Race + Equity

‘Abortion absolutely is healthcare’: U.S. House panel told as GOP pursues nationwide ban

BY: - September 29, 2022

A nationwide abortion ban would widen disparities in healthcare and drive up the maternal mortality rate, particularly among Black women, physicians and advocates told a U.S. House panel on Thursday. “Women’s progress has always been inextricably linked with the ability to control our own bodies,” Jocelyn Frye, the president of the National Partnership for Women […]

Limited-English voters face barriers to casting ballots in Arkansas

BY: - September 27, 2022

Language poses a big challenge for voters with limited English proficiency in Arkansas, where ballots are only printed in English. Newly naturalized citizens are often afraid to vote because they don’t understand the ballot, said Mireya Reith, executive director of immigrant advocacy group Arkansas United. Voters with limited English proficiency also worry poll workers won’t […]

Tribal law enforcement boosted under bill proposed by members of Congress from the West

BY: - September 23, 2022

A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers re-introduced legislation Thursday to provide more resources for tribal law enforcement, an issue they say has become more urgent as Congress begins to consider how to respond to a July Supreme Court case that complicated state-tribal criminal jurisdiction. The bill, introduced in the House by U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego […]

Faith leaders urge minimum wage hike, expanded child tax credit as Congress nears recess

BY: - September 22, 2022

This story has been updated WASHINGTON — Faith leaders pressed Congress to pass voting rights legislation, a $15 minimum wage and a permanent expansion of the child tax credit during a Thursday briefing on Capitol Hill. “Poverty is a policy choice,” Rev. Dr. William Barber, co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign, said to lawmakers. Barber, […]

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Justice Department funds to aid tribal law enforcement and help Indigenous victims of crime

BY: - September 22, 2022

The U.S. Department of Justice announced it will provide more than $246 million in grants to Native American and Alaska Native communities for improvements in law enforcement and justice. The well-received announcement was made in Anchorage on Wednesday at the start of the federal government’s annual tribal consultation conference on violence against women. Allison Randall, […]

Tribal leaders testify before Congress about sovereignty in legal systems

BY: - September 21, 2022

Sovereignty on Native American land is being attacked by the United States’ highest court, leaders from various tribal nations told members of Congress this week. The Supreme Court’s ruling in Castro v. Huerta earlier this year allows state prosecutors to take over criminal prosecutions for crimes that occur on Indigenous nations, and it’s causing confusion […]

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GOP leaders target ‘woke’ investments through state pension funds

BY: - September 19, 2022

Republicans in state capitals across the country are targeting an investing concept known as environmental, social and corporate governance criteria, or ESG for short. Describing these investment criteria as “woke” and “misguided activism,” GOP officials argue that by taking these factors into account when making investment choices, financial institutions are putting ideology ahead of making […]

COMMENTARY

In states where abortion is banned, children and families already face an uphill battle

BY: - September 19, 2022

Some proponents of abortion bans and restrictions say they are concerned about “supporting not just life,” but what they call “quality of life worth living,” saying they want to promote laws and policies that help families. Three authors from Brigham Young University, for instance, have noted that the overturning of Roe v. Wade provides a […]

An ‘unprecedented flood’ of book bans engulfs U.S. school districts, PEN report says

BY: - September 19, 2022

WASHINGTON — More than 1,600 book titles across 32 states were banned from public schools during the 2021-2022 school year, with the bulk of the ban requests coming from a handful of right-wing groups pushing for censorship of books that feature LGBTQ+ characters and characters of color, a new report issued Monday said. “What I […]

Confronting history, Congress studies addition of lynching sites to national park system

BY: - September 12, 2022

The U.S. House is considering a bill that would put lynching sites in western Tennessee on track to become part of the National Park Service, part of a trend this year of Congress using the agency to advance discussions of the nation’s troubled and often violent racial history. A bill from U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, […]

History Commission denies Fort Smith request to relocate old flag display

BY: - September 8, 2022

The city of Fort Smith cannot relocate a set of flags, including a Confederate flag, once displayed at a city park, the Arkansas History Commission decided Thursday. Under a 2021 state law, the city had to ask the commission for a waiver to relocate the flags even though the city removed the flags before passage […]