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PHOTO: The federal government should provide undocumented children with legal counsel at immigration hearings, that's what a lawsuit against the feds seeks to accomplish. Photo courtesy of the U-S Department of Defense.

PHOENIX – A lawsuit filed against the federal government by the American Civil Liberties Union and other groups is seeking government-provided legal counsel for undocumented children at immigration hearings. Matt Adams, legal director for the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, says thousand ...Read More

PHOTO: Lennie Gerber (left), and her wife Pearl have been together for 48 years. They're among the plaintiffs in a suit challenging Amendment One. Courtesy: Gerber.

RICHMOND, Va. - When it comes to North Carolina's 'Marriage Amendment,' all eyes are on a Richmond, Va. courtroom. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals could rule soon on a case challenging Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage. Because the Tarheel State is in the 4th Circuit, a ruling could impact ...Read More

PHOTO: The thought of housing undocumented children brought people, both supporters and opponents, to the streets of Oracle, Arizona this week. Photo courtesy of Frank Pierson.

ORACLE, Ariz. - Housing undocumented children is causing public displays of both protest and support in communities in the Southwest, including Oracle, Arizona, located about 100 miles north of the border of the U.S. and Mexico. Frank Pierson lives in Oracle and is the president of the St. Helen Ca ...Read More

PHOTO: U.S. Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico supports new legislation in the U.S. Senate to reverse the effects of a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that allows companies to not include certain types of contraception in their employees' insurance coverage. Photo courtesy Sen. Udall's office.

SANTA FE, N.M. – U.S. Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico is among those supporting proposed legislation that could be voted on as early as today that aims to counteract a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling. The so-called Hobby Lobby decision allows companies to not pay for insurance coverage for ...Read More

PHOTO: Finding safe, stable housing is among the many challenges LGBT homeless youth face in Illinois, according to a new report. The issue also was the topic of a summit in Chicago in May. Photo courtescredit: Windy City Times.

CHICAGO – Voices are being raised about the need to break down the barriers in Illinois that keep many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people living on the streets. A new report details the results of the Chicago 2014 Homeless Summit in May, when more than 300 youth, activists a ...Read More

PHOTO: Optimism is growing among civil rights leaders in Michigan that lawmakers in Lansing will continue the state's civil rights legacy by introducing legislation to protect the rights of the state's LGBT citizens by the end of the year. Photo credit: M. Shand.

LANSING, Mich. - Independence Day isn't the only reason to celebrate in July. This month also marks the 50th anniversary of the passage of the landmark 1964 Civil Rights Act. While Michigan was a civil rights pioneer, state leaders say much more work needs to be done. According to Leslee Fritz, dep ...Read More

PHOTO: Daryl Atkinson was recently recognized as a White House "Champion of Change" for his work helping North Carolinians released from prison. Photo courtesy Southern Coalition for Social Justice

WASHINGTON, D. C. – Two decades ago, when Daryl Atkinson served 40 months in prison for a first-time, non-violent drug crime, he never imagined he would later be invited to the White House for recognition of his work, helping others with a criminal record get jobs. Atkinson now works as an at ...Read More

PHOTO: Rabbi Bonnie Margulis, chairwoman of the Wisconsin Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, calls the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the Hobby Lobby case "a blow to all women." Photo courtesy Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice.

MADISON, Wis. - The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled, in the so-called Hobby Lobby case, that some for-profit corporations, such as Hobby Lobby, can deny coverage of birth control to their workers, based on the religious beliefs of the corporation's owners. Rabbi Bonnie Margulis of Madison, chairwoman ...Read More

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