Human Rights

How the Greensboro Four Sit-In Sparked a Movement

By Alanna Joyner / February 1, 2021 / Comments Off on How the Greensboro Four Sit-In Sparked a Movement

In an effort to celebrate Black History Month, Progress NC Action is highlighting prominent Black leaders from North Carolina, who have shaped our state through their contributions to arts, sciences, politics, and more. On this day 61 years ago, four North Carolina A&T students held the first major sit-in of the Civil Rights Movement at…

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The News & Observer: NC Labor commissioner says COVID-19 isn’t a workplace threat that requires safety rules

By Alanna Joyner / December 11, 2020 / Comments Off on The News & Observer: NC Labor commissioner says COVID-19 isn’t a workplace threat that requires safety rules

The latest ruling by North Carolina Secretary of Labor Cherie Berry is yet another example — in a line of bad decisions — of her incompetence towards workplace safety. After two decades filing in the role as the state’s top enforcer of workplace safety rules, Berry recently ruled that COVID-19 isn’t a workplace hazard, so…

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Trump Administration targets immigration system, passes sweeping policy changes

By Alanna Joyner / June 25, 2020 / Comments Off on Trump Administration targets immigration system, passes sweeping policy changes

The Supreme Court just issued a ruling that will potentially allow the Trump administration to move forward in deporting tens of thousands of immigrants living in the United States with little oversight.  In a 7-2 decision, the justices found that newly arrived immigrants do not have the right to challenge their expedited removal in federal…

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N.C. Policy Watch: North Carolina dreamers heartened for their futures after Supreme Court ruling

By Alanna Joyner / June 22, 2020 / Comments Off on N.C. Policy Watch: North Carolina dreamers heartened for their futures after Supreme Court ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the Trump administration cannot carry out its plan to shut down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), which has allowed nearly 700,000 young people, known as Dreamers, who came to the United States as children, to live and work in the United States. In a 5-4…

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As communities fight for justice, Juneteenth sheds light on Black History and freedom

By Alanna Joyner / June 19, 2020 / Comments Off on As communities fight for justice, Juneteenth sheds light on Black History and freedom

Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. But 155 years after, the nation is still struggling with the issues of systemic racism and injustice. The celebration of June 19, coined “Juneteenth“, marks a day in 1865 when Union soldiers landed in Galveston, Texas, with news that the war had ended and that…

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WRAL: U.S. Supreme Court’s message to N.C. End discrimination now

By Alanna Joyner / June 16, 2020 / Comments Off on WRAL: U.S. Supreme Court’s message to N.C. End discrimination now

Monday brought on a victory for LGBT rights and a defeat for President Donald Trump’s administration, by the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that a longstanding federal law barring workplace discrimination, protects LGBT employees.  The landmark 6-3 ruling marks the biggest moment for LGBT rights in the United States since the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage…

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Why the Protests in the U.S. are an Awakening for Non-Black People Around the World

By Alanna Joyner / June 9, 2020 / Comments Off on Why the Protests in the U.S. are an Awakening for Non-Black People Around the World

For nearly two weeks, protests and demonstrations have been held across the United States and the world, calling for an end to racism and police brutality against Black Americans. The widespread movement is one of the largest mobilizations, spawning from the murder of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man who was killed by police in…

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Progressive Pulse: Moore and Berger are the ones who are late, not Cooper

By Alanna Joyner / June 3, 2020 / Comments Off on Progressive Pulse: Moore and Berger are the ones who are late, not Cooper

In a news conference Monday afternoon, NC House Speaker Tim Moore called out Gov. Cooper, stating that the governor should have mobilized the National Guard troops faster to deal with recent protests over the death of George Floyd. In Trump-like fashion, Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger and the Republican lawmakers, reiterate Moore’s statements, expressing…

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Amid the pandemic, racism & injustices must not be ignored

By Alanna Joyner / May 28, 2020 / Comments Off on Amid the pandemic, racism & injustices must not be ignored

The COVID-19 outbreak has taken a toll on the U.S., exposing not only the weakness in the health care system and economy, but the continued inequalities and injustices happening in communities across the country. During a time when the country needs direction and unity, Trump has only spread division and discord, ultimately pandering to an…

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WRAL: New coalition on the left presses inequality issues during COVID-19 and beyond

By Eleanore Wood / April 24, 2020 / Comments Off on WRAL: New coalition on the left presses inequality issues during COVID-19 and beyond

By Travis Fain, WRAL statehouse reporter A new coalition of left-leaning groups came together over the last month and a half, and it’s pushing state leaders to address economic inequality as government responds to COVID-19, and longer term. The group, NC United for Survival & Beyond, lists some 200 organizations as members. Many are smaller grassroots operations,…

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