Civil Rights & Immigration

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 08: Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) attends a bill enrollment ceremony for the Respect For Marriage Act at the U.S. Capitol Building on December 08, 2022 in Washington, DC. In a 258-169 vote, the House of Representatives passed the Respect For Marriage Act which ensures marriage equality for same-sex and interracial couples. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

Biden signs law extending marriage protections to same-sex and interracial couples

BY: - December 13, 2022

WASHINGTON — Same-sex and interracial couples had many of their marriage rights codified Tuesday when President Joe Biden signed the bipartisan marriage equality bill during a ceremony attended by thousands outside the White House.  In a brief speech, Biden told supporters on the South Lawn that “marriage is a simple proposition — who do you […]

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 26: Robert Oliver and Mark Heller (R) hold hands, draped in flags, as they celebrate the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage on June 26, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. The Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry nationwide without regard to their state's laws. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Marriage equality bill heads to Biden’s desk following bipartisan U.S. House vote

BY: - December 8, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House overwhelmingly approved a marriage equality bill Thursday that would ensure same-sex and interracial couples continue holding many of the rights they have now, should the U.S. Supreme Court overturn the cases that established those constitutional protections.   The measure now heads to the desk of President Joe Biden, who plans to […]

The Milwaukee Police Administration Building downtown. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Is ShotSpotter gunshot detection tech working for Milwaukee?

BY: - December 8, 2022

Since 2010, technology to detect and locate gunfire called ShotSpotter has steadily expanded in the city of Milwaukee. The network of acoustic sensors, operated jointly by the Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) and the ShotSpotter company, is intended to boost situational awareness and responses by police to gunfire. Milwaukee’s contract with ShotSpotter will expire and require […]

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Talks over protecting Dreamers pick up in Congress, but agreement still elusive

BY: - December 7, 2022

WASHINGTON — In a last-minute push, U.S. senators are working on a bipartisan agreement to create a pathway to citizenship for undocumented people who were brought to the United States as children. But the success of any major immigration deal appears unlikely, as a lame-duck session of Congress dwindles into its last days. Democrats are […]

The family of Brieon Green stand with attorney B’iVory LaMarr on Thursday night after having viewed video of Green's death. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Family, lawyer, activists blast Milwaukee jail for ‘preventable’ suicide

BY: - December 5, 2022

Conditions in the Milwaukee County Jail are under scrutiny following a Thursday meeting between Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm and the family of Brieon Green. In June, the 21-year-old Green was found dead in his jail cell hours after being arrested for misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, carrying a concealed weapon, and […]

Avi Kwa Ame in southern Nevada

At tribal summit, Biden pledges federal commitment to Indian Country

BY: - December 2, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Wednesday said he is poised to designate Avi Kwa Ame, a sacred site for Native American tribes in southern Nevada, as a national monument that would ensure the preservation of ancestral lands for those 12 tribes.  “I’m committed to protecting this sacred place that is central to the creation […]

Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin) gives a floor speech on the Respect for Marriage Act | Screenshot via C-SPAN

Same-sex marriage protected under bill passed by U.S. Senate with GOP support

BY: - November 29, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate approved legislation Tuesday that would enshrine protections for same-sex and interracial marriages, codifying many of the rights that would disappear if the U.S. Supreme Court were to overturn those landmark decisions the way it overturned the nationwide right to an abortion this summer.  The 61-36 bipartisan vote sends the bill […]

Two people fly a rainbow LGBTQ pride flag and a transgender pride flag in front of the Colorado Capitol building during a celebration on Nov. 7, 2020. (Moe Clark/Colorado Newsline)

‘Sickening and devastating’: Colorado leaders react to Club Q shooting

BY: - November 21, 2022

As details of the mass shooting at Club Q emerged on Sunday, Colorado officials expressed shock and grief, with some directly acknowledging the shooting’s impact on the LGBTQ community while others stuck to the rhetoric of “thoughts and prayers.” The shooting, which took place at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs late Saturday night, left […]

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 26: Robert Oliver and Mark Heller (R) hold hands, draped in flags, as they celebrate the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage on June 26, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. The Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry nationwide without regard to their state's laws. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Bill protecting same-sex marriage gains bipartisan support in U.S. Senate

BY: - November 16, 2022

WASHINGTON —  The U.S. Senate cleared a key hurdle to passing a marriage equality bill Wednesday, garnering even more than the 60 senators from both political parties needed to move past a legislative filibuster.  The bill, which could win final passage in the Senate as soon as this week, would ensure same-sex and interracial couples […]

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U.S. Senate Democrats make a last-ditch push for a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers

BY: - November 16, 2022

WASHINGTON —  Democratic U.S. senators have set a December deadline for passing bipartisan legislation that would create a pathway to citizenship for more than 600,000 undocumented people who were brought into the country as children — but they don’t yet have enough Senate Republican votes to make it a reality. During a Wednesday press conference […]

U.S. Sen. Jon Ossoff of Georgia presides over a hearing of the Permanent Select Committee on Investigations on Nov. 15, 2022. Photo by Ariana Figueroa/States Newsroom.

Migrant women endured medical mistreatment at Georgia ICE facility, U.S. Senate report finds

BY: - November 16, 2022

WASHINGTON — Members of the U.S. Senate on an investigation panel on Tuesday grilled federal immigration officials about a bipartisan report that detailed how migrant women at an immigration detention center in Georgia underwent questionable gynecological procedures. The U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Permanent Investigations released an 18-month bipartisan report that found migrant women who were […]

Same sex marriage bill negotiated by Baldwin moving forward in Senate

BY: - November 16, 2022

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumber (D-N.Y.) has filed the Respect for Marriage Act, setting up the bill, which would enshrine marriage equality into federal law, for its first procedural vote on Wednesday.  Wisconsin’s Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin has played a key role in negotiating with Republicans in an effort to get the bill past […]