Category Archives: civil rights

Bill to restore felon voting rights passes committee

For the fifth straight year, a House committee has approved legislation that would give convicted felons who serve their time and complete probation the right to vote. The bill was sponsored by state Rep. Jesse Crenshaw, D-Lexington, and would put the issue before voters as a constitutional amendment on the next statewide general election. Those […]

Mfume to speak at civil rights conference

The Kentucky Commission on Human Rights will host Kweisi Mfume, former president and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People later this month. The civil rights leader is traveling to Louisville to speak at the organization’s 50th Anniversary Civil and Human Rights Conference. The former five-term Democratic congressman is the keynote […]

Derby Day protest against Arizona law planned

Several local social justice organizations are organizing a protest at Churchill Downs on Derby Day to speak out against the state of Arizona’s strict new immigrant law. Led by the Kentucky May Day Coalition, which represents different church groups, labor unions and civil rights activists, demonstrators plan to pass out at least 2,000 fliers Saturday […]

First Transgender Fed. Official Named

Earlier this week President Obama named the first transgendered person to a cabinet level position, which is a move sure to anger many of his opponents because [1] Obama did it, and [2] old white men have a hard time with most things these days. While certain swaths of the public will take umbrage at […]

Sen. Thayer On Felon Voting Rights: “If It Ain’t Broke…”

So State Senator Damon Thayer, R-17, wrote an editorial in the Georgetown News-Graphic expressing exasperation over why some people believe that Kentucky’s current system of felon voter rights restoration is outmoded and inefficient. Yet his argument — that the system is fine as it is — is rife with enough oversimplifications and inaccuracies to warrant […]

Labor Pains

I was digging around the C-J’s website for more information on Infield Barbie, when one of those obnoxious Flash advertisements (not eXtenze) caught my eye. “Everyday we lose more jobs,” the ad implored, “And some in Congress want to take away workers’ rights to secret ballots and contract negotiations.” Silhouetted “workers” began multiplying like bacteria, […]

Lunchbox: Hanging Mr. Hope

$2.28: The price for a gallon of gas at my pit stop. Tanking the American economy is one way to lower gas prices. Grand(iose) jury: A Marshall County grand jury will decide — probably late next week — whether criminal charges are warranted in Recorder-gate, the faux controversy sparked when a GOP operative stashed an […]

Countdown to E-Day: The ‘Warrior of Troy’ Remembers

  (Editor’s note: LEO Weekly columnist Ricky L. Jones will be sending us weekly reports until Election Day. Enjoy.) Message to the People By Ricky L. Jones  It is 1957.  John Lewis, one of 10 children reared on a small farm without electricity or plumbing in Troy, Ala., is graduating high school.  He is the first member of his […]

Tennyson’s JRC responds

Saying they have no animosity towards Mattie Jones & Co., the Rev. James Tennyson, the new interim director of the Justice Resource Center, promised that the work of the Rev. Louis Coleman would continue at the organization he founded and would not be derailed in the wake of a recent split between him and Jones. […]

Tennyson’s JRC responds

Saying they have no animosity towards Mattie Jones & Co., the Rev. James Tennyson, the new interim director of the Justice Resource Center, promised that the work of the Rev. Louis Coleman would continue at the organization he founded and would not be derailed in the wake of a recent split between him and Jones. […]