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The Trump administration is moving to weaken the civil rights-era Fair Housing Act — making it much harder to bring lawsuits alleging discrimination in housing, according to housing advocates. But conservative groups applaud the move and say it would stop frivolous lawsuits.

Civil rights groups are hoping a federal judge will strike down a new Florida law that they say does not properly carry out a constitutional amendment restoring voting rights to felons who have completed their sentences.

For the first time in a decade Congress will hold a hearing Wednesday on the subject of reparations for the descendants of slaves in the United States, a topic that has gained traction in the run-up to the 2020 elections.

The hearing is set for June 19, also known as "Juneteenth," the day when in 1865 former enslaved people in Texas first learned that they had been emancipated two years earlier.

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After years of standstill, Virginia Key Beach Park took a step toward constructing its proposed civil rights museum.

Miami leaders unanimously passed a resolution Thursday, committing to help the park with the museum’s operational costs post-construction. The resolution prompts the release of funds allotted over 10 years ago from Miami-Dade County totaling about $20.5 million for construction of the museum.

A Jacksonville state representative’s bill aimed at easing the burden on victims of housing discrimination who are pursuing civil action passed unanimously in its first committee stop this week.

An appellate court in Brooklyn ruled Wednesday that local police officers in New York state can't hold immigrants in custody beyond their release date solely to turn them over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement without a judicial warrant.

Updated at 8:15 p.m. ET on Wednesday

Facebook became embroiled in another controversy Tuesday, after the American Civil Liberties Union accused the company of giving employers a powerful tool to discriminate against women seeking work.

As Gov. Rick Scott’s Cabinet meets for its last clemency board meeting before the state’s general election, the conversation surrounding felon voting rights is ramping up. One amendment on the ballot could put a new restoration system in place.

In December 1955, after Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Ala., bus to a white man, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and other black ministers and community leaders organized a citywide bus boycott in protest. That part is well known.

Less well-known is the story of Georgia Gilmore, the Montgomery cook, midwife and activist whose secret kitchen fed the civil rights movement.

Activist Erica Garner has died, after suffering brain damage following a heart attack. She was 27 years old.

Miami Herald

Lee Weissenborn will be remembered for many things:  He loved animals, he believed in fighting for the little guy when he was a lawyer and  he tried to move Florida's state capital from Tallahassee to Orlando. 

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In the spring of his senior year in high school, Arturo Martinez’s friends began showing off their college acceptance letters. “Why are you not going to college?” he recalled them asking. “I mean, you’re so smart, you can go to Georgia Tech or UGA [University of Georgia].” Martinez didn’t want to tell them he couldn’t attend those schools because of his immigration status.

Teacher Kimberly Hively alleged Ivy Tech Community College in South Bend, Ind., denied her a full-time job because she is a lesbian. On Tuesday, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals said such discrimination violates the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The 8-3 ruling is the first by a federal appeals court to recognize the law as protecting workplace rights of LGBT employees.

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Hundreds of Miami-Dade County students had a chance to meet Georgia Congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis at the New Birth Baptist Church in Opa Locka Saturday.

Lewis was there to talk about his trilogy graphic novel “March”—co-authored by his political aide Andrew Aydin and illustrated by Nate Powell.

At the presentation, a choir sang the hymn of the civil rights movement, “We Shall Overcome.”

People held hands as they swayed back and forth singing along passionately, much like the the Congressman’s message. 

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The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)  kicked off a national strategy to give citizens and local governments tools to counter what the organization sees as “unfair policies coming from the Trump administration.”

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