Politics

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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.”

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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.

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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. 

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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.

Melissa McKinnies and Danye Jones. Black woman and Black boy sit next to each other and smile.

Activist Melissa McKinnies on the Mike Brown Rebellion—And the Lynching of Her Son Danye

Melissa McKinnies was a Ferguson uprising fixture. It’s for this reason that the St. Louis mother believes that one of her sons was lynched in their backyard. Here are her words.

Michael Brown Jr. A drawing of a Black boy wearing headphones on a brown background

Missing Mike-Mike: Michael Brown Sr. Reflects on the 5 Years Since His Son Became a Political Symbol

Before Michael Brown Jr. became an international symbol of racialized police violence, he was an 18-year-old who cracked jokes, made music and planned for his future. Here, a deeply personal reflection by his dad on the fifth anniversary of his killing.

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Trump Links Call for Background Checks With Immigration Reform in Wake of Mass Shootings

The president took to Twitter to suggest “marrying” the two unrelated and politically divisive issues.

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Puerto Rico's New Governor Challenged as 'Unconstitutional'

The Puerto Rican Senate filed a lawsuit questioning the validity of the swearing in of the territory’s new governor, Pedro Pierluisi.

Bill de Blasio. White middle-aged man with short gray hair wearing dark suit, white shirt, and red tie on stage.

WATCH: NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio Is Heckled During Democratic Presidential Debate

Activists for Eric Garner, who was killed by police via an illegal chokehold, interrupted opening statements with chants of “Fire Pantaleo.”

Steven Wilson. Young Lakota man with short dark hair wearing gray jacket and tan pants performing National Anthem in University of South Dakota's gym.

The National Anthem Will Be Performed in Lakota At Upcoming Presidential Forum

Steven Wilson will set the tone for the first-ever presidential election forum to focus entirely on Native American issues.

Woman holds colorful protest sign that reads, "families belong together" in Spanish

ACLU: The U.S. Government Has Taken 911 More Kids From Their Asylum-Seeking Families

The American Civil Liberties Union argued in court that in the year since Trump officially ended his “zero tolerance” immigration policy, 911 additional children have been separated from their parents or guardians.

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New York Becomes the 15th State to Decriminalize Marijuana

The new law is designed to issue fines instead of jail time and to create a path for people to expunge possession convictions from their records.