Protests against Pittsburgh hospital expansion highlight city’s growing racial health disparities

More than 100 activists and employees took turns speaking at a packed Pittsburgh City Council hearing Tuesday on the proposed $2 billion expansion of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) in the city’s Uptown neighborhood. They were there to demand that the health care giant agree to higher wages and unionization for workers before it moves forward with expansion.

Prior to the hearing, opponents of the plan marched to the city council building and held a rally, asking f...

Legal groups intervene in Republican’s lawsuit over counting undocumented in census

A coalition led by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and Democracy Forward filed a motion on Tuesday to intervene in a lawsuit brought by Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL), who decided to sue the U.S. Bureau of the Census for counting undocumented immigrants in the decennial census.

The legal groups decided to get involved because they didn’t trust the Department of Justice (DOJ) — led by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, known for his hardline immigration policies ...

Record number of Muslim Americans running for office

A record number of American Muslims are running for Congress, state, and local office this election cycle, motivated into action in large part by President Donald Trump’s Islamophobic rhetoric and policies, a new report by the Associated Press found.

More than 100 candidates ran for office over the past year, more than ever since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, according to Jetpac, a 501(c)(3) organization working to increase American Muslim civic engagement. Roughly 40 of th...

Republican lawmakers advocate for arming toddlers in debut of Sacha Baron Cohen’s new show

Sacha Baron Cohen’s new show Who is America? debuted on Sunday by embarrassing several Republican lawmakers.

Cohen portrayed Col. Erran Morad, a former Israeli commando offering a provocative claim: He can prevent school shootings by putting “deadly weapons into the hands of America’s schoolchildren.” After impressing a couple of guns rights advocates with his program providing gun training for children “from the age (of) 16 down to the age (of) ...