civil rights http://wfpl.org en Atherton High Considers Discrimination Policy Change to Address Student Gender Identity Questions http://wfpl.org/post/atherton-high-considers-discrimination-policy-change-address-student-gender-identity-questions <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Atherton High School administrators are looking to revise the school’s discrimination policy after complaints arose from a male-bodied transgender student's use of the girls' restroom.</span></p><p>The student, who identifies as a female, was allowed to use both of the school’s girls-only restrooms, but, following complaints, school officials limited her to only one of the restrooms.</p> Tue, 13 May 2014 21:17:50 +0000 Jacob Ryan 9337 at http://wfpl.org Atherton High Considers Discrimination Policy Change to Address Student Gender Identity Questions Frankfort Rally Commemorating 1964 Civil Rights March Focuses on Felon Voting Rights http://wfpl.org/post/frankfort-rally-commemorating-1964-civil-rights-march-focuses-felon-voting-rights <p>FRANKFORT — The fight for civil rights in Kentucky continues 50 years after Martin Luther King Jr. led a march in the state Capitol.</p><p>The 1964 march on Frankfort agitated for Civil Rights in segregation-era Kentucky, resulting in the passage of the 1966 Kentucky Civil Rights Act.</p><p>A commemorative rally today Wednesday centered on restoring the voting rights for felons. In Kentucky, about one in five African-American males cannot vote because a felony charge, and legislation has been proposed in the General Assembly to restore voting rights to felons.</p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 22:05:04 +0000 Jonathan Meador 8787 at http://wfpl.org Frankfort Rally Commemorating 1964 Civil Rights March Focuses on Felon Voting Rights Longtime Activist Suzy Post to Get Metro Louisville's 2014 Freedom Award http://wfpl.org/post/longtime-activist-suzy-post-get-metro-louisvilles-2014-freedom-award <p>Longtime Louisville activist Suzy Post will receive Metro Louisville's 2014 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Award.</p><p>Post has a long history of social activism in Louisville. She was president of what is now the ACLU of Kentucky and later the founding president of the Metropolitan Housing Coalition.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">She's also the last surviving plaintiff in the </span>1970s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> lawsuit that forced the city's public schools to desegregate, the city said.</span></p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 17:40:30 +0000 Joseph Lord 8221 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky 'Religious Freedom' Bill Goes to Beshear, Critics Warn It May Gut Civil Rights Protections http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-religious-freedom-bill-goes-beshear-critics-warn-it-may-gut-civil-rights-protections <p>After a lengthy partisan battle that lasted hours into the night, <a href="/post/will-kentucky-religious-freedom-bill-gut-protections-women-minorities-and-gay-residents">a bill that would allow Kentuckians to ignore laws that they say violate their religious beliefs</a> cleared the state Senate.</p><p>Supporters say the "Religious Freedom Act" sponsored by Rep. Robert Damron, D-Nicholasville, would protect religion from government encroachment. WFPL's Phillip Bailey reported earlier this week:</p><p></p> Fri, 08 Mar 2013 05:48:24 +0000 Rae Hodge 4392 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky 'Religious Freedom' Bill Goes to Beshear, Critics Warn It May Gut Civil Rights Protections Noise and Notes: Louisville NAACP Raoul Cunningham on The State of Civil Rights http://wfpl.org/post/noise-and-notes-louisville-naacp-raoul-cunningham-state-civil-rights <p><iframe src="http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F75656786&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;color=aaaa99" frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>NAACP President Raoul Cunningham has been involved with civil rights since he was a 14-year-old activist protesting against Jim Crow in downtown Louisville.</p><p>Still, Cunningham says that in 2013 there are still many pertinent issues and some will be before the Supreme Court this year, such as cases dealing with affirmative action and gay marriage.</p><p>The most important question the justices will face deals with a key provision of the Voting Rights Act that could unravel the historic legislation. For Cunningham, this will be a defining moment for the Roberts Court on matters of civil rights. Sun, 20 Jan 2013 04:11:20 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 3515 at http://wfpl.org Noise and Notes: Louisville NAACP Raoul Cunningham on The State of Civil Rights