August 21, 2019

Native Americans had their 2020 Democratic campaign forum. Here, in pictures, is how it went.

SIOUX CITY, IOWA — No one knew quite what to expect when Native American activists organized their first-ever presidential forum this week. How many candidates would attend? How read in would they be about the issues of greatest concern to indigenous people? How many would present fleshed-out programs pertaining to Native American concerns? One day […]
August 21, 2019

The Parkland students propose ‘a Green New Deal, but for guns’

Students who survived a massacre at their Parkland, Florida, high school last year unveiled an ambitious gun policy in the wake of the twin shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, that claimed 31 lives one recent weekend. The Peace Plan for a Safer America, which students and graduates of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High […]
August 20, 2019

Trump boasts about Log Cabin Republican endorsement as its members flee in protest

During a press gaggle Tuesday, President Donald Trump took a question from The Washington Blade’s Chris Johnson, who has long been a member of the White House press pool, though rarely called upon. Johnson asked if Trump was okay with the way his administration has made it easier to discriminate against LGBTQ workers; Trump ignored […]
August 20, 2019

EEOC now gives nonbinary people a way to be counted in workplace

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), an independent federal agency that is responsible for enforcing federal civil rights laws against workplace discrimination, recently changed its website to address how employers can report workers as nonbinary. Before the EEOC’s actions last week, employers didn’t have a way to report nonbinary workers in what are known as […]
August 19, 2019

NBA star takes big swing at increasing diversity in golf with ‘historic’ Howard donation

When Pete Bevacqua was on his way out the door as the CEO of PGA of America last year, he was clear about the most pressing problem facing the sport: It is still overwhelmingly a sport for rich, white men. “The biggest challenge is, I think, the challenge that everyone in golf shares, which is […]
August 19, 2019

NBA star takes big swing at increasing diversity in golf with ‘historic’ Howard donation

When Pete Bevacqua was on his way out the door as the CEO of PGA of America last year, he was clear about the most pressing problem facing the sport: It is still overwhelmingly a sport for rich, white men. “The biggest challenge is, I think, the challenge that everyone in golf shares, which is […]
August 19, 2019

Planned Parenthood abandons federal program under attack by Trump administration

Planned Parenthood announced Monday that its grantees have no choice but to leave the federal Title X family planning program, after a federal appeals court ruling allowed a Trump administration policy barring abortion referrals to take effect. During a telephone press conference, Planned Parenthood’s acting president, Alexis McGill Johnson said, “Today we are announcing that due […]
August 19, 2019

New York City cop fired for illegal chokehold death of Eric Garner

Five years after Eric Garner’s death — an event that galvanized the cry “I can’t breathe” into a national campaign against police brutality and spawned the Black Lives Matter Movement — Officer Daniel Pantaleo, the police officer who used the banned chokehold that killed Garner, has been fired. New York Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill […]
August 18, 2019

Terrible news for Trump on the economy in new WSJ/NBC poll

A new Wall Street Journal/NBC poll has bad news for President Trump on the economy. To start, his net approval rating on the economy is down to a mere three percentage points — 49% of registered voters approve while 46% disapprove. This is a big drop from the 10-point edge he had it in early […]
August 18, 2019

Conservatives rail against New York Times project on America’s sordid slave past

In a sweeping and ambitious journalistic project, the New York Times on Sunday launched its 1619 series, reframing the American story around a single, pivotal historical event: the arrival to America 400 years ago this month of the first enslaved Africans. The premise of the groundbreaking initiative unveiled in the pages of the Sunday magazine […]