Susan B. Anthony Barbie Doll In The Works

“It’s a fun depiction as we think about these heroes, who have changed the world and continue to change; inspiring youngsters who can be a part of that.”

Without Child Care Bailout, Workforce Could Lose Women

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway announced she was stepping down from her position to look after her family. Working families across the country are figuring out how to provide care for their children with remote and hybrid schooling this year.

Vandalized Frederick Douglass Statue Replaced

Leaders from the city of Rochester and Monroe County were on hand for the installation of a Frederick Douglass statue in Maplewood park Thursday. The statue which stood there since 2018 was toppled on July 5th and thrown in the Genesee River Gorge.

Concerns Of Voter Suppression In Chenango County

“I don’t think I’d feel comfortable walking into a polling place that was in a sheriff’s department—as a black man and especially not during the current moment in American history.’

At Protests, Street Medics Take COVID-19 Precautions

“Our primary goal is keeping people safe, whether that be making sure they’re wearing masks, or if someone falls and gets hurt, or any number of different kinds of ailments.”

ICE Chief Slams New York’s Green Light Law

“As a 25-year law enforcement professional, it is unfathomable that information which could be used to prevent crime or a potential terrorist attack, is purposely being withheld.”

LGBTQ Flag Flies Over NY Capitol For First Time

The LGBTQ pride flag is flying over the New York state Capitol for the first time in state history in celebration of Pride Month. The flag went up yesterday.

State Senator Urges New York Governor To Lift Travel Ban So SUNY Swimmers Can Compete

More than a dozen student-athletes from three SUNY colleges have qualified to compete in the NCAA Division III national swimming and diving championships. There’s just one problem. The games are being held in Greensboro, North Carolina, and a ban on New York State-sponsored non-essential travel to that state remains in effect. A local State Senator is urging Governor Andrew Cuomo to lift that ban.

What One New York Orchestra’s Doing To Increase Diversity

African-Americans currently make up less than two percent of larger orchestra members in the United States. This lack of representation is a struggle for many groups, including the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.  

Is This The Year PA Gives LGBTQ+ People Discrimination Protection?

Like most states, Pennsylvania has a statute that grants certain groups of people extra legal protection against discrimination. It’s called the Human Relations Act, and it prohibits employment and housing discrimination on the basis of “race, color, religious creed, ancestry, age, sex, national origin, handicap or disability,” or use of guide and support animals. One group it misses? LGBTQ+ people.

Lawyers For Four Middle School Girls Weigh Legal Action Against Binghamton School District

BINGHAMTON (WSKG) — The lawyers for four middle school girls who say they were strip searched say they’re considering a lawsuit against the Binghamton City School District. In January, there was community furor over accusations against the East Middle School principal and school nurse for strip searching four girls for acting hyper and giddy. The girls have lawyers through the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. Cara McClellan and the other lawyers sent a letter to the district with a list of demands and asking to meet in person with district officials within ten days. That deadline was last week.

Binghamton Residents Rally Over Student Strip Searches

About 200 residents rallied Tuesday outside East Middle School in a call-out to Binghamton’s School District. The rally was a response to claims by four African-American girls that staff members strip searched them a couple of weeks ago for giddiness and possibly possessing drugs.

“I’ll Never Forget”: Cornell Law Students On Border, Heading To Tijuana

A group of Cornell Law Students and their professor have been volunteering on the Texas border this week. They are helping mothers and children in the largest family immigration detention center in the country to file asylum claims.

The center is in Dilley, Texas. A remote town of about 4,000 people located over an hour’s drive south of San Antonio. The students have been interviewing women about the experiences that caused them to flee their homes and seek asylum thousands of miles away. From there they will be interviewed by an asylum officer who will decide if they have a “credible fear”.

Cornell Law Students Go To Border To Help Mothers, Children Seeking Asylum

Six Cornell Law School students and one of their professors have gone to border this week to volunteer at the country’s the largest family immigration center in Dilley, Texas. They are working with the Dilley Pro Bono Project. The Project has been organizing volunteers since the federal facility opened in 2014. Each week a group of volunteer lawyers, law students, paralegals arrived to assist mothers and children file their asylum claims.

Dilley is a remote town of about 4,000 people over an hour’s drive from San Antonio. Jaclyn Kelley-Widmer is an associate professor at Cornell Law School.

Demonstrators hold signs in support of trans equality outside the White House on Monday. The Trump administration is reportedly considering defining "sex" in a way that would restrict civil rights protections to transgender Americans.

New York’s Trans People Say They #WontBeErased

“The agency’s proposed definition would define sex as either male or female, unchangeable, and determined by the genitals that a person is born with,” The New York Times reported. Reaction was swift.

Transgender New Yorkers Get New Protection Against Discrimination

ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced new protections for transgender New Yorkers on Sunday, saying the state health department will add gender identity to a non-discrimination list that already includes race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, age and source of payment.

Dorothy Cotton, pictured at a press conference at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tenn., was the educational director for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in the civil rights era. She has died at 88.

Civil Rights Leader Dorothy Cotton Dies In Ithaca At 88

Cotton was the education director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, former director of student activities at Cornell, and worked alongside Martin Luther King Jr. She focused on empowering ordinary people to exercise their rights.

The actress Gwyneth Paltrow tweeted the N-word while at a Jay Z/Kanye West concert. Her music industry friends shrugged it off. Twitter did not.

Who Can Use The N-Word? That’s The Wrong Question

Earlier this week, a New York City man named Rob Carmona was being sued by a former employee named Brandi Johnson, who said that Carmona harassed her and other employees. The story gained national attention because of what Carmona was heard saying on a recording.