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‘Transgender’ Could Be Defined Out of Existence Under Trump Administration

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is considering narrowly defining gender as a biological, immutable condition determined by genitalia at birth, the most drastic move yet in a governmentwide effort to roll back recognition and protections of transgender people under federal civil rights law. A series of decisions by the Obama administration loosened the legal concept of gender in federal programs, including in education and health...

Called to Deeply Listen to Those Impacted by Police Violence

Hearing families who have been impacted by police violence speak is always a transformative and powerful experience for me. While I have been working with impacted families since 2009, the novelty remains as if I am hearing them for the first time. However, inviting audiences to listen to impacted families is a difficult endeavor that I have struggled with for nearly a decade. I first...

Federal Lawsuit Filed Against Gwinnett Over Rejected Absentee Ballots

Two civil rights groups representing Muslim and Asian-American resents are suing Gwinnett County elections officials and Secretary of State Brian Kemp in federal court over mail-in absentee ballots that the county has rejected. The Georgia Muslim Voter Project and Asian-American Advancing Justice-Atlanta filed the lawsuit against the county and Kemp late Monday night. The suit is a response to Gwinnett County elections officials decision to...

In Philadelphia, A Protest of Draconian State Prison Policies

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf is backing draconian measures to restrict mail, books and periodicals available to prisoners. On Oct. 10, over 100 protesters in Philadelphia demonstrated against the new policies, which were adopted by the state’s Department of Corrections (PADOC) last month. Gathering outside the Yards Brewing Company, where Wolf was holding a campaign fundraiser, several demonstrators managed to get inside the venue. They directly...

Violence Against Transgender People is On The Rise

Twenty years ago, two men brutally beat and tortured Matthew Shepard, a 21 year old gay college student in Laramie, Wyoming. Shepard died six days later — on October 12th, 1998. But it took until 2009 for President Barack Obama to sign the Matthew Shepard Act, which updated the federal hate crimes law to include crimes motivated by a victim's actual or perceived gender, sexual...

As Hurricane Michael Makes Landfall, 15 Florida Prisons Haven't Been Evacuated

As Hurricane Michael approaches the Panhandle and is expected to make landfall this afternoon, the Florida Department of Corrections still hasn't evacuated at least 15 state prisons in mandatory evacuation zones. According to a Tuesday news release from the FDC, "Safety of the public, FDC staff and inmates is paramount," and additional water and food supplies have been delivered. Facilities to receive evacuation aid so...

National Teachers Academy Community Goes to Court to Save School

Elisabeth Greer relies on the low-cost after-school childcare provided at the National Teachers Academy, where her kindergarten and third-grade children are students. But that service could become less affordable to her if NTA is converted to a high school and its students are moved to South Loop Elementary School, where the aftercare is more expensive. “If they take away my aftercare and I have to...

Brockton Group Rallying Against Public Education Inequities

BROCKTON – They’ve had enough and they’re not going to take it anymore. Brockton Interfaith Community said more than 300 citizens from Brockton and other communities in the area are gathering to demand fairness in public education funding in Massachusetts. The nonprofit organization, a progressive interfaith group that has previously campaigned for increasing the minimum wage, is holding its “public action” on education funding on...

Middletown Agrees to Pass Law to Provide Municipal ID Cards to All Residents

MIDDLETOWN -A city in Orange County is taking steps towards offering municipal identification cards. Middletown's Common Council agreed to pass an identification card program Wednesday, making them the third in the state after New York City and Poughkeepsie to offer municipal I.D. cards. For the past year, immigrants in Middletown say they have been fighting for the I.D. card program. They say the program will...

The Activists on the Front Lines of the Battle for Educational Justice in the US

As Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh objects to being held accountable for his behavior in high school, we look at the criminalization of black and brown students that has led to what is known as the school-to-prison pipeline. We speak with a roundtable of community activists engaged in the fight to save schools and push for alternatives to punishment and privatization. Their voices are highlighted...

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