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Civil Rights

  1. the judicial branch
    With Mitch McConnell’s Help, Trump Now Has 60 Confirmed Federal JudgesThe Senate has confirmed the president’s nominations for federal judges across the country, under the leadership of Mitch McConnell.
  2. GOPers Balk at Honoring John McCain instead of Segregationist DemocratIt’s not Richard B. Russell’s fellow Democrats but Republicans who are hesitant about renaming a Senate building to honor McCain.
  3. Federal Building Named After Segregationist Might Be Renamed After McCainIt’s time to remove the name of the genteel racist Richard Russell from the Senate’s oldest office building. Giving it McCain’s is a good pretext.
  4. Conservative Christian Baker Back in Court Over a Gender-Transition CakeJack Phillips is probably hoping to get a better answer from a Supreme Court where Brett Kavanaugh has replaced Anthony Kennedy.
  5. lawsuits
    Baker Who Refused Cake to Gay Couple Is Still Refusing CakesJack Phillips is suing the state of Colorado for being sanctioned after discriminating against a transgender woman.
  6. ‘New Information’ Leads DOJ to Reopen Emmett Till Murder CaseIn a book released last year, the woman who had accused Till of harassing her admitted it was a lie.
  7. How We Can Get a More Equal UnionFifty years since the Kerner Commission’s landmark study of racial inequality, we face similar problems. The issue lies in how we talk about equality.
  8. We Should Take Oprah 2020 Seriously, But Not LiterallyThe minute Oprah Winfrey becomes a politician, she’ll lose altitude, but she’d start from lofty heights.
  9. Activist Erica Garner Dies at 27She had become a major civil-rights advocate after the death of her father at the hands of police in 2014.
  10. harvey weinstein
    New York Attorney General Opens Civil-Rights Inquiry Into Weinstein CompanyThe company is being examined for gender discrimination and other civil-rights violations.
  11. Jeff Sessions Takes a Stand Against Protecting Gay WorkersThe Dept. of Justice’s new position is that federal civil-rights law doesn’t cover employees targeted by anti-gay bias
  12. A Century After JFK’s Birth, White Catholics and Black Voters Have Drifted ApartIn 1960, overwhelming percentages of those demographics lifted him to the presidency. That coalition is broken today.
  13. DeVos Appoints Professional Clinton-Hater to Key Civil-Rights PositionThe woman who will for the time being run DoEd’s Office of Civil Rights has has quite the career of ideological extremism and intense partisanship.
  14. Trump’s Justice Department Drops Opposition to Texas Voter-ID LawAfter six years of fighting the law, the DOJ suddenly decided that Texas Republicans couldn’t possibly have intended to disadvantage minority voters.
  15. Trump’s Pick to Enforce Civil Rights Is an Expert at Defending GOP Voting LawsJohn Gore has defended Republican redistricting plans and voting-roll purges against allegations of civil-rights violations.
  16. Paul LePage Explains Civil Rights to John LewisApparently the man who was beaten at the Edmund Pettus Bridge needs to thank Republicans.
  17. Racist or Not, Sessions Chose the Wrong Side in the Fight for Voting RightsWe should fear that Trump’s attorney general pick will use his enormous powers against the powerless — because he’s done it before.
  18. civil rights
    The Personality Characteristic That Predicts TransphobiaIt helps to be able to handle ambiguity.
  19. Virginia Governor Grants 13,000 Felons Voting RightsAfter the state supreme court blocked his executive order to re-enfranchise 200,000 people.
  20. musicals
    A Rosa Parks Musical Is in Development in LondonA full production is being planned.
  21. civil rights
    It Turns Out a Brief Conversation Really Can Change Minds on LGBT IssuesData falsification was only a temporary roadblock to an important finding that could fight bias against transgender people and other groups.
  22. Justice Department Investigates Civil-Rights Violation in Arizona PrimaryThe department is investigating reports of disproportionate wait times in areas with high levels of minority voters.
  23. Could Cops Use Facebook Reactions to Target Criminals?The fraught relationship between law enforcement and social media will only be further complicated by Facebook’s new feature.
  24. Footage Emerges of Bernie Sanders Being Arrested at 1963 Antisegregation ProtestIt will surely bolster Sanders’s civil-rights record, which some in the Clinton campaign have recently called into question.
  25. r.i.p.
    Civil-Rights Activist Amelia Boynton Robinson Has DiedShe was 104.
  26. Civil-Rights Icon Julian Bond Has DiedThe lifelong champion of minority rights was 75.
  27. Rick Perry, Republicans, and the African-American VotePerry is clear about the past, confused about the present.
  28. john oliver
    John Oliver Has a Simple Rule for Avoiding TransphobiaIf you wouldn’t ask Jimmy Carter whether he’s circumcised, don’t ask a trans person about their genitals.
  29. 66-Year-Old Nebraska Woman Sues All Gay PeopleThe seven-page handwritten lawsuit is titled Driskell v. Homosexuals.
  30. Eric Holder Has Become a ‘Black Political Superhero’His exit is a glimpse into the grief two years from now when the first black family leaves the White House.
  31. No Civil-Rights Charges for Former Ferguson Police Officer Darren WilsonThe Justice Department found no way to prove that Wilson’s use of force against Michael Brown was “objectively unreasonable.”
  32. Feds Demand More Sports for Girls in New York City Public SchoolsThe New York City public-school system needs to find 3,862 more openings in athletic programs if it wants to create equal opportunities for young women.
  33. Closings
    A Miami Diner That Stands As a Civil-Rights Pioneer Will Close Today“I can’t tell you how uncomfortable they were serving black people.”
  34. The NYPD Pressures Jailed Muslims to Become Police InformantsMeet the Citywide Debriefing Team.
  35. Shoppers Now Have a ‘Bill of Rights’ Against Profiling, for What It’s WorthNot much, one victims says.
  36. Complaints
    Ex-Employee Accuses Hooters of Racial DiscriminationFarryn Johnson says her hair coloring landed her in trouble.
  37. March on Washington’s 50th Anniversary PhotosEric Holder and other leaders spoke about the continued need to fight for civil rights.
  38. Zimmerman Won’t Be Getting His Gun Back After AllAt least not yet.
  39. Bill Thompson Makes Stop-and-Frisk a Personal Issue in Mayoral RaceHe got unusually heated on the subject last night.
  40. NYPD Violated $22 Million Worth of Civil Rights in a YearIncluding settlements for police brutality, racial discrimination, and the wrongful arrest of a 12-year-old.
  41. Alabama Court Is Not OK With Man Who Buried Deceased Wife in Front YardThe man has appealed the decision.
  42. Frank Rich on The Last Word: Did Romney Fight for Civil Rights Within His Church?Romney was very active in the church at a crucial time.
  43. History
    Chicago’s Forgotten Role in the Lunch Counter Sit-In MovementOn Martin Luther King Jr. day, remembering a little-known site of a civil rights protest.
  44. Michigan Inmate Brings Lawsuit 12-Year-Old Boys Can’t Wait to CitePorn and video games are a civil right, he says.
  45. The ‘Original Civil Rights Photographer’ Unveiled As FBI InformantIt is an amazing betrayal.”
  46. Arizona Sheriff Could Give Two Hoots About the Rights of Illegal Immigrants, Federal ProbesThe DOJ filed a suit against Joe Arpaio for failing to turn over documents in a civil-rights probe.
  47. Chris Smith: Are Voters Ready for Civil Rights Redux?Senator Barack Obama gave a brave, powerful, important speech yesterday in Philadelphia, but he was forced to deliver it by the greatest crisis of his candidacy: the furor created by the incendiary remarks of his former Chicago pastor, the Reverend Jeremiah Wright.
  48. Al Sharpton to Go to Chicago, Take on Jesse Jackson? Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton have had a difficult relationship over the years — at times a bitterly difficult one — and it’s about to get even more complex. This week, Sharpton will go into direct competition with Jackson, his theoretical mentor and occasional father figure, by opening a branch of his civil-rights advocacy group, National Action Network, in Jackson’s hometown of Chicago, where the elder activist’s own civil-rights advocacy group, the Rainbow/PUSH coalition, is headquartered. “There is a demand in that market, and we’re answering that demand,” Sharpton told New York, innocently. “Every generation does its own thing. Growth of the movement is a good thing.” A Chicago press conference to announce the new National Action Network chapter is planned for Wednesday, and neither Jackson nor anyone from Rainbow/PUSH is on the list of scheduled speakers. But someone interesting is: the Reverend Jeremiah Wright Jr., Barack Obama’s pastor. (He’s the guy who once titled a speech “Audacity to Hope,” giving Obama book ideas.) While it’s unclear if Wright is sidestepping his fellow Chicago clergyman to ally with Sharpton, his daughter, Jeri Wright, definitely is. She’ll be running Sharpton’s new outpost. She gave Jackson a heads-up earlier this week, she said, and he wasn’t upset: “He said, ‘Whatever I can do to help, just let me know.’” —Geoffrey Gray Related: Rev Vs. Rev [NYM]
  49. Clothing Bargains for Transgender People, Too!In another small victory for the city’s ever-brawnier transgender-rights movement, Loehmann’s, that venerable mecca of fashion markdowns, has agreed to let its customers choose fitting rooms and restrooms based on the gender they identify as rather than the one they may look like to the rest of us. The decision came after Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund filed a complaint with the city’s human-rights commission because the Seventh Avenue store last year denied Jane Galla, “a transgender woman and regular Loehmann’s shopper,” as the press release describes her, access to the women’s dressing room. Galla took today’s news with aplomb. “Like all New Yorkers, I appreciate a good bargain,” she said in the release, “but the price is too high if I have to endure discrimination when I go shopping.” Agreed. But, well, what if it’s a really good bargain? —Tim Murphy
  50. Breaking: Jailing People for Speaking Out May Be IllegalA Manhattan federal jury has confirmed something you probably knew all along: It seems throwing political protesters in the slammer, instead of writing them a ticket, kinda sorta interferes with the First Amendment. The NYPD’s lock-’em-up policy, born amid the paranoia of 2001, was short-lived (it’s already off the books) and resulted in about 30 arrests, which now may mean 30 settlements for NYPD to cough up. The biggest mistake the boys in blue apparently made was committing the policy to the books in the first place: Nothing leaves a paper trail like, well, paper. The demonstrators’ side alleged that the practice had existed for years as an unwritten rule — ever since the 1999 Amadou Diallo shooting and the spate of rallies it occasioned. Lacking concrete proof, the jury didn’t buy it; if it had, the city would be looking at about 350 more settlements. Darned First Amendment. Jury Rules Against NYPD’s Rally Lockups [NYDN]
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