Civil Rights

‘Get Your Knee Off Our Necks’: On 57th Anniversary of Historic Civil Rights Rally, Tens of Thousands March on Washington

An estimated 50,000 people are expected to attend the “Get Your Knee Off Our Necks” March in Washington, D.C. on Friday as racial justice advocates gather to mark the 57th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s speech at the 1963 March on Washington and commit to fighting for meaningful criminal justice reform. The name …

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As AstraZeneca Signs Deal With EU, Critics Warn Big Pharma Push for Covid Vaccine Liability Protections a ‘Dangerous Precedent’

European Union leaders announced Thursday they had signed a contract with pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca exempting the drugmaker from “future product liability” in exchange for it supplying the EU with at least 300 million doses of a still-in-development Covid-19 vaccine by mid-2021. The deal, announced earlier this month, was made official amid new reporting about lobbying pressure …

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EU Signs Deal with AstraZeneca, Critics Warn of ‘Dangerous Precedent’ as Big Pharma Pushes for Covid Vaccine Liability Waivers

European Union leaders announced Thursday they had signed a contract with pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca exempting the drugmaker from “future product liability” in exchange for it supplying the EU with at least 300 million doses of a still-in-development Covid-19 vaccine by mid-2021. The deal, announced earlier this month, was made official amid new reporting about lobbying pressure …

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Critics Warn Against McConnell’s ‘Craven’ Push to Immunize Corporate Criminals

As Congressional negotiations continue over the next Covid-19 stimulus legislation, workers’ rights advocates have become increasingly vocal in their opposition to corporate immunity provisions pushed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. “Mitch McConnell is much more worried about an imaginary epidemic of lawsuits than he is about the real life pandemic hurting the country,” Rob …

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‘Not On Our Watch’: AOC, In Powerful Floor Speech, Declares House Democrats Will Protect Civil Rights Law From Trump

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Friday evening delivered an impassioned speech defending a longstanding civil rights law which combats the racist practice of redlining that is under attack by the White House.  “Over the last several weeks, our nation has been gripped by the uprising against anti-black racism and systemic racial injustice across the United States,” …

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Cementing GOP Takeover of Courts, Senate Confirms ‘Anti-Voting Rights Extremist’ as Trump’s 200th Federal Judge

The Republican-controlled Senate on Wednesday confirmed Mississippi Judge Cory Wilson to a lifetime seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, handing President Donald Trump his 200th successful judicial appointment and further cementing the right-wing takeover of America’s federal court system. “While the people demand policing reform and relief from the Covid-19 …

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‘I Took the Helmet Off and Laid the Batons Down’: Michigan Sheriff and Police Didn’t Disperse Their Town’s Protest—They Joined It

Amid a national wave of uprisings against police brutality in response to last week’s brutal murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota—but in contrast to a wave of aggressive and violent responses from law enforcement to those demonstrations—a scene in Flint, Michigan that played out Saturday evening offered an alternative to aggressive police tactics as …

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‘We’ll Fight This’: Groups Outraged Over DeVos ‘Gutting’ Title IX Protections for Survivors of Sexual Violence

Advocacy groups that support survivors of sexual harassment and assault are vowing to fight against federal rules set to take effect in August governing how all public and private U.S. schools, including higher education institutions, must respond to allegations involving students. “We won’t let DeVos succeed in requiring schools to be complicit in harassment, turning …

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‘Truly a Civil Rights Hero’: Rev. Joseph Lowery Dead at 98

Justice advocates celebrated the achievements of Rev. Joseph Lowery on Saturday following news that the civil rights legend had died. “Our beloved, Rev. Dr. Joseph Echols Lowery, made his transition peacefully at home at 10 pm, Friday, March 27, at the age of 98. He was surrounded by his daughters,” a statement from Lowery’s family …

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