Chicago Transit scolded after failing to realize Black History Month should recognize black people

Travelers and commuters arrive at the Chicago Transit Authority's Rosemont station and head towards shuttle busses after a train derailment shut down the CTA's O'Hare International Airport station on March 24, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois.
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Chicago Transit scolded after failing to realize Black History Month should recognize black people

Here’s a general word of advice for the businesses and government agencies that seem to need it: pick someone black to honor when the goal is a public nod to Black History Month. The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) faced well-earned backlash after posting photos of a man in an Abraham Lincoln costume on Wednesday. The tweet […]

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NEW YORK, NY  - JULY 12: Hundreds of people gather in lower Manhattan for a "Lights for Liberty" protest against migrant detention camps and the impending raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) this coming weekend in various cities on July 12, 2019 in New York City. Fear is increasing in many immigrant neighborhoods as ICE is scheduled to begin rounding up illegal immigrants in cities across the nation starting on Sunday. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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ICE quits using Louisiana jail criticized in reports for abusive tactics against detainees

Immigration and Customs Enforcement has stopped using a Louisiana jail to hold their detainees since Mother Jones’ August report revealing that officials there had beaten and pepper-sprayed a number of asylum-seekers who were protesting their ongoing jailing. “The Nakamoto Group, the company ICE pays to inspect detention centers, concluded in a December report that force was used against at least […]

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CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - JULY 13: Protesters march to offices of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on July 13, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois.  The rally is calling for an end to criminalization, detention and deportation of migrants ahead of planned ICE raids expected to begin tomorrow.  (Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images)
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ICE is fingerprinting unaccompanied immigrant teenagers in shelters

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials have begun fingerprinting 14 and older unaccompanied migrant children in immigration shelters, in a move ICE claims will better protect them and combat what it calls “fraud.” The pilot program, first reported on in October by The New York Times, will collect fingerprint samples from those who seek asylum, […]

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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 26:  People arrive at John F. Kennedy (JFK) international airport following an announcment by the Supreme Court that it will take President Donald Trump's travel ban case later in the year on June 26, 2017 in New York City. The court will let a limited version of the travel ban from six mostly muslim countries take effect before hearing full arguments in October.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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U.S. border officials reportedly detained and took phone of active-duty Iranian American soldier

It hasn’t only been Iranian Americans returning home from a Vancouver, Canada, concert who have been detained and harassed by border agents. VICE Motherboard reports that an active-duty U.S. soldier who was traveling as part of their official duty was detained by Customs and Border Protection last month, during which their phone was confiscated and has not […]

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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 24: In this screengrab taken from a Senate Television webcast, House impeachment manager Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) speaks during impeachment proceedings against U.S. President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol on January 24, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Senate Television via Getty Images)
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Senate impeachment Q&A continues. Republicans lay the groundwork for cover-up: Live coverage #5

Thursday is the second day of questions from senators to the House impeachment managers and Donald Trump’s defense lawyers. Questions are submitted in writing to be read by Chief Justice John Roberts, with questions alternating between Republican and Democratic senators and answers generally limited to five minutes. Friday, Jan 31, 2020 · 1:58:55 AM +00:00 […]

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TOPSHOT - Abortion rights activists rally in front of the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC, on May 21, 2019. - Demonstrations were planned across the US on Tuesday in defense of abortion rights, which activists see as increasingly under attack. The "Day of Action" rallies come after the state of Alabama passed the country's most restrictive abortion ban, prohibiting the procedure in all cases, even rape and incest, unless the mother's life is at risk. Alabama is among about 14 states which have adopted laws banning or drastically restricting access to abortion, according to activists. (Photo by Andrew CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / AFP)        (Photo credit should read ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)
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Unproven, made-up ‘science’ and dangerous experiments fuel the right’s war on choice

Traditionally, attacks on women’s reproductive rights were largely frontal in nature. Opponents argued that abortion was wrong on religious or moral grounds, and thus should be made illegal. While they continue to make those arguments, in recent years they’ve added some new arrows to their quiver. More and more, anti-choicers are seeking to restrict abortion […]

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CNN’s planning a 2020 LGBTQ forum. Here are some issues advocates say the candidates should address.
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CNN’s planning a 2020 LGBTQ forum. Here are some issues advocates say the candidates should address.

A prominent LGBTQ rights organization, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) announced Thursday that it will host a presidential town hall on LGBTQ issues next month. The event will air on CNN. LGBTQ advocacy groups told ThinkProgress that they know exactly what ideas they want to hear discussed at the town hall set for Oct. 10, […]

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Hurricane Dorian’s nightmarishly slow pace is linked to climate change
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Hurricane Dorian’s nightmarishly slow pace is linked to climate change

Hurricane Dorian’s historic destruction in the Bahamas earlier this week is already emerging as the latest example of a disconcerting trend. The storm hit the islands with Category 5 wind speeds and then stalled over land for hours before inching towards the United States. According to some estimates, Dorian may be the slowest-moving Category 5 […]

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It wasn’t a debate, but CNN’s 7-hour climate forum laid bare key differences among Democrats
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It wasn’t a debate, but CNN’s 7-hour climate forum laid bare key differences among Democrats

CNN’s seven-hour town hall on the climate crisis wasn’t the debate many activists have spent months calling for. But Wednesday night’s marathon event teased out notable differences among Democratic presidential contenders, giving voters a taste of how each candidate might approach climate policy if elected. Two of the main issues where candidates staked out wildly […]

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GOP candidate has a pretty hypocritical excuse for why he’s down in the polls
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GOP candidate has a pretty hypocritical excuse for why he’s down in the polls

Dan Bishop, the Republican nominee in next week’s North Carolina congressional special election, claimed on Thursday that the reason polls show he could lose a district that President Donald Trump won easily is that so much money was coming in from out of district to support his Democratic opponent. But most of the money going […]

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