Civil Rights

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 18: DACA recipients and their supporters rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court on June 18, 2020 in Washington, DC. On Thursday morning, the Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, denied the Trump administration's attempt to end DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Tennessee organization weighs in on DACA decision

BY: - June 19, 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday salvaged an Obama-era program that has allowed hundreds of thousands of young, unauthorized immigrants known as “Dreamers” to remain in the country without immediate fear of deportation. In a 5-4 decision, Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the court’s liberal wing in finding that the Trump administration […]

Car decorated for AFL-CIO Protect Our Workers caravan. (Photo: AFL-CIO Facebook)

Labor leaders and workers address inequality in workforce

BY: - June 18, 2020

Essential workers held a press conference Wednesday following events in several Tennessee cities in an effort to draw the attention of lawmakers to systemic racism and inequality in the workforce. The Tennessee American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) organized a car-caravan rally before labor leaders and workers held a press conference […]

Joseph Fons holding a Pride Flag, stands in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building after the court ruled that LGBTQ people can not be disciplined or fired based on their sexual orientation June 15, 2020. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

U.S. Supreme Court ruling protects LGBTQ workers from job discrimination

BY: - June 16, 2020

WASHINGTON — In a landmark victory for LGBTQ rights, the U.S. Supreme Court held Monday that employers can’t legally fire people because of their gender identity or sexual orientation. In a 6-3 opinion, the court ruled that employers who fire individuals “merely for being gay or transgender” violate Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights […]

Nashville, Tenn. - Hanging a banner on the former statue of Edward Carmack designating the space "Ida B. Wells Plaza." (Photo: Alex Kent)

Photo Gallery: Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone

BY: - June 15, 2020

The weeks of demonstrations against police brutality that began when George Floyd was killed by police in Minneapolis began a new phase in Tennessee with the creation of an ‘autonomous zone’ just outside the Tennessee State Capitol Friday. Dozens began occupying the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ) Friday afternoon, hangin hammocks and erecting tents for […]

Metro Nashville Police in riot gear stand on Lower Broadway during a recent Black Lives Matter protest. (Photo: Alex Kent)

Talk of widespread police reform swirls around Nashville in wake of George Floyd protests

BY: - June 12, 2020

The death of George Floyd and protests that followed in Nashville have paved the way for a series of policing reform proposals and an unprecedented oversight challenge of the police department by the Metro Council. At least two bills aimed directly at Metro Nashville Police Department policies have been filed in recent days. Mayor John […]

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Breaking: Nashville judge to top election officials: ‘Shame on you’ for not following absentee voting order

BY: - June 11, 2020

A Nashville judge rebuked the state’s top election officials on Thursday, threatening them with criminal contempt of court if they don’t abide by her order to update the state’s absentee voting request form to accommodate those who wish to vote by mail due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle ruled last week that […]

8 Can't Wait recommendations for police departments. (From 8 Can't Wait.)

Councilman moves to curb Nashville police use of force

BY: - June 8, 2020

Metro Councilman Colby Sledge filed legislation on Monday that would ban Nashville police officers from using chokeholds or strangleholds in addition to other policies aimed at reducing use of force. Sledge’s legislation was modeled after “8 Can’t Wait” recommendations from the advocacy group Campaign Zero. “8 Can’t Wait” are eight policy recommendations to reduce use […]

Screenshot of April Kirby's Instagram post about Project 615. (Instagram)

Updated: Nashville apparel store draws charges of racism from former employees

BY: - June 5, 2020

After Nashville apparel company Project 615 released a t-shirt design supporting the Black Lives Matter movement,  ex-employees weighed in on social media alleging the company fired them for supporting the black community. April Kirby, who worked for Project 615 for 11 months in 2017-2018, spoke out against the company in a heated Instagram post.  “I […]

The Black Lives Matter march starting the Bicentennial Mall in Nashville. (Photo: Alex Kent)

Sixth night of protests in Middle Tennessee stay peaceful

BY: and - June 5, 2020

Protests stemming from the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis May 25 continued in Middle Tennessee for the sixth night in a row.  In Nashville, thousands gathered at Bicentennial Mall for a rally organized by teenagers with the Black Lives Matter movement. The diverse group moved through downtown streets chanting and accepting bottles of water […]

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BREAKING: Judge strikes down TN limits on absentee voting due to pandemic

BY: - June 4, 2020

A Nashville judge ruled Thursday that voters under 60 may request an absentee ballot due to the COVID-19 pandemic, making Tennessee one of the last states to expand mail-in voting in the nation. The ruling by Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle sets up a showdown in the state’s more conservative appeals court system. Plaintiffs, including Tennessee […]

Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn. Photo by Patrick Semansky-Pool/Getty Images)

Cohen: Police violence, voter suppression are 2 ‘sides to the same coin’

BY: - June 4, 2020

WASHINGTON — As demonstrators continue to flood streets around the country to protest police brutality and racial inequality, communities of color remain disproportionately threatened by the COVID-19 pandemic and voter suppression, a Tennessee Democratic lawmaker warned this week.  The pandemic “has exacerbated pre-existing inequalities, disproportionately impacting African Americans among other historically disadvantaged people,” Rep. Steve […]

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Tennessee faith leaders react to Trump photo-op

BY: - June 3, 2020

Religious leaders from across Tennessee reacted to a White House tweet showing President Donald Trump’s response to protests that have rocked the country in recent days.  The video displayed in the tweet shows President Trump walking toward and standing in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church while holding a Bible in front of the church’s […]