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Federal lawsuit accuses Chester Twp., police of civil rights violations in arrests of Black residents for loitering

The lawsuit alleges Chester Township, the Chester Township Police Department and individual police officers violated residents’ constitutional rights by arresting them for loitering outside their own homes.

By Kenny Cooper/WHYY

Wolf, Pa. Democrats again push for passage of LGBTQ discrimination protections

Similar legislation has failed to move out of Republican-controlled committees, and it’s unclear if this year will be any different.

By Sarah Anne Hughes/Spotlight PA and Colin Deppen/Spotlight PA

Pennsylvania voters back bid to ban race discrimination in constitution

Constitutional law professors say it will have little practical effect because courts already consider such discrimination to violate both the state and federal constitutions.

By Marc Levy/The Associated Press

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Chambersburg committee considering new anti-discrimination ordinance, local human relations commission

The group plans to make its recommendation in late July or early August, after hearing from outside experts and community members. 
By Alanna Elder

‘We can no longer make excuses’: Pa. Democrats gather feedback on racism in schools

The conversation comes in the wake of the national reckoning around racial injustice, which heightened advocacy for many public policies including creating more culturally competent schools and increasing the diversity of teachers.

By Emily Rizzo/WHYY

Federal pledge to investigate housing discrimination met by cautious optimism among Pittsburgh LGBTQ groups

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s pledge to investigate such cases means renters through federal housing programs now have a course of legal action.

By Katie Blackley/WESA

How the automobile provided freedom but also discrimination to African Americans

Discover how the advent of the automobile brought new mobility and freedom for African Americans but also exposed them to discrimination and deadly violence, and how that history resonates today.

By Fred Vigeant

Lawyers: NFL concussion awards discriminate against Blacks

“The use of a deliberate, explicit, racial classification....is a blatant violation of the law."
By Maryclaire Dale/The Associated Press

Fifty years after pitching a no-hitter, Dock Ellis’ legacy lives on in baseball

“He was very outspoken about racial, equal rights for players and how management was treating them."
By Katie Blackley/WESA
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