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    PNS Weekend Update - May 23, 20150 

    In focus on our nationwide rundown: A Republican Senator offers a comprise on domestic spying; a new survey finds a majority of voters in the Lone Star State oppose LGBT discrimination; and a safety mindset for boaters over this long Memorial Day weekend.

Human Rights/Racial Justice

PHOTO: A recent statewide survey found a strong majority of Texas voters believe discrimination against gay and transgender Texans is a problem. Photo credit: Magnus Manske/Wikimedia Commons.

AUSTIN, Texas - Nearly two-thirds of likely voters in Texas support protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Texans from discrimination, according to a new poll commissioned by the organization Texas Wins. Kevin Nix, communications director for Texas Wins, says while Texas lawmakers introd ...Read More

GRAPHIC: The ACLU of North Carolina is releasing a mobile app to help citizens document interactions with police as they occur. Graphic courtesy: S. Carson.

DURHAM, N.C. - At a time when the manner in which police engage with citizens is being questioned and re-evaluated, North Carolinians can now use their smartphones to record and report interactions with law enforcement. A new app called Mobile Justice N.C. records videos and immediately transmits f ...Read More

PHOTO: Noel, a 16-year-old from El Salvador, told a reporter he is walking to the U.S. to help his mother, who has cancer. Photo credit: Joseph Sorrentino.

RICHMOND, Va. - A crackdown in Mexico backed by the United States is making Central American refugees more vulnerable and not keeping them from trying to come north. An investigation in the magazine "In These Times" says when large numbers of Central American children showed up in the U.S. last s ...Read More

PHOTO: The ACLU of Pennsylvania says a settlement in a class action suit it helped bring should mean the hiring of more minority police officers in Pittsburgh, ease somewhat strained relations in the city and prevent problems such as those seen recently in Baltimore. Picture courtesy of Wikipedia/VOA.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - A new agreement on Pittsburgh police hiring is designed to mean more minority officers - and the Pennsylvania ACLU says that should ease the chance of future conflicts. Plaintiffs and the city have settled a class action suit over charges that the selection process was biased agai ...Read More

PHOTO: The Minnesota Department of Health has detailed its new efforts to reduce the infant mortality rate, as hundreds of babies die in the state each year before they reach the age of one. Photo credit: Cody/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Every year, several hundred babies statewide die before they reach their first birthday and a new plan from the Minnesota Department of Health aims to reduce those numbers. Commissioner Ed Ehlinger says while Minnesota does have one of the lowest overall infant mortality rates in ...Read More

PHOTO: The ACLU of Colorado will defend two African-American men the civil rights organization says were victims of racially biased policing during a traffic stop in Colorado Springs. The passenger, who shot video of the incident, is being charged with interfering with official police duties. Photo credit: Matty Ring/Wikimedia Commons.

DENVER - The ACLU of Colorado announced Tuesday that it will represent two African-American men who were pulled over, removed from their vehicle, handcuffed, searched and detained at gunpoint by Colorado Springs police over a cracked windshield. As his brother was being removed from the car, Ryan B ...Read More

PHOTO: Human rights advocates gathered at the GEO Aurora Detention Facility calling for an end to the policy of locking families, including children, who are seeking asylum. Photo credit: Sean Ays.

DENVER - Human rights advocates rallied over the weekend and held a candlelight vigil last night in Aurora calling for an end to the detention of families seeking asylum as refugees. The demonstrations are part of a national week of action urging the Obama administration and Immigration and Custo ...Read More

PHOTO: On Saturday, several hundred people converged on the family detention camp in Dilley, Texas, to call for an end to the policy of locking up refugee parents and children. Photo credit: Austin Indymedia.

AUSTIN, Texas - Several hundred immigrant rights advocates rallied in Dilley, Texas, on Saturday to call for an end to family detentions. The protest kicks off a national week of action calling on the Obama Administration and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to end the practice of locking ...Read More

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