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.

Black hands poke through orange sleeves, handcuffed around metal bars

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.

Brick wall with chalk sign that reads, "Tweet others as you want to be tweeted" with a blue bird.

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.

Two women in pink tops sit on beds facing each other as they speak.

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.

Pua Case. A portrait of a middle age woman wearing a headband and a fabric wrap

Inside the Native Hawaiian Fight to Save Mauna Kea, The Tallest Mountain in the World [Photo Essay]

After nearly a decade of opposition by natives of Hawai’i and allies, the construction of a massive and destructive telescope on Mauna a Wākea is moving forward. Here, stories and words from kiaʻi (protectors) of this sacred mountain at the center of Hawai’i Island life.

Carmen Castillo. Latinx woman standing in front of microphone surrounded by people.

'Councilwoman' Documentary Follows Life and Work of Immigrant Politician

The project focuses on Carmen Castillo, who splits her time between working as a housekeeper and serving her community via the city council.

Ilhan Omar. Black woman wearing a gold turban and gold top standing in front of a cluster of mics.

Rep. Ilhan Omar Claps Back at Alabama GOP

Omar to the Republicans seeking to have her removed from office: “If you want to clean up politics, maybe don’t nominate an accused child molester as your Senate candidate?”

Pallets of water with a line of people standing behind them in Newark, New Jersey at a bottled water distribution center

The Decisions and Inaction Behind Newark's Lead Water Crisis

An investigation by The New York Times reveals years of mismanagement.

A young Brown girl sitting between two older Brown girls holds up a sign that says, "Defund Hate. Invest in Love"

Message to the States: Say No to ICE Data Requests [Op-Ed]

The New Mexico Workforce Solutions Department argues that mass immigration raids like those in Mississippi endanger everyone in the community because they silence crime victims and witnesses. Their advice: Just say no when ICE comes calling for sensitive data. 

Young White man in blue scrubs draws blood from Black man wearing hospital gown.

Medical Association Blasts Trump Administration for Attacking Health Care Rights

American Medical Association to Department of Health and Human Services: “This proposal marks the rare occasion in which a federal agency seeks to remove civil rights protections.”

Rashida Tlaib. A brown woman wearing glasses sits at a desk at a House hearing

Israel Says Rep. Tlaib Can Visit If She Doesn't Protest, She Declines

“I have decided that visiting my grandmother under these oppressive conditions stands against everything I believe in—fighting against racism, oppression and injustice.”

A crowd of brown men carries the brown body of Marwan Nasser through the streets.

With Big Push From Trump, Israel Denies Entry to Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar

The Democratic members of Congress were reportedly looking to visit with Palestinian people to learn more about their lives under Israel’s harsh policies.