LGBT Groups Join Civil Rights Coalition Against Stop and Frisk in NYC

By: Thursday June 14, 2012 1:50 pm

This Op-Doc from the New York Times (which they don’t let you embed) pretty powerfully shows the effect of stop-and-frisk policies in New York City on young black men in the inner city, like Tyquan Brehon. Tyquan says he was stopped 60-70 times before his 18th birthday, and he’s not alone. Over 685,000 people were [...]

Cuomo Calls for Decriminalization of Public Possession of Small Amounts of Marijuana

By: Tuesday June 5, 2012 2:17 pm

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has called for the decriminalization of public possession of 25 grams or less of marijuana. In a state with fairly harsh Rockefeller-era drug laws, this would be a modest change. Saying the aim was to avoid unnecessary misdemeanor charges against thousands of New Yorkers — “disproportionately black and Hispanic youth,” [...]

Federal Judge Calls for End to Sentencing Insanity from Federal Prosecutors

By: Tuesday May 29, 2012 1:40 pm

I’ve been reading a tremendous book about the drug war and mass incarceration called The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander, which I can’t recommend enough. It shines the light on our out-of-whack criminal justice policies and how they disproportionately impact African-Americans, as well as how the stigma of a criminal record ends up attaching [...]

Exoneration Registry Shows Incidents of Wrongful Convictions

By: Monday May 21, 2012 2:15 pm

A remarkable new registry of exonerations of convicted criminals shows that since 1989, over 2,000 Americans were convicted of crimes they did not commit, and were eventually set free. The National Registry of Exonerations, a joint project of the University of Michigan and Northwestern University, tracks these incidents and uses the data to study how [...]

Reports: Zimmerman to Be Charged in Trayvon Martin Death

By: Wednesday April 11, 2012 12:13 pm

According to multiple reports, neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman will be charged this afternoon in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Special prosecutor Angela Corey will make the announcement. There is no word yet on what charge Zimmerman will face, either second-degree murder or manslaughter. Corey could not file first-degree murder charges because she did [...]

Fair Housing Alliance Accuses Wells Fargo of Causing Blight in Minority Neighborhoods

By: Wednesday April 11, 2012 11:37 am

We’ve heard stories for the past couple weeks about how banks are more keen to maintain properties in more affluent areas than in minority neighborhoods. Now, one fair housing group is trying to do something about that. The National Fair Housing Alliance filed a federal housing discrimination complaint against Wells Fargo to get the bank [...]

Trayvon Martin Case Prosecutor to Decide By Friday

By: Wednesday April 11, 2012 6:56 am

Angela Corey, the special prosecutor in the Trayvon Martin case, announced Tuesday she will make her decision on whether to charge George Zimmerman within 72 hours — by Friday. And given recent events, her decision has become tougher, especially if she leans against prosecution. Unless her investigation of the fatal shooting of Mr. Martin by [...]

Updates in the Trayvon Martin Case

By: Friday March 30, 2012 12:33 pm

Here are a few updates in the Trayvon Martin case: • You may know by now about the new surveillance video showing George Zimmerman, the assailant, after the incident. Contrary to the reports of his lawyer and his close friend, Zimmerman shows no sign of a struggle, no blood, no bruises. There is a scar [...]

Trayvon Martin Case Reflects Institutional Deficiencies with Race, Gun Laws

By: Friday March 23, 2012 9:35 am

Thousands rallied in Sanford, Florida yesterday, seeking justice for Trayvon Martin, the unarmed teenager shot and killed by a neighborhood watch patrolman in late February. And the public outcry has made an impact. In addition to Sanford Police chief Bill Lee stepping aside (temporarily), Governor Rick Scott appointed a new special prosecutor for the case. [...]

Trayvon Martin Case: In Final Call, Told Friend He Was Being Followed

By: Wednesday March 21, 2012 6:13 am

A 16 year-old girl spent the last moments of Trayvon Martin’s life on the phone with him, as he complained about being followed by the man who would ultimately shoot him. The friend, who did not disclose her name, gave the details to the Martin family lawyer and the media: “He said this man was [...]

DoJ, FBI Announce Probe in Trayvon Martin Case

By: Tuesday March 20, 2012 6:00 am

The Justice Department and the FBI, responding to a growing display of outrage, will open an investigation into the killing of Trayvon Martin, a 17 year-old African-American killed in a gated community in Sanford, Florida by a neighborhood watch captain. The story of Martin’s death slowly but persistently reached the public consciousness in the three [...]

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