Keeping Score: Election Milestones You May Have Missed

While the history-making presidential race has captivated the attention of those both at home and abroad, a significant number of down-ballot victories also mark historic milestones in U.S. politics.

Several states continue to count incoming votes, due largely to the record number of mail-in ballots this year. But several takeaways are already abundantly clear: More Americans voted this year than in any past election—resulting in countless firsts for people of color, LGBTQ+ candidates and women.

COVID-19 is Disproportionately Affecting Farmworkers in California

It goes without question that farm workers are among the most essential workers, not only in California but in the United States as a whole. Because of their continued labor during this time, Americans have not gone without the groceries they’re accustomed to. Crops have still been planted, tended, and harvested so that all can enjoy their daily meals. But at what—or whose—cost?

“Madam Vice President”: Kamala Harris Makes History

Harris’s unprecedented rise as the first woman, who is also Black and South Asian, to serve as vice president forces us to recognize a woman from a richly diverse background has been chosen to lead one of the greatest democracies in the world.

America, at least half of it, can celebrate that we have chosen the path of inclusion, diversity and hope—even if we barely managed to do so.

New Mexico Elects Its First All Women of Color House Delegation

New Mexico made history by electing its first U.S. House delegation made up of all women of color, the result of three races with women running in both major parties.

Democrat Deb Haaland, one of the first Native women in Congress, was elected to a second term against in the 1st Congressional District; Republican Yvette Herrell, a member of Cherokee Nation, defeated the incumbent in a closely-watched race in the 2nd; and Democrat Teresa Leger Fernandez was elected to represent the 3rd District, the first woman to hold the seat since its creation in 1983.

19 Women in Immigration Detention Allege “Aggressive,” “Medically Unnecessary” Surgery Without Consent

Immigrant women at the Irwin County Detention Center in Georgia, with little to no knowledge of the medical procedure, were forced to undergo unwanted hysterectomies.

The United States has an ugly, and often hidden history of forced sterilization of immigrants, people of color, indigenous women, and anyone else seen as “unfit,” and therefore expendable, by the powers that be.

Trump Attacks on Fair Housing Will Hurt Marginalized Communities the Most

The Trump administration rolled back a HUD rule that allows potential victims of housing discrimination to challenge unjustified policies, practices or covert forms of discrimination that disproportionately harm them—the latest in a series of Trump administration assaults on civil rights.

The ACLU and our partners will continue to fight through litigation and advocacy to challenge these discriminatory new HUD rules and restore the critical housing protections that will ensure all people—including the most vulnerable and marginalized communities—have equal access to housing.