Civil Rights

LGBTQ history exhibit goes unmentioned by Missouri board governor cited for its removal

BY: - September 13, 2021

When news broke that an LGBTQ history exhibit was suddenly and without warning removed from the Missouri Capitol, Gov. Mike Parson contended the reason was that it didn’t get pre-approval from a board he chairs.  But at that board’s first meeting in more than a year on Monday, neither the exhibit nor the state Capitol […]

Democrats demand LGBTQ exhibit return to Missouri Capitol or other exhibits be removed

BY: - September 8, 2021

If an LGBTQ history exhibit was removed from the Missouri Capitol because it didn’t get pre-approval from a specific board, then every exhibit on display that didn’t get approved must also be removed, House Minority Leader Crystal Quade argued in a letter to state officials on Wednesday. That would mean, she said, that there would […]

VA sending mixed messages for vets about cannabis use to treat PTSD

BY: - September 7, 2021

Despite increasing legal access to medical and recreational cannabis in states across the U.S., veterans face unfair treatment and stigmatization because the U.S.  refuses to recognize marijuana as a viable treatment option.  While the VA has embraced the federally illegal status of the drug, agency policy does not allow discrimination against veterans who acquire medical […]

Parson rationale for removing LGTBQ exhibit from Missouri Capitol called into question

BY: - September 3, 2021

Fireworks this week over the sudden removal of an LGBTQ history exhibit from the museum in the Missouri Capitol caught the attention of John Cunning.  For 24 years before he retired in 2018, Cunning oversaw the museum as part of his job at Missouri State Parks.  So when he read Gov. Mike Parson’s explanation for […]

State Sen. Greg Razer, D-Kansas City

Exhibit on history of LGBTQ rights removed from Missouri Capitol

BY: - September 2, 2021

A state senator from Kansas City is demanding answers about why an exhibit on the LGBTQ-rights movement was removed from the Missouri Capitol after only a few days on display. Sen. Greg Razer, D-Kansas City, released a statement Thursday decrying the move, saying he was “disappointed and angry that Missouri State Parks would bend to […]

Democrats seek support services for survivors of American Indian boarding schools

BY: - August 24, 2021

WASHINGTON — Democratic lawmakers are pushing federal agencies to provide support for survivors of and communities affected by American Indian boarding school policies, the decades-long practice of forcibly sending American Indian children to faraway boarding schools that rejected their tribal cultures. Rep. Sharice Davids, D-Kan., and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., sent a request this month for the government […]

Exterior Missouri State Capitol building

DOJ asks court to block Missouri’s ‘Second Amendment Preservation Act’

BY: - August 18, 2021

A Missouri law prohibiting state and local police from enforcing certain federal gun laws has already undermined drug and weapons investigations, the U.S. Department of Justice argued in documents filed Wednesday in Cole County Circuit Court.  As part of an ongoing lawsuit set for a hearing Thursday afternoon, the Justice Department is asking Cole County […]

DOJ civil rights official urges Congress to act soon on voting rights

BY: - August 16, 2021

WASHINGTON — A top Justice Department official on Monday stressed the need for Congress to pass  legislation named after the late Georgia civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis in order to protect voting rights across the United States. Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division Kristen Clarke told lawmakers that since a 2013 Supreme Court […]

St. Louis judge halts city evictions until Oct. 3, following CDC’s order

BY: - August 6, 2021

St. Louis City Circuit Court has halted evictions for city residents through Oct. 3, mirroring the federal eviction moratorium issued this week. The new federal prohibition on evicting renters behind on their payments covers those living in counties with high or substantial rates of community COVID-19 transmission, or places with more than 50 COVID-19 cases […]

‘A project like this is generational’: New KCI terminal prioritizes accessibility

BY: - August 6, 2021

This story was first published by the Kansas City Beacon. When flights get rescheduled or moved to another gate, the announcement usually comes through the airport’s audio system. Passengers who are deaf or hard of hearing don’t get the memo, forcing them to rely on others to relay the new information. Sometimes, it turns into […]

Missouri agency begins implementation of new law to regulate unlicensed boarding schools

BY: - August 6, 2021

Unlicensed youth residential facilities across Missouri are expected to submit materials notifying the state of their existence by mid-October, but background checks for facility staff required under a new law likely won’t be completed by that time. That’s because the Department of Social Services (DSS) is still working to make hires in its background check […]

Black women with children excluded from federal cash assistance program, report finds

BY: - August 4, 2021

WASHINGTON — A new research paper reviewed how each state implemented a federal program that has provided cash assistance to low income families over the last 25 years—and found that Black women with children repeatedly were excluded. On a call with reporters Wednesday, policy experts at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities outlined how states can […]