Updating a 47-year old anti-discrimination policy, the Boca Raton City Council voted 4-1 to extend the full range of domestic partnership benefits, including health, dental and vision insurance, to its municipal employees. The benefits also include a continuation of insurance coverage, funeral lea ... More >>
In a budget meeting held on Wednesday, the Town Council of Palm Beach voted to extend benefits for domestic partnerships, including health and dental insurance coverage, bereavement leave, illness in the immediate family leave, family and medical leave, and domestic violence leave. Kicking off on J ... More >>
On April 19, an Israeli military officer, Col. Bentzi Gruber, came to Florida Atlantic University to give a presentation called "Ethics in the Field," explaining how the Israeli Defense Forces thwart attacks, and defending the Israeli military against accusations of human rights violations. Five s ... More >>
A campaign is underway to have Florida Democrats -- both the party and elected officials -- pledge to refuse campaign finance contributions from global private prison operator GEO Group, the Boca Raton-based company whose history includes a record notorious for human rights abuses. See also: - FAU ... More >>
Several gay rights groups will be rallying across Florida today, including the West Palm Beach city center plaza, where they intend to either cheer for or protest the Supreme Courts ruling on two same-sex marriage cases. The U.S. Supreme Court will be handing down its remaining rulings as the term ... More >>
That GOP need to build bridges to the nation's Hispanic community? The need party elders have talked so much about since Barack Obama was re-elected largely due to Hispanic support? The need that's propelled Florida's own Marco Rubio to preeminence in the early scouting reports on the GOP 2016 presd ... More >>
UPDATE 10:44 a.m. Boca Raton police spokesman Mark Economou said four people were arrested at GEO Group corporate headquarters this morning. "They chained themselves to the doors of the building," he said, but "the locking mechanism has been removed." Though activists Tweeted a photo showing at leas ... More >>
The City of Palm Beach has itself a new health insurance broker and a new consultant, which means the chance of having domestic partnership benefits added to its employee health plan is very close to happening. Town Manager Peter Elwell says that Willis of Florida Inc. will be taking a gander at he ... More >>
Although it's been quiet recently, the fight pitting Boca Raton against gay-rights activists is about to crank back up. Rand Hoch -- president and founder of the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council -- says his group is tired of waiting.Since last fall, activists have been trying to nudge the city ... More >>
Speaking at a public forum today, in a twilight zone of denial, a meek and robotic FAU President Mary Jane Saunders stonewalled all questions of morality from critics of her school's stadium naming rights deal with GEO Group, the global private prison operator. "It's a done deal," she told the crowd ... More >>
FAU's tone-deaf decision to grant global private prison operator GEO Group naming rights to the school's athletics stadium has turned into a public relations disaster. But it may yet prove to be a teachable moment -- for school administrators as much as for students.See also:-FAU Is a $6 million Who ... More >>
Rand Hoch, the president of the Palm Beach Human Rights Council, doesn't waste words summing up what's been happening in Boca Raton recently: "Boca is just being anti-gay," he tells New Times.Over the last six months, the city has been locked up with activists over a number of issues involving the r ... More >>
It is no secret. We have major issues with our food system: pesticides we eat, pollution from fertilizers, genetically-modified food, trans-fats, you name it. One such issue, animal cruelty, is often taken up by animal rights groups through ad campaigns -- many of them shocking and grotesque. A seri ... More >>
The Palm Beach County Human Rights Council, a group dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, have released their list of candidates they're endorsing. Among them, President Barack Obama, West Palm Beach Attorney and police officer Dave K ... More >>
A confession: On Wednesday, some New Times folk wanted to eat Chick-fil-A. Music Editor Liz Tracy and video guy Jake Katel stopped by a store in Pembroke Pines and discovered the hullaballoo around "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day," in defense of Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy's statement that America ... More >>
Congressman Allen West sent out his weekly newsletter Monday, barraging his constituents with an almost predictable combination of hyperpatriotic mumbo-jumbo and misguided, pseudo-academic posturing about his favorite book in the history of words, the United States Constitution.Once you get past ... More >>
Almost three months after the first "Declaration of Occupation" was released by an Occupy camp -- the first one from the Occupy Wall Street outfit -- Occupy Fort Lauderdale has now aired its list of grievances.The 40 complaints are divided into four sections in the document, including sections on ... More >>
aclufl.orgACLU of Florida's Howard SimonThe American Civil Liberties Union says Florida is "ground zero" in their fight for civil liberties -- which explains why it filed two lawsuits in three days against Gov. Rick Scott-approved legislation.The ACLU filed two federal lawsuits last week -- o ... More >>
Flickr/ Bird Eye Muslims protesting terrorism after the attacks in Mumbai. The Council on American -Islamic Relations is self-described as "America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization." CAIR positions itself as a peaceful organization that denounces terrorism and seeks to b ... More >>
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