Delaware State University to institute changes to sexual assault investigation process

DOVER — Following a student protest and petition regarding Delaware State University’s Title IX process, the university has agreed to several modifications moving forward and will hold a forum Tuesday. Last week, Anissa Cartagena, a sophomore at DSU, held a march on campus after she told her story about her sexual assault and its handling […]

Police continue to investigate Lewes lawn vandalism; leaders express support

LEWES — Recent vandalism on Charlotte King and Aimee Wiest’s front lawn has hopefully sparked discussion and renewed awareness of ongoing racial tension and unjust systemic issues nationwide, Ms. King said Tuesday. After a chemical was apparently used to write the word “Trump” in the grass in front of their Lewes home, Ms. King and […]

Pope endorses same-sex civil unions in new documentary

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis endorsed same-sex civil unions for the first time as pontiff while being interviewed for the feature-length documentary “Francesco,” which premiered Wednesday at the Rome Film Festival. The papal thumbs-up came midway through the film that delves into issues Francis cares about most, including the environment, poverty, migration, racial and income […]

Lawsuit settlement will increase funding for education equity

WILMINGTON — More support — and funding — will target low-income students, those with disabilities and students who are English learners after a lawsuit against the state was settled Monday. The lawsuit, filed in 2018 by Delawareans for Educational Opportunity and the NAACP of Delaware, claimed that the state had for many years been aware […]

AG agrees to release grand jury tapes in Breonna Taylor case

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky’s attorney general has acknowledged that he never asked the grand jury to consider homicide charges against police in the killing of Breonna Taylor. Amid outrage over the long-awaited charging decision, Attorney General Daniel Cameron said he would agree with a judge’s order to make public a recording of the proceedings, […]

Letter to the Editor: SDARJ thanks local racial justice supporters

The Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice (SDARJ) sincerely thanks local businesses and organizations that contacted us to find out how they could support our proactive initiatives to promote racial justice. These businesses and organizations came forward with generous contributions in the months since the tragic death of George Floyd and the public outcry for […]

Multi-million settlement reached in Breonna Taylor lawsuit

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The city of Louisville will pay millions to the mother of Breonna Taylor and reform police practices as part of a lawsuit settlement months after Taylor’s slaying by police thrust the Black woman’s name to the forefront of a national reckoning on race. A person who has seen the settlement told […]

Thousands gather at March on Washington commemorations

WASHINGTON — Capping a week of protests and outrage over the police shooting of a Black man in Wisconsin, civil rights advocates on Friday denounced police and vigilante violence against Black Americans at a commemoration of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Thousands gathered near the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, where […]

Building Bridges: Women’s March in Sussex going strong

LEWES — An initiative born in January 2017 that supports human rights and equality remains on the march in Downstate Delaware. And it has experienced growth. In 3½ years, Women’s March Sussex-Delaware has gone from the historic march in Washington, D.C., to an active grass roots social justice collective of Sussex County women and allies […]

Building Bridges: Amillion the Poet hopes to heal through music

DOVER — In Amillion Mayfield’s mind, there are two pandemics going on. There’s the global health pandemic, which has claimed more than 130,000 lives in the United States alone but there’s also the pandemic of civil unrest. That became clear to Mr. Mayfield, aka Amillion the Poet, the Dover hip-hop artist who has performed throughout […]