civil rights

Education
5:17 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Atherton High Considers Discrimination Policy Change to Address Student Gender Identity Questions

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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.

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.

In a letter sent home to parents of Atherton students, officials at the school announced their plan to add a non-discrimination statement to school policy focusing on gender identity. 

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Local News
5:05 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Frankfort Rally Commemorating 1964 Civil Rights March Focuses on Felon Voting Rights

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FRANKFORT — The fight for civil rights in Kentucky continues 50 years after Martin Luther King Jr. led a march in the state Capitol.

The 1964 march on Frankfort agitated for Civil Rights in segregation-era Kentucky, resulting in the passage of the 1966 Kentucky Civil Rights Act.

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.

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Local News
12:40 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Longtime Activist Suzy Post to Get Metro Louisville's 2014 Freedom Award

Longtime Louisville activist Suzy Post will receive Metro Louisville's 2014 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Award.

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. She's also the last surviving plaintiff in the 1970s lawsuit that forced the city's public schools to desegregate, the city said.

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Local News
12:48 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Kentucky 'Religious Freedom' Bill Goes to Beshear, Critics Warn It May Gut Civil Rights Protections

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After a lengthy partisan battle that lasted hours into the night, a bill that would allow Kentuckians to ignore laws that they say violate their religious beliefs cleared the state Senate.

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:

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Politics
11:11 pm
Sat January 19, 2013

Noise and Notes: Louisville NAACP Raoul Cunningham on The State of Civil Rights

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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.

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.

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.

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