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Civil Rights

July 17, 2019, 1pm PDT
The secret manual for the use of facial recognition and data collection software company Palantir was made public thanks to a FOIA request. It includes instructions on how to find a complete account of a person's movements.
Motherboard
June 13, 2019, 11am PDT
Built as an embodiment of the ideals of prison reformers, the Eastern State Penitentiary had running water and central heating before the White House, and housed the first synagogue built in an American prison.
Penn IUR Urban Link
March 26, 2019, 9am PDT
A creative exhibit highlights how redlining and racist exclusion persist today.
Curbed Seattle
January 9, 2019, 5am PST
The Supreme Court upheld the disparate impact doctrine at the heart of fair housing rules, along with many other anti-discrimination policies, in 2015. Still, the Trump administration is looking for ways to undermine disparate impact.
The Washington Post
December 28, 2018, 6am PST
Civil rights advocates are claiming that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is no longer in the business of enforcing fair housing laws.
The Washington Post
June 19, 2018, 8am PDT
The legal controversy over the Genesee Power Plant in Flint, Michigan has finally ended, with a court forcing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to better investigate and resolve complaints of environmental discrimination.
Pacific Standard
March 7, 2018, 10am PST
For six years, New Orleans police have been using a secret program that uses social media to locate violent criminals.
CityLab
January 4, 2018, 9am PST
The largest private landlord in the U.S. faces a discrimination suit for refusing to rent to people with criminal records.
Center for Investigative Reporting
February 16, 2017, 8am PST
A new feature-length documentary film raises the question of whether public transportation is a civil rights issue.
Mass Transit
February 5, 2017, 5am PST
The infamous cancellation of the Red Line, a decision made by Gov. Larry Hogan shortly after he took office, is a high-profile example of how the state's transportation decisions are short-changing people of color.
Streetsblog USA
October 14, 2016, 5am PDT
Famed musician Wynton Marsalis recently spoke with Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx about the connections between music and transportation.
Facebook Video
August 24, 2016, 10am PDT
Here's a controversial assertion: expensive, desirable cities are doing everyone else a favor by forcing people to move.
Bloomberg View
June 12, 2016, 1pm PDT
A photo series documents some of the many different U.S. streets named to honor MLK.
CityLab
May 12, 2016, 9am PDT
While the Justice Department and North Carolina duke it out over proper access to bathrooms, many places, including the White House, have designed gender-neutral bathrooms that address many of the problems associated with sex-segregated bathrooms.
The New York Times
August 20, 2015, 1pm PDT
The Center for Public Integrity has released a report criticizing the EPA's environmental justice competence. In only 12 cases has the agency taken official action on behalf of communities affected disproportionately by polluters.
Next City
August 10, 2015, 6am PDT
Twenty-five years have passed since the United States approved a civil rights law with broad and positive affect on the build environment as we've come to know it.
Curbed
July 7, 2015, 2pm PDT
A developer is claiming that the New Jersey borough of Upper Saddle River violated its "civil rights" to provide housing in a New Jersey community.
The Record
January 20, 2014, 5am PST
Across the U.S., hundreds of streets are named in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Unfortunately, many reflect the poverty and segregation that King fought to reverse. A non-profit is trying to transform them into sources of pride and inspiration.
The Washington Post
October 8, 2013, 6am PDT
The New York Times editorial board praises the Sept. 26th decision of the N.J. Supreme Court to uphold the 1983 landmark, affordable housing, anti-exclusionary zoning principles known as Mount Laurel and reject the appeal by Christie and 11 towns.
The New York Times - Opinion
October 7, 2013, 10am PDT
The NAACP is probably not the first advocacy group you think of when it comes to supporting walking and biking. But the civil rights organization encourages increasing physical activity in minority communities to help reduce childhood obesity.
DC.Streetsblog