States ask that Trump’s district drawing order be stopped

A coalition of states, cities and civil rights groups on Friday asked a federal judge to declare as unconstitutional President Donald Trump’s order seeking to exclude people in the country illegally from being part of the process for redrawing congressional districts. The coalition, led by New York state, in court papers asked U.S. District Judge […]

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‘See you in court’: ACLU files nearly 400 cases versus Trump

The day after Donald Trump’s election in November 2016, the American Civil Liberties Union posted a message to him on its website: “See you in court.” As president, Trump hasn’t personally squared off against the ACLU from the witness stand, but the broader warning has been borne out. As of this week, the ACLU has […]

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San Francisco Apologizes to Artist Over Maya Angelou Monument

The decision to build a monument honoring the poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou was supposed to jump-start San Francisco’s planned diversification of city sculptures; instead, an opaque selection process has opened new wounds between public officials and local artists. In 2019, the San Francisco Arts Commission announced that the artist Lava Thomas had […]

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Robert Gnaizda, Lawyer Who Fought for Social Justice, Dies at 83

Robert Gnaizda, a lawyer whose deft powers of persuasion in defending the civil and economic rights of the poor and minority groups often rendered messy and costly lawsuits against their adversaries a needless last resort, died on July 11 in San Francisco. He was 83. The cause was listed as a heart attack. His son […]

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The week in pictures, July 25-July 31

https://a57.foxnews.com/static.foxnews.com/foxnews.com/content/uploads/2020/07/918/516/02_AP20209711983279.jpg?ve=1&tl=1 The flag-draped casket of civil rights pioneer Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., who died July 17, is placed by a U.S. military honor guard at the center of the U.S. Capitol Rotunda to lie in state in Washington, D.C., July 27, 2020. Jonathan Ernst/Pool via AP https://a57.foxnews.com/static.foxnews.com/foxnews.com/content/uploads/2020/07/918/516/02_AP20209711983279.jpg?ve=1&tl=1

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Documents unsealed from suit against Epstein’s ex-girlfriend

Newly unsealed court documents provide a fresh glimpse into a fierce civil court fight that preceded criminal charges against financier Jeffrey Epstein and his ex-girlfriend, Ghislaine Maxwell By LARRY NEUMEISTER Associated Press July 31, 2020, 4:52 AM 3 min read NEW YORK — Newly unsealed court documents provide a fresh glimpse into a fierce civil […]

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Appeal blocks NYCLU’s release of police discipline records

A federal appeals court has halted a civil rights organization’s plan to publish a database of New York City police disciplinary records, the latest twist in a lawsuit by public safety unions seeking to block their disclosure By The Associated Press July 30, 2020, 5:48 PM 3 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this […]

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John Lewis funeral at MLK’s church brings together former presidents to honor civil rights icon

The funeral for late congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis will take place at 11 a.m. Thursday at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Ga. — the church where Martin Luther King, Jr., was baptized and served as a pastor and where his funeral was held after his 1968 assassination. Lewis, D-Ga., this week lain in […]

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Trump on his own yet again as he skips farewell to Lewis

WASHINGTON — One by one, they passed through the grand Capitol Rotunda to pay respects to the civil rights icon. It was a solemn display of unity as congressional leaders from both sides of the aisle offered praise for longtime Georgia Rep. John Lewis. There was House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who called Lewis the “conscience […]

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Judge lifts ban on NYCLU releasing police discipline records

Reversing her initial ruling, a federal judge cleared the way Tuesday for a civil rights organization to provide the public with disciplinary records it obtained from New York City’s police watchdog agency By The Associated Press July 28, 2020, 10:28 PM 2 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article NEW YORK — Reversing […]

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John Lewis Is the First Black Lawmaker to Lie in State in the Capitol Rotunda

Representative John Lewis, Democrat of Georgia and a civil rights icon, will lie in state Monday in the Capitol Rotunda, the first Black lawmaker to receive one of the highest American honors, before a viewing for the public to be held outside. With the Capitol closed to the public amid the coronavirus pandemic, Mr. Lewis […]

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Education Dept.’s Civil Rights Chief Steps Down Amid Controversy

WASHINGTON — The Education Department’s civil rights chief has for 40 years labored to enforce civil rights protections in the nation’s schools and universities, but few have attracted as much attention as Kenneth L. Marcus, who will leave the post this week after two years marked by dissension, disputes — and significant accomplishments. Mr. Marcus, […]

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Rep. John Lewis’ body carried across Selma’s Edmund Pettus Bridge in Alabama tributes

The body of civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., who died at the age of 80 on July 17 after a battle with pancreatic cancer, crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., for the final time Sunday. Sunday found him crossing alone — instead of arm-in-arm with civil rights and political leaders — after […]

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John Lewis celebration of life continues in Alabama with service in Selma

The first of a six-day celebration of the late civil rights activist and Democratic congressman Rep. John Lewis began Saturday, with his body being first presented in his hometown of Troy and then journeying to Selma, Ala. “Selma Salutes Congressman John Lewis” was expected to take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Central Time. Following the service, held […]

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From Alabama to the Capitol, the Journey to Honor John Lewis

Representative John Lewis, the congressman and civil rights figure who died on July 17, began his long journey home this weekend. On Saturday, his friends and family remembered him at a service in Troy, Ala., where he grew up. His brother Samuel remembered when a young John Lewis left home. “Mother told him not to […]

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Lawyer: Feds must provide papers from white nationalist case

The plaintiffs in a civil rights lawsuit over the violence in 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia, say federal prosecutors must provide documents used in its criminal case against a white nationalist By The Associated Press July 25, 2020, 7:09 PM 2 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — The U.S. Justice […]

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Civil rights icon John Lewis remembered in his hometown

Civil rights icon and longtime Georgia congressman John Lewis was remembered Saturday — in the rural Alabama county where his story began — as a humble man who sprang from his family’s farm with a vision that “good trouble” could change the world. The morning service in the city of Troy in rural Pike County […]

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John Lewis’ celebration of life begins in Alabama: Six day journey to start in Troy and Selma

The body of Congressman John Lewis, a civil rights leader and Georgia politician, will begin its six-day journey in a celebration of life Saturday, with its first stops in Troy and Selma Alabama. Lewis, 80, died on July 17 after a six-month battle with cancer. JOHN LEWIS MEMORIAL: FAMILY RELEASES DETAILS OF 6-DAY CELEBRATION OF […]

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After calling FOP chief a ‘clown’ earlier this week, Lightfoot calls for civility in discourse

Mayor Lori Lightfoot | Pat Nabong/Sun-Times file Lightfoot said debate and civil discourse are pillars of democracy. But she didn’t back down earlier this week when asked about aiming belittling language at the head of the Chicago police union. Mayor Lori Lightfoot called for civility in discourse between people of opposing views Friday — days […]

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Vivian remembered as courageous, humble Civil Rights warrior

The nation paid its final respects Thursday to the Rev. C.T. Vivian, a pioneer of the civil rights movement who helped end segregation across the South and left an abiding imprint on U.S. history. Vivian, a close ally of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., was mourned by civil rights icons along with TV personality […]

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‘Nothing About Us Without Us’: 16 Moments in the Fight for Disability Rights

Listen to This Article Computer-generated audio recording As with every other civil rights movement, the fight for disability rights is one that challenges negative attitudes and pushes back against oppression. But it is also more complex. Often the movement has diverged into a constellation of single-issue groups that raise awareness of specific disabilities. It has […]

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Illinoisans remember civil rights hero John Lewis: ‘Rest in power’ and ‘Make Good Trouble’

Illinoisans remember civil rights giant: Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., with Rep. John Lewis, D-Ill., at a 2016 House sit-in added to the photo an iconic phase associated with him: ‘Make Good Trouble.” | photo courtesy Rep. Jan Schakowsky Rep. Lauren Underwood on Lewis: “I always felt an overwhelming sense that there was so much to […]

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