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    The US Coast Guard has called off the search for more victims of Sunday's floatplane crash in the waters of the Puget Sound in Washington. At the time the search was called off, rescuers recovered just one body. Officials have said that it was impossible that anybody would survive the crash.  The Coast Guard has also confirmed that well-known local civil rights activist Sandy Williams is among the dead. She was 60 years old.  Nine of the bodies, including the body of a young child, were not recovered.  During her life, Williams established a community center and newspaper, The Black Lens, in the city of Spokane.  Her brother, Rick, confirmed her sad passing in an interview with the Spokesman Review.  Rick said has sister was returning from a vacation on the San Juan Islands off of the coast of Washington with other family members when the crash occurred. He said that his sister was due to celebrate her 61st birthday next week.  Rick added: 'Her voice will be missed, I think even by those who hated to see her walk into...
    (CNN)Vice President Kamala Harris traveled to Indiana on Monday ahead of the state's special legislative session to take up an abortion ban -- her latest trip in a series of stops around the country focused on reproductive rights following the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. The visit comes as reproductive rights have emerged as a top issue in her broad portfolio, with the vice president's trip to the Hoosier State marking her seventh engagement with state legislators since the high court struck down the federal right to abortion.Indiana lawmakers are reconvening Monday afternoon to consider additional restrictions on the procedure -- the first state to hold a special session with the goal of curtailing abortion rights since the court's decision last month. The GOP-authored bill would prohibit abortion unless the procedure was necessary to prevent a "substantial permanent impairment" to the life of the pregnant person. The bill would also bar abortion clinics from performing surgical abortions and require in-person dispensation of an abortion-inducing drug used in a medication abortion. It would include exceptions in cases of...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Employees at a Center City Starbucks store went on strike on Friday. At the heart of the issue, they say Starbucks won’t recognize their recently-formed union. Just before 6 a.m., about a dozen employees traded in their tampers and coffee cups in exchange for signs and a place in the picket line as they went on strike at the Starbucks on 12th and Walnut Streets. READ MORE: WATCH LIVE: Police To Provide Update After 3 Females Vandalized, Assaulted Workers At Kensington Recreation Center Pool“We’ve seen retaliation, discrimination, abuse, bullying, hazing,” Kat Pfligler, a shift supervisor, said. “And we’ve done everything that we can and now the only thing we can do is withhold our labor.” Workers said they voted 6-1 in favor of forming a union back in January. Since then, they say Starbucks has refused to recognize their rights. “Unfortunately, it’s top down, so they’re asking managers to do illegal things that, half the time, they don’t even know they’re illegal, including violating our rights, withholding our rights, withholding promotions, withholding development conversations, and now they’re...
    A federal judge has temporarily blocked a 2021 Arizona law that provides all legal rights to unborn babies from the moment of conception, agreeing with abortion providers who argued the law is too vague. In his decision Monday, Judge Douglas Rayes of U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, a Barack Obama appointee, said the state’s “personhood” law is “unconstitutionally vague.” “Plaintiffs should not have to guess at whether their conduct is on the right or the wrong side of the law,” Rayes wrote. “Nor should they have to hire a lawyer and file declaratory judgment actions in state court, as suggested by Defendants at oral argument. A law which requires such extraordinary effort to decipher fails to give ordinary people fair notice of the conduct it permits and proscribes.” “Although this motion comes to the Court in the context of abortion care, it is not about abortion per se,” Rayes also noted in his ruling. “It is about giving people fair notice of what the law means so that they know in advance how to comply.” The judge...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Advocates for abortion rights are rallying in Center City on Wednesday afternoon. The rally is being held outside the Pyramid Club on 17th and Market Streets, where the Philadelphia chapter of the Federalist Society is holding a meeting. Demonstrators are condemning the Federalist Society’s role in restricting access to abortion. They are calling for Philadelphia to become a sanctuary city, where the right to abortion is protected. They also want voters to oppose SB106, a constitutional amendment that would eliminate the statewide right to abortion.
    (CBS DETROIT) — The Whitehouse Nature Center at Albion College is closed after sightings of a possible alligator in the Kalamazoo River. Officials say although they did not locate an alligator, Albion College is working with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to determine the next steps. READ MORE: Horse Euthanized After Incident At Greenfield Village In DearbornThey urge anyone to avoid the area while the college works with authorities to locate and remove the alligator. READ MORE: Detroit Bookstore Raises $35K After Fraud Losses, Thanks Community For Support© 2022 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. MORE NEWS: Michigan Voters Will Decide On Abortion Rights 
    A Pew Research Center poll of 25,000 adults across 19 countries found that nearly 80 percent of respondents viewed China’s human rights violations as a “serious problem,” the South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported Thursday. A median of 79 percent of the poll’s respondents considered China’s human rights abuses a “serious problem” while 47 percent viewed them as a “very serious problem.” Pew Research Center conducted the survey between February 14 and June 3 and published its results on June 29. The Washington D.C.-based think tank interviewed people from the following 19 nations: the U.S., Canada, Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, the U.K., Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and South Korea, Hungary, Poland, Israel, and Australia. The participants were asked questions concerning their opinions of China and its “policies on human rights,” among others. Pew Research Center surveyed respondents about “China’s military power, economic competition with China and China’s involvement in domestic politics in each country.” Uyghur Turks who say they haven’t heard any news our families and relatives in Eastern Turkistan attend a protest near the Chinese embassy, in Ankara,...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- As Pride Month celebrations continue across the country, officials in New York City will break ground on a new visitor center dedicated to telling the story of the LGBTQ rights movement.The Stonewall National Monument Visitor Center will be located next door to the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village.New York Governor Kathy Hochul will be among those on hand for the groundbreaking ceremony Friday morning.The Stonewall National Monument became the first U.S. national monument dedicated to LGBTQ history when it was dedicated in 2016 across the street from the Stonewall Inn, where patrons fought back against a police raid on June 28, 1969, and helped spark the contemporary LGBTQ rights movement.The Stonewall rebellion is commemorated every year with Pride marches in cities across the U.S. and the world.The NYC Pride March broadcast special, co-hosted by Angelica Ross along with WABC's Ken Rosato, Lauren Glassberg and Sam Champion, will return for its sixth consecutive year on ABC 7 from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET on Sunday, June 26 as well on abc7NY.com, ABC News Live, and...
    Cathi Herrod, policy president of the Center for Arizona Policy (CAP), released a statement Tuesday following the Supreme Court’s opinion that said excluding religious schools from taxpayer tuition assistance funds was unconstitutional. “In a victory upholding for parents and private religious schools, the U.S. Supreme Court has, again, stymied attempts to chip away at American’s right to freely practice their religion. The Court affirms that a state cannot offer financial programs to students attending secular schools, while refusing to offer those same programs to students attending religious schools,” Herrod said in a statement. The opinion, written by Chief Justice John Roberts, on Carson v. Markin concerns a tuition assistance program in Maine. The program helps parents who live in school districts that do not have high schools, as over half do not. Parents can select a high school they want their child to attend, and if the school meets all criteria, the parents’ school district will transfer funds to that high school to ease tuition costs. Most private schools are eligible to receive the payments as long as they are...
    (CNN)A visitor center will open next to the iconic Stonewall Inn to honor and preserve the history of the fight for LGBTQ rights, the nonprofit Pride Live announced on Tuesday. The nearly 3,700 square feet center in New York City is expected to open in the summer of 2024 after a groundbreaking ceremony is held on Friday, according to Pride Live, the LGBTQ advocacy group that will co-manage it with the National Parks Service."The opening of the Stonewall National Monument Visitor Center is a remarkable moment in the history of Stonewall," said Ann Marie Gothard, board president of Pride Live. "We honor all those who came before us, most especially the queer people fighting for equality at the Stonewall Rebellion."CNN has reached out to the National Park Service for comment.The center is the latest effort to recognize the legacy of the 1969 Stonewall riots. While The Stonewall Inn continues operating as a bar, the area around it was designated by former President Barack Obama in 2016 as the country's first national monument to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ)...
    A Christian pregnancy center in Buffalo, New York was firebombed on Tuesday, in the latest attack on a pro-life facility in the wake of a leaked Supreme Court draft opinion suggesting the court is poised to overturn Roe v. Wade. Fire tore through the offices of Compass Care located on Eggert Road in Buffalo, on Tuesday night at 2:30 a.m.  The message 'Jane was here,' was scrawled across the building's exterior. A pro-choice terrorist organization calling itself 'Jane's Revenge' has claimed responsibility for previous attacks. A facility in Madison, Wisconsin was firebombed last month. 'Jane's Revenge' reportedly claimed responsibility for the Madison incident and warned of more violence if similar organizations don't disband nationwide, Wisconsin State Journal reported.  In Buffalo, the windows on the building were blown out in the reception area and nurses office. Shards of glass scattered were amid layers of thick dust and debris.  Amherst Police Department, Eggertsville Hose Company and multiple agencies responded when the fire alarm went off.  No one was in the building at the time of the fire, a statement read.  Two firefighters were treated for...
    Gov. Kevin Stitt (R-OK) signed a bill Wednesday banning abortion from the moment of conception, making Oklahoma the state with the strictest abortion law. The law, House Bill 4327, prohibits physicians from performing abortions at any point in a pregnancy unless its to save the life of the mother, or if the pregnancy is the result of incest, rape, or sexual assault that has been properly reported to law enforcement. Litigation aimed at stopping the law is already in the works. OKLAHOMA REPUBLICAN SENATE HOPEFUL TW SHANNON PLAYS UP OPPOSITION TO ABORTION “I promised Oklahomans that as governor I would sign every piece of pro-life legislation that came across my desk and I am proud to keep that promise today," Stitt said in a statement. "From the moment life begins at conception is when we have a responsibility as human beings to do everything we can to protect that baby’s life and the life of the mother. That is what I believe and that is what the majority of Oklahomans believe. If other states want to...
    (CNN)Six weeks postpartum, Rochelle Garza was on the frontlines of an abortion rights rally in Dallas."I will be damned if my daughter grows up in a state where she cannot control her own body," the Democratic candidate for Texas attorney general said into a megaphone. Abortion rights had already been top of mind for Texas Democrats during the state's March 1 primary elections, as Democratic candidates and political operatives pointed to the Lone Star State's controversial six-week abortion ban as a warning sign for what life could look like in a post-Roe America. But, two months later, the issue became much more pressing: a Supreme Court draft majority opinion that would overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade decision had been leaked."I know that everyone is angry. We should be angry because this is an attack on our health care. Because abortion is health care. Reproductive freedom is a human right," Garza said on May 3. Read MoreIn the weeks since then, abortion rights has become even more central to two key Texas runoff primaries. Voting will end in those races...
    INGLEWOOD, Calif. (KABC) -- The way people have processed the drafted Supreme Court decision that was intercepted on its way to becoming official has manifested in different ways, even in a state that promises to keep abortion rights for all.Los Angeles County Supervisor Holly Mitchell hasn't known a world without them. She was in elementary school when Roe versus Wade passed."And the fact that we could be approaching a next generation of young women and girls that don't have that right is beyond my imagination," said Mitchell.She spoke Friday at Planned Parenthood's grand opening in Inglewood. President and CEO Alexis McGill Johnson made it clear, they're expanding."My husband's an economist and he would say Black women are actually too big to fail," said McGill Johnson. "And I keep saying, 'If we are too big to fail, it must be that we are also too under-resourced to actually succeed."The majority of abortions affect Black and Latina women, according to the Centers for Disease Control.It's just one of several reasons why nurse practitioner Kara James believes in her work, in this moment...
    A pregnancy resource center in northern Virginia appeared to be the target of abortion rights supporters, with the facility being vandalized over the weekend. First Care Women’s Health in Manassas was defaced with spray paint, with messages reading "Abortion is a right," "fake clinic," and "liars." Pro choice vandalism Life First pro choice vandalism Life First pro choice vandalism Life First "Unfortunately, a [Pregnancy] Resource Center in Northern Virginia was vandalized last night," the Rev. Dean Nelson tweeted. "This charity lovingly provides support & practical supplies to women no matter what they decide. And yet, they’re targeted with hate, intimidation and destruction. Sad!" Unfortunately, a Pregnacy Resource Center in Northern Virginia was vandalized last night. This charity lovingly provides support & practical supplies to women no matter what they decide. And yet, they’re targeted with hate, intimidation and destruction. Sad! pic.twitter.com/E1U2Jro1YC— Rev. Dean Nelson (@RevDeanNelson) May 9, 2022 The CEO of First Care Women’s Health, Becky Sheetz, told the Washington Examiner, “We’re not really surprised because you see what’s happening nationwide. And...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf is joining local officials to host a reproductive rights rally outside the Pennsylvania Convention Center Friday afternoon. The rally is expected to be at 1:30 p.m. and will be streamed on CBS News Philly. What: Pennsylvania democrats to host reproductive rights rally Who: Gov. Tom Wolf, AG Josh Shapiro, Congresswoman Madeleine Dean, State House Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton (PA-191), Montgomery County Commissioner Val Arkoosh, State Senator Katie Muth (PA-44), State Senator Maria Collett (PA-12), State Representative Austin Davis (PA-35), Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania Executive Director Signe Espinoza When: Friday, May 6 Time: 1:30 p.m. Where: In the player above or on your streaming device through CBS News Philly
    LOS ANGELES -- The husband of a Black woman who died hours after childbirth in 2016 sued Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on Wednesday, saying she bled to death because of a culture of racism at the renowned Los Angeles hospital.Charles Johnson IV said he discovered the disparity in care women of color receive at Cedars compared to white women during depositions in his wrongful death lawsuit that is scheduled to go to trial next week in Los Angeles Superior Court."There's no doubt in my mind that my wife would be here today and be here Sunday celebrating Mother's Day with her boys if she was a Caucasian woman," Johnson said at a news conference outside the hospital. "The reality is that on April 12, 2016, when we walked into Cedars-Sinai hospital for what we expected to be the happiest day of our lives, the greatest risk factor that Kira Dixon Johnson faced was racism."WATCH NOW | Hit play in the video player above to watch the ABC7 Los Angeles 24x7 Streaming channelJohnson died about 12 hours after having a scheduled cesarean...
    The Center for a Free Cuba published a letter signed by more than 600 human rights activists, diplomats, and public figures this week calling for the United Nations to remove the communist regime of Cuba from the Human Rights Council for its decades-long record of atrocities against its people. The Human Rights Council has a mandate from the U.N. to address human rights abuses around the world but has long been heavily populated by authoritarian regimes, whose leaders have used their leverage to render the body incapable of fulfilling its mission. “The Castro regime does not deserve to be on the Council undermining international human rights standards. It deserves to be prosecuted by the International Criminal Court for its own human rights violations committed while presently on the Council,” the Center for a Free Cuba’s letter to U.N. human rights chief Michelle Bachelet and other world leaders, published on Monday, reads in part. The violent crackdown on pro-democracy protesters on July 11, 2021, which has resulted in the mass incarceration of child political prisoners, features prominently as evidence of the regime’s ineligibility to be...
    Immigration detention centers are not places where you’ll find serious criminals, yet there are many facilities and staff which provide an environment that is on par and, in some cases, worse than you’ll find in prisons. Many of these people are just trying to find a better life, maybe even escaping persecution in their own country, but then are met with various abuses and poor living conditions and are sometimes detained for years. In some cases, they were even wrongfully imprisoned in the first place. Here are 10 instances in which human rights violations occurred in immigration detention centers. 1. Men File Sexual Abuse Allegations in San Deigo Just last month, four men who are being detained at Otay Mesa Detention Center in San Diego filed sexual abuse allegations against a staff member, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune. In one incident, the guard walked into a detainee’s room without knocking and was staring at him with an erection. Another man who is already dealing with mental health issues experienced a very similar situation, and now he says his symptoms...
    WASHINGTON —  The Supreme Court justices, hearing arguments Wednesday in a Los Angeles case, sounded ready to shield police from civil lawsuits for failing to provide Miranda warnings to suspects. The case — arising from a 2014 confrontation between a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy and a hospital nursing assistant — seeks to answer for the first time whether officers who don’t provide a Miranda warning can be sued for violating a suspect’s constitutional rights. Such lawsuits would be in addition to having any coerced confessions thrown out of court. The court’s conservatives agreed Wednesday that the landmark 1966 Miranda decision bars forced confessions from being used in court. But they were skeptical of “extending” it to allow damage suits against officers who don’t advise a suspect of the right to remain silent or consult a lawyer. The outcome could have an impact on everyday encounters between police and people they question, some legal experts warn, if officers cannot be held liable for violating the Miranda rules. At issue before the court Wednesday was the long-running debate over how...
    It took me a few moments standing there outside the bathrooms at the Music Center in downtown Los Angeles before I fully grasped that some fundraising genius had actually sold the lavatory naming rights. It seemed inconceivable, but there it was in big letters over the entrance: “Lefton Family Restrooms.” On the one hand, good for the Lefton family for stepping forward to help the Music Center pay to renovate its plaza. Cities need people who support the arts, including the less glamorous, more functional parts of the underlying infrastructure. But branded bathrooms? Really? Opinion Columnist Nicholas Goldberg Nicholas Goldberg served 11 years as editor of the editorial page and is a former editor of the Op-Ed page and Sunday Opinion section. Read more from Nicholas Goldberg Naming rights had already been on my mind that day because I had, for the first time, passed the Crypto.com Arena, the structure formerly known as Staples Center. In November, Crypto.com purchased the arena’s naming rights for 20 years for $700 million. That, in turn, had reminded me of the SoFi Stadium...
    Holiday Simmons, who is the Resident in Resilience and Healing at the Campaign for Southern Equality, speaks during a Daily Kos Equity Council panel on trans rights. Transgender rights are consistently being threatened, with a record number of anti-trans bill being filed in just the first few months of this year alone. According to NBC News, nearly 240 such pieces of legislation have been filed, ranging from bills that target trans athletes and youth to restricting health care access and barring students from learning about LGBTQ issues. As part of Daily Kos’ commitment to better covering trans issues and uplifting the trans experience, the Daily Kos Equity Council on Thursday facilitated a discussion with three panelists about trans rights. Hosted by Trending News writer Marissa Higgins (she/her), staff heard from KB Brookins (they/them), Holiday Simmons (he/him), and S. Leigh Thompson (he/they). Brookins, whose book of poetry How to Identify Yourself With a Wound delves into intersectional inquiry, expertly answered questions about the trans experience and offered fantastic advice for those looking to be better allies. When the subject of health...
    (CNN)The escalating red-state efforts to ban more books mark a new stage in the struggle to control the educational experience of America's kaleidoscopically diverse younger generations.Since 2021, more than a dozen Republican-controlled states have passed laws or approved executive branch policies that restrict how public school teachers can talk about race, gender and sexual orientation, as in the case of the bill critics call "don't say gay," which Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law last week. But now, even as National Library Week arrives this week, the attempt to limit what materials are available to young people is spilling out from the classroom into the library.Though battles over access to controversial titles traditionally have been fought district by district, and even school by school, Republican-controlled states including Florida, Georgia, Tennessee and Texas are now pushing statewide rules that make it easier for critics to remove books they dislike from school libraries in every community. Books about LGBTQ and Black people were among those most challenged in 2021 At the same time, although none have yet passed, more red states...
    INGLEWOOD, Calif. (KABC) -- Automaker, Kia, has reportedly bought the naming rights to "The Forum," Inglewood's historic sports and music venue.The terms of the deal were not immediately known, but more details about the deal are expected to be announced at a private unveiling on Monday inside the arena.New "Kia Forum" signage is already up confirming the name change.READ MORE | Staples Center officially becomes Crypto.com Arena as Lakers prepare to take on NetsEMBED More News Videos Christmas Day marks a new beginning for the Los Angeles Lakers as they prepare to play their first game inside the newly-branded Crypto.com Arena. This is the second local venue to get a name change in the last few months.Crypto.com purchased the rights to Lakers' Staples Center.
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The union representing workers at the Southern Poverty Law Center protested Monday in front of the civil rights group’s headquarters, saying there are racial disparities in the organization’s plans to return to the office after pandemic restrictions are eased. The Montgomery Advertiser reported that the union said a unit of the organization responsible for bringing in revenue and staffed primarily by Black women was being required to return to the physical office although other employees are being offered more flexibility. The protest comes as the union has been in contract negotiations with the SPLC management for over a year. Lisa Wright, the corporate gifts coordinator for the organization and a steward of the union, said they had discussed options such as working remotely “months ago” but that she could not get information on why the donor team that she’s a part of had to go back to the office. “We should all be able to be treated exactly the same,” Wright said. The president and CEO of the organization, Margaret Huang, told the newspaper...
    NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The war in Ukraine has focused the world’s attention on the plight of millions fleeing the country. But migrants from sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and elsewhere continue to reach ethnically divided Cyprus, where authorities say they’re overwhelmed. On the outskirts of the capital, Nicosia, Somali teenager Haroun, who left his home a month ago, plays soccer in a pair of cheap rubber slippers behind an overcrowded migrant reception camp. The sockless 16 year-old — who asked not to have his last name used for fear it could prejudice authorities against him — said his mother sent him to Cyprus in the hope that he could join other families seeking a better life in Europe. He said no one has spoken to him about his circumstances since he arrived last month, when reception center officials simply took down his details. Like tens of thousands before him, the teenager said he flew to the island’s breakaway Turkish Cypriot north and crossed by car through the porous, United Nations-controlled buffer zone to the south, where the internationally recognized...
    by Bruce Walker   The Michigan Senate divided along partisan lines when the Republican majority adopted Senate Resolution 0107, which asserts “the fundamental rights of parents to direct their children’s education.” All Democrats voted no on the resolution. “Parents are in the best position to know their own child’s needs and circumstances, and therefore, should maintain authority over all decisions that could impact the health and well-being of their children….” the resolution reads in part. “Whereas, Public schools are directed to listen to and respect the wishes of parents in the development of academic standards and curricula” it continues. Sen. Lana Theis, R-Brighton, is the resolution’s chief sponsor. Ben DeGrow, education policy director at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, agrees with the resolution’s sentiment. “Parents have the fundamental right and responsibility to direct their children’s education, and students benefit greatly when schools treat parents as trusted partners,” DeGrow told The Center Square. “Many Michigan moms and dads, frustrated by their experiences with pandemic schooling, are now alert and ready to take a stand for their children,” DeGrow continued. “Rather...
    Managua, Nicaragua (CNN)Nicaragua's former foreign minister Francisco Aguirre Sacasa and journalist Miguel Mendoza have been found guilty of conspiracy to undermine national integrity by the Nicaraguan judicial authority.The verdict was reached during closed-door trials held on Tuesday in the Judicial Assistance Directorate of Managua, according to the Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights (CENIDH) and the relatives of both defendants. Nicaragua has already convicted 10 opposition leaders in recent weeks, according to human rights organizations.The Prosecutor's Office requested an eight-year sentence for Aguirre Sacasa, his son Roberto Aguirre told CNN. The former foreign minister was arrested on July 29 for alleged crimes against national sovereignty.On his Twitter account, Aguirre said his father has spent nearly 200 days in the Chipote prison, and refused to accept the former foreign minister had committed treason. Sentencing is scheduled for February 16.US, EU slap new sanctions on Nicaraguan officials before Ortegas inaugurationRead MoreThe Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights criticized journalist Mendoza's nine-year sentence requested by the Prosecutor's Office, calling the charges "invented crimes.""In this judicial farce he was accused of undermining national integrity, and the...
    FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, Ill. (WLS) -- A new initiative will help people who travel to Illinois for an abortion procedure.It will provide assistance with travel and other expenses.The ribbon was cut Friday, one day before the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, at the offices in Fairview Heights, which is near St. Louis. It happened as the anti-abortion March for Life commenced in Washington, D.C.SEE ALSO | March for Life rally heads to DC on 49th anniversary of Roe v Wade abortion rights decisionIn 2019, Governor JB Pritzker signed legislation establishing reproductive health care as a fundamental right for women in the state."This center is a first of its kind within the Planned Parenthood federation. We're incredibly proud that it's here in Illinois," Pritzker said. "The services that it provides represent an important new frontier to secure abortion rights."
    BOULDER, COLO. (CBS4)- On Monday Jan. 17, Coloradans will be celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., along with the rest of the nation. If you are looking for a good place to learn about history and the struggle for civil rights, the Dairy Art Center in Boulder has a temporary photo exhibit that you might want to check out. (credit: CBS) The Boulder Branch of the NAACP and the Dairy Arts Center are presenting the Withers Collection Gallery, an exhibition of over 100 historical photographs of the Civil Rights Movement from the Withers Museum & Gallery in Memphis, Tennessee. Ernest Withers, is one of the foremost Black photographers documenting the lives of African Americans across the South in the 1950s and ‘60s. (credit: CBS) “We’re just super excited to bring our community together,” said Annett James. The president of the Boulder Branch of the NAACP.” She says Withers tells a story with his historical photos. “He captured the black experience,” she said. “Civil rights movement, arts and culture, sports. It’s just incredible.” (credit: CBS) She says this...
    ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta’s mayor, Georgia’s governor and U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock are scheduled to attend the annual Martin Luther King Jr. service at King’s old congregation, Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. The service at Ebenezer and other events surrounding Martin Luther King Jr. Day commemorate what would have been King’s 93rd birthday. In a news release, the King Center in Atlanta said the 10 a.m. Monday service will be broadcast live on Atlanta’s Fox TV affiliate and on Facebook, YouTube and thekingcenter.org. The Rev. Natosha Reid Rice and Pastor Sam Collier will preside over the service. This year’s keynote speaker is the Rev. Michael Bruce Curry, presiding bishop and primate of The Episcopal Church. Musical performances are also planned, including Keke Wyatt, Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Pastor Mike Jr., Le’Andria Johnson, and Emanne Beasha. “This year’s theme, ‘It Starts with Me: Shifting Priorities to Create the Beloved Community,’ reflects our belief that it is critical, and necessary for the survival of both humanity and Earth, that we shift our priorities for a strategic quest to create a just, humane, equitable...
    (CNN)Georgia has become the center of the political landscape -- and it's likely to stay there for the remainder of 2022. President Joe Biden traveled there Tuesday to kick off a push for voting rights legislation. With Republican primary wars brewing, Democratic discontent over Congress failing to stymie the state's restrictive new voting law growing and two of the nation's marquee gubernatorial and Senate races set for this fall, Biden used his visit to Georgia on Tuesday as a springboard for a push for national legislation to protect voting rights. "The question is, where will the institution of the United States Senate stand? Every senator, Democrat, Republican and independent, will have to declare where they stand not just for the moment, but for the ages," Biden said. "Will you stand against voter suppression? Yes or no? That's the question you'll answer. Will you stand to against election subversion? Yes or no? We stand for democracy? Yes or no," he asked."There's one thing every senator, every American, should remember: History has never been kind to those who have sided with voter...
          Welcome to The Hill’s Morning Report. It is Monday! We get you up to speed on the most important developments in politics and policy, plus trends to watch. Alexis Simendinger and Al Weaver are the co-creators. Readers can find us on Twitter @asimendinger and @alweaver22. Please recommend the Morning Report to friends and let us know what you think. CLICK HERE to subscribe! Total U.S. coronavirus deaths this morning: 837,664.   As of today, 74.3 percent of the U.S. population has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 62.5 percent is “fully vaccinated,” according to the Bloomberg News global vaccine tracker and the government’s definition. The percentage of Americans who have received third or booster doses is 22.7. Voting rights week has arrived for President BidenJoe BidenAustralia agrees to .5 billion tank deal with US: report Jim Jordan rejects Jan. 6 panel's request to cooperate in investigation SALT change on ice in the Senate MORE and Democrats as the party attempts to make the issue its centerpiece ahead of the Martin Luther...
    LANI Guinier, the legal scholar at the center of the 1993 Bill Clinton voting rights controversy has died at 71. Guinier became widely known after former president Bill Clinton pulled her nomination as assistant attorney general in 1993 after controversy emerged surrounding her views on voting rights. 1 Her cousin Sherrie Russell-Brown confirmed the news on Friday. More to follow... For the latest news on this story keep checking back at Sun Online. The-sun.com is your go-to destination for the best celebrity news, sport news, real-life stories, jaw-dropping pictures and must-see video. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheSunUS and follow us from our main Twitter account at @TheUSSun.
    Elon Musk, founder of electric car maker Tesla, has been at the center of a new storm following the opening of a showroom in northwest China alleging alleged human rights abuses. As a result, many surfers attacked Tesla, saying it “supports genocide.” News of Car maker At the opening of a new showroom in Xinjiang last Friday, it met with outrage from US rights and trade organizations. The Xinjiang region criticized Tesla’s actions, writing on his Twitter account: “NGOs are helping China cover up genocide and slavery in the region.” By doing business in China’s Xinjiang province, there are millions # உய்குர் Muslims are being held in concentration camps and forced labor facilities, and Tesla supports the genocide. Elon Musk to close Tesla’s Xinjiang showroomhttps://t.co/MGF6YGYgFC – CAIR National (CAIRNational) January 4, 2022 Do you drink coffee every day? This is something you need to know, especially in the winter U.S.-Islamic Relations Council and U.S. The civil rights group attacked Tesla’s advertisement, urging Ayalon Musk to close its showroom in the area, saying “Tesla supports genocide by doing business...
    (CNN)A court in Moscow ordered the closure of the Memorial Human Rights Center on Wednesday, in the latest blow to Russian civil society groups.The center was charged with multiple violations of Russia's "foreign agent" law and "justifying terrorism and extremism" in its publications, a lawyer for the center, Ilya Novikov, told CNN.The decision comes a day after Russia's Supreme Court decided to close its sister organization Memorial International. Novikov said they would launch an appeal.This is a developing story. Check back for further updates.
    A detailed analysis published Thursday shines further light on the Republican Party's sprawling assault on voting rights and the democratic process nationwide, an effort that includes legislation that would "politicize, criminalize, and interfere" with elections. Compiled by the States United Democracy Center, Protect Democracy, and Law Forward, the new report identifies at least 262 bills in 41 states that—if enacted—would "interfere with election administration." More than 30 such measures have become law in 17 Republican-led states. "This is an all-hands-on-deck moment." But the report makes clear that the intensifying Republican attack on democracy reaches far beyond the legislative process. "The nature of the threat," the authors warn, "has metastasized beyond proposing or passing bills." "As we look toward 2022, we anticipate the anti-democratic strategy will consist of four key pillars: (i) changing the rules to make it easier to undermine the will of the voters; (ii) changing the people who defend our democratic system by sidelining, replacing, or attacking professional election officials; (iii) promoting controversial constitutional theories about our elections to justify partisan takeovers; and (iv) eroding public confidence and...
    Center for Vaccine Development director Dr. Peter Hotez said Thursday on MSNBC’s “Deadline” that he believes it is not President Joe Biden’s “fault” that 200,000 unvaccinated America have died of coronavirus during his first year in office but instead it is the far-right’s “monster.” Hotez said, “First of all, let’s face it — it is really not the president’s fault that he’s had 200,000 Americans who needlessly lost their lives because we were defiant of getting vaccines. They refused vaccines.” He continued, “I mean, that is clearly the fault of the aggression coming from the far-right from far-right members of the Congress to conservative news outlets to the far-right think tanks. They helped create that monster.” He added, “But the piece that’s not being said is a number of us pleaded with the White House and federal agencies to help vaccinate the world. Because the Alpha variant arose out of the unvaccinated UK. The Delta variant arose out of the unvaccinated Indian sub-continent. Then we said, look, you are doing nothing to vaccinate Africa. What do you think is going...
    (CNN)With the looming possibility of the Supreme Court gutting Roe v. Wade, the future of reproductive rights in America is poised to become a central and potentially defining issue in the upcoming midterm elections.The high court is expected to deliver its ruling on a Mississippi law banning most abortions after 15 weeks next summer, as campaign season kicks into high gear. At a hearing this week, the bench's conservative supermajority signaled its intent to uphold the law, going against decades of precedent and likely introducing a volatile new variable in electoral politics.Democratic campaign organizations up and down the ballot, along with allied abortion rights groups, are now ramping up efforts to channel the anger and anguish of pro-choice voters and drive them to the polls. On the federal level, Senate Democrats are stressing the importance of maintaining their majority in order to confirm a new justice in the event President Joe Biden has the opportunity fill a vacated seat. In the states, leading Democrats are warning that Republican victories in legislative and gubernatorial races will lead to another burst of...
    MIAMI GARDENS (CBSMiami/AP) — A South Florida law school announced on Thursday the creation of a new Center for Social Justice named after Ben Crump, the Black civil rights attorney who has gained national notoriety representing victims of police brutality and vigilante violence. The Benjamin L. Crump Center for Social Justice, housed at the St. Thomas University College of Law in Miami Gardens, aims to train the next generation of civil rights lawyers and social justice engineers. READ MORE: Arrest Made After Social Media Threat Targets Marjory Stoneman Douglas High Benjamin L. Crump Center for Social Justice rendering at St. Thomas University. (Courtesy: St. Thomas University) Calls for racial justice saw greater prominence in the wake of the 2020 protests over George Floyd’s murder by a Minneapolis police officer. But the nation lacks a robust pipeline of social justice lawyers ready to take on such cases, said Crump, who has represented the families of Floyd, Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Breonna Taylor, among others. “We really are trying to prepare an army — the next generation of social justice...
    Amazon founder and owner of the Washington Post Jeff Bezos donated a whopping $100 million to the Obama Foundation, the largest ever to the charity.  As part of the gift, Bezos asked the plaza at the Obama Presidential Center be renamed John Lewis Plaza, after the late congressman and civil rights leader who spent decades fighting for voting rights.  Bezos, one of the world's richest men, has made a series of high-profile donations since stepping down as CEO of Amazon in July, in addition to self-funding his brief jaunt into space on his Blue Origin rocket. Last week, he pledged almost $100 million to groups working to end homelessness.  In September, standing alongside climate envoy John Kerry, Bezos pledged $1 billion from his coffers to fight climate change through the Bezos Earth Fund foundation.  The Obama Foundation gift represents less than 0.1 percent Bezos' estimated $210 billion fortune.  With Bezos naming the plaza after a civil rights icon rather than himself, the Obama Foundation said it was seeking to 'change the paradigm around naming public spaces' after the mega-wealthy donors...
    The Los Angeles Staples Center will have a new name effective Dec. 25, according to Crypto.com CEO Kris Marszalek. “In the next few years, people will look back at this moment as the moment when crypto crossed the chasm into the mainstream,” Marszalek said in a statement about the moving, claiming the “next decade belongs to crypto.” The five-year-old cryptocurrency exchange will become the second to acquire branding rights to a stadium after FTX, which won the right in March to rebrand Miami’s American Airlines Arena as FTX Arena. That deal cost $135 million, short of the $700 million Crypto.com reportedly agreed to fork over to AEG, the owner and operator of the Staples Center. Paul George reacts to Staples Centers name change: "Itll be weird. I grew up with Staples Center being the place to play… Its kind of stripping history here… Good thing we wont be here too long." pic.twitter.com/Cl5Uyi5fZT — Farbod Esnaashari (@Farbod_E) November 17, 2021 “It’s a bit of a match made in heaven, when we think about the type of brands that we...
    An exterior view of Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles on August 29, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.Bauer-Griffin | GC Images | Getty Images The Staples Center will be renamed for Crypto.com next month in a $700 million deal for the naming rights to the home arena of the Los Angeles Lakers. The deal, announced Tuesday night, links Crypto.com with Anschutz Entertainment Group, which owns the Staples Center and surrounding complex, L.A. Live. The downtown arena is the home court to the Lakers, Clippers and National Hockey League's Kings franchise. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed, but a person familiar with the deal told CNBC it was a 20-year contract worth $700 million. That makes the deal one of the richest naming rights agreements in sports. In September, the Steve Ballmer-owned Clippers agreed to a $500 million deal with financial management tech company Intuit. And Chase Bank in 2016 struck a 20-year, roughly $300 million naming rights deal with the Golden State Warriors. The Crypto.com name change will take effect on Christmas Day, as the Lakers host the...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Staples Center, the iconic arena in downtown Los Angeles, which has been the home to the Lakers, Clippers and Kings since 1999, will be renamed Crypto.com Arena in what is believed to be the largest naming rights deal in history. Staples originally paid $120 million for a 20-year naming rights deal in 1999. Crypto.com will pay $700 million for a 20-year naming rights deal according to Arash Markazi. READ MORE: 2 On Your Side: Dozens Of Families Lose Their Belongings After Hiring Unlicensed Moving CompanyA source confirmed to CBSLA that the name change will happen on Christmas Day. A formal press release is expected to be released soon. “Known as the Creative Capital of the World, the city of Los Angeles and the people who call it home have always been pioneers, pushing the boundaries and innovating as the undeniable global leaders of culture and entertainment,” said Crypto.com Co-Founder and CEO, Kris Marszalek. “We’re very excited about partnering with AEG and investing long term in this city, starting with Crypto.com Arena in the heart of downtown, and...
    New York (CNN Business)In a sign of the times, Los Angeles' Staples Center is switching its name to Crypto.com Arena.The 20-year naming rights agreement, announced Tuesday by arena owner AEG, marks an end of an era. The Staples Center has held that name since the 20,000-seat facility opened in 1999 and is the home of several professional sport teams, including the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers and the NHL's LA Kings.As cryptocurrencies explode in value, dozens of companies have popped up out virtually out of thin air to help investors buy and sell digital currencies. Crypto.com is among the largest. The cyptocurrency platform and exchange was founded in 2016, and the Singapore-based company has inked other sporting deals in recent years, including becoming the official crypto sponsor of the Ultimate Fighting Championship and Formula 1 racing."This partnership represents the fastest-growing cryptocurrency platform and the biggest sports and live entertainment company in the world converging to drive the future of sports and live entertainment as well as the incredible legacy of this arena for decades to come," said Todd Goldstein,...
    The Staples Center - home to the Lakers and Clippers - is getting a new name this Christmas. The sporting complex is set to be called Crypto.com Arena in one of the richest naming rights deals in sports history. 1The Staples Center is changing it's name to Crypto.com Arena Why is the STAPLES Center changing its name? The arena will change names after 22 years after Crypto.com - a cryptocurrency platform and exchange headquartered in Singapore - offered current owners AEG millions for naming rights, the long-term managers confirmed. Crypto.com has been on a spending spree over the past year, buying up global sports landscapes. The famed complex in downtown Los Angeles is the home of the NBA's Lakers and Clippers, the NHL's Kings and WNBA's Sparks. The name change is expected to happen when the Lakers host the Brooklyn Nets in the NBA's annual Christmas showcase. Most read in The US SunIN DESPERATE NEED ‘Secret stimulus check’ sent out as calls grow for more mortgage reliefTRAGIC LOSS Chris Daughtry's stepdaughter's boyfriend is arrested after her shock deathJAB RAGE MMA...
    In one year, Americans head to the polls to cast their votes for the midterm elections. But aside from the date, how Americans cast that vote will greatly depend on where they live and who is in charge of their state government. For some, the process has never been easier—with expanded early voting and access to mail-in ballots—while others will face new restrictions that could discourage them from showing up at all. After the Senate repeatedly failed to get enough bipartisan support to break a Republican filibuster on the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, activists in states that have clamped down on voting are left hoping for an unlikely breakthrough on filibuster reform in the Senate—or in the courts. On Nov. 4, the Department of Justice announced it would challenge part of a recently signed Texas law because it improperly restricts “what assistance in the polling booth voters who have a disability or are unable to read or write can receive.” The DOJ announced over the summer it would challenge a Georgia law as well, contending that “several provisions...
    CAIRO (AP) — The United Nations Security Council and the United States have imposed sanctions on a Libyan official over the alleged abuse and torture of migrants in a detention center. The Security Council and the U.S. said in separate statements late Tuesday that Osama al-Kuni is the de facto head of a detention center in the North African nation’s west. Migrants there are said to have been subjected to torture, sexual and gender-based violence and human trafficking. Libya emerged as a major conduit for African migrants hoping to reach Europe after a NATO-backed uprising toppled and killed the country’s longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi in 2011. The country subsequently slid into chaos, with rival governments and parliaments based in its western and eastern regions, each backed by different militias and tribes. The al-Nasr Martyrs detention center is located in the western town of Zawiya, home of two of the country’s most wanted human traffickers, Abdel-Rahman Milad, and militia leader Mohammed Kachlaf. Both Milad and Kachlaf were sanctioned by the Security Council in 2018 over allegations of human trafficking and abuse...
    Paris Hilton visited Capitol Hill on Wednesday to push for legislation aimed to establish protection for teenagers in treatment facility centers. She spoke in favor of the Accountability for Congregate Care Act, a bill of rights for teenagers at these centers, while at a press conference alongside Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA), Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), and Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), and described in detail her own experience at congregate care facilities. “I was strangled, slapped across the face, watched in the shower by male staff, called vulgar names, forced to take medication without a diagnosis, not given a proper education, thrown into solitary confinement in a room covered in scratch marks and smeared in blood and so much more,” Hilton told reporters of her time at Provo Canyon School in Utah. The Hilton Hotels heiress has been vocal about her experience at Provo before, testifying before the Utah State Capitol about the alleged abuse in February. The socialite had first revealed the abuse she endured at the school in her 2020 documentary This is Paris and later led a...
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