Category: Civil Rights
‘Selma’ Revives Important Story of Voting Rights
The 50th anniversary of the Selma-to-Montgomery, Alabama, marches that led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act are an important part of this year’s celebration of Black History Month.
Black History, Church Inspire Activism
A preacher, political strategist and organizer kicked off AFSCME International’s annual observance of Black History Month by urging labor activists to build coalitions with like-minded groups to fight for social and economic justice.
Coming Out at Work and the Fight for Equality
Coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered at work can be one of the most difficult choices a person can make. AFSCME and the AFL-CIO advocate for safe and inclusive workplaces for all workers, especially those who are often left behind.
Court Rejects Mayor’s Illegal Offer
Albuquerque city workers here prevailed in court this month in a case that could have repercussions for public worker bargaining units across the nation.
They Want Us to Stay Home on Nov. 4
A recent series of court rulings blocked implementation of discriminatory voter identification laws in Wisconsin, Arkansas and Texas - but the Supreme Court reversed a lower court and allowed Texas to move ahead with their voter suppression law.
Court Backs Voting Rights in Wisconsin
Two court decisions, one by the U.S. Supreme Court in a case involving Gov. Walker’s 2011 voter suppression law, and another case in Texas, slapped down efforts by lawmakers to limit who can vote in those states.
Voter Rights Activists Fight Off Attacks Nationwide
Prohibitive voter ID laws aimed at keeping people of color, the elderly and young people from participating in the democratic process are also popping up around the country and not just in the South.
Private Prison Operator Sued by Texas Inmate for Allowing Sexual Abuse
Last week, a civil rights lawsuit was filed in a Texas federal court against Corrections Corporation of America and two of its employees for allegedly allowing sexual assault at a facility in Bartlett, Texas.
Missouri AFSCME Members Aid Ferguson Community
AFSCME Council 72 members provide food, water and supplies
Transgender State Employees Win Health Care Coverage
Transgender state employees in Washington state, on July 31, celebrated a vote by the Public Employee Benefits Board (PEBB) that ended discriminatory exclusions in the state’s health care coverage.
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