Civil rights organizations respond to congressional failure to reform police

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Janessa Sambola-Harris, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, [email protected]Lacy Crawford, Civil Rights Under the Law Advocates Committee [email protected]Angelo Greco, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation [email protected], (917) 499-2688Niambé Tomlinson, National Urban League, [email protected], (202) 629-5750Avery Rose Royster, National Action Network, [email protected], (203) 668-7509Marc Banks, NAACP, [email protected], (410) 580-5701Phoebe Plagens, NAACP Legal Defense Fund, [email protected], (212) …

Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Russian vote took place against a backdrop of restrictions on civil and political rights

“Russian authorities have used repressive laws against ‘extremist organizations’, ‘foreign agents’ and ‘unwanted organizations’ to strengthen a systemic crackdown on democracy, human rights and fundamental freedoms, and the media independent, “the statement read. “This further deteriorated political pluralism in Russia and the possibilities for the Russian people to freely express their civilian position.” The ministry “also regrets that the constraints …

Explained: Why civil rights and protecting the planet go hand in hand for environmental justice

As the global ecological crisis affects more and more lives, it becomes increasingly clear that we cannot talk about climate change, pollution or loss of biodiversity let alone inequality – whether determined by gender, race, class, sexual orientation or disability. As Thenjiwe McHarris, a leading Black Lives Matter activist and co-founder of Blackbird, an organization that helps build political movements, …

Nicaragua’s pre-election crackdown on civil and political rights escalates

GENEVA – A report submitted to the UN Human Rights Council denounces the Nicaraguan government’s harsh crackdown on opposition leaders ahead of the presidential and parliamentary elections on November 7. Critics accuse Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega of systematically getting rid of viable opposition candidates to secure a fourth consecutive term for the country’s presidency. In her last update to the …

On the trail of civil rights in Louisiana

Why was the trail created? There are so many untold stories of civil rights heroes in this state – people like AZ Young, who organized a 10-day, 105-mile civil rights march from Bogalusa to Baton Rouge. Or Ruby Bridges and Leona Tate, two of the first girls to desegregate the education system when they joined previously all-white schools. They were …

Civil rights groups sue, seeking to block Texas elections bill

Two lawsuits have been filed against the state over the GOP Priority Elections Bill passed this week, which awaits Gov. Greg Abbott’s signature. Both allege that it violates various federal laws and the US Constitution. The sweeping bill, which passed the House and Senate on Tuesday, bans drive-thru and 24-hour voting, creates new requirements for assistants of voters with special …