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Violence Erupts In Portland Amid Alt-Right, Anti-Fascist Rallies

Violence erupts in PortlandFor days, Portland has served as ground zero for American hate, heroism and healing. Today, it served as America’s battleground.

What started Sunday as two counterdemonstrations outside City Hall between anti-fascist protesters and members of the alt-right during a “Trump Free Speech Rally” evolved into an impromptu march and standoff with police.


New Study: Rates of Anti-LGBTQ School Bullying at 'Unprecedented High'

LGBT bullyingSeven years ago, a rash of suicides triggered widespread public discussion about the extremely high rate of bullying queer and transgender students face. But a new study claims the prevalence of anti-LGBTQ harassment and violence has actually increased since then.

North Carolina-based research firm RTI International tracked 20 years of data on school bullying and conducted a meta-analysis of those findings.


March for Truth protests calling for independent Russia probe kick off

March for Truth 6/3/17
Protesters in Washington huddled steps away from the White House on Saturday, calling for an independent commission to investigate possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia in the latest in a series of weekend demonstrations against the Trump administration.
The first protesters in the so-called “#MarchForTruth” gathered in New York City’s Foley Square, where speakers, including “Hamilton” star Javier Muñoz and Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), addressed the crowd.

Elon Musk and Disney boss quit Trump's business panel over Paris pullout

Elon Musk and Disney boss pull out of Trum advisory panelDonald Trump may think tackling climate change is bad for business. But business? Not so much.

Two of the US’s biggest business leaders, Tesla founder Elon Musk and Disney’s Robert Iger, have quit Trump’s high-powered business advisory panel after the president pressed ahead with plans to pull out of the Paris climate accord.

Trump created his business advisory panel shortly after his election as he sought to show how his administration would revamp the US by “drawing on private sector expertise”.


New Jersey Town To Pay Millions After Denying Mosque Permit

NJ town to pay millions for rejecting mosqueA five-year battle over the proposed construction of a mosque ended Tuesday when a New Jersey town agreed to settle a pair of lawsuits brought by a local Islamic group and the federal government.

Bernards Township will pay $3.25 million to the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge after the town denied the group a permit to build the mosque, the Justice Department announced. The group can now start building the mosque, and the town will be required to train officials on religious land-use laws and amend its zoning restrictions related to houses of worship.


The Supreme Court Just Nixed A Rule That Made It Easier To Hold Cops Liable

SCOTUS nixes rule to hold police liableThe Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a legal rule that gave victims of police brutality in one part of the country a better chance of holding officers accountable in court over civil rights violations.

Known as the “provocation rule,” it was confined to the nine states covered by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, which last year upheld a $4 million verdict against a pair of Los Angeles officers who broke into the shack of a homeless couple without a warrant and nearly killed them.


Cleveland officials announce discipline against officers in Tamir Rice shooting

Cleveland police disciplined over Tamir Rice shootingCleveland officials on Tuesday will announce discipline against the police officers involved in the 2014 fatal shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice.

Mayor Frank Jackson, Chief Calvin Williams and Safety Director Michael McGrath will announce the discipline at an 11:30 a.m. news conference. City spokesman Dan Williams said the city will not release information on the discipline prior to the news conference.


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