Civil Rights

Cyber Ninjas CEO refuses to testify at congressional hearing on Arizona ‘audit’

BY: - October 6, 2021

WASHINGTON — When the U.S. House Oversight and Reform Committee holds a hearing Thursday to probe the so-called election “audit” in Arizona, the CEO of the company hired to conduct that controversial review will be absent. Doug Logan, CEO of Cyber Ninjas, was asked to testify but told committee officials ahead of the hearing that he […]

FBI to investigate threats made against school board members, teachers

BY: - October 5, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice has directed the FBI to meet with local governments and law enforcement to discuss strategies for dealing with increasing threats to teachers and school board members spurred by a conservative backlash against discussions of race in public schools. “Threats against public servants are not only illegal, they run counter […]

OPINION

This Kansas senator wants to stifle talk of systemic racism — never mind the research

BY: - October 5, 2021

The exchange was tense and confusing, taking up several perplexing minutes during a Sept. 22 hearing. Sen. Richard Hilderbrand, chairman of the Joint Committee on Home and Community Based Services and KanCare Oversight, heard something he didn’t like during the day’s testimony, which focused on maternal health. “That terminology of racism is being thrown around […]

Ian Camacho, research director for Look Ahead America, said he would have preferred more than five people attend a rally at the Kansas Capitol on behalf of "political prisoners" charged after the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. (Screen capture/Kansas Reflector)

Tiny rally at Kansas Capitol seeks big change in treatment of Jan. 6 ‘political prisoners’

BY: - October 2, 2021

Modestly attended event at Kansas Capitol suggests little organized support exists for "political prisoners" who invaded U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

‘Our bodies are ours and ours alone’: Women across Kansas march to defend abortion rights

BY: - October 2, 2021

MANHATTAN — Kansans marched Saturday in defense of abortion rights in cities statewide in coordination with a national response to attacks on women’s reproductive rights. The marches were planned in Manhattan, Topeka, Hays, Salina, Lawrence and several locations in the Kansas City, Kansas, area. The Rally to Defend Abortion Rights is a nationwide event, with […]

The administration of Gov. Laura Kelly reached agreement with a coalition of advocacy groups to bring state agencies into compliance with federal law requiring people on public assistance receive voter registration information. (Noah Taborda/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas strikes deal to bring state into compliance with federal voter registration law

BY: - October 1, 2021

Kelly administration works to get voter registration information to people on public assistance and comply with federal law neglected by previous governors.

Shawnee Tribe Chief Ben Barnes calls for comprehensive national investigation of boarding schools used to forcibly assimilate Indigenous children and where some could be buried, including the Shawnee Mission in Fairway. (Screen capture from Shawnee Tribe video/Kansas Reflector)

Shawnee chief seeks inquiry to determine if children buried at Kansas boarding school

BY: - October 1, 2021

The Shawnee Tribe chief calls for comprehensive national investigation of board schools where Indigenous children may be buried in unmarked graves.

Brandi Turner, the diversity, equity, inclusion officer at the Kansas Department for Children and Families, says the quest to undermine structural racism in the state's foster care system could trigger sharp reaction among people having their values debunked. (Screen capture DCF forum/Kansas Reflector)

New coalition working to stifle institutional racism in Kansas foster care system

BY: - September 29, 2021

The state of Kansas is working collaboratively with a series of organizations to address racism in the foster care system.

The death of a 17-year-old male at a Wichita juvenile facility triggered a KBI investigation and fresh demands to end incarceration of juveniles in Kansas. This statue of "Justice" sits in the lobby of the Kansas Judicial Center in Topeka. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Wichita death spurs call for alternative to incarceration of teenagers

BY: - September 29, 2021

KBI is investigating the death of a 17-year-old male at the Wichita juvenile detention facility prompting call to end incarceration of youth.

Biden administration rolls out new rule to bolster DACA as lawsuit continues

BY: - September 27, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration on Monday unveiled a proposed new rule that would strengthen the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to protect undocumented people in the program from legal challenges.  The proposed rule, announced by the Department of Homeland Security, would “preserve and fortify” the DACA program, an Obama administration-era initiative that protects […]

OPINION

What does an LGBTQ nondiscrimination ordinance mean for Wichita? Your questions answered.

BY: - September 23, 2021

The Kansas Reflector welcomes opinion pieces from writers who share our goal of widening the conversation about how public policies affect the day-to-day lives of people throughout our state. Liz Hamor runs a leadership consulting business, Center of Daring. Most Kansans agree that discrimination is wrong and goes against their values. However, a proposed LGBTQ-inclusive […]

Michael Eckerman, 37, of Wichita, is charged with federal crimes for alleged involvement in the Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol in protest of the election victory of President Joe Biden. The photograph is included in the FBI's affidavit filed against Eckerman. (Screen capture/Kansas Reflector)

Kansan charged in Jan. 6 riot at U.S. Capitol near scene of fatal shooting

BY: - September 22, 2021

A Wichita man facing federal charges for participating in assault on the U.S. Capitol was near the scene of the fatal shooting of a protester.