Civil Rights & Social Justice

Discover the most up-to-date news, commentary, and archives on civil rights, human rights, and social justice issues that impact the Black community.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed a lawsuit last Thursday against the Whiting-Turner Contracting Company in Clarksville, Tenn., which is is accused of violating the 1964 Civil Rights Act by openly discriminating against its Black employees.

As a part of its advocacy on behalf of Johnson, Missourians for Alternatives To The Death Penalty also noted that despite the Supreme Court precedent, there are many people who would qualify for reprieve based on intellectual disability but are still executed. 

Owen Diaz said while he worked at Tesla, his co-workers taunted him with racial slurs, racial graffiti and suggestions that he "go back to Africa." A jury awarded Diaz $130 million in punitive damages and $6.9 million for emotional distress.

A TikTok video went viral this week that shows a young black man being berated by an Asian man in a college dorm room.

Police Brutality

California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law the Kenneth Ross Jr. Decertification Act of 2021, a measure that provides "a pathway for revoking the licenses of law enforcement officers who commit serious misconduct, even if it does not rise to the level of criminal charges

#BlackLivesMatter

27-year-old Ian Mackenzie Cranston is now charged with second-degree murder, first-degree manslaughter, second-degree manslaughter, first-degree assault and two counts of unlawful use of a weapon in the shooting death of 22-year-old Barry Washington Jr., who he allegedly shot for complimenting his girlfriend.

National

New York’s ABC News reported the sculptures were a part of an exhibition called “See Injustice” by artist Chris Carnabuci. The installation is a project of the organization CONFRONTART.  

Speaking at the D.C. march, SisterSong’s Executive Director Monica Simpson said that fighting for abortion access was a fight against white supremacy.  "As Black women and people of color, our bodily autonomy is essential to our freedom," Simpson said. 

Fudge says that when coupled with the full promise of the Biden administration's Build Back Better Agenda, this is a chance in a lifetime to fundamentally transition the way individuals and families are housed and supported in communities. Housing affordability also includes homeownership and support for making that pathway more accessible to a broader group of people.

A South Bend, Indiana Federal Judge ruled against the wrongful death lawsuit Of Eric Logan after he was shot and killed by police on June 16, 2019.

Education

The University of Kent, which is in the UK, is encouraging students to take a four-hour course on white privilege, pronoun use, and microaggressions, and students who pass the course win a gold star.

8-year-old Fanta Bility was shot and killed outside a suburban Philadelphia high school football game in Sharon Hill last month. Now investigators believe "with certainty" Sharon Hill police officers fired the gunshots that killed her. The DA is seeking a grand jury.