Discrimination

Equal Rights Amendment may be near ratification, but must overcome old deadline

WASHINGTON – The Equal Rights Amendment may be close to ratification following Democratic wins in Virginia’s House and Senate and proposed House and Senate resolutions to remove the ratification deadline. The ERA would guarantee equal constitutional rights to a person…

Divided Supreme Court hears arguments over young immigrants program

WASHINGTON – With a crowd of protesters just outside of the building, the justices of the nation’s highest court heard arguments Tuesday that may determine the fate of a popular program that protected young immigrants from deportation. At issue is…

Congress looks to remove ‘illegal alien’ from federal use

WASHINGTON – Just three years ago, the words “oriental” and “negro” were removed from federal laws and regulations, after a bill to ban the offensive words unanimously passed Congress. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-New York, pushed the legislation through, under the…

Despite #MeToo era, most top colleges share little about sexual assaults

WASHINGTON – Despite the rise of the #MeToo movement, most of the nation’s largest public universities are less than transparent about how they handle sexual assault cases on campus.  A six-month-long investigation by Capital News Service found that among the…

Biased landlords ignore disability rights, uphold segregation, activists say

WASHINGTON — Disability, race, gender, mental illness, and criminal history are used by landlords against low-income renters to deny access to public housing. That’s according to Lydia Brown, a fellow with Washington’s Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health…

Black maternal health crisis prompts politicians, providers to act

WASHINGTON — One previous cesarean section, a five-page written plan outlining post-delivery care for her oldest child and around 12 weeks of natural childbirth classes still didn’t prove to be enough preparation for the arrival of Allyson Brown’s second child.…

In tribute to Henrietta Lacks, Maryland Democrats ask study on cancer trials access

WASHINGTON — Maryland Democrats have introduced legislation honoring Henrietta Lacks’ legacy by examining the access underrepresented groups have to government-funded cancer clinical trials. The Henrietta Lacks Enhancing Cancer Research Act directs the Government Accountability Office to publish a report scrutinizing…

High court hears arguments over future of Bladensburg Peace Cross

WASHINGTON – Justices on the Supreme Court appeared split Wednesday during oral arguments over the constitutionality of a 40-foot Peace Cross that has stood in Bladensburg, Maryland for nearly a century. Most of the conservative-leaning justices stayed relatively quiet during…

House Democrats introduce bill to fight voter suppression

In 1965, the Voting Rights Act was passed, ensuring the right to vote to black voters as well as enforcing oversight of places where voter suppression was common. In 2013, the Supreme Court struck down the oversight requirement. House Democrats want to bring it back to guarantee that exclusionary voting laws are not passed.

High court to hear arguments Wednesday on Bladensburg Peace Cross

BLADENSBURG, Maryland – When Steven Lowe first saw a 40-foot cross in a median strip here 30 years ago, he was too busy to think much of it. But as he drove and biked around it during his retirement, questions…