A 6-Week Abortion Ban is Taking Effect in Texas and Upending Decades of Protections for Abortion Rights

The law, which bans abortions after 6weeks of pregnancy and empowers private citizens to sue to enforce it, went into effect Wednesday in a monumental shift on abortion rights.

A 6-Week Abortion Ban is Taking Effect in Texas and Upending Decades of Protections for Abortion Rights

Protesters against Texas Bans Abortion Laws, who gather and demonstrate in Times Square on Saturday afternoon on September 4, 2021 in New York City. (Shutterstock) By Zoe Tillman and Nicole Fallert, BuzzFeed News WASHINGTON — A Texas law banning abortions in the state at 6 weeks of pregnancy — and leaving it up to private […]

City Council Passes CM Rosenthal’s Legislation Mandating Free, Comprehensive Doula Services for Incarcerated People on Rikers Island

Legislation is part of an ongoing, multi-pronged effort by the City Council to combat maternal mortality and morbidity in NYC, especially among communities of color

City Council Passes CM Rosenthal’s Legislation Mandating Free, Comprehensive Doula Services for Incarcerated People on Rikers Island

Conversation on Police Violence. What needs to change? Council Member Helen Rosenthal, NY State Senator Robert Jackson, Edafe Okporo, Crystal Walthall – New York, New York / USA – June 16th 2020 (Shutterstock) Today the City Council overwhelmingly passed legislation introduced by Council Member Helen Rosenthal to increase critical maternal health services for people incarcerated on Rikers […]

Why the John Lewis Voting Rights Act is Already Doomed in the Senate

Why the John Lewis Voting Rights Act is Already Doomed in the Senate

By Chris Cillizza, CNN The John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, legislation that would strengthen the federal government’s role in overseeing election law changes that could disenfranchise minority groups, passed the House on Tuesday — a victory for Democrats who believe it is a necessary response to the erosion of election protections by the Supreme […]

Biden Administration says long Covid can be Considered a Disability Under Law

The White House released new guidance on the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Biden Administration says long Covid can be Considered a Disability Under Law

By Maeve Sheehey and Rebecca Rainey, Politico The Biden administration announced Monday that long Covid, a condition where people experience long-term Covid-19 symptoms long after clearing the actual virus from their system, could be considered a disability under civil rights laws. The White House announced the new long Covid guidance on the 31st anniversary of […]

Disconnected Decision from Supreme Court Leaves the Real Work to Voters and Congress

Disconnected Decision from Supreme Court Leaves the Real Work to Voters and Congress

By Alex Gulotta, All Voting is Local The U.S. Supreme Court’s shameful ruling in Brnovich v. Democratic National Committee drove home the fact that the Court is far removed from the needs of voters, and isn’t interested in ensuring democracy works for all, particularly for Latino, Native American, and Black voters in Arizona communities. The Court missed an […]

New York’s Schools are Still the Most Segregated in the Nation: Report

New York’s Schools are Still the Most Segregated in the Nation: Report

By Jessica Gould, Gothamist UCLA’s Civil Rights Project made headlines back in 2014 when it said New York had the most segregated schools in the nation. Now, researchers there have released a new report that finds the distinction remains. New York City’s schools, in particular, are extremely segregated, and many Black students attend schools that […]

Legalizing Marijuana, Once a Pipe Dream on Capitol Hill, Takes an Important Step Forward

Legalizing Marijuana, Once a Pipe Dream on Capitol Hill, Takes an Important Step Forward

Protesters rally in support of the legalization of marijuana in front of The White House in Washington DC on April 2, 2016 (Shutterstock) By Rosalie Liccardo Pacula, The Conversation In early December, the House of Representatives passed the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act, or the MORE Act. The bill sought to decriminalize marijuana nationally […]