Levi’s, Yelp join coalition pledging not to discriminate

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Levi Strauss, Yelp and Lyft are leading a coalition of 1,200 businesses and cities that are pledging not to discriminate against employees or customers based on race, sexual orientation, or other characteristics.

Normally, making a promise to serve every customer might seem like a no-brainer. But the Open to All coalition is launching in a highly charged atmosphere, with florists refusing to provide flowers for gay weddings and stores turning away Muslim customers. On the same June weekend that White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders was asked to leave a Virginia restaurant because of her affiliation with President Donald Trump, a transgender woman was harassed by staff at a Washington restaurant for using the women’s restroom.

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Homo Erectus: The Evolution of Us – Hey Starbucks: Unconscious Bias Training Doesn’t Work!

By : STEVE YACOVELLI
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Earlier this year, two African-American men were arrested at a Starbucks in Philadelphia—for reportedly doing nothing but waiting for a business colleague to arrive.

This incident—and how horribly it was handled—ignited demonstrations, shouts for boycotts and a whole heap of apologies from Kevin Johnson (Starbucks’ CEO) and other leaders within the coffee empire. In a video message, Johnson said, “What happened in the way that incident escalated, and the outcome, was nothing but reprehensible. I will fix this.”

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Md. gubernatorial candidate chooses lesbian running mate

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Julie Verratti co-founded Denizens Brewing Co. in Silver Spring, Md., with her wife, Emily Bruno, and her brother-in-law. Photo courtesy of Daniel Ensign/Alec Ross for Governor.

A Maryland gubernatorial candidate has chosen a lesbian business owner as his running mate.

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Same-sex marriage case before Supreme Court has ties to civil rights decision

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The upcoming Supreme Court argument about a baker who refused to make a cake for a same-sex couple makes some civil rights lawyers think of South Carolina’s Piggie Park barbecue.

When two African-Americans parked their car at a Piggie Park drive-in in August 1964 in Columbia, South Carolina, the waitress who came out to serve them turned back once she saw they were black and didn’t take their order.

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Opposition to Trump, HB2 beef up “Moral March on Raleigh”

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A massive crowd attended Saturday’s annual civil rights rally in North Carolina’s capital, beefed up by protesters energized in opposition to President Donald Trump and to a state law limiting LGBT rights and which public bathrooms transgender people can use.

Organizers of the “Moral March on Raleigh,” led by the state chapter of the NAACP, has largely focused on state government during its 11 years of existence, more recently against the conservative-leaning agenda Republicans have implemented.

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Incoming North Carolina governor doesn’t support national boycott of state

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina’s Democratic Gov.-elect Roy Cooper is opposing the state NAACP leader’s call for a national economic boycott to pressure state lawmakers into overturning a law limiting LGBTQ rights and other actions by Republicans.

Cooper said in a release Dec. 23 he shares others’ frustrations about Republican policies such as House Bill 2, but he said the better way is to bring companies and people to North Carolina to “join us in the fight for fairness.”

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Reno speed-match program matches non-profits with donors fearful of election results

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RENO, Nev. (AP) – A group of northern Nevada nonprofits has begun hosting speed-dating style meetings to match people fearful about the results of the presidential election with organizations that need donations and volunteers.

Event organizer Jackie Shelton tells KRNV-TV that a Saturday evening gathering that drew about 200 to a Reno bakery probably won’t be the last.

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Progressive organizations report post-election surge of donations

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NEW YORK (AP) – In the week since Donald Trump’s election, there’s been a dramatic surge in donations to the American Civil Liberties Union, Planned Parenthood, the Sierra Club and other progressive organizations which have pledged to resist any moves by the new administration that would undercut their causes.

Within hours after the election was called, the ACLU unleashed feisty fundraising appeals, including one warning that if Trump implemented certain campaign promises, “We’ll see him in court.”

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NAACP president who backed same-sex marriage steps down

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Washington – NAACP President Benjamin Jealous, who oversaw a historic vote to endorse same-sex marriage, will step down from his post at the end of the year.

Jealous, 40, served as president of the nation’s most prominent civil rights organization for five years. He is in the first year of a three year contract. Jealous said he wants to teach at the university level and spend more time with his young family.

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NAACP discusses the status of gay marriage within its ranks

By : Susan Clary
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Julian Bond, the revered civil rights activist and protégé of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., famously boycotted the funeral of King widow Coretta Scott King in 2006 because the mega church chosen by her children was anti-gay.

So when he put together an LGBT workshop on July 15 at the NAACP’s 104th Annual at the Orange County Convention Center, all of the participating panelists were passionately in favor of LGBT rights.

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