John Kelley Walks Back President’s Wall Promises

From the New York Times: "President Trump’s chief of staff privately told a group of Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday that Mr. Trump had not been 'fully informed' when promising voters a wall along the Mexican border last year, and said that he had persuaded the...

Conflict of Interest for Kushner in Middle East

From ProPublica: "As Jared Kushner leads the U.S. government’s effort to develop an Israeli-Palestinian peace plan, the Kushner Companies Charitable Foundation is funding a hardline Israeli settlement in the West Bank... "Israeli settlements in the West Bank, which...

Education Department Considering Changes to Civil Rights Work

From the Associated Press: "The Education Department wants to narrow the scope of civil rights investigations at schools, focusing on individual complaints rather than systemic problems, according to a document obtained by The Associated Press. "Under the Obama...

With Trump’s backing, House approves ban on abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy

“The bill provides for abortions after 20 weeks gestation only when they are necessary to save the life of the mother or in cases of rape or incest. Under the bill, abortions performed during that period could be carried out “only in the manner which, in reasonable medical judgment, provides the best opportunity for the unborn child to survive” and would require a second physician trained in neonatal resuscitation to be present.”

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A digital rights group based in San Francisco on Thursday criticized several internet companies for removing neo-Nazi groups from servers and services, saying the actions were “dangerous” and threatened free expression online.

Pentagon caught flat-footed on Trump’s transsexual ban

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump abruptly declared a ban on transgender troops serving anywhere in the U.S. military, catching the Pentagon flat-footed and unable to explain what it called Trump’s “guidance.” His proclamation, on Twitter rather than any formal announcement, drew bipartisan denunciations and threw currently serving transgender soldiers into limbo.

Trump announces ban on transgender people in U.S. military

By tweets Wednesday morning the president wrote: “After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military.”

Maryland elections officials deny Trump request for voter data

Baltimore Sun -- July 3, 2017.  Luke Broadwater and Talia Richman photo: Letter from Linda Lamone regarding the request of the Presidential Advisory Commision on Voter Integrity. Maryland elections officials on Monday denied the Trump administration's request for...

Over 120 Federal Agencies Don’t Report Hate Crimes

From ProPublica: "In violation of a longstanding legal mandate, scores of federal law enforcement agencies are failing to submit statistics to the FBI’s national hate crimes database, ProPublica has learned. "The lack of participation by federal law enforcement...

Soverign Citizens Movement Ignored by Trump Administration

From The Guardian: "Although the Trump administration is reportedly planning to restructure the Department of Homeland Security’s countering violent extremism (CVE) program to focus exclusively on radical Islam, a 2014 national survey of 175 law enforcement agencies...

Anti-Abortion at Dept. of Health & Human Services

From The New York Times: Charmaine Yoest, the former head of Americans United for Life, was named assistant secretary of health and human services in charge of public affairs late last week. (The post used to require Senate confirmation, but no longer does.) And...

Trump appoints antiabortion champion to HHS post

Washington Post -- By Sandhya Somashekhar  April 28 at 6:29 PM Accessed 4/28/2016 President Trump announced Friday that he will appoint Charmaine Yoest, one of the nation’s most prominent antiabortion ­activists, to a high-level post in the Department of Health...

Sessions Orders Review of Police Consent Decrees

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has ordered a review of all Justice Department reform agreements, known as "consent decrees" with local police departments. In a memo released Monday, Sessions ordered said it was necessary to ensure that these pacts do not work against...

Iowa’s White Nationalist Congressman Does It Again, Only Worse

If there was any doubt as to whether Iowa Congressman Steve King was a racist, it was settled Sunday when he took to Twitter to praise far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders: "Wilders understands that culture and demographics are our destiny. We can't restore our...

Deputy Assistant to the President Denies Systemic Racism in America

In an interview with the Center for Investigative Reporting’s “Reveal” podcast which aired Thursday, Deputy Assistant to the President Sebastian Gorka stated: “Today I do not see, as a nation, systemic persecution based on skin color.” The former Breitbart News editor...

Trump Advisor Meets with Austriant Hate Speech Convict

Ms. Sabaditsch-Wolf, who was convicted of hate speech in Austria in 2011, told Mr. Kobach that the current refugee crisis was “planned,” alleging that NGOs are colluding with human traffickers to “rescue” Libyan refugees fleeing by boat, in an operation funded by billionaire investor and activist George Soros.

Five tombstones damaged in historic Jewish cemetery in New York

CNN -- By Azadeh Ansari and Joe Sutton   Updated 5:16 AM ET, Sun March 5, 2017. Accessed 3/5/2017 (CNN)Five tombstones were overturned at a historic cemetery in New York this weekend -- the latest incident targeting a Jewish facility in the US. The New York Police...

Sikh man’s shooting in Washington investigated as hate crime

CNN -- By Artemis Moshtaghian, Huizhong Wu and Susannah Cullinane,  Updated 7:35 AM ET, Sun March 5, 2017 Updated 3/5/2017 Police are searching for a gunman who allegedly walked onto a driveway in Washington state and shot a Sikh man in the arm, authorities said. The...

New threats to US Jewish centers

CNN --  By Marilia Brocchetto, CNN  Updated 4:25 AM ET, Tue February 28, 2017 Accessed 2/28/2017 More bomb threats were called into Jewish community centers and day schools Monday, in at least 12 states, according to statements from the Anti-Defamation League and...

Vandals damage 100 headstones at Jewish cemetery, police say

CNN -- By Dalila-Johari Paul and Jason Hanna, CNN Updated 2:15 PM ET, Tue February 21, 2017 Accessed 2/26/2017 (CNN)Even from the air it looks chaotic, like someone has angrily scattered previously tidy rows of toy blocks. A view from the ground shows a more somber...

WA Gay Couple Victorious in Discrimination Suit Against Florist

From the New York Times: “Public accommodations laws do not simply guarantee access to goods or services,” it said. “Instead, they serve a broader societal purpose: eradicating barriers to the equal treatment of all citizens.” The rest of the article covers arguments...

Deadly Force Bill in Washington State Set to Move Forward

From The Seattle Times: Washington law states that an officer can’t be convicted of a crime if he or she acted in good faith and without malice, or what the law calls “evil intent,” when using deadly force. That standard makes it nearly impossible for prosecutors to...

Stephen Miller: Islamophobia Dating Back to College Days

"A CNN KFile review of Miller's comments on TV and on his blog for the project, which is available on the Web archive, reveal Miller's belief that the US and western civilization are at war with Islamic jihadists. Miller did not respond to multiple requests for...

Texas Bill to Enable Discrimination and Worse

Not all Civil Rights news is national in scope. Plenty appears to be happening in Texas under the guise of "religious freedom" to allow denial of services to people people based on their “sincerely held religious belief. The Texas bill is said to target the LGBT...

The GOP and Voting Rights

Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne Jr. raises several important points about the nominations of Senator Jeff Sessions to the post of Attorney General and Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. He quotes from Sen. Elizabeth Warren's reading of testimony by Coretta Scott...

Ordinary Americans as Agents of Injustice

An excerpt from an op-ed in the Baltimore Sun which bears reading: "A week ago, men and women went to work at airports around the United States as they always do. They showered, got dressed, ate breakfast, perhaps dropped off their kids at school. Then they reported...

Police Union Contracts Prevent Action Against Abuses

Civil rights of U.S. citizens are under threat, and not just from the 45th President and his administration. From Reuters: "From city to city, union contracts have become just as crucial in governing departments as police manuals and city charters. Yet those contracts...

Anti-Semitism on the Rise Since Election

Anti-Semitic incidents have been on the rise in the U.S. since the Presidential election. Since the beginning of this year, Jewish groups have reported over 50 bomb threats against community centers. You can read the original story in the Guardian:...