Civil Rights & Immigration

U.S. House passes legislation to crack down on voter suppression

BY: - December 9, 2019

The U.S. House passed legislation on Friday that would give the federal government broader authority to police voting rights violations across the country.  The bill, a top priority for House Democrats, passed by a vote of 228-187, with just one Republican — Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania — breaking party ranks to vote for the […]

Decatur adopts LGBTQ-friendly law as annual rights list ranks Ga. cities.

BY: - November 20, 2019

This week, Decatur became the sixth Georgia city to approve a policy to protect people from discrimination by businesses due to their sexual orientation or gender identity. The new law figures to drastically raise Decatur’s score in next year’s Municipal Equality Index, an annual report that scores local governments inclusion of the LGBTQ community in […]

In the wake of Virginia’s blue wave, Congress renews ERA push

BY: - November 14, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House advanced a resolution on Wednesday that aims to ease the ratification of a Constitutional amendment that would ensure equality for U.S. citizens under the law, regardless of their sex. The Equal Rights Amendment was first introduced in Congress in 1923 and was passed overwhelmingly by the House and Senate in […]

Is DACA doomed? Supreme Court might side with Trump

BY: - November 13, 2019

WASHINGTON — Tens of thousands of Georgia residents could lose protections if the U.S. Supreme Court allows the Trump administration to rescind an Obama-era program for immigrants who were brought to the United States as children.  The court appears unlikely to salvage an Obama-era program that has allowed hundreds of thousands of young, unauthorized immigrants […]

DACA case heads to U.S. Supreme Court today

BY: - November 12, 2019

WASHINGTON — Can President Trump put an end to legal protections for a group of undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States years ago as children? The U.S. Supreme Court will consider that question Tuesday — and its answer will determine the fates of hundreds of thousands of young adults across the country, […]

Ga. medical marijuana law offers new opportunities for minority businesses

BY: - November 1, 2019

Tianna Smith sounds like a marketing executive when she talks about the entrepreneurial opportunity she sees in once-forbidden products like medical marijuana and hemp. “As a startup, how can I get connected with a cannabis attorney or a CPA that is going to understand this cannabis space?” said Smith, as she describes her vision for […]

COMMENTARY

Bookman: Confederate monuments in high-profile places are an insult

BY: - October 17, 2019

For well over a century, a tall stone obelisk has stood unchallenged as a monument to white supremacy in the city square in Decatur, Georgia. But no longer. The monument – erected in 1908 – still stands where it has always stood. The letters “C.S.A,” for Confederate States of America, are still carved in its […]

U.S. Supreme Court appears split as justices weigh landmark LGBTQ case

BY: - October 9, 2019

WASHINGTON – Key conservative justices on the U.S. Supreme Court appear open to the argument that federal law prohibits workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.  That issue was at the crux of a trio of cases heard by the court on Tuesday — the second day of its new term. The court’s […]

New U.S. citizens small in number, big on excitement for 2020 vote

BY: - October 8, 2019

Citizenship was a long time coming for Jeimy Soto Leon. She left Costa Rica in the summer of 2005 on a work visa to teach Spanish language in Gwinnett County public schools, with her three-year-old son Hasari in tow. Last month, after more than 14 years in her adopted home, Soto Leon said the pledge […]

U.S. Supreme Court to hear LGBTQ rights cases on Tuesday

BY: - October 7, 2019

WASHINGTON — Can employers legally fire people simply because they’re gay, lesbian or transgender? That is the question at the crux of a trio of cases – including one brought by a Georgia man – that will come before the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, the second day of its new term. Plaintiffs argue that […]

ACLU to argue against anti-abortion law in Atlanta federal court today

BY: - September 23, 2019

Oral arguments in a lawsuit seeking to stop a controversial law banning most abortions in Georgia from being implemented start Monday morning in federal court in Atlanta. The law, which would prohibit nearly all abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, would take effect on Jan. 1 without a preliminary injunction. A host of abortion […]

COMMENTARY

Dalton ‘Dreamer’ hopes court ruling lets him stay in adopted hometown

BY: - September 17, 2019

September marks not only the start of football season, but the start of the school year for many Georgians. Students from all walks of life will show up to their classrooms and lecture halls during this time. I’m one of those students, having recently started another year at Dalton State College. The beginning of September […]