Recent Event Highlights: On the decline: murders and death sentences - News & Observer, State GOP uses dirty tricks on Racial Justice Act - Asheville Citizen-Times, Why Communities of Color Need the Estate Tax - The Progressive Pulse, Head of State NAACP Wants GOP To Pull A Direct Mail Piece - North Carolina News Network (blog), A newsmaker you should know: Head of Penn State campus to get YWCA racial ... - Pittsburgh Post Gazette, In politics all's fair ... or is it? - News & Observer, and 131 more...
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USA TodayA Perilous Page of History to TurnWall Street JournalThis musical, in which the story of a horrific miscarriage of racial justice is retold in the form of a Mr.-Bones-and-Mr.-Jones minstrel show, ...Theater review: 'The Scottsboro Boys' at the Lyceum TheatreLos Angeles TimesScottsboro Boys, Kander & Ebb's New Musical About Injustice and Hope, Opens on ...Playbill.comall 72 news articles »
News & ObserverOn the decline: murders and death sentencesNews & Observer... the NC Republican Executive Committee charging that Democratic votes for the Racial Justice Act could lead to the immediate parole of death row inmates, ...and more »
State GOP uses dirty tricks on Racial Justice ActAsheville Citizen-TimesHolliman attended her killer's execution and supports the death penalty as well as the Racial Justice Act, which seeks to eliminate racial discrimination in ...and more »
Why Communities of Color Need the Estate TaxThe Progressive Pulse... revenue to federal and state governments, it's also an instrument of economic and racial justice in a time of almost unprecedented wealth disparity. ...
Afro AmericanHead of State NAACP Wants GOP To Pull A Direct Mail PieceNorth Carolina News Network (blog)(RALEIGH) -- After sending a letter to the chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party demanding than a flyer warning voters about the Racial Justice ...NAACP denounces NC GOP's mailer as racistMiamiHerald.comNAACP Calls-Out Deceptive, Misleading Campaign TacticsAfro Americanall 9 news articles »
The Independent WeeklyBrowse Free Stuff & PromosThe Independent WeeklyMurder Victims' Families for Reconciliation (MVFR) announced today the group is "disturbed and saddened" by the anti-Racial Justice Act campaign flyer the ...
Pittsburgh Post GazetteA newsmaker you should know: Head of Penn State campus to get YWCA racial ...Pittsburgh Post Gazette17, Dr. Porter will be honored by the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh with its 2010 Racial Justice Award in the category of Education at its 19th annual Racial ...
In politics all's fair ... or is it?News & ObserverHad the chairman read the law instituting the Racial Justice Act, he would have known that the claims in his party's disgusting mailer were erroneous. ...Editorial: Scare tactics victimize DemocratsGreensboro News & Recordall 2 news articles »
News & ObserverFetzer apologizes to Holliman over adNews & ObserverThe state GOP had mailed a flier into Holliman's district saying his support for the Racial Justice Act could allow death row inmates to "leave prison early ...Campaign Flyer Opens Old Wounds for NC LegislatorPublic News ServiceApologies from GOP chairmanThe Progressive PulsePotshots turn nasty in N.C. legislative racesCharlotte ObserverLexington Dispatch -WXII The Triad -My Fox 8all 60 news articles »
arc.org From Facing Race 2010's Media Plenary, "Covering Race / Uncovering Racism: New Media Innovations for Revealing Realities" While the mainstream media continues to ignore and dismiss the persistence of racism, the rapidly changing media landscape poses new challenges and opportunities for reshaping public awareness. How can we leverage the power of alternative media, social media and new media technologies to reveal not only the realities of racial inequality but also the routes to racial justice? Moderator: Latoya Peterson, Racialicious www.racialicious.com Presenters: Kai Wright, ColorLines colorlines.com , Tracy Van Slyke, The Media Consortium www.themediaconsortium.org , Veronica Arreola, Girl w girlwpen.com
Destroying Schools to Achieve Racial JusticeAmerican ThinkerHappily for overworked champions of racial justice, this just-compare-the-proportions approach is a snap. In an instant, decisions regarding individual ...California's Bad Math Hurts Students of ColorCalifornia Progress Reportall 2 news articles »
arc.org Facing Race 2010's opening plenary, "The Future is Now: Framing a Viable Vision for Equity" The current US economic crisis sets the stage for boldly rethinking all facets of society's structural inequities. Casting a futuristic eye towards a generation ahead, how can we reframe today's key policy issues with a viable path towards racial equity and social inclusion? What would an advocate from 2030 say about crafting racial equity efforts in 2010, in order to re-imagine and redefine the meaning of a civil society? Moderator: Malkia Cyril, Center for Media Justice (centerformediajustice.org) Presenters LeeAnn Hall, Northwest Federation of Community Organizations (nwfco.org John Jackson, The Schott Foundation for Public Education (www.schottfoundation.org Manuel Pastor, USC (college.usc.edu Ai-jen Poo, Domestic Workers United (www.domesticworkersunited.org
For the full video of this plenary and others from Facing Race 2010, stay tuned to arc.org From Facing Race 2010's closing plenary, held on Saturday September 25, "Popularizing Racial Justice: Building Clarity, Unity and Strategy to Move us Forward." Amidst a climate of racist populism, how do we popularize racial justice? How can we jumpstart the real race conversation and transformation needed? What are we learning and what do we still need to figure out? What analytical and strategic connections can move us forward together? Key leaders weigh in on the discourse and direction we need. Moderator: Cathy Cohen, University of Chicago Presenters: Van Jones, Center for American Progress www.americanprogress.org , Maria Teresa Kumar, Votolatino www.votolatino.org , Rinku Sen, Applied Research Center www.arc.org , Tim Wise, anti-racist activist and writer http
For more full plenary videos and materials from Facing Race 2010, stay tuned to arc.org From Facing Race 2010's closing plenary, held on Saturday September 25, "Popularizing Racial Justice: Building Clarity, Unity and Strategy to Move us Forward." Amidst a climate of racist populism, how do we popularize racial justice? How can we jumpstart the real race conversation and transformation needed? What are we learning and what do we still need to figure out? What analytical and strategic connections can move us forward together? Key leaders weigh in on the discourse and direction we need. Moderator: Cathy Cohen, University of Chicago Presenters: Van Jones, Center for American Progress www.americanprogress.org , Maria Teresa Kumar, Votolatino www.votolatino.org , Rinku Sen, Applied Research Center www.arc.org , Tim Wise, anti-racist activist and writer http
Christopher (Chris) Coates is testifying under the Whistle-Blower Act. The Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989 is a United States federal law that protects federal whistleblowers, or persons who work for the government who report agency misconduct. On November 4, 2008 in Philadelphia, PA, 2 Black Panthers, one armed with a baton were harassing white voters who attempted to go into the polling station. The Panthers stationed themselves in front of the doors and shouted racial slurs at the white voters and were physically intimidating. The threat of violence was implied. J. Christian Adams was an attorney working on the case and received a Default Judgement when the defendants did not show up to court or file any papers. They "blew it off." On May 15th, he was ordered to dismiss the case against Jerry Jackson, the tall Panther. Incidentally, Mr. Jackson is also a Democratic Elected official from Philadelphia. The dismissal orders came from Steve Rosenbaum & Loretta King, both political appointees working in the Obama Administration, citing "the facts in the law don't support going forward with the case." This, despite the fact there were witnesses as well as plaintiffs who testified. The other defendant, wielding the baton got a "temporary injunction stopping him from appearing at the polls with a weapon, but only for a few years," essentially a "timid restraint." J. Christian Adams said "there is pervasive hostility within the Civil Rights Division of the Justice ...
Teach-In: BP DISASTER & BIG OIL WHAT'S REALLY GOING ON, WHAT IT MEANS & WHAT WE CAN DO On Tuesday July 20, 2010, as part of the 3-Month Gulf Disaster Anniversary National Week of Action, Mobilization for Climate Justice West organized this teach in to a standing room only crowd of 150 community members. Carla Pérez is the Program Coordinator for The Movement Generation Justice & Ecology Project, which provides analysis and facilitates action around the global ecological crisis among organizers from urban Bay Area organizations working for economic and racial justice.
Teach-In: BP SPILL & BIG OIL--WHAT'S REALLY GOING ON, WHAT IT MEANS & WHAT WE CAN DO On Tuesday July 20, 2010, as part of the 3-Month Gulf Disaster Anniversary National Week of Action, Mobilization for Climate Justice West organized this teach in to a standing room only crowd of 150 community members. Carla Pérez is the Program Coordinator for The Movement Generation Justice & Ecology Project, which provides analysis and facilitates action around the global ecological crisis among organizers from urban Bay Area organizations working for economic and racial justice
A group of Minnesotans are empowered through ISAIAH to create real change in the pursuit of social, racial and economic justice.
Rinku Sen, president and executive director of the Applied Research Center, is devoted to creating a more inclusive America. If we're willing to be explicit about the ways racism works around us, Sen says, we can create the society we all want to live in. Sen also publishes the ColorLines, a magazine on race and politics.
After a decade of short films and big issues, Media That Matters continues to inspire and impact people across the globe. The tenth annual collection will feature twelve new films—each under twelve minutes—that will inspire audiences to screen, act, impact. Energy and consumption, immigration issues, transgender youth identity, deep-seated racial prejudice in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, detainee accounts of their imprisonment at Guantanamo Bay and the human right to health care are just a few of the topics that are covered in this years collection. But Media That Matters is more than just a film festival. Visit our website to find out what we mean! SCREEN the collection of jury-selected films. ACT now to make a change. IMPACT your community by using short films with on-the-ground activism.
Teen curfew sparks debateMiamiHerald.com``We do have major concerns with it,'' said American Civil Liberties Union attorney Muslima Lewis, who runs the Florida chapter's Racial Justice Project. ...
Kansas City StarMai Hutson Gray, a longtime educator, civil rights advocate and community ...Kansas City StarBut at the convention on May 1, while looking forward to helping lead a march for immigrant rights that was similar to a protest for racial justice she had ...
ReutersTo Kagan, sounding "tough" trumped simple justiceSalonEliminating (or even just reducing) that difference is a critical aspect of drug law reform, as well as a simple gesture toward racial justice. ...Marshall Tanick: Judicial experience is just one factorMinneapolis Star TribuneCivil rights vets uneasy with KaganPoliticoPat Buchanan's long battle for a white Supreme Court justiceWashington Post (blog)Human Events (blog) -Blackvoices (blog) -Daily Pilotall 1,411 news articles »
WNCTRacial Justice Act... Helping or hurting?WBTVThe Racial Justice Act is supposed to make sure North Carolina doesn't seek or impose the death penalty on the basis of race. On Thursday, May 13th, ...Lawmakers say Racial Justice Act being abusedNews & ObserverRevisiting the Racial Justice ActGreensboro News & Record (blog)Anti-bias law stirs questionsCharlotte ObserverBlueRidgeNow.com -WLOS -WCNC (subscription)all 30 news articles »
Jennifer Shelton, widow of a slain Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer, discusses her concerns about North Carolina's Racial Justice Act. Shelton delivered these remarks during a May 13, 2010, news conference at the state Legislative Building in Raleigh. Video courtesy of CarolinaJournal.tv.
Charlotte ObserverDeath penalty should be colorblindCharlotte ObserverBut the Racial Justice Act springs from a different struggle for equality. Signed by Gov. Bev Perdue in August 2009, the law allows murder suspects to ...
Why Ending Marijuana Prohibition is a Racial Justice IssueAlterNetThe struggle to end America's disastrous war on drugs is a struggle for common sense, human rights and of course for racial justice. ...and more »
CBC.caLaw professors vouch for Kagan on diversityWashington Post (blog)... Post that Kagan: should be welcomed enthusiastically by those who are especially concerned with advancing the cause of racial justice in America. ...Elena Kagan is No Thurgood MarshallColorLines magazineDespite Widespread Appeals, Obama Fails to Appoint Black Woman to Supreme CourtBlack Voice NewsKagan Sought to Shield Supreme Court, Police fromFOXNewsNew York Times -Huffington Post (blog)all 13,334 news articles »
California Progress ReportJustice for All Murder VictimsCalifornia Progress ReportModeled after a similar law recently enacted in North Carolina, the California Racial Justice Act allows a defendant to challenge a death sentence on the ...and more »
Racial Justice Empowerment GroupWBGHThe Racial Justice Empowerment Group will take place Tuesday, May 11, 4 to 6 pm, YWCA. This event is free to the community. ...
Do I look illegal? Game. Arizona Justice is a social activist game designed to highlight problems in Arizona Immigration law SB 1070. While racial profiling may not be its intent, it is a likely consequence. Play the game to see how you would find illegal immigrants. This game is satire. It was created in a few short nights, but hopefully it gets the point across. Its like MII Match on the WII. The left section contains the number of correctly identified illegal immigrants, while the score below lists the number of citizens hassled in the search of illegal immigrants. The number on the right is the score. You gain 10 points for correctly identifying illegal aliens and you lose 5 points for every citizen you click. When you click an illegal person, they disappear. All of the characters in the game are possible illegal immigrants, but the brown characters are slightly more likely to be illegal immigrants. The easiest way to play the game is to start by finding brown people. If you play, youll find yourself drawn to the same pattern to win. It seems like any way you train someone to spot illegal immigrants, they are going to fall on the same old patterns. Its simply thinly veiled racism. The game is now available for download.
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Senator Says Attorneys Are Misusing Racial Justice Law In Montgomery Murder TrialWSOC CharlotteThe Racial Justice law allows people facing murder charges and death row inmates the chance to prove if racial bias plays a role in the decision to seek or ...WBTV 3 News, Weather, Sports, and Traffic for Charlotte, NC-Trial delayed for ...WBTVJudge Postpones Trial Of Man Accused Of Killing 2 OfficersWSOC CharlotteJudge delays trial for man accused in police slayingsCharlotte ObserverWCNC (subscription) -The Crime Reportall 21 news articles »
Special Report "Political Grapevine": Lawmaker Takes Racial Swipe at Justice Thomas - 04/29/10
WBEZ Radio Racial Fairness in Juvenile Justice Experimental Station Chicago IL.
Besiki Kutateladze, Associate Research Director of the Prosecution and Racial Justice program at the Vera Institute of Justice, discusses his book "Is America really so punitive?: Exploring a Continuum of US State Criminal Justice Policies" published in December 2009.
Burnad Fatima Nateson, Dalit Human Rights Defender, giving presentation on the struggles of Dalit's and Adivasis in India at the US Human Rights Network in Atlanta, Georgia Monday, February 22, 2010.
Submission deadline: May 7th, 2010. UPLOAD YOUR VIDEO HERE: delawareonline.com/videoupload. Or MAIL it to Delawareonline, ATTN: John P. Gelety, 950 W. Basin Rd, New Castle, DE 19720. Race in the First State: Inclusion or Illusion? That is the 2010 theme of the YWCA Delaware's video challenge. Tell us your personal story, engage your community or show us the interpersonal relationships with your friends and relatives. We're looking for the best videos that deal with race relations in Delaware. Get creative and become engaged with your community. Videos will be posted on this channel and the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will have their videos chosen during the Action Forum in May. There will also be a people's choice prize! For more details, go to www.ywcade.org.
Michelle Alexander, associate professor of law at the Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University talks about how US law enforcement targets people of color, why it's difficult to prove racial discrimination and what it will take to end racial bias in our criminal justice system.
Litigator-turned-legal-scholar Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow, argues that we have not ended racial caste in America, we have simply redesigned it: The US criminal justice system functions as a contemporary means of racial control, even as it formally adheres to the principle of color blindness. Her provocative new book challenges the civil rights community—and all of us—to place mass incarceration at the forefront of a new movement for racial justice in America. As the United States celebrates the nation's triumph over race with the election of Barack Obama, the majority of young black men in major American cities are locked behind bars or have been labeled felons for life. Event at Demos February 18, 2010. Camera, edit Joe Friendly.
The United States has obligations to ensure racial equality and equity under the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. In December of 2010 the United Nations Human Rights Council will review the Unites States' human rights record and will look closely at the implementation of the concluding observations given to the US by the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination in 2008 . Racial Justice advocates, community organizations, scholars, and individuals have the opportunity to provide written testimony for the upcoming Universal Periodic Review and we hope you will make a difference. The NARJHR will be coordinating submissions along with one hundreds of other human rights organizations. To learn more join us for a webinar and hear how to become involved and how to use this process to advance racial justice in your community.
On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Washington CAN! partnered with more than 20 other organizations to release the first ever Racial Justice Report Card in Washington state. The report grades the legislature on their 2009 voting record on legislation impacting racial inequality in the areas of civil rights, economic justice, housing, education, health care, criminal justice, tribal sovereignty, budget equity and institutional racism.
...has given way to a sinking reality: Very little has actually changed for the average black person. America's legacy of racial injustices remains evident in the racial education and economic gap. Segregation remains a problem throughout America. Today, public...
What's Your Internet Story? is an initiative of the Minnesota Digital Justice Coalition. We believe that communications is a fundamental human right, and the internet is a critical vehicle for communications in our society. The Minnesota Digital Justice Coalition is organizing to ensure that the voices of the historically disenfranchised communities are included in the debate over the future of the internet. There is a clear divide between those that have access to the internet and those that don't. Members of the MN Digital Justice Coalition: Main Street Project, Minnesota Center for Neighborhood Organizing, People Escaping Poverty Project, Twin Cities Community Voicemail.
A special Dane County task force on Wednesday issued "a call to action," asking local political leaders and the entire community to tackle local racial disparities in the criminal justice system. Linda Eggert reports.
...get nearly as much notice was news that North Carolina put a law on the books to combat racial disparity in sentencing. The Racial Justice Act would allow defendants in death penalty cases and death row inmates the right to challenge prosecutions on grounds...
The North Carolina Racial Justice Act passed in the state Senate this week and now heads to Gov. Bev Perdue for her signature.
As Facing South previously reported, the N.C. Racial Justice Act is a landmark piece of legislation that would allow
Comments With Dr. James Haney Presents*Criminal Justice System and Racial Profiling, with Dr. Burris-Kitchen. Chairman of the Department of Criminal Justice @ Tennessee State University and one of the leading authorities on the Criminal Justice System in the United States, racial incarceration, and profiling, and the history of the United States that has helped to shape its criminal justice system, Part 4
The two leading members of the Senate Judiciary Committee spar over Judge Sonia Sotomayor on the Sunday following the conclusion of Senate Confirmation Hearings. Sen. Patrick Leahy accuses Sen. Jeff Sessions of "racial politics" when Sessions cites Sotomayor's past in "a Puerto Rican legal defense fund."