Imani is a recovering attorney turned political blogger, journalist, and women’s rights activist. She is the founder of Angry Black Lady Chronicles, winner of the 2010 Black Weblog Award for Blog to Watch, and the 2012 Black Weblog Award for Best Political Blog. She is currently co-host of This Week in Blackness Prime. Her work has been featured at The Grio.com, AlterNet, and she appears regularly on a variety of progressive radio shows and podcasts. She received her J.D. from University of Virginia School of Law in 2001, where she was a Hardy Cross Dillard scholar and an Editorial Board member of the University of Virginia Law Review.
Weeks after Gov. Robert Bentley resigned due to his relationship with aide Rebekah Mason, Mason's name has resurfaced in an investigation that alleges she masterminded DMV closings that would have disenfranchised Black voters.
“The Trump administration may want to use the fake repeal of HB 2 as an excuse to further turn their backs on the transgender community, but the rest of us aren’t going to give up that easily,” said James Esseks, director of the ACLU’s LGBT Project.
Appeals courts differ over what law to apply when considering cases about sex discrimination at educational institutions. And various groups say the First Amendment gives them the right to access government data.
In other news, a federal court found that a religious university discriminated against a single, pregnant worker who refused to either marry or stop living with her partner, and the Hawaii judge who struck down the Muslim ban is now under 24-hour protection due to threats.
In other news, the Southern Poverty Law Center wins a victory against a modern debtors' prison in Alabama, and it intends to investigate if anti-LGBTQ groups are influencing Trump administration policies.
President Donald Trump’s promises of "law and order," combined with Attorney General Jeff Sessions' ability to sanction any action Trump takes with respect to his promise to “make America great again,” does not bode well for Black people in this country.
As Office of Government Ethics Director Walter M. Shaub Jr. pointed out in his letter, Conway’s conduct is virtually identical to a hypothetical that the agency offers on its website as an example of what not to do.
After President Trump's executive order on immigration created pandemonium in airports worldwide, the courts and local law enforcement are racing to keep up. And then there's the matter of whom the next Supreme Court Justice will be.
When the smoke of human kindness with which anti-choice legislators, scientists, organizers, advocates, and allies have cloaked themselves begins to dissipate, all that is left is the rank disdain for women that drives their movement—a movement that is chock full of people who regard the truth as something to be bent to suit their purposes.
“[A]t at time when much of the country is taking more seriously the need for criminal justice reform, the prosecution of Anna Yocca indicates a larger trend in the punishment and incarceration of women in Tennessee,” said Nancy Rosenbloom, NAPW’s director of legal advocacy.
Permitting plaintiff Kimberly Stinnett to pursue civil action on behalf of a six-week-old embryo certainly seems like a dangerous step towards establishing fetal personhood rights that will interfere with a pregnant person’s privacy right.
2016 brought in a ton of reproductive rights victories, plus one significant punt by the U.S. Supreme Court that could help Republicans in their efforts to overturn the Affordable Care Act. And 2017 is looking like another big year.
A challenge to North Carolina's HB 2 is put on hold while court watchers wait to see any moves from the U.S. Supreme Court on another transgender "bathroom bill" case. And in Indiana, conservative groups are taking aim at local ordinances protecting LGBTQ rights. Meanwhile, an Indiana claims a religious right to not play taxes, but doesn't say what his religion is.
Republican Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, the guy who is going to be vice president, will head to court on Monday to continue battling public disclosure of a document attached to an email that he received two years ago, thus solidifying the loathsome "email" as this nation's most boring conversation piece.
It's not the first time that Democrats have gone to court alleging that the Republican National Committee has made a practice of intimidating voters. In 1982, Democratic pressure resulted in Republicans agreeing to stop "ballot security" measures used to deter qualified people from voting.
Gavin Grimm's attorneys at the American Civil Liberties Union have argued that his school district's bathroom policy is unconstitutional under the 14th Amendment and a violation of Title IX of the U.S. Education Amendments of 1972, a federal law prohibiting sex-based discrimination at schools that receive federal funding.
It is certainly fortuitous that Moira Smith has broken her silence at a time when the country is engaging in a conversation about sexual assault and harassment, rape culture, and holding accused sexual predators and harassers accountable for their behavior.
There was no legitimate reason to cite the landmark 1857 U.S. Supreme Court decision that said Black Americans had no citizen rights. Including the case in a modern-day legal battle is just Kansas officials being terrible in their ongoing quest to deprive women of their autonomy.
Universities may be hotbeds for youth activism, but they're also places where administrators can use their power to shut down sexual assault investigations. And in other on-campus news, wearing blackface gets a pass at a North Dakota school, and a Virginia professor goes on leave after comparing Black Lives Matter to the Klan.
Since discussions of stop-and-frisk are back in the news because Donald Trump insists that the practice is going to save cities like Chicago, we thought we'd give you the answers to some practical questions.
During trial more than 20 years ago, Duane Buck’s own attorney, Jerry Guerinot, inexplicably put a defense expert psychologist on the stand who testified that Buck was more likely to commit future acts of violence because he is Black.
The lawsuit accuses defendants associated with the smear campaign of violating federal and state laws, including the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO) Act and the Federal Wiretap Act. It also accuses them of fraud, conspiracy, invasion of privacy, breach of contract, and trespass.
A U.S. appeals court will rehear a Wisconsin case that could put the kibosh on police harassment of people "parking while Black"—or the case could become another flashpoint for tense and potentially fatal interactions between law enforcement and Black people.
Republican legislators in state legislatures that have passed rigid voter ID laws have claimed that such laws are necessary to prevent in-person voter fraud. GOP-led investigations have not turned up evidence of voter fraud.
At a news conference Friday morning, Mayor Roberts said that she believes the video of Scott’s shooting should be released publicly, but that it’s a matter of when. “The question is timing,” she said. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney agreed, refusing to release the recordings to the public. The real question is why.
This renewed call for stop-and-frisk in areas like Chicago, which have been ravaged by poverty and systemic racism, is about: more cops, more racial profiling, and more infringement on constitutional rights.
A Receivership Transition Advisory Board put in charge of Flint's affairs as it transitioned from being under state control then changed the rules so that the city would have to secure permission from the state before it filed a lawsuit against the state.
The lawsuit alleges that students at these five schools are forced to attend “schools in name only, characterized by slum-like conditions and lacking the most basic educational opportunities that children elsewhere in Michigan and throughout the nation take for granted.”
It’s hard to view North Carolina's continued restrictions on early voting as anything other than a deliberate attempt to skirt the Fourth Circuit’s recent ruling that the state's law targeted Black voters.
There’s no voter fraud crisis. Not a single investigation has turned up any evidence of such a thing. But that hasn’t stopped Donald Trump from hyperventilating about it or ranting about his plans to stop that from happening.
Illinois is one of a handful of states that ban so-called gay conversion therapy. Lawmakers in four states—California, Oregon, Vermont, and New Jersey—along with Washington, D.C. have passed such bans.
Republicans in state legislatures that have passed rigid voter ID laws have claimed that such laws are necessary to prevent in-person voter fraud. GOP-led investigations, however, have not turned up any evidence of voter fraud.
This week we’re going to talk about "standing," which is a term you may be familiar with, especially if you read Justice Clarence Thomas' complaint in his dissent in Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt.
It is no longer acceptable—at least in theory—for state legislators to announce that a particular restriction advances an interest in women’s health and to expect courts and the public to take them at their word. The same goes for, as it turns out, voting rights.
Robert Lewis Dear Jr. faces more than 100 criminal charges related to the November siege of a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood, which left three dead. Now his attorneys are asking the court to ban Dear from contacting the media.
A return to data should aid in dismantling other laws ungrounded in any real facts, such as Texas’ onerous "informed consent” law—HB 15—which forces women to get an ultrasound that they may neither need nor afford, and which imposes a 24-hour waiting period.
The recent brouhaha over Kanye, Taylor Swift, and the Snapchat heard 'round the world is a perfect way to learn about Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPP), which are meritless lawsuits meant to bully a defendant and stifle speech.
This makes two voting rights victories in as many days for voting rights advocates. A federal judge on Tuesday in Wisconsin ruled that voters who unable to comply with the state's photo ID requirement would be allowed to vote in the November's election.
One year after David Daleiden and the Center for Medical Progress released the first of a series of videos targeting Planned Parenthood, there is still no evidence of wrongdoing by the reproductive health-care provider.
“Defendants have responded to peaceful acts of protest with unlawful restrictions on constitutionally protected activity and disproportionate deployment of militarized equipment and excessive force,” the complaint reads.
With the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling, change may be afoot—even in some of the reddest red states. But anti-choice laws are still wreaking havoc around the world, like in Northern Ireland where women living under an abortion ban are turning to drones for medication abortion pills.
Yes, the U.S. Supreme Court announced a victory for abortion access in Texas—and around the country. But it's going to take time to unravel the effects of anti-choice organizing in the state, where abortion opponents have poured resources into HB 2 and have made it hard for physicians to get abortion-care training.
We here at Team Legal are on pins and needles waiting for the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, the biggest abortion case to hit the Court’s steps in more than a decade. One of our concerns is that we won't get a majority opinion in Whole Woman's Health, but rather be saddled with a plurality opinion.
“I was shocked when Dignity, which is supposed to be in the business of healing and holds itself out to the public as a bastion of ‘human kindness,’ told me they would not authorize insurance coverage for my doctor-prescribed treatment,” Joe Robinson said in a statement released by his attorneys at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
In late April, a three-judge panel of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in Gavin Grimm’s favor, signaling that the high school’s anti-trans bathroom policy is a violation of Title IX of the U.S. Education Amendments of 1972, a federal law that prohibits sex discrimination at schools that receive federal funding.
I thought today I’d explain the basic issues surrounding the current bathroom panic that has half the nation clutching their pearls and taking to their fainting couches with a virulent case of the vapors.