Civil Rights & Immigration

Georgia AG joins court fight against Biden administration transgender protections

BY: - August 31, 2021

Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr is joining counterparts in 19 other states to sue the Biden administration over federal anti-discrimination protections for transgender students. “The administration is willfully circumventing the authority of Congress and ignoring the rule of law with this regulatory overreach,” Carr said in a statement. “There is an established process to change […]

Democrats seek support services for survivors of Native American boarding schools

BY: - August 23, 2021

WASHINGTON — Democratic lawmakers are pushing federal agencies to provide support for survivors of and communities affected by American Indian boarding school policies, the decades-long practice of forcibly sending Native American children to faraway boarding schools that rejected their tribal cultures. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Rep. Sharice Davids (D-Kansas) sent a request this month […]

COMMENTARY

DACA: Nine years later, many remain unfree in the land of the free

BY: - August 22, 2021

President Barack Obama stated that undocumented individuals “are American in their heart, in their minds, in every single way but one – on paper” as he announced the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program in June 2012. It hit home. I was six years old when my mother, a single mother of three and a […]

Afghan evacuees to arrive in the U.S. through Virginia, Wisconsin military bases

BY: - August 17, 2021

WASHINGTON — The first U.S. stop for the nearly 2,000 Afghan interpreters and other refugees evacuated so far amid the collapse of the Afghan government has been central Virginia’s Fort Lee military base. Tapped for its East Coast location and its ability to quickly ramp up to serve as a temporary host installation, the Army base […]

Ossoff proposes federal response to new state election laws in Right to Vote Act

BY: - August 5, 2021

Georgia Sen. Jon Ossoff introduced legislation Wednesday that he says will protect Americans’ right to vote from state legislatures. “We see that politicians in Georgia and in states across the country are seeking to restrict access to the ballot, targeting Black voters just to gain a partisan advantage in elections,” Ossoff said at a virtual […]

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 […]