Civil Rights & Immigration

Georgia’s hot summer of political mapmaking drama takes Capitol step

BY: - June 29, 2021

Georgia lawmakers held their first in-person hearing Monday on the once-a-decade process to redraw boundaries for the state’s congressional and legislative districts, introducing the public to a partisan drama set to play out this year.  Earlier this month, state House and Senate committees in charge of redistricting and reapportionment held a virtual hearing for residents […]

Relief payments to Black farmers stalled by conservative group lawsuits

BY: - June 28, 2021

WASHINGTON—Former Trump administration officials and conservative and libertarian nonprofits have launched lawsuits to block federal relief funds aimed at Black and minority farmers—a development that House Agriculture Committee Chairman and Atlanta Democrat David Scott calls “an evil system at work here.” Suits have been filed in Florida, Wisconsin and Texas that say it’s unconstitutional to […]

Biden signs law making Juneteenth a new federal holiday

BY: - June 18, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Thursday signed into law legislation declaring a legal public holiday annually on June 19, the date of the end of slavery in the U.S. known as Juneteenth. “Throughout history, Juneteenth has been known by many names—Jubilee Day, Freedom Day, Liberation Day,” Vice President Kamala Harris said at the White […]

Supreme Court sides with Catholic agency in gay foster care dispute

BY: - June 17, 2021

A unanimous decision by the U.S. Supreme Court Thursday handed a victory to a Philadelphia Catholic organization fighting with the city to continue rejecting applications from prospective foster parents who are in same-sex relationships. The decision falls short of a decisive win, either for those who seek to uphold religious liberty or those who champion […]

Camilla home where Black midwife delivered 6,000 babies endangered

BY: - June 6, 2021

The women came from all over rural south Georgia to have their baby delivered by Beatrice Borders, a Black midwife known as “Ms. Bea.” When Borders ended her run as a midwife, she had helped bring into the world as many as 6,000 babies at what is the only known birthing center of its kind […]

Georgia school board OKs limits on U.S. race topics educators can teach

BY: - June 4, 2021

The Georgia Board of Education voted 11-2 Thursday to approve a resolution that says the United States is not racist and that public school students should only be taught that slavery and racism are betrayals of the country’s founding principles. The resolution is a response to concerns that “critical race theory” could be taught in […]

State school board to consider ‘critical race theory’ ban in Georgia

BY: - June 2, 2021

The Georgia Board of Education has scheduled a special called meeting Thursday to discuss Gov. Brian Kemp’s call to ban the teaching of “critical race theory” in Georgia public schools. Critical race theory is an academic framework defining racism as upheld through legal and social structures rather than simply individual bias. Critical race theorists argue […]

Floyd family presses Biden on police reform; Atlanta marchers pay respect

BY: and - May 26, 2021

One year after George Floyd’s killing by a Minneapolis police officer, protesters took to the streets of Atlanta and Floyd’s family traveled to Washington D.C., where lawmakers have been attempting to craft a bipartisan bill to overhaul the nation’s policing laws.  Congress failed to act by the anniversary of Floyd’s death Tuesday — the deadline […]

ICE to close Irwin detention center where women alleged abuse

BY: - May 20, 2021

The Irwin County Sheriff’s Office detention center where immigrant women said they were subjected to unwanted medical procedures is losing its contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Department of Homeland Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas announced Thursday that he is ordering ICE to press forward with relocating staff, transferring the remaining immigrant detainees who pose security […]

U.S. House condemns Atlanta shootings and Asian American racism

BY: - May 19, 2021

WASHINGTON—The U.S. House on Wednesday passed a resolution condemning the March 16 mass shooting in Atlanta and reaffirming Congress’ commitment to combating racism and violence against the Asian American community, which has seen a spike in hate crimes since the onset of the pandemic. The resolution, H.Res. 275, passed, 244-180, though more than a dozen […]

Georgia’s juvenile detention struggles with staggering correction staff churn

BY: - April 26, 2021

Georgia’s criminal justice officials are banking on better pay to stem the staggering near-complete turnover rate for new juvenile correctional officers, who often leave discouraged by the highly demanding jobs that call for keeping order inside detention centers.    Georgia’s 97% turnover rate for entry-level corrections staff is significantly higher than neighboring Florida, which reached 64% […]

Decision to move All-Star game is met with scorn, disappointment

BY: and - April 2, 2021

The fallout from Georgia’s controversial new voting law resulted in an economic blow Friday when Major League Baseball announced it would move this summer’s All-Star game out of the state. The league’s decision to no longer hold the game in Cobb County on July 13 received a mixed reaction from the state’s elected officials as […]