racial equity

Republicans push back against federal approval for changes in state voting laws

BY: - June 29, 2021

WASHINGTON — Republicans during a U.S. House Judiciary panel hearing on Tuesday argued that a bill that would reinstate a preclearance section of the 1965 Voting Rights Act is unnecessary because there is no discrimination in voting. The top Republican on the panel, Rep. Mike Johnson, R-La., said the legislation is not needed and the […]

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Reynolds turns her back on criminal justice reform

BY: - June 21, 2021

Gov. Kim Reynolds turned her back on criminal justice reform last week. What brought it home wasn’t just her decision to sign a knee-jerk “Back the Blue” bill that overreacts to last summer’s racial justice protests and makes it even more difficult to hold bad cops accountable by granting qualified immunity from lawsuits. We knew […]

Warnock works to remedy decades of USDA discrimination against Black farmers

BY: - May 2, 2021

WASHINGTON — The arrival of U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock in Congress earlier this year coincided with an overdue recognition of the historic discrimination inflicted on Black farmers by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The farmers’ plight has emerged as a major priority for Warnock, a Georgia Democrat whose victory in a January special election runoff handed his […]

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Declaring racism a public health crisis brings more attention to solving long-ignored racial gaps in health

BY: - April 25, 2021

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has joined hundreds of cities and counties across the country in declaring racism a public health threat. On April 8, 2021, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle P. Walensky called racism an epidemic that affects “the entire health of our nation.” Declaring racism a public health threat will create a […]

Georgia voting law pummeled at U.S. Senate hearing on ‘Jim Crow 2021’

BY: - April 20, 2021

WASHINGTON — Georgia’s new voting law was at the center of Tuesday’s U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, where senators discussed restoration of a key section in the Voting Rights Act that would prevent states, mostly in the South, from changing their election laws without federal approval. During the more than four-hour hearing, witnesses opposed to the […]

Bill forbidding voluntary diversity plans at Iowa schools headed to Gov. Reynolds

BY: - April 20, 2021

Voluntary diversity plans at Iowa schools would be nullified next academic year under a bill headed to Gov. Kim Reynolds’ desk. The Iowa House agreed with the Senate’s changes to House File 228 on Tuesday afternoon. The bill would forbid school districts from implementing voluntary diversity plans that might refuse open enrollment for certain students.  […]

Voting rights advocates air worries about onslaught of new state election laws

BY: - April 1, 2021

WASHINGTON — A U.S. House elections panel on Thursday heard from witnesses about the need to craft a new formula that identifies which states or jurisdictions have problematic histories of racial discrimination when it comes to access to the ballot box. The hearing in the House Administration Committee’s elections subcommittee also served as a way […]

House Agriculture panel probes ‘systemic’ USDA discrimination against Black farmers

BY: - March 25, 2021

WASHINGTON — The House Agriculture Committee on Thursday heard about how Black farmers have faced decades of racial discrimination in their dealings with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The committee’s chairman, Rep. David Scott, D-Ga., said the testimony at the virtual hearing would help the panel craft legislation that aims to increase the number of […]

Reynolds: I’m ‘proud’ of progress made by Test Iowa program

BY: - June 4, 2020

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds says her administration never promised that the controversial Test Iowa program would perform 3,000 tests for COVID-19 per day, but instead established that number as a goal for the program’s testing capacity. Speaking at a news conference, Reynolds said Thursday that “while we have not yet hit our capacity of 3,000 […]

U.S. House approves landmark bill making lynching a federal hate crime

BY: - February 27, 2020

WASHINGTON — Lynching is not considered a hate crime under federal law, but that’s expected to change soon. The U.S. House voted 410-4 on Wednesday to approve a bill called the Emmett Till Antilynching Act. The bill would specifically list lynching as a hate crime, which is identified as a crime that targets people based on their race […]

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King - Selma March

What are we doing to bring Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream to life?

BY: - January 20, 2020

As we enter 2020, Americans should reflect on the vision conveyed by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in his “I Have a Dream” speech given August 28, 1963, during the March on Washington. More importantly, we should assess whether that vision is possible and still desirable. If so, then what are we doing to […]