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L.A. County approves $3.9-million settlement for minor assaulted in juvenile hall

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a $3.9-million settlement Tuesday in a federal civil rights lawsuit involving an assault on a minor at one of the county’s juvenile halls. The minor, identified in court records as J.M.M., suffered a head injury during a fight with another youth...

Theaster Gates Wins $100K Nasher Prize For Sculpture

"Gates is a fitting choice at a time when the United States has immersed itself in a re-examination of race and the divisions it spawns in American society. He doesn't shy from taking on civil rights as an issue in his expansive portfolio, which [Nasher Sculpture Center director Jeremy] Strick said is tied 'to the […]


It’s always cool to pass the enormous mural of Civil Rights icon, John Lewis, on Sweet Auburn Avenue, and it was especially nice as part of Bicycle Tours of Atlanta’s Journey for Civil Rights Tour. But what’s even better, at least for...Show More Summary

Nikki Giovanni Soul Food, Sex, and Space

'In the 1960s, Nikki Giovanni was a revolutionary poet of the Black Arts Movement that nourished civil rights. She had a famous dialogue with James Baldwin in Paris in 1971. As a professor at Virginia Tech, she brought beauty and courage by the way of poetry after the shooting there. Show More Summary

ACLU moves from defense to offense, starting in Kris Kobach’s home state

Flush with cash and a newfound demand for activism, the American Civil Liberties Union next month will launch a new effort to expand voting rights in all 50 states that … Click to Continue »

Trump picks lawyer who works to restrict minority votes as head of civil rights at Homeland Security

In what is sure to be another devastating blow to minority rights under the Trump administration, Donald Trump has chosen a woman named Cameron Quinn to head civil rights at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Since we know that...Show More Summary

'This is not the American Way': NAACP sues Trump over decision to end DACA

The historic civil rights organization NAACP has joined in the legal action against Donald Trump over his cowardly decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, “ alleging that Trump violated due process,...Show More Summary

Dolores Huerta: The Civil Rights Icon Who Showed Farmworkers ‘Sí Se Puede’

A key architect of the nationwide grape boycott that galvanized the farmworkers' rights movement, her legacy has long been overshadowed. A new film aims to change that. Huerta speaks with NPR.

Liz "Snorkel" Thomas Wants You to Thru-Hike Your City

The former fastest woman to hike the AT is stitching together ambitious routes right in the middle of urban civilization

Saudi Arabia arrests two rights activists: NGOs

Two prominent Saudi human rights defenders were arrested last weekend, campaigners said Tuesday, amid an ongoing crackdown on dissenters in the kingdom. Abdulaziz al-Shubaily and Issa al-Hamid are both members of the local Civil and Political Rights Association (ACPRA), which Saudi authorities banned and shut down in 2013. Show More Summary

‘Btch needs to swing from a tree‘: Civil Air Patrol chief gets job back after lynching threat against lawmaker

6 days agoNews : The Raw Story

A Civil Air Patrol officer in Kansas has been reinstated despite making a lynching threat against a Republican state lawmaker who introduced legislation that would have restricted the right to carry concealed handguns on college campuses. The Hays Daily News reports that Jonathan Holder, the Kansas...

Jason Stockley case: City hid evidence, family lawyer of Anthony Lamar Smith says

6 days agoNews : The Raw Story

The lawyer for the family of a black man shot and killed by a police officer in St. Louis in 2011 says city officials withheld critical evidence that allowed the city to settle a wrongful death civil rights suit for a lower sum. Al Watkins, the lawyer for the family of Anthony Lamar Smith, said...

A ‘Quest for Justice’ for Murdered Civil Rights Pioneer, 52 Years Later

6 days agoNews : NYTimes: News

Who killed Alberta Jones, Louisville’s first black prosecutor, in 1965? Prodded by a professor, the police are trying again to find out.

The Latest: Lawsuit alleges excessive force against blacks

last weekNews : The Cutline

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on a civil rights lawsuit against Columbus following the arrest of a man in a convenience store Sept. 1 (all times local):

Board holds off for now on LGBT discrimination declaration

The Michigan Civil Rights Commission is holding off for now on deciding whether to declare that discrimination against LGBT people in employment, housing and public accommodations is already unlawful under … Click to Continue »

Roll Out And Roll Up: The LAUSD's Civil Rights iPads, Four Years Later

I still remember the excitement in our building when the district and the corporations first rolled them out.

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"I believe that Donald Trump poses a clear and present danger to our democracy, to our institutions, to the rule of law, to the civil rights and human rights of so many Americans, to the economic distribution of wealth — which is already skewed out of proportion to where it should be. Show More Summary

St. Louis Protests Persist, Defense Fund for Michael Flynn, Scary Clowns Back in the News: New at Reason

last weekNews : Reason

Protests continue in St. Louis following the acquittal of a police officer for killing a black man after a car chase. The Department of Justice says they will not be filing federal civil rights charges against the officer. And eyewitness...Show More Summary

80+ Groups Highlight Actions Department of Justice Can Take to Respond to and Prevent Hate Violence

On Friday, HRC joined more than 80 organizations on a letter to Acting Assistant Attorney General John Gore at the Department of Justice (DOJ) Civil Rights Division outlining steps that the DOJ should take in the wake of white supremacist violence in Charlottesville and other bias-motivated crimes across the country. Show More Summary

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