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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…

Texas Governor Greg Abbott

Texas Governor Approves Bill Banning Discussions of Race and Racism Within State’s Schools

Texas lawmakers continue to astound with the number of racist, transphobic laws they are willing to try to write into law.  In the last few months alone, we’ve seen Texas lawmakers draft legislation that would penalize parents who support and help their transgender children access gender-affirming care with jail time…

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…

Black female college graduates

New Study Reveals Black Female College Graduates Owe 20% More in Student Debt on Average Than White Female Graduates

College graduates in America, on the whole, owe more than $1.7 trillion in student debt, but women owe the larger percentage of that overall debt — an astounding $929 billion as of 2020. If those numbers weren’t disturbing enough, a new study from The American Association of University Women (AAUW)…

Mackenzie Scott

Humanitarian MacKenzie Scott Continues Her Charitable Donation Blitz, Pledging Additional $2.74 Billion for Social Reform

MacKenzie Scott, the ex-wife of Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, is not only one of the richest women in the world — but she’s also one of the most charitable, announcing that she and her husband, Dan Jewett, have recently donated an additional $2.74 billion to organizations focused on…

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Second Employee Sues ACLU for Racist and Discriminatory Internal Behavior 

While there’s no disputing the valuable work the American Civil Liberties Union does, from promoting social justice and reform to fighting racism and defending LGBTQ rights, mounting evidence suggests that even one of America’s leading nonprofits dedicated to defending civil rights may have its own internal struggles with systemic racism…