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California Moves to Become ‘Sanctuary State,’ and Others Look to Follow

A 42-year-old immigrant was on her way to church in Mendota, a small city in California’s Central Valley, one afternoon last month when the police stopped her because the tinted windows on her 2006 Nissan were too dark. What happened next says much about the growing conflict between states like …

Utopian thinking: Free housing should be a universal right

What makes a right a right? Universal secondary schooling, for example, was a controversial proposal, vociferously debated in its day. Prior to its introduction, children were expected to work – and opponents of the changes were insistent that altering this would be to bend the wills of fate: the …

Housing

Why it’s so hard to prosecute a hate crime

A stabbing at the University of Maryland has invoked new questions about hate crime laws and what they do.<p>The details certainly make it sound like a hate crime: A white man, who’s a member of a Facebook group called “Alt-Reich: Nation” (a combination of the white nationalist “alt right” and a …

Syrian jets carry out attacks from base hours after US missile strike: report

Syrian warplanes carried out attacks from a central Syrian air base several hours after it was hit by a U.S. missile strike, the Daily Star reported …

Tech companies must do more to avoid using minerals tainted by rights abuses

Tech firms trying to avoid using “conflict minerals” will need to work harder to keep them out of smartphones and tablets.<p>Companies are overlooking the risk that mining in countries other than the Democratic Republic of the Congo is linked to abuses and armed groups seeking to fund violence, claims …

Africa

Before Tuesday's sarin attack, Bashar Assad committed a litany of human rights abuses

On Tuesday, a chemical attack deployed in the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun killed more than 70 civilians civilians. By Wednesday, the United States …

How Football’s Richest Clubs Fail To Pay Staff A Real Living Wage

English football’s top flight, the Premier League, dominates the sporting world’s league tables for revenue. Star players, managers and executives …

What's New in HIV Criminalization in the United States: Congress, California, Florida, Georgia, Ohio and Utah

1 | 2 | Next ><p>Credit: FoxysGraphic via iStock<p><b>Table of Contents</b><p>Will Congress modernize HIV laws and policies? Advocates certainly hope so. Here's an …

Public Health

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The inequality of uninsurance.<p><i>This is the web version of VoxCare, a daily newsletter from Vox on the latest twists and turns in America’s health care debate. Like what you’re reading? Sign up to</i> <i>get VoxCare in your inbox here</i><i>.</i><p>Now that the zombie American Health Care Act seems to be six feet under …

You Can Thank Racism, Mass Incarceration, and Our Health System for the Survival Gap Between the Rich and Poor

A new series of papers (and commentary from Bernie Sanders) lays out the problem.<p>The United States' for-profit healthcare system not only fails miserably to offer the same life-extending treatments to the poor as it does the rich, but it also reinforces racial and socioeconomic disparities, …

Why there’s hope for LGBT rights under Trump

In the United States we enjoy an advantage as we resist Donald Trump (which not all societies do when they fight incoming autocrats): we are a nation with many centres of power. Cultural, financial and even political power are not solely concentrated in the White House.<p>On Tuesday, for instance, by …

LGBTQI

What the Atlanta Highway Collapse Signals about American Infrastructure | Lili Carneglia

Atlanta is already known for having some of the worst traffic in the world, and the recent collapse along a major interstate will only make …

How One Community Could Help Solve Two Of Craft Beer's Biggest Problems

If you casually follow beer news, you know craft has finally burst through into the mainstream, completely disrupting the suds industry with double-digit growth in sales every year from 2006 to 2015. But if you pay closer attention, you may have read about Nielsen’s just-released report that finds …

Beer

Source: ICE is targeting 'sanctuary cities' with raids

<b>(CNN) —</b> Immigration and Customs Enforcement has been targeting so-called "sanctuary cities" with increased enforcement operations in an effort to pressure those jurisdictions to cooperate with federal immigration agents, a senior US immigration official with direct knowledge of ongoing ICE actions …

How Queer People of Color Are Combating Sexual Racism

"There's more out there than Cliff, who works at Google and takes selfies hiking with his dog."<p>"No Fats, No Fems, No Asians, No Blacks": If there were ever doubt that gay men can be as racist as straights, just fire up a gay dating app, where that sentiment can still be seen. And if there were ever …

Race & Ethnicity

WATCH: 5 athletes fighting for racial justice

American sports stars have history of taking a stand, from Muhammad Ali to Colin Kaepernick<p>In 1967, Muhammad Ali boycotted the Vietnam War. "War is against the teachings of the Qur’an. I'm not trying to dodge the draft. We are not supposed to take part in no wars unless declared by Allah or The …

TrumpCare will fail all women

One of the most dangerous “alternative facts” coming from the White House these days is that the Affordable Care Act — ObamaCare — is an abject …

12 Under-Recognized, Badass Women Who Changed the World

“Well-behaved women seldom make history.” The phrase probably makes you think of Marilyn Monroe or Eleanor Roosevelt, both of whom have been credited with the words (usually written in calligraphy across a coffee shop wall or posted on Instagram when their birthdays roll around). It has become a …

Family Planning

John Lewis Chair for Civil Rights and Social Justice achieves full funding

Emory Law's chair honoring U.S. Rep. John Lewis has been fully funded, allowing the school to conduct a national search for a scholar who will focus …

Utah Repeals ‘No Promo Homo’ Law

In a major victory for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students, Utah has repealed its “no promo homo” law restricting discussions of …

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Catching Up with BeBe Zahara Benet, the Very First Winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race

The drag queen gets real about life after the “lost season” of the hit reality show.<p><b>BeBe Zahara Benet</b> still gets a familiar nickname wherever she goes. Just a few days ago, the drag queen and inaugural winner of <i>RuPaul’s Drag Race</i> was at the airport when she heard it again, bellowed from across the …

'Sometimes I laugh at this farce': six writers on life behind bars in Turkey

Ahmet Şık<b>Age</b> 46<b>Profession</b> Author, investigative journalist and trade unionist<b>Charge</b> Terrorist propaganda<b>Time behind bars</b> Four months and counting, and one year and one month in 2011-12<b>Possible maximum sentence</b> Seven and a half years<p>Turkey disclaimer<p>It is hard to be in prison. It’s even harder when …

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Ex-Baylor player Ukwuachu's rape conviction overturned, sent back for retrial

Former Baylor football player Samuel "Sam" Ukwuachu had his sexual assault conviction overturned by the 10th Court of Appeals in Texas, according to …

Trump's Approval Hits a Record Low. 22 Americans Who Voted for Him Tell Us Why

Less than 100 days in office, President Donald Trump has faced some tough sledding.<p>From his ongoing battle with the “very dishonest” media to his …

Donald Trump

Right and Left: Partisan Writing You Shouldn’t Miss

<i>The political news cycle is fast, and keeping up can be overwhelming. Trying to find differing perspectives worth your time is even harder. That’s why we have scoured the internet for political writing from the right and left that you might not have seen.</i><p><i>We would love to hear your thoughts on this</i> …

Senate quashes an Obama-era regulation to protect your privacy online

Internet providers could sell users’ personal browsing information without gaining consent if bill signed into law<p>Less than a month after WikiLeaks revealed that the CIA can hack common household technology to spy on people, the Republican-controlled Senate has overturned an Obama-era regulation …

Chicago area leads U.S. in population loss, sees drop for 2nd year in a row

Patrice Bedford had never questioned raising her baby in Chicago.<p>But on a springtime stroll during the first trimester of her pregnancy last year, a heightened sense of smell — piqued by pungent neighborhood odors — made her view the city differently.<p>The city's expensive, she said. Public schools …

Dozens killed, buried in rubble after Mosul air raid - Iraqi officials, residents | Reuters

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Dozens of residents were buried in collapsed buildings in the Iraqi city of Mosul after an air strike against Islamic State triggered a massive explosion last week and rescuers are still recovering bodies, civil defense agency officials and locals said on Thursday.<p>Firefighters …

Obama's top civil rights lawyer to lead advocacy coalition

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration's top civil rights lawyer announced Thursday she will lead a coalition of civil and human rights …