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This Week in Civil and Human Rights News

1. Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch Delivers Remarks at Press Conference Announcing Complaint Against the State of North Carolina to Stop Discrimination Against Transgender Individuals.
United States Department of Justice, May 9:

 “We see you; we stand with you; and we will do everything we can to protect you going forward.  Please know that history is on your side.  This country was founded on a promise of equal rights for all, and we have always managed to move closer to that promise, little by little, one day at a time.  It may not be easy – but we’ll get there together." 

Loretta Lynch sues her homestate of North Carolina for discriminating against Transgender people. In a touching public defense of civil and human rights, she emphasized a message of inclusion and validation.


2. Former South Carolina police officer who fatally shot Walter Scott indicted on federal civil rights violation. 
Washington Post, May 11:

The pollce officer who shot Walter Scott in the back as he fled from the officer was indicted on Wednesday, May 11. Michael Slager pleaded not guilty and was released on bond. Slager could face life in prison as well as a fine up to $250,000.


3. Poultry Workers, Denied Bathroom Breaks, Wear Diapers: Oxfam Report. 
NBC News, May 12:

An Oxfam Report released on May 12 indicated that the human rights of United States Poultry workers have been severely violated. The employees of major companies such as Tyson and Perdue are denied bathroom breaks and work long hours. However, some are questioning the validity of the report.


4. How A Mexican Startup is Turning Mango Scraps Into Nutritional Gold.
Forbes, May 15:

Our mission is to feed 10 billion people in 2050 in a healthy, affordable and sustainable way,” Enrique González
Two men created EatLimmo, a startup that turns mango seeds, peels, and pulp into a powder that could replace up to 50% of eggs and fat in baked goods and other efficient and nutritious substitutes.


5. Dying Infants and No Medicine: Inside Venezuela’s Failing Hospitals. 
New York Times, May 15

What started as an economic crisis is now a public health emergency. Hospitals have run out of vital supplies such as gloves, medicine, electricity, and even water.

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  • Beverly Jackson's gravatar Beverly Jackson says:

    What a wonderful wrap up of national and international human rights news! Thank you CCHR!

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