Civil Rights & Immigration

Commission recommends new names for 9 Army bases to end ties to Confederacy

BY: - May 24, 2022

WASHINGTON — The group in charge of renaming military installations that have continued to honor Confederates released its recommendations for nine bases on Tuesday.  The Naming Commission, created by Congress in a defense authorization bill, is set to give its final report to the U.S. House and Senate Armed Services committees before Oct. 1, though […]

Federal judge allows continued Title 42 migrant expulsions at the border

BY: - May 20, 2022

WASHINGTON — A federal judge in Louisiana on Friday temporarily blocked the Biden administration from ending Title 42, a designation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that has allowed border patrol officials to turn migrants away at the border. The order from U.S. District Court Judge Robert Summerhays for a preliminary nationwide injunction will stop […]

Freedom of speech is under attack in public schools, U.S. House panel told

BY: - May 19, 2022

Students and teachers told U.S. House members during a Thursday hearing that their right to talk about race and LGBTQ+ issues in public schools is being silenced due to an onslaught of new state laws as well as pressure on school boards from right-wing advocates. “To be crystal clear, this is about disrupting and destroying […]

COMMENTARY

An attorney’s perspective on the leaked Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade

BY: - May 18, 2022

The leaked Supreme Court opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization (drafted by Justice Alito in case 19-1392) looks to overturn the 1973 decision in Roe vs. Wade. Dobbs is a case following a Mississippi law that bans almost all abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. What exactly does this decision mean? Note that the leaked […]

People gather for abortion rights rally at Colorado Capitol in Denver

BY: - May 14, 2022

For the second consecutive Saturday, people gathered in downtown Denver to demonstrate support for abortion rights. The “Bans off our Bodies” rally took place at the Colorado Capitol, where abotion-rights supporters, many waving signs, listened to speakers, including Adrienne Mansanares, CEO and president of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, which organized the May 14 […]

Denver council members walk out on homelessness speakers marking camping ban’s 10-year anniversary

BY: - May 10, 2022

Unhoused people and housing advocates attended Denver City Council’s public comment on Monday and pushed it over by more than an hour, with the entire Council except one member leaving while people continued to speak. The speakers were organized by Housekeys Action Network Denver to bring attention to this week’s 10-year anniversary of the passing […]

McConnell doesn’t rule out U.S. Senate vote outlawing abortion if GOP takes control

BY: - May 9, 2022

WASHINGTON — Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell isn’t ruling out bringing a nationwide abortion ban up for a vote, should the U.S. Supreme Court end the constitutional right to terminate a pregnancy and his party regains the chamber in the November elections. The Kentucky Republican was somewhat reserved last week when repeatedly asked by reporters […]

Vote on abortion rights planned in U.S. Senate next week, but likely will fall short

BY: - May 5, 2022

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer will force a vote next week on a bill to codify abortion protections, following the disclosure that the Supreme Court could be ready to overturn a landmark abortion rights ruling, he and other Senate Democrats announced Thursday.  The effort appears largely symbolic. Democrats are well short of the 60 […]

Overturning Roe would hand power over abortion to states. Many would ban it.

BY: and - May 4, 2022

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down a nearly 50-year-old right to abortion would lead to strict restrictions or bans by states across nearly half the country almost immediately. The court is poised to overturn the landmark 1973 case Roe v. Wade, as well as a subsequent ruling on fetal viability, according to an initial […]

Aurora camping ban estimated to cost $2 million a year

BY: - May 3, 2022

The Aurora City Council reviewed the costs and implementation of its recently enacted urban camping ban in a study session on Monday. Multiple Council members pointed out that the ordinance is not capable of being enforced currently because certain provisions are not being met, specifically the lack of storage policy for the belongings of residents […]

COMMENTARY

We have the tools to build an extraordinary civilization. We ought to use them.

BY: - April 29, 2022

This commentary originally appeared in the Ohio Capital Journal. Too often sharing the news feels like being a messenger of madness. Every day, foundational democratic institutions suffer sustained assault while a corrupt, extremist right-wing tyranny over Ohio politics and policy reigns. As important as it is to chronicle the “first draft of history” by finding […]

Florida gave voting rights to people with felony convictions. Now some face charges for voting.

BY: - April 29, 2022

Florida authorities arrested a Black man while he was staying in a homeless shelter and charged him with voting illegally in a case tied to Republicans’ drive to root out election fraud. But Kelvin Bolton’s arrest raises questions about the rollout of Amendment 4, passed by Florida voters in 2018 to restore voting rights to […]