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A Texas federal court decision is the latest hit to voting rights in America

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Joshua A. Douglas is a law professor at the University of Kentucky J. David Rosenberg College of Law. He is the author of Vote for US: How to Take Back Our Elections and Change the Future of Voting. Follow him on Twi...

Google Doodle honors civil rights activist who fought school segregation in California in the 1940s

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Hispanic Heritage Month kicks off on Tuesday, and Google is fittingly celebrating with a new Google Doodle -- of civil rights pioneer and business owner Felicitas Mendez. Mendez, born in 1916 in Puerto Rico, is most...

JK Rowling’s new book sparks fresh transgender rights row

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London JK Rowling has once again come under fire from transgender rights activists, this time for her new crime novel, which features a cross-dressing serial killer. Published Tuesday, "Troubled Blood" by Robert Galb...

This Republican Senate candidate appears to have no idea what the Voting Rights Act is

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Former Auburn University head football coach Tommy Tuberville is favored to beat Democratic Alabama Sen. Doug Jones this fall and join one of the world's most exclusive clubs. Which makes his recent answer to a ques...

Florida attorney general asks for investigation of Bloomberg’s efforts to reinstate felon voting rights

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Florida's attorney general has requested that the FBI and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigate Michael Bloomberg's efforts to reinstate the voting rights of felons by paying their fees, according to...

Democrats propose legislation to put more human rights controls on foreign arms sales

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Washington Democratic lawmakers are planning to introduce legislation to put more stringent human rights constraints on the United States' foreign arms sales, arguing that countries with a history of unresolved human...

Ministries and photographer claim Virginia LGBTQ rights law forces them to ‘violate’ their beliefs

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A Christian conservative legal group has filed lawsuits on behalf of nonprofit ministries and a photographer, saying a new Virginia law offering LGBTQ protections forces them to "abandon" their beliefs. The Virgini...

NYPD planned assault and mass arrest of protesters with ‘kettling’ tactic, Human Rights Watch says

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The New York Police Department planned the assault and mass arrest of nearly 300 protesters in a Bronx neighborhood in June using a tactic known as "kettling," Human Rights Watch said in an extensive report released...

Voting rights groups speed payments to help ex-felons in Florida ahead of registration deadline

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A group working to restore voting rights to former felons in the battleground state of Florida is racing to deliver money to court clerks to help pay off court fees and fines as a voter-registration deadline and Ele...

The killing of a Black transgender woman means this year is tied as the deadliest on record for transgender Americans, rights group says

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The recent killing of Felycya Harris, a Black transgender woman, marks a tragic milestone: It means 2020 is now tied as the deadliest year for transgender and gender-nonconforming people -- and there are still three...

Chicago Blackhawks statue vandalized with paint and an indigenous rights phrase

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A Chicago Blackhawks statue outside of the professional hockey team's downtown arena was vandalized early Monday with splashes of bright paint across a likeness of the team's mascot and an indigenous rights phrase n...

Amy Coney Barrett grilled on voting rights as 2020 election is underway

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Judge Amy Coney Barrett declined to say Wednesday whether she believes voter discrimination still exists in America and, in some of the testiest exchanges with senators this week, rejected suggestions that she would...

US considering declaring major human rights organizations are anti-Semitic

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Washington The US State Department is considering declaring that several widely respected human rights organizations are anti-Semitic, according to multiple sources who have been made aware of the conversations. Th...

US joins countries with poor human rights records to denounce ‘right’ to abortion

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Washington The US has joined a group of largely repressive governments in co-sponsoring an international declaration that challenges the right to an abortion. The Geneva Consensus Declaration, sponsored by Brazil, Eg...

LGBTQ Rights Milestones Fast Facts

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Here is a look at LGBTQ milestones in the United States. LGBTQ is an acronym meaning lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer or questioning. The term sometimes is extended to LGBTQIA, to include intersex and a...

A street in Nashville has been renamed after the late civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis

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A street in Nashville has been named after the late civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis. Metro Council members voted on Thursday to rename a portion of 5th Avenue North to Rep. John Lewis Way, councilwoman Zulfat Suar...

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