Civil Rights

GOP support for same-sex marriage protections builds in U.S. Senate

BY: - July 26, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate appears on track to send President Joe Biden a bill in the coming weeks that would guarantee same-sex and interracial couples can marry, even if the Supreme Court overturns the landmark cases that enshrined those rights. “I think we’re very close,” Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins said Tuesday of efforts […]

Candidates’ ties to Missouri reform schools facing abuse allegations draw fresh scrutiny

BY: and - July 21, 2022

At first, Robert Bucklin was optimistic. A former student of Agape Boarding School in Stockton, Bucklin is among numerous students who have accused the Christian boarding school and its staff of physical and sexual abuse. Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt launched an investigation into the school and ultimately recommended 65 criminal counts against 22 staff. […]

Same-sex marriage and contraception at risk after abortion ruling, U.S. House panel told

BY: - July 14, 2022

WASHINGTON — Advocates told Congress on Thursday that a U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning a landmark abortion rights case is likely only the beginning, and could be followed by similar action by the high court on same-sex marriage, contraception and more. Witnesses at a U.S. House Judiciary Committee advised that to prevent that from happening, […]

Former nurses at historic St. Louis hospital file trademark lawsuit against developer

BY: - July 13, 2022

The name “Homer G. Phillips Hospital” is still spoken with reverence, not only in St. Louis’ Black community, but across the country.  Opened in 1937, it was the only public hospital for Black St. Louisans until 1955.  It was also a training facility, where Black doctors and nurses from around the world came to complete […]

Kansas City’s eviction legal service helps nearly 150 residents in first month

BY: - July 11, 2022

April Shabbaz lives in a Kansas City apartment with her brother, son, daughter and 20-year-old grandson.  All of the adults have low-wage jobs. This past fall, one of them abruptly lost their job, and the household fell behind on rent.  “Once you get behind on something, it is extremely hard to catch up because… you […]

New Missouri law mandates removal of discriminatory covenants from property deeds

BY: - June 30, 2022

Gov. Mike Parson signed a bill into law Thursday that requires antiquated housing restrictions based on race, national origin or religion to be removed in all newly-recorded deeds. Beginning in 1935, the federal government required housing developers to sign agreements, or racial deed covenants, that they would not sell these homes to “non-Caucasians,” in order […]

New Missouri law makes sleeping on state land a crime for people experiencing homelessness

BY: - June 29, 2022

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson signed sweeping legislation Wednesday making it a Class C misdemeanor for people experiencing homelessness to sleep on state-owned land. The law prevents some federal and state funds from being used to construct affordable housing, instead redirecting that money towards constructing temporary camps that provide substance abuse and mental health treatment.  It […]

COMMENTARY

Will Juneteenth have broader, enduring meaning as a national holiday? | Opinion

BY: - June 20, 2022

In June 2021, Congress, with a unanimous vote in the Senate and support of all but 14 Republicans in the House of Representatives, passed legislation designating June 19th as Juneteenth National Independence Day, commemorating the end of slavery for Black Americans. But what does it really mean?  In the years to come, will it be […]

COMMENTARY

Juneteenth celebrates just one of the United States’ 20 emancipation days | Opinion

BY: - June 18, 2022

The actual day was June 19, 1865, and it was the Black dockworkers in Galveston, Texas, who first heard the word that freedom for the enslaved had come. There were speeches, sermons and shared meals, mostly held at Black churches, the safest places to have such celebrations. The perils of unjust laws and racist social […]

Reparations for Black Americans seeing unprecedented national support, advocates say

BY: - June 17, 2022

Callie House walked out of the Missouri State Penitentiary in Jefferson City on August 1, 1918, and headed back to her five children and job as a “washerwoman” in Tennessee.  Her crime – mail fraud.  The federal government claimed that the organization she’d helped lead since 1894 – the National Ex-Slave Mutual Relief, Bounty, and […]

St. Louis mayor signs executive order banning no-knock search warrants

BY: - June 14, 2022

St. Louis has become the first Missouri city to completely ban no-knock search warrants, or warrants that allow police officers to enter a property without announcing their presence. Surrounded by family members whose loved ones were killed during no-knock raids, St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones signed an executive order Tuesday banning the practice that has […]

As Juneteenth nears, St. Louis organizations call for reparations

BY: - June 10, 2022

Residents living in some majority Black neighborhoods in St. Louis have a 18-year lower life expectancy than residents of majority white neighborhoods less than 10 miles away, a regional health study found. For over a century, Black St. Louis residents have experienced housing policies and development strategies that have trapped generations in segregated and disinvested neighborhoods, […]