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Juneteenth National Independence Day Act bill signing

House Passes — and Biden Signs — New Bill To Make Juneteenth a Federal Holiday

The U.S. House of Representatives has voted to designate Juneteenth as a federal holiday, one day after the Senate unanimously voted for its passage. President Biden quickly signed the bill into law on June 17, making this year’s Juneteenth the first national recognition of Black Independence Day in the United…

LGBTQ protection in schools

US Education Department Issues Statement Confirming Title IX Protects LGBTQ Students Against Discrimination

Following an executive order from President Joe Biden directing federal agencies to defend LGBTQ students against discrimination, the Education Department has issued an official statement saying that Title IX does indeed ensure equal protection for LGBTQ students under federal law. Jo Yurcaba of NBC News reported that the Department of…

Ketanji Brown Jackson

President Biden Working To Double Number of Black Women Serving as Appeals Court Judges

President Biden’s efforts to create a diverse and inclusive government are continuing beyond his picks for Cabinet and military leadership as he sets his sights on expanding the appointment of Black women on more local courts. According to John Fritze and Ledyard King of USA Today, Biden is poised “to…

Zahid N. Quraishi

Senate Confirms Zahid Quraishi, First Muslim American Federal Judge in American History

In a remarkable show of bipartisan support for our usually divided congressional leadership, the Senate has voted to confirm the appointment of the first-ever Muslim American federal judge in U.S. history. On Thursday, June 10, Zahid Quraishi was officially approved to the U.S. District Court for the District of New…

tractor in field

White Farmers Sue To Stop Debt Relief Program for Farmers of Color

A federal judge in Wisconsin has temporarily halted a government program designed to help chronically disadvantaged farmers of color repay their loans — or forgive their debt altogether. Laura Schulte of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that “a temporary restraining order was handed down Thursday afternoon [June 10] by Judge…

Keystone XL PIpeline

Controversial Keystone XL Pipeline — Opposed by Indigenous Populations and Environmentalists Alike — Officially Killed

The Keystone XL Pipeline, a project equally reviled by environmentalists as well as the country’s Indigenous populations, is officially dead. Reuters has reported that the “$9 billion oil pipeline [that] became a symbol of the rising political clout of climate change advocates, and a flashpoint in U.S.-Canada relations was officially…

Kiran Arjandas Ahuja

Missouri’s Josh Hawley Attempts To Derail Biden Pick To Lead Office of Personnel Management Over Her Support of Critical Race Theory

The attack on critical race theory — the examination of social, cultural and legal issues as they relate to race and racism — remains a popular rallying cry for Republicans as of late, going all the way up to the government’s highest levels of power. The latest incident? CNN’s Kristen…