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.

Chris Alexander has been nominated for New York's Executive Director of the Office of Cannabis Management, and former Assembly member Tremaine Wright is nominated for the state's Chair of the Cannabis Control Commission.

The Supreme Court's vote to keep in place Texas' restrictive abortion law that effectively undermines the historic Roe v. Wade decision is also a gut punch to the Black women who have long been demanding reproductive justice.

The Colorado police officers and paramedics involved in the death of Elijah McClain more than two years ago were indicted in an unexpected ruling from a grand jury that aims to hold them accountable.

#BlackLivesMatter

It looks like the story of Joshua Feast, a 22-year-old Black man who was fatally shot by La Marque, Texas, police officer Jose Santos on Dec. 9, 2020, will end the way far too many stories like his end—with police not being held accountable. 

Crime

Gulfport police have issued an arrest warrant for Benjamin Eugene Dagley, whose criminal history was revealed after he attacked MSNBC correspondent Shaquille Brewster during a live on-air report about Hurricane Ida from Mississippi.

A generation of Black people fighting for liberation has been confined to the system; the Movement for Black Lives seeks to break the cycle of suppressing Black dissent in the fighting for Black liberation.

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear paved the way for rights restoration for over 170,000 residents after his election in 2019, but advocates say thousands more remain stuck in an 'arbitrary' restoration process.

#BlackLivesMatter

In an exclusive interview with CNN, Jacob Blake detailed how his shooting has left him in fear for himself and other Black people vulnerable to suffering the same fate he did, and how he won't feel like he truly survived his encounter with police "until something has changed."

#BlackLivesMatter

Antwan Gilmore was asleep in his car when he was approached by Washington D.C. police officers and shot to death in another egregious example of cops shooting first and asking questions last.

The longest filibuster by an individual senator, Strom Thurmond's opposition to the 1957 Civil Rights Act, paved the way for current anti-voting rights obstruction. Picking up the mantle from the ancestors, modern-day voting rights advocates continue to push for Congressional action.

Jayla Jackson took the stage at the March On For Voting Rights rally in Atlanta, Georgia Saturday morning poised and ready to work. The 16-year-old poet and activist calmly took a breath then delivered one of the most impactful speeches of the entire day.

Bodycam video of NBA player Jaxson Hayes getting arrested in front of his home suggests LAPD officers may have employed a similar neck restraint that was used during the police murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis last year.