Fallen British Empire Soldiers Overlooked Because of Racism, Inquiry Finds

The graves of between 45,000 and 54,000 people who died in service during World War I did not receive proper memorials, the report said. At least 116,000 others were not commemorated at all.

#africa, #colonization, #discrimination, #great-britain, #politics-and-government, #race-and-ethnicity, #world-war-i-1914-18

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Senate Passes Bill to Target Anti-Asian Hate Crimes

The bipartisan vote amounts to the first legislative action either chamber of Congress has taken to bolster law enforcement’s response to rising attacks on the Asian-American community.

#asian-americans, #collins-susan-m, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cotton-tom, #discrimination, #hate-crimes, #hirono-mazie-k, #meng-grace, #moran-jerry-1954, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government

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As Republicans Push to Limit Voting, Disagreements on Strategy Emerge

Trump-friendly state lawmakers trying to enact new voting laws are facing pockets of opposition from fellow Republicans who argue that some measures go too far or would hurt the party’s own voters.

#absentee-voting, #black-people, #discrimination, #law-and-legislation, #minorities, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #rumors-and-misinformation, #state-legislatures, #trump-donald-j, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #voting-and-voters

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What Kind of Flag Can I Fly Outside My House?

If you live in a community with a homeowners association, chances are good that you may be limited to just the Stars and Stripes.

#american-civil-liberties-union, #black-lives-matter-movement, #censorship, #colorado, #discrimination, #flags-emblems-and-insignia, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

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They Came to N.Y.C. for Acceptance. Now They Need Jobs.

A new city program for homeless L.G.B.T.Q. youth will offer job placement, education and mental health support to help them achieve career success.

#discrimination, #forney-ali-center, #homeless-persons, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #labor-and-jobs, #new-york-city, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #unemployment, #workplace-environment, #youth

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Being Willing to Die for This Country Can’t Protect Me From It

For centuries, Black American troops have not fully enjoyed the freedom they are sworn to defend.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #discrimination, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #united-states, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-navy

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Colorado Judge Censured for Using Racial Slur Will Resign, Court Says

Natalie T. Chase, a District Court judge in Arapahoe County, agreed to step down after the Colorado Supreme Court censured her for insensitive remarks to Black judicial employees.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #arapahoe-county-colo, #black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #chase-natalie-t, #colorado, #discrimination, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #race-and-ethnicity, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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The ‘New Redlining’ Is Deciding Who Lives in Your Neighborhood

If you care about social justice, you have to care about zoning.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-people, #democratic-party, #discrimination, #fair-housing-act-1968, #hispanic-americans, #income-inequality, #presidential-election-of-2020, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #united-states-politics-and-government, #whites, #zoning

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U.N. Panel Is Scathing in Its Criticism of a British Report on Race

The criticism adds to a backlash against findings by the Johnson government that called Britain a “model for other white-majority countries.”

#black-people, #discrimination, #floyd-george-d-2020, #great-britain, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #johnson-boris, #politics-and-government, #race-and-ethnicity, #united-nations, #whites

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If You Care About Social Justice, You Have to Care About Zoning

The Biden administration is off to a good start on housing, but there is much more it could be doing.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-people, #democratic-party, #discrimination, #fair-housing-act-1968, #hispanic-americans, #income-inequality, #presidential-election-of-2020, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #united-states-politics-and-government, #whites, #zoning

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California Beach Seized in 1924 From a Black Family Could Be Returned

Nearly a century ago, the city of Manhattan Beach shuttered a resort that belonged to Willa and Charles Bruce. Though the county is trying to give the land back, the city has declined to apologize.

#apologies, #black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #bruce-charles, #bruce-willa, #bruces-beach-manhattan-beach-calif, #city-councils, #discrimination, #law-and-legislation, #los-angeles-county-calif, #reparations

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Danica Roem, a Pathbreaking Lawmaker, on the Fight for Trans Rights

Ms. Roem, a Virginia delegate who in 2018 became the first openly transgender legislator in the country, spoke with The Times about Republicans’ anti-trans crusade and how Democrats can push back.

#democratic-party, #discrimination, #law-and-legislation, #roem-danica, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #virginia

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White Police Officer to Face Charge She Intimidated Son’s Black Friend

Officer Patricia Lio of the Milton Police Department in Massachusetts is accused of berating her son’s 14-year-old Black friend about his stance on the Black Lives Matter movement.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #crime-and-criminals, #discrimination, #lio-patricia, #massachusetts, #milton-police-department, #police

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Minnesota Is One of the Best Places to Live in America. Unless You’re Black.

The state’s reputation belies some of the country’s largest racial disparities.

#black-people, #discrimination, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #income-inequality, #minneapolis-minn, #minnesota, #race-and-ethnicity, #wright-daunte-d-2021

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Daunte Wright and What ‘Minnesota Nice’ Sweeps Under the Rug

The beloved stereotype about our state’s cult of politeness would have you believe that there’s no toehold for white supremacy here.

#black-people, #discrimination, #floyd-george-d-2020, #lynching, #minneapolis-minn, #minnesota, #police-reform, #race-and-ethnicity, #st-paul-minn, #whites, #wright-daunte-d-2021

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As N.Y. Courts Seek to Root Out Racism, a Clerk Is Heard Using a Slur

A lawyer for a teenager said he overheard racist comments directed at his client during a hearing in New York Family Court. The incident came months after a judge warned about racism in the courts.

#discrimination, #family-courts, #manhattan-nyc, #race-and-ethnicity

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MEPs call for European AI rules to ban biometric surveillance in public

A cross-party group of 40 MEPs in the European parliament has called on the Commission to strengthen an incoming legislative proposal on artificial intelligence to include an outright ban on the use of facial recognition and other forms of biometric surveillance in public places.

They have also urged EU lawmakers to outlaw automated recognition of people’s sensitive characteristics (such as gender, sexuality, race/ethnicity, health status and disability) — warning that such AI-fuelled practices pose too great a rights risk and can fuel discrimination.

The Commission is expected to presented its proposal for a framework to regulate ‘high risk’ applications of AI next week — but a copy of the draft leaked this week (via Politico). And, as we reported earlier, this leaked draft does not include a ban on the use of facial recognition or similar biometric remote identification technologies in public places, despite acknowledging the strength of public concern over the issue.

“Biometric mass surveillance technology in publicly accessible spaces is widely being criticised for wrongfully reporting large numbers of innocent citizens, systematically discriminating against under-represented groups and having a chilling effect on a free and diverse society. This is why a ban is needed,” the MEPs write now in a letter to the Commission which they’ve also made public.

They go on to warn over the risks of discrimination through automated inference of people’s sensitive characteristics — such as in applications like predictive policing or the indiscriminate monitoring and tracking of populations via their biometric characteristics.

“This can lead to harms including violating rights to privacy and data protection; suppressing free speech; making it harder to expose corruption; and have a chilling effect on everyone’s autonomy, dignity and self-expression – which in particular can seriously harm LGBTQI+ communities, people of colour, and other discriminated-against groups,” the MEPs write, calling on the Commission to amend the AI proposal to outlaw the practice in order to protect EU citizens’ rights and the rights of communities who faced a heightened risk of discrimination (and therefore heightened risk from discriminatory tools supercharged with AI).

“The AI proposal offers a welcome opportunity to prohibit the automated recognition of gender, sexuality, race/ethnicity, disability and any other sensitive and protected characteristics,” they add.

The leaked draft of the Commission’s proposal does tackle indiscriminate mass surveillance — proposing to prohibit this practice, as well as outlawing general purpose social credit scoring systems.

However the MEPs want lawmakers to go further — warning over weaknesses in the wording of the leaked draft and suggesting changes to ensure that the proposed ban covers “all untargeted and indiscriminate mass surveillance, no matter how many people are exposed to the system”.

They also express alarm at the proposal having an exemption on the prohibition on mass surveillance for public authorities (or commercial entities working for them) — warning that this risks deviating from existing EU legislation and from interpretations by the bloc’s top court in this area.

“We strongly protest the proposed second paragraph of this Article 4 which would exempt public authorities and even private actors acting on their behalf ‘in order to safeguard public security’,” they write. “Public security is precisely what mass surveillance is being justified with, it is where it is practically relevant, and it is where the courts have consistently annulled legislation on indiscriminate bulk processing of personal data (e.g. the Data Retention Directive). This carve-out needs to be deleted.”

“This second paragraph could even be interpreted to deviate from other secondary legislation which the Court of Justice has so far interpreted to ban mass surveillance,” they continue. “The proposed AI regulation needs to make it very clear that its requirements apply in addition to those resulting from the data protection acquis and do not replace it. There is no such clarity in the leaked draft.”

The Commission has been contacted for comment on the MEPs’ calls but is unlikely to do so ahead of the official reveal of the draft AI regulation — which is expected around the middle of next week.

It remains to be seen whether the AI proposal will undergo any significant amendments between now and then. But MEPs have fired a swift warning shot that fundamental rights must and will be a key feature of the co-legislative debate — and that lawmakers’ claims of a framework to ensure ‘trustworthy’ AI won’t look credible if the rules don’t tackle unethical technologies head on.

#ai, #ai-regulation, #artificial-intelligence, #biometrics, #discrimination, #europe, #european-parliament, #european-union, #facial-recognition, #fundamental-rights, #law-enforcement, #mass-surveillance, #meps, #national-security, #policy, #privacy, #surveillance

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Did the Music Industry Change? A Race ‘Report Card’ Is on the Way.

The Black Music Action Coalition, a group of managers, lawyers and others, was created last summer with a mission to hold the business to account. In June, it will report on the progress so far.

#black-music-action-coalition, #black-people, #discrimination, #music, #race-and-ethnicity

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Raw Sewage Flooded Their Homes. They’re Still Waiting for Help.

New York City accepted responsibility for a collapsed pipe that flooded 127 homes in Queens in 2019, but it has been slow to pay homeowners.

#basements-and-cellars, #black-people, #de-blasio-bill, #department-of-environmental-protection-nyc, #discrimination, #floods, #income-inequality, #new-york-city, #ozone-park-queens-ny, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #sewers-and-sewage, #stringer-scott-m

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House Panel Poised to Advance Bill to Study Reparations in Historic Vote

The legislation, which would create a panel to consider reparations for slavery, is being considered as President Biden works to address racial inequity.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-people, #discrimination, #house-committee-on-the-judiciary, #house-of-representatives, #jackson-lee-sheila, #law-and-legislation, #race-and-ethnicity, #reparations, #slavery-historical, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Texas High Schoolers Set Prices for Classmates in ‘Slave Trade’ Chat

A school district in Aledo, Texas, said it had meted out “disciplinary consequences” after ninth graders assigned dollar values to students of color in private Snapchat messages.

#bullies, #cyberharassment, #discrimination, #school-discipline-students, #texas

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A Disastrous Year for Brooklyn’s Chinatown: ‘It’s Just So Hard’

Signs of life have returned to Sunset Park, but businesses are struggling and racism and hate crimes have made things worse. “The neighborhood hasn’t recovered,” a restaurant manager said.

#chinese-americans, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #discrimination, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #shutdowns-institutional, #sunset-park-brooklyn-ny, #vaccination-and-immunization

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An NDA Was Designed to Keep Me Quiet

I chose not to be. We need to end gag orders for victims of workplace abuse.

#california, #discrimination, #nondisclosure-agreements, #pinterest, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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BTS Fans Mobilize to Denounce Anti-Asian Jokes Targeting the Boy Band

A global outcry fueled by a sketch on a Chilean comedy show reflected a growing sensitivity to racist, particularly anti-Asian, speech.

#bts-music-group, #chile, #discrimination, #k-pop, #social-media

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Could the Pandemic Prompt an ‘Epidemic of Loss’ of Women in the Sciences?

Even before the pandemic, many female scientists felt unsupported in their fields. Now, some are hitting a breaking point.

#metoo-movement, #brigham-and-womens-hospital, #child-care, #colleges-and-universities, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #discrimination, #graduate-schools-and-students, #maddow-rachel, #nature-communications-journal, #race-and-ethnicity, #research, #rockefeller-university, #sexual-harassment, #social-media, #tenure, #twitter, #women-and-girls, #yale-university, #your-feed-science

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After Going ‘Free of L.G.B.T.,’ a Polish Town Pays a Price

Krasnik voted to be “free of L.G.B.T.” two years ago to satisfy conservative voters. Now, the mayor regrets the move, which has led to censure from other European countries and put funding at risk.

#discrimination, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #law-and-justice-poland, #poland, #politics-and-government

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Beyond Pandemic’s Upheaval, a Racial Wealth Gap Endures

Billions in aid has been dispensed, and the social safety net has been reinforced. Will there be more ambitious steps to address longtime inequities?

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #black-people, #child-savings-accounts, #discrimination, #economics-theory-and-philosophy, #income-inequality, #race-and-ethnicity, #united-states-economy

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Racism Makes Me Question Everything. I Got the Covid Vaccine Anyway.

Surviving in an anti-Black society requires some personal negotiations. This was one of them.

#black-people, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #discrimination, #hilfiger-tommy, #race-and-ethnicity, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Asa Hutchinson on Arkansas’s Anti-Trans Law and the G.O.P. Culture Wars

The state’s Republican governor, who recently vetoed an anti-transgender bill only to be overridden by the legislature, spoke to The Times about why his party has “got to show greater compassion.”

#arkansas, #conservatism-us-politics, #discrimination, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #hutchinson-asa, #law-and-legislation, #republican-party, #state-legislatures, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vetoes-us

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In ‘Them,’ a Black Family Is Haunted by Real-Life Monsters

Created by Little Marvin and produced by Lena Waithe, the new series uses genre-style horror to unearth a racist and lasting relic from America’s past.

#amazon-com-inc, #ayorinde-deborah, #black-people, #discrimination, #little-marvin-television-producer, #race-and-ethnicity, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #television, #them-tv-program, #thomas-ashley-1985, #waithe-lena

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After Working at Google, I’ll Never Let Myself Love a Job Again

I learned the hard way that no publicly traded company is a family.

#discrimination, #google-inc, #labor-and-jobs, #sexual-harassment

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The Fear That Is Shaping American Politics

It affects everyone from Joe Manchin to Joe Biden.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #discrimination, #manchin-joe-iii, #midterm-elections-2022, #minorities, #presidential-election-of-2020, #race-and-ethnicity, #republican-party, #united-states-politics-and-government, #whites

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From a South African Slur to a Scathing Drama About Toxic Masculinity

The new film “Moffie” examines the brainwashing of a generation of white men in the twilight of the apartheid regime.

#apartheid-policy, #cape-town-south-africa, #content-type-personal-profile, #discrimination, #hermanus-oliver, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #men-and-boys, #moffie-movie, #movies, #south-africa

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M.L.B. Applauded for All-Star Game Move by Former Players

M.L.B. is not known for activism, but former stars say pulling the All-Star Game from Georgia honors the legacies of Hank Aaron, Roberto Clemente and others.

#aaron-hank, #all-star-games, #atlanta-braves, #baker-dusty, #baseball, #blass-steve, #discrimination, #georgia, #jackson-reggie-1946, #major-league-baseball, #manfred-robert-d, #minorities, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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Arkansas Legislators Override Veto on Anti-Transgender Law

The American Civil Liberties Union immediately announced plans to challenge the law in court.

#arkansas, #discrimination, #hutchinson-asa, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #vetoes-us

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If It’s Not Jim Crow, What Is It?

Georgia’s new voting law has to be understood in its own peculiar historical context.

#absentee-voting, #black-people, #discrimination, #georgia, #law-and-legislation, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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LA Stage Alliance Disbands After Awards Ceremony Blunder

The organization that runs the annual competition honoring theater work in Los Angeles imploded after it misidentified an Asian-American actor.

#asian-americans, #awards-decorations-and-honors, #deaf-west-theater-co, #discrimination, #east-west-players, #la-stage-alliance, #los-angeles-calif, #oviation-awards, #theater

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G.O.P. Governor of Arkansas Vetoes Anti-Transgender Bill

The bill, which could still be enacted if state legislators override the governor’s veto, would make it illegal for transgender minors to receive gender-affirming medication or surgery.

#arkansas, #discrimination, #hutchinson-asa, #law-and-legislation, #republican-party, #transgender-and-transsexuals

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Transgender Childhood Is Not a ‘Trend’

As far back as historians have found evidence of transgender people, they’ve found transgender children.

#arkansas, #children-and-childhood, #discrimination, #law-and-legislation, #politics-and-government, #state-legislatures, #teenagers-and-adolescence, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

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A Tainted Election, Charges of Gender Bias and Then Nothing

A court confirmed claims about a tainted election for a FIFA post, but while the woman who filed the case was vindicated, there have been no consequences for the men involved.

#al-sabah-ahmad-al-fahad, #asian-football-confederation, #court-of-arbitration-for-sport, #discrimination, #international-federation-of-association-football-fifa, #mariyam-mohamed, #soccer

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France’s Outspoken Student Union Positions Itself at the Vanguard of Change

To its critics, the 114-year-old Unef is the incarnation of the American-inspired ideas that threaten France’s founding principles. Its leaders say it is the future.

#colleges-and-universities, #discrimination, #france, #luce-melanie-1966, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #minorities, #politics-and-government, #pougetoux-maryam, #race-and-ethnicity, #unef-national-union-of-students-of-france, #women-and-girls, #youth

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Baseball Joins Other Sports in Flexing Its Activist Muscles

Pulled by public opinion and sometimes their own players, leagues and teams are wading in to issues around race and social activism as never before.

#atlanta-braves, #atlanta-dream, #baseball, #black-people, #discrimination, #georgia, #kemp-brian-p, #major-league-baseball, #manfred-robert-d, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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Women, 86 Percent Absent From Jordan’s Work Force, Are Left Behind

“As long as women are absent from the labor market, they are absent from the public sphere,” one advocate said.

#discrimination, #jordan, #labor-and-jobs, #wages-and-salaries, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights

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N.B.A. Fines Kevin Durant for ‘Derogatory’ Social Media Spat

Michael Rapaport, an actor and podcast host, shared screenshots of a conversation in which Durant used homophobic and misogynistic language.

#basketball, #brooklyn-nets, #discrimination, #durant-kevin, #instagram-inc, #national-basketball-assn, #rapaport-michael, #social-media, #twitter

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Inside the Biden Infrastructure Plan

A look at how the multitrillion-dollar package is a blueprint for sweeping social and economic change.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #bridges-and-tunnels, #discrimination, #global-warming, #infrastructure-public-works, #united-states

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Why It’s Taken Us So Long to Talk About Anti-Asian Racism

The writer and poet Cathy Park Hong discusses Asian outrage and why she’s seeking power, not assimilation.

#asian-americans, #atlanta-spa-shootings-2021, #discrimination, #hong-cathy-park

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Delta and Coca-Cola Reverse Course on Georgia Voting Law, Stating ‘Crystal Clear’ Opposition

Prominent Black executives had called on companies to publicly oppose a wave of similarly restrictive voting bills that Republicans are advancing in almost every state.

#bastian-edward-h, #black-people, #blackrock-inc, #chenault-kenneth-i, #coca-cola-company, #delta-air-lines-inc, #discrimination, #fink-laurence-d, #georgia, #law-and-legislation, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #walker-darren-1959

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Pentagon Issues New Rules Overturning Trump’s Ban on Transgender Troops

The guidelines, which follow an executive order from President Biden, allow transgender people to enlist and serve openly as the gender they identify with and receive medically necessary care.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-department, #discrimination, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Upbeat Official Report on Race in Britain Draws a Swift Backlash

The government report, while acknowledging enduring racism, said Britain provided a model for other white-majority countries on issues of race. Critics accused it of ignoring racial injustice in the country.

#black-people, #colston-edward-1636-1721, #discrimination, #great-britain, #johnson-boris, #minorities, #politics-and-government, #race-and-ethnicity

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Black Executives Call on Corporations to Fight Restrictive Voting Laws

Dozens responded after companies in Georgia said little against state legislation that put strict rules in place.

#black-people, #chenault-kenneth-i, #discrimination, #frazier-kenneth-c, #georgia, #law-and-legislation, #politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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