Tag: Civil Rights and Liberties

At 75, the Father of Environmental Justice Meets the Moment

HOUSTON — He’s known as the father of environmental justice, but more than half a century ago he was just Bob Bullard from Elba, a flyspeck town deep in Alabama that didn’t pave roads, install sewers or put up streetlights in areas where Black families like his lived. His grandmother had a sixth grade education. […]

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Moon Landrieu Dies at 92; New Orleans Mayor Championed Integration

Moon Landrieu, who reshaped racial politics in one of the nation’s most polyglot and irrepressible cities, New Orleans, where he won the mayor’s office in 1970 with a rare coalition of white and Black supporters, died on Monday at his home in New Orleans. He was 92. The death was confirmed by Ryan Berni, a […]

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Has the Fight Against Antisemitism Lost Its Way?

Over the past 18 months, America’s most prominent Jewish organizations have done something extraordinary. They have accused the world’s leading human rights organizations of promoting hatred of Jews. Last April, after Human Rights Watch issued a report accusing Israel of “the crimes of apartheid and persecution,” the American Jewish Committee claimed that the report’s arguments […]

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Ex-Detective Admits Misleading Judge Who Approved Breonna Taylor Raid

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A former police detective admitted on Tuesday that she had helped mislead a judge into authorizing a raid of Breonna Taylor’s apartment in Louisville, Ky., setting in motion the faulty nighttime operation in which the police fatally shot Ms. Taylor. The former detective, Kelly Goodlett, pleaded guilty in federal court to one […]

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After Roe v. Wade Reversal, Readers Flock to Publications Aimed at Women

In the weeks since the Supreme Court reversed Roe v. Wade, overturning the right to abortion after almost 50 years, the consequences have quickly rippled through American life. States have banned abortion or restricted access. Individual stories about the real-life impacts have become national headlines. Concerns have flared about what the decision means for other […]

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Newsom Asks Hollywood to Stop Filming in Conservative States

SACRAMENTO — Widening his attack on Republican states for their positions on guns, civil rights and abortion, Gov. Gavin Newsom of California on Wednesday called on Hollywood to “walk the walk” on liberal values by bringing back their film and television productions from states such as Georgia and Oklahoma. Mr. Newsom issued the challenge through […]

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Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan and Others React to Bill Russell’s Legacy

Bill Russell had more N.B.A. championship rings than he had fingers and as many Most Valuable Player Awards as all other Boston Celtics players combined. But in the hours after Russell’s family announced his death on Sunday, N.B.A. players remembered him as so much more. Legend. Trailblazer. “Everything we all aspired to be,” Isiah Thomas, […]

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Ex-Officer Who Helped Pin George Floyd Is Sentenced to Prison

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A former Minneapolis police officer who helped pin George Floyd down as he struggled to breathe and later died was sentenced Wednesday morning to three years in prison for violating Mr. Floyd’s rights. A colleague who was present and kept bystanders away from what was happening was scheduled to be sentenced […]

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Newsom Wants Democrats to Fight Fire With Fire, Starting With a Gun Bill

SACRAMENTO — On a Saturday night in December, Gov. Gavin Newsom of California was so frustrated by a Supreme Court decision allowing Texas residents to sue abortion providers that he went straight to social media to call for legislation allowing private citizens to enforce his own state’s gun laws. It sounded so tit-for-tat that many […]

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