Civil Rights

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 […]

Eviction rally

Missouri’s eviction crisis could be a ‘humanitarian tragedy,’ advocates say

BY: - August 2, 2021

Melissa Pashia is hoping for any kind of good news today. The federal eviction moratorium ended Saturday, and she’s got her fingers crossed one of her clients will finally get approved for the rental assistance that they applied for in April through the State Assistance for Housing Relief Program (SAFHR).  The aid approval would come just […]

U.S. House Dems to unveil revamped voting rights bill named for the late John Lewis

BY: - July 30, 2021

WASHINGTON — House Democrats plan to next week unveil a new version of legislation named after the late Georgia civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis that could protect voting rights across the U.S. During a Friday press conference, House Democratic Whip Jim Clyburn of South Carolina said that House Democrats are expected to introduce a […]

New law aims to help get more services to homeless teens in Missouri

BY: - July 26, 2021

Trysta Herzog owns a successful marketing business in Springfield. But when she was a teenager, she was homeless. At 15, Herzog and her older brother decided that living with their stepfather who was addicted to heroin was not the safest place for them. Learning from other teens like her, she knew she couldn’t tell her […]

Missouri DNR calls allegations it committed civil rights violations ‘unsubstantiated’

BY: - July 22, 2021

Missouri’s Department of Natural Resources called claims that it violated residents’ civil rights “unsubstantiated and conclusory” even as it quietly addressed several findings from an ongoing Environmental Protection Agency investigation.  The EPA has been investigating whether DNR, Missouri’s environmental regulator, violated residents’ civil rights when it issued an air pollution control permit for a fuel […]

St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones reflects on success, challenges of first 100 days

BY: - July 20, 2021

It’s been nearly 100 days since St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones stood on the white marble staircase of City Hall’s rotunda and was sworn in as mayor — becoming the first Black woman to hold the position.  The city has not always protected its children, she said in her inauguration speech, nor has it fought […]

People hold up signs that read "Protect safe, legal abortion."

Federal appeals court will review decision in Missouri abortion ban lawsuit

BY: - July 20, 2021

In a move long-time legal observers say is unusual, the Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will, on its own motion, review a June 9 ruling that blocked enforcement of a 2019 Missouri law criminalizing abortions after eight weeks of pregnancy with no exceptions for rape or incest. The order, issued last week, puts the […]