Creative, a website design company in Colorado, speaks with supporters outside of the U.S. Supreme Court Building on Dec. 5, 2022, in Washington, DC. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in her favor Friday. (Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

Colorado designer does not have to make websites for same-sex couples, U.S. Supreme Court rules

BY: - June 30, 2023

In a statement, the Philadelphia LGBTQ Bar Association denounced the ruling, calling it 'dangerous.'

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The U.S. Supreme Court is poised to dismantle a key part of the Great Society. Here’s how | Opinion

BY: - June 8, 2023

The high court is likely to strike down affirmative action for college admissions, undermining racial equality.

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Vice President Kamala Harris and Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff (White House photo)

New national strategy fighting antisemitism is more necessary than ever | Opinion

BY: - June 4, 2023

As the U.S. prepares to celebrate its 250th birthday, the work of a more perfect union continues.

Ohio AG on bathroom policies: Law does not protect ‘subjective preferences’ of trans people

BY: - May 31, 2023

It comes after Ohio GOP lawmakers introduced a bill banning transgender students from using the bathroom and locker room that aligns with their gender identity.

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‘It’ll be fine, I’ll be with a white girl’: Words of wisdom and a warning | Monday Morning Coffee

BY: - May 22, 2023

Jordan Neely died for no reason. For too many, Black lives still don’t matter enough. Words from a teen remind us of why.

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Flag of Pennsylvania and LGBT. Pennsylvania and LGBT Mixed Flag waving in wind. 3d rendering.

The time for dignity rights in Pennsylvania has come | Fletcher McClellan

BY: - May 2, 2023

Twenty-one states have constitutional or legal provisions that prohibit discrimination on the basis of LGBTQ+ status. Pa. is not one of them

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After Pitt forum, say it loud: Transgender rights are human rights | Thursday Morning Coffee

BY: - April 20, 2023

Woke? Our transgender friends and neighbors are wide awake. It's some of the rest of us who need the wake-up call.