Civil Rights

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ACLU joins NEA to file second lawsuit against “divisive concepts” law

BY: - December 20, 2021

A group of advocacy groups has teamed up to file a lawsuit against New Hampshire officials over a new law regulating what can be taught in classrooms – one week after a separate teacher’s union brought its own legal challenge. In a news release Monday, the National Education Association of New Hampshire and the American […]

A checkpoint on U.S. 1 in Florida

With testimony about racial profiling in hand, lawmakers debate immigration checkpoints

BY: - October 22, 2021

When U.S. Customs and Border Protection set up a series of ad hoc weekend checkpoints on Interstate 93 to check the immigration status of drivers, the stops were more than an inconvenience to Sebastian Fuentes. On three separate occasions, Fuentes, a Thornton resident who emigrated from Peru in the early 2000s, found himself stopped for […]

House committee to vote on requiring law enforcement to collect data on race

BY: - October 20, 2021

On Wednesday, the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee will vote on a proposal that would require law enforcement to collect and analyze data related to race. The legislation, which was retained in committee last session, was a recommendation that came out of the Commission on Law Enforcement Accountability, Community, and Transparency (LEACT). In […]

Exterior of the state prison in Concord

Officials outline preliminary plan for $30 million, 24-bed hospital for forensic patients

BY: - October 8, 2021

Patients with mental illness being held at the prison’s forensic hospital for security reasons could be moved to a new 24-bed hospital on the state hospital grounds by late 2023, state officials said Thursday.  The hospital will be managed by the Department of Health and Human Services – not a private company – and a […]

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Attorney general files complaint accusing Dover woman of violating Civil Rights Act

BY: - October 7, 2021

Attorney General John Formella filed an enforcement action on Thursday against Kristina Graper of Dover, who is accused of violating the New Hampshire Civil Rights Act. The complaint against Graper, 51, accuses her of threatening a Black 9-year-old child in a Dover park on May 10. Graper told the child she would “kneel on his […]

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Bill to bar discrimination based on hairstyle fails to gain committee’s support

BY: - September 28, 2021

A proposal to bar “discrimination based on hairstyles relative to a person’s ethnicity” was deemed “inexpedient to legislate” by the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday in an 11-10 vote along party lines. Rep. Alexis Simpson, an Exeter Democrat, spoke in support of the bill, as well as an amendment that was introduced to broaden the […]

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ACLU criticizes New Hampshire AG for signing letter threatening legal action over voting act

BY: - September 20, 2021

New Hampshire is one of 23 states, each with a Republican attorney general, that signed on to a letter threatening legal action if the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act becomes law. Devon Chaffee, executive director of the ACLU of New Hampshire, called the threat “unconscionable.” “Attorney General [John] Formella’s opposition to this critical legislation […]

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Muhammad Ali and us: A conversation with Ken Burns

BY: - September 7, 2021

Ken Burns was never a boxing fan, yet when the idea of making “Muhammad Ali” was first suggested, he knew immediately that he had to make it. This was not the norm for Burns, who always has several film projects going at once and often takes months or even years to say yes to a […]

Muhammad Ali lies on his stomach making a fist

Commentary: Burns’s ‘Muhammad Ali’ tells a story that teems with relevance

BY: - September 7, 2021

Although Ken Burns’s “Muhammad Ali” opens during the age of black-and-white television, Ali’s spirit remains so alive today that it is jarring to see him dancing about in colorless footage as Sonny Liston stalks the ring seeking to land the blow that will shut the kid’s mouth. That is what much of the crowd and […]

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State eliminates documentation requirement for gender X marker on licenses, identification cards

BY: - August 18, 2021

Since 2014, the Division of Motor Vehicles has required the signature of a health care provider from anyone making a gender change. Beginning last year that also applied for those choosing X as their gender. But it was never required by law. A Granite State College student has put an end to that practice.  Rho […]

Indigenous students load loaves of bread into a wheelbarrow outside of a bakery in 1880

A federal investigation seeks to uncover the painful history of Native American boarding schools

BY: - July 8, 2021

WASHINGTON – The Native American children traveled on trains, thousands of miles from their homes, to Pennsylvania’s Carlisle Indian Industrial School in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Many had been forcibly taken from their parents and communities.  Once there, they had to hand over their belongings, put on uniforms, cut off their braids, adopt […]

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Bill barring release of mug shots approved by Judiciary Committee

BY: - May 25, 2021

Senators on the Judiciary Committee approved a measure Tuesday that would bar police from releasing most mug shots after arrests, in a 3-2 committee vote that defied party lines.  House Bill 125 would still allow police departments to take post-arrest photographs of accused perpetrators. But the bill would prohibit the release of the mug shots […]