Politics

Ayanna Pressley. Black woman in a green, blue and tan striped dress as she stands behind a podium and gives a speech.

Ayanna Pressley Seeks to Remake Criminal Justice System

The Representative from Massachusetts introduces legislation that calls for a “decarceration-focused” system that is “smaller, safer, less punitive and more humane.”

Latinx person with dark hair and blue lipstick wears black raincoat and holds a white megaphone and sign that reads "Abolish ICE."

Silence Will Not Protect Us: Immigrants Speak Boldly Despite Threats of Violence [Op-Ed]

Project South’s Azadeh Shahshahani on how the state and White supremacists have united to target immigrant activists—and why it won’t work.

Steven Reed. Black man with short dark hair sitting at desk in gray suit in front of American flag.

Steven L. Reed Sworn in as Montgomery's First Black Mayor

The son of a civil rights activist, the Montgomery-native is the first Black person elected to run the city in its 200-year history.

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Preserving Our Democracy Starts with Saving our Environment [Op-Ed]

Representative Gilda Cobb-Hunter, Derrick Johnson and Mustafa Santiago Ali say the communities that are pushed to the sidelines know the most about environmental justice.

A red and white "vote" sign is in the foreground, with a voter walking to the polls in the distance.

Tucson Voters Say 'No' to Becoming Arizona's Only Sanctuary City

Proposition 205 also sought to add restrictions around police questioning residents about their immigration status.

Transgender rally. Lots of people and two flags.

LIVESTREAM: Congressional Hearing on Housing Protections for Transgender People

The National Center for Transgender Equality will testify before the House Committee on Financial Services about the growing housing crisis.

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Formerly Incarcerated Leaders Host Historic Presidential Town Hall

The Marshall Project and Voters Organized to Educate host first-ever town hall led by formerly incarcerated activists.

Andrew Yang. Asian-American man in navy blazer and light blue shirt gives a double thumbs up while standing in front of red and white screens

What Andrew Yang's Stumbles on Race Reveal About the AAPI Community [Op-Ed]

Slant’d co-founders Katerina Jeng and Krystie Yen say Yang’s remarks on the campaign trail illustrate the need for a conversation about the role Asian Americans play in racial politics.

Elijah Cummings. Older Black man with bald head waring dark suit jacket, dark tie and white shirt.

Iconic Congressman Elijah E. Cummings Has Died

The vocal advocate for racial justice, who chaired the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, passed away at in a Baltimore hospice facility today.

Pramila Jayapal. South Asian American woman wears a pink blazer as she speaks before a crowd and stands behind a podium that has a red and white sign attached that reads: IMPEACH.

Reps. Pramila Jayapal and Deb Haaland Introduce Bill to Give Immigrants Access to Health Care

More than 120 organizations endorsed the Health Equity and Access Under the Law for Immigrant Women and Families (HEAL) Act.

Kimberly Teehee. Indigenous woman wearing blue and white jacket speaking at a podium with brightly colored flags behind her

ICYMI: Cherokee Nation Appoints First Delegate to U.S. House of Representatives

If recognized by the federal government, Kimberly Teehee would be able to introduce bills on behalf of the more than 300,000 people in the Cherokee Nation.

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The '94 Crime Bill 25 Years Later: It's Time for a Reckoning [Op-Ed]

Justice advocates say we must address the harm caused by the legislation and create a new vision for safety and freedom.

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8 Twitter Accounts to Follow During the Impeachment Inquiry

From policy experts to a dictionary that always has the right definition at the right time, these accounts will keep you in the know.

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It's Time for Twitter to Ban Trump [Op-Ed]

Communications strategist Collette Watson on how the 45th president uses Twitter to set the media agenda and shape a public conversation that stokes nativism, xenophobia and demagoguery.

Khemarey Khoeun. Cambodian-American woman in white top with long dark hair smiles at camera.

From the Killing Fields: Not In Our Name [Op-Ed]

Khemarey Khoeun—the first Cambodian-American woman to be elected to public office in the United States—on the political ad that seeks to tie AOC to the Khmer Rouge government.

Protest sign that reads, "Arab, Immigrant, Woman, Teacher, Furious."

How Diverse Is Your State?

WalletHub’s latest report: “The research literature is pretty clear in showing that diversity leads to increases in innovation and creativity.”

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LIVESTREAM: House Committee on the Judiciary Hearing on Voter Suppression

The committee is holding a hearing on “Evidence of Current and Ongoing Voting Discrimination.” Watch it here.

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Trump Administration Seeks to Delay Asylum Seekers From Obtaining Work Permits

The proposed legislation would do away with the current 30-day processing deadline, allowing immigration officials to take as long as they want to consider applications.

A group of Black women and men hold signs protesting the death of death of Walter Scott, who was killed by police in a shooting, outside City Hall in North Charleston, South Carolina, on April 8, 2015.

117 Civil Rights Advocacy Groups Commit to Justice Platform for 2020 Election

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Civil Rights Corps and 115 other groups propose a unified plan for “transforming our criminal-legal system into one that respects the humanity, dignity and rights of all people.”

Two people standng in the muddy rode in Puerto Rico, shovels in hand, colorful buildings and blue sky behind them

Trump Administration Takes $400 Million From Puerto Rico Recovery to Fund Border Wall

It’s part of a $3.6 billion package pulled out of the Department of Defense’s budget to pay for 175 miles of barrier.