Stories tagged: Civil Rights
FRIDAY, MARCH 3, 2017, 2:16 P.M.
NAACP sounds alarm on ‘decline’ in civil rights commitment
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been on the job less than a month but has already made some civil rights groups nervous by indicating the Justice Department will likely soften …
SUNDAY, JAN. 22, 2017, 6:53 P.M.
Montana U.S. attorney designates civil rights prosecutor
The U.S. attorney for Montana has hired a prosecutor to focus on civil rights, part of a nationwide push by former Attorney General Loretta Lynch.
TUESDAY, JAN. 17, 2017, 8:58 A.M.
Maine governor to Rep. John Lewis: You need a history lesson
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – Democratic U.S. Rep. John Lewis, a civil rights leader who says he doesn’t see Donald Trump as a “legitimate president,” should be grateful for all that …
UPDATED: MONDAY, JAN. 16, 2017, 6:26 P.M.
King’s legacy celebrated as Trump, Lewis duel lingers
Civil rights leaders and activists are gathering at sites across the country to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., the slain civil rights leader’s daughter is encouraging Americans …
SATURDAY, JAN. 14, 2017, 4:21 P.M.
Trump starts Martin Luther King weekend by attacking civil rights leader John Lewis
WASHINGTON – President-elect Donald Trump Saturday criticized as “all talk … no action” Rep. John Lewis, who was repeatedly beaten and nearly lost his life in the long struggle for …
SATURDAY, DEC. 31, 2016, 4:23 P.M.
Texas judge halts federal transgender health protections
A federal judge in Texas on Saturday ordered a halt to another Obama administration effort to strengthen transgender rights, this time over health rules that social conservatives say could force …
TUESDAY, DEC. 13, 2016, 2:36 P.M.
Some homeless camp sweeps stopped by civil rights monitors
As Seattle works to clean up homeless camps in the city, some efforts have been stopped for not following protocol.
TUESDAY, NOV. 29, 2016, 9:22 A.M.
Groups document more than 860 hate incidents since elections
Civil rights groups say President-elect Donald Trump should forcefully and publicly denounce racism and bigotry. They are pointing to more than 860 bias-related incidents recorded in the 10 days following …
SATURDAY, NOV. 26, 2016, 8:41 P.M.
Lawsuit: Officers violated stabbing suspect’s civil rights
The estate of a man who was killed by police officers after fatally stabbing a Linfield College student two years ago has filed a wrongful death lawsuit.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 24, 2016
A Charlotte we didn’t, but should, recognize
Charlotte is a city that perpetually tries to be better, not only in constructing uptown buildings but in working on foundational issues like diversity and equality. There’s a lot of …
THURSDAY, SEPT. 8, 2016, 11:11 P.M.
Girl on bike sues after off-duty officer throws her down
SEATTLE – A teenager rode her bicycle through a mall parking lot when an off-duty officer working for a private security company pulled her down, threw her to the ground …
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 10, 2016, 10:21 A.M.
Report blasts Baltimore police over racial bias, force
BALTIMORE – The Justice Department and Baltimore police agreed to negotiate court-enforceable reforms after a scathing federal report released Wednesday criticized officers for using excessive force and routinely discriminating against …
FRIDAY, AUG. 5, 2016
Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan: There’s little time left to fight the GOP’s Jim Crow 2.0
A new generation of Jim Crow-style laws is facing federal court challenges, and they are being thrown out or significantly weakened, one by one. But it’s not clear if the …
THURSDAY, AUG. 4, 2016
Key ruling helps to safeguard voter rights
A law that makes it harder for minorities to vote can constitute intentional racial discrimination even if might be primarily motivated by a desire to achieve partisan advantage.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 13, 2016, 2:34 P.M.
Police treatment of Baton Rouge protesters leads to ACLU lawsuit
Civil rights groups and activists sued Baton Rouge law enforcement agencies over their treatment of protesters rallying against the police shooting death of a black man, saying officers used excessive …
FRIDAY, JULY 8, 2016, 7:32 P.M.
‘America is weeping’: Taking stock after 3 days of tragedy
Three tumultuous days have brought echoes of decades past and made clear a public that elected a black president hasn’t reconciled its fractured history with race, that a country that …
THURSDAY, JULY 7, 2016, 2:24 P.M.
Spokane NAACP president Phillip Tyler says he’s sorry for deaths of black men and police officers
When Spokane NAACP president Phillip Tyler watched a video of Baton Rouge police officers fatally shooting Alton Sterling, he knew he had to say something. Tyler, a former deputy with …
MONDAY, JUNE 20, 2016, 1:59 P.M.
‘Mississippi Burning’ civil rights case closed
The investigation into the infamous slayings of three civil rights workers in Mississippi is finally closed, the state’s attorney general said Monday, 53 years almost to the day after the …
FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2016
Rekha Basu: Feds’ bathroom order a win for rights
Pressuring recalcitrant states to do something in the public interest is not a new tactic. As we’ve seen, it has been used under both parties.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 4, 2016, 4:52 P.M.
North Carolina LGBT law violates civil rights, U.S. government says
A North Carolina law limiting protections to LGBT people violates federal civil rights laws and can’t be enforced, the U.S. Justice Department said Wednesday, putting the state on notice that …
WEDNESDAY, MAY 4, 2016, 3:47 P.M.
23 Seattle landlords face discrimination charges
The Seattle Office for Civil Rights has filed charges against 23 landlords after a series of sting operations revealed that they discriminated against people posed as prospective renters based on …
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27, 2016, 4:17 P.M.
The Rev. Billy Kyles dies; was present when MLK Jr. was shot
The Rev. Samuel Billy Kyles, a longtime civil rights leader who was present when Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on a hotel balcony, has died in Memphis. He was …
SUNDAY, APRIL 24, 2016, 7:07 P.M.
Human rights group presents annual awards
The Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations gave its annual Civil Rights Award to two board members of the newly formed Spokane County Human Rights Task Force, Spokane County …
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20, 2016, 8:15 A.M.
Norwegian court rules mass killer Breivik’s rights violated
Norwegian authorities have violated mass killer Anders Behring Breivik’s human rights by holding him in solitary confinement in a three-cell complex where he can play video games, watch TV and …
MONDAY, FEB. 15, 2016, 12:43 P.M.
Transgender bathroom rule draws dueling protests in Olympia
A rule on use of public restrooms drew dueling protests to the Washington Capitol.
SUNDAY, FEB. 14, 2016
Carl Maxey: ‘From black scratch’
Look for a rags-to-riches story in Spokane, and amid all the lions of business and industry, few tales equal that of an illegitimate black orphan who struggled through a resistant, …
SATURDAY, OCT. 31, 2015, 4:13 P.M.
Tough time for black women – like black men – with police
Civil rights groups and organizations representing women say closer attention is needed to what’s happening between police and women of color. .
UPDATED: FRIDAY, OCT. 16, 2015, 9:33 P.M.
Civil rights icon James Meredith brings message to Idaho from Mississippi
Civil rights activist James Meredith visits Northern Idaho in his continuous pursuit of equal rights for all
UPDATED: FRIDAY, OCT. 9, 2015
Goodman/Moynihan: Detroit centenarian lived life of activism
Through decades of activism on behalf of the poor, civil rights and the environment, Grace Lee Boggs became a model reformer.
UPDATED: TUESDAY, OCT. 6, 2015, 1:58 P.M.
Civil rights icon to headline North Idaho conference
James Meredith, an icon of the civil rights movement and an Air Force veteran, will visit Coeur d’Alene, Moscow and Lewiston for a three-day “Walk the Talk” conference starting Oct. …