Law enforcement should “minimize use of militarized weaponry” to prevent the civil unrest that occurred in the wake of the death of Michael Brown, according to a report issued Monday by the 16-member commission appointed by Gov. Jay Nixon (D).
A Republican lawmaker in Missouri said during a committee hearing last week that the state health department director could be held in contempt if she refuses to name a hospital that grants admitting privileges to abortion providers.
In Ferguson, Missouri, hundreds of activists and protesters gathered this past weekend to commemorate the loss of 18-year-old Michael Brown to police violence one year ago and the racial justice movement Brown’s death sparked. Meanwhile, Melissa Harris-Perry is joined by St. Louis City Alderman Antonio French, Marc Steiner, Jelani Cobb, Phillip Atiba Goff, and Rev. Dr. Jacqueline J. Lewis to discuss where we are now.
This weekend I won’t be enjoying a lazy summer day at home. I’ll be participating in United We Fight with thousands of people to uphold my commitment to this movement for Black lives. It’s been a year since the Ferguson Uprising, and I’m woke.
Under the Eighth Amendment, people in jails and prisons have a constitutional right to adequate health care. While many stories have examined that right when it comes to pregnancy behind bars, less is known about women’s access to abortion care.
The Department of Justice released a report Friday concluding Missouri’s St. Louis County Family Court system discriminates against Black juveniles, routinely violating their constitutional rights as they navigate the court system.
Through the first six months of 2015, states enacted 51 new abortion restrictions; this brings the number of restrictions enacted since 2010 to 282.
I know firsthand that for many people, poverty is often related to a lack of access to basic health care, including abortion. This growing burden, carried primarily by poor people, is a blind spot for many legislatures and courts around the country.
Right-to-work policies, pushed by right-wing think tanks like the American Legislative Exchange Council, have become commonplace even in states with strong union traditions.
A bill that would increase North Carolina’s mandated waiting period for abortion from 24 hours to 72 hours received final approval Tuesday in the state’s GOP-led senate.