Civil Rights & Immigration

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 […]

Ga. Lawmakers take 11th-hour aim at Delta after CEO’s voting law broadside

BY: - March 31, 2021

After weeks of pressure from protesters, major Georgia businesses including Delta Air Lines are taking a stronger stance against the sweeping voting bill signed by Gov. Brian Kemp that opponents say will make it more difficult to cast a ballot, especially for minority voters. “I need to make it crystal clear that the final bill […]

Georgia lawmaker vows fight after arrest during protest of voting bill

BY: - March 26, 2021

State Rep. Park Cannon has been released from jail following a protest in front of Gov. Brian Kemp’s office as the governor signed a controversial bill Thursday evening that restricts access to the ballot box. In a statement released Friday, Cannon thanked supporters and vowed to fight on. “I will continue to fight for the […]

Senate revives bill that would make protests that block highways a felony

BY: - March 22, 2021

A bill placing new restrictions on protests and the cities where they take place was revived late last week after failing to get a vote in a state Senate committee earlier. The proposed law would increase penalties for protest tactics including blocking a highway after police tell protesters to leave. It would also require demonstration […]

U.S. House approves Dreamers immigration bill over GOP objections

BY: - March 18, 2021

Updated March 19 11:30 a.m. to correct that a list of Republicans in this report who voted in favor of the DREAM Act mistakenly included Rep. Mark Amodei of Nevada. WASHINGTON — The U.S. House passed two bills Thursday that would grant legal status to broad groups of immigrants living and working in the United States, […]

Asian American lawmakers denounce spa shootings, rise in violence

BY: - March 18, 2021

Georgia’s five Asian American lawmakers — Sens. Michelle Au and Sheikh Rahman, and Reps. Sam Park, Marvin Lim and Bee Nguyen — and their allies are calling for action against racism and misogyny after a 21-year-old white man was charged with killing eight people, including six women of Asian descent, in three shootings across the metro Atlanta area Tuesday. Park, a […]