Code Red: Today’s air is unhealthy — if you enjoy breathing
High pollution levels from wildfires in Quebec have prompted a Code Red air quality alert today, meaning that the air is unhealthy for everyone. The NC Department of Environmental Quality issued the alert based on levels of very fine particulate matter, known as PM 2.5. PM 2.5 – which is smaller than the width of […]
UNC experts: Abortion ban proposal is not what sponsors say it is
By Maxine Eichner, Professor, UNC School of Law; Amy Bryant, MD, MSCR; Mimi Chapman, Professor, UNC School of Social Work; Sian Curtis, Professor, UNC School of Public Health; Rebecca Kreitzer, Associate Professor, UNC, Department of Public Policy; Jessica Morse, MD, MPH; Erica Pettigrew, MD, JD, MPH; Alison M. Stuebe, MD, MSc; and Jennifer Tang, MD, MSCR, […]
Members of U.S. Senate panel fight over effects of abortion ruling on Black patients
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday began wading through the dozens of state laws that have taken effect in the two weeks since the Supreme Court ended the constitutional right to an abortion, and heard from witnesses who said the effect on Black patients will be especially harsh. “People of color, specifically Black people, will feel the impact of the court's decision in Dobbs more than any other racial group,” said Khiara M. Bridges, professor of law at UC Berkeley School of Law, referring to the decision, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.
‘A crisis that is hiding in plain sight’: Missing and murdered women of color
WASHINGTON — Parents at a Thursday congressional hearing about missing and murdered women of color detailed their frustrating attempts to get the attention of law enforcement and adequate media coverage. “This is a crisis that is hiding in plain sight,” said Maryland Rep. Jamie Raskin, a Democrat and chair of the U.S. House Oversight Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.
Black women in the U.S. House push for Supreme Court pick with a civil rights track record
WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Cori Bush of Missouri Thursday led a coalition of Black women members of the U.S. House in a letter to President Joe Biden urging him to pick a Black woman for the Supreme Court — which he has promised — who has a track record of protecting civil rights. “The appointment […]
Appointing a Black woman to the Supreme Court is not affirmative action
The distorted misinformation about affirmative action is once again raising its ugly head around the potential nomination of a Black woman to the U.S. Supreme Court. Before any qualified, likely overqualified, Black woman is nominated for the Supreme Court, her reputation is being tainted by the notion that the only reason she is being considered is because of affirmative action.