Since Trump won’t let LGBTQ and Black reporters come to his holiday party, the Task Force will throw a party of its own

Washington, DC, December 11, 2017—In response to the White House snubbing LGBTQ and Black reporters, the National LGBTQ Task Force is hosting its own holiday party for the press, titled Not The White House Holiday Party. The White House invited new criticism from the press and LGBTQ advocates after Politico reported that The Washington Blade’s Chris Johnson and American Urban Radio Network’s April Ryan — who also is a contributor for CNN — were not invited to the White House’s media holiday party. Rea Carey, the executive director of the National LGBTQ Task Force,…

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Dear DRA Family, Are you sick of reading headlines like these? Are you frustrated that the civil rights of the most vulnerable citizens are being attacked? Do something about it today by making a gift to DRA. “I support DRA as the leading civil rights organization for people with disabilities. Currently, the civil rights of people with disabilities, and every other group you can think of, is targeted with discrimination and hatred. Your support is as urgent as it’s ever been.” Evan Davis, DRA AdvisorSenior…

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Religious Freedom and the Christian Right’s Masterpiece of Manipulation

About Cole Parke Photo: United States Supreme Court. Joe Ravi/Wikimedia Commons. Throughout history, people have used religion to justify a myriad of injustices. In the United States, for example, some Christians used their faith to defend slavery and segregation, citing scriptural references as moral justification for the dehumanization and genocide of Black and indigenous people until, ultimately, the government intervened. Earlier today at the U.S. Supreme Court, the Christian Right once again attempted to justify injustice, asserting that religious freedom grants them the right to discriminate against LGBTQ people. But…

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Will you help us fight for justice in 2018?

We Need You in the Fight As a member of the Innocence Project’s community, you know that we do more than fight to overturn wrongful convictions. We also work to improve the system by advocating for policies that prevent and reveal wrongful convictions, and help the exonerated rebuild their lives. Among the reforms we focus on are: Preventing wrongful convictions through best practices including eyewitness identification reform, recording interrogations, jailhouse informant regulations and prosecutor disclosure of key evidence for defendants. Revealing wrongful convictions by improving access to DNA testing and…

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National LGBTQ Task Force: Masterpiece Cakeshop Case Could Roll LGBTQ Rights Back A Half-Century

On the steps of the Supreme Court, the Task Force emphasized how the case would hurt all LGBTQ people — especially people of color and the transgender community. “This case has the potential to roll us back more than a half-century to a time when LGBTQ people were in the closet, afraid to be ourselves. We refuse to return to those ugly days,” says Rea Carey, executive director of the National LGBTQ Task Force. Remarks prepared for SCOTUS protest, December 5, 8-11AM (Washington, DC, December 5, 2017) — The National LGBTQ…

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Three Pillars of the Alt Right: White Nationalism, Antisemitism, and Misogyny

About Spencer Sunshine Photo credit: Karla Cote, August 11, 2017, Charlottesville, VA https://flic.kr/p/XuUyHe The new wave of avowed White nationalists who have been energized by Donald Trump—most prominently the Alt Right—have held demonstrations across the United States, most famously in Charlottesville, Virginia in August 2017. Progressive activists have struggled to conceptualize and oppose the movement, and there have been a variety of different responses to it. However, some of these responses show a deep misunderstanding by progressives of what the Alt Right and other White nationalists believe. To misunderstand the…

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