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Police Respond to ‘Eviction Is Violence’ Rally With Pepper Spray in Richmond

Demonstrators took to the streets to rally against the prospect of people being evicted as the coronavirus rages on.

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Colorado Is Reopening Investigation Into Horrifying Police Killing of Elijah McClain. Here’s What We Know.

In the video, Elijah McClain can be seen sobbing as he repeatedly tells officers, “I’m just different.” Samara McClain said her brother was a massage therapist who planned to go to college.

This Tuesday, June 2, 2020 file photo shows a large group of protesters gather around the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee on Monument Avenue near downtown in Richmond, Va. . (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)
Juneteenth Is Officially a Paid Holiday in Virginia: Here’s Everything You Need to Know

Gov. Ralph Northam recently proposed making Juneteenth, a celebration of the liberation of the last American slaves, an official paid state holiday in Virginia. Northam declared that starting this June 19, all executive branch workers will have the day off with pay.  The history of Juneteenth, while well-known in Black communities, has not been celebrated...

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Pharrell Joins Gov. Northam to Announce Plans to Make Juneteenth Paid State Holiday

Gov. Ralph Northam announced Tuesday that he will propose legislation to designate Juneteenth, which celebrates the day that all slaves in the U.S were freed, as a paid state holiday in Virginia.  Northam said that in the past the state has recognized Juneteenth with an annual written proclamation.  “That’s nice,” he said, “but we need...

5,000 Man Protest in Richmond
The People Who Made the Protests in Richmond, Norfolk, And Fredericksburg Happen

Protests and rallies across the country erupted, seemingly overnight, when the video of police killing George Floyd went viral. But the demonstrations against racial injustice are not conjured out of thin air. It took people in communities throughout Virginia, some for the very first time, to organize their fellow citizens. Below we profile three people...

In this Oct. 8, 2019, file photo, supporters of LGBTQ rights hold placards in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington. The Supreme Court has ruled that a landmark civil rights law protects gay, lesbian and transgender people from discrimination in employment. It's a resounding victory for LGBT rights from a conservative court. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
A Segregationist Tried to Derail Civil Rights. He Got Today’s Supreme Court Decision Instead.

A racist congressman from Virginia tried to stop the Civil Rights Act, but 56 years later his amendment got more legal protections for LGBTQ Americans. In a landmark decision Monday, the Supreme Court ruled that federal law protects LGBTQ people from workplace discrimination. The ruling has been a long time coming in the fight for...

Father of 8 Dies of COVID-19 at Work. Family, Coworkers Say He Felt Pressure to Work Sick.
Father of 8 Dies of COVID-19 After Collapsing at Work. Coworkers Describe the Pressure to Work Sick.

Yet another ‘essential worker’ died after reportedly being mistreated by his employer.