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Thursday, October 31, 2013
The Senate voted today to filibuster the nominations of Patricia Millett to fill one of three vacancies on the D.C. Circuit and of Congressman Mel Watt to be the director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency.
Thursday, October 17, 2013
On October 15, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action (companion case Schuette v. Cantrell). This case will have national consequences on whether a majority of individuals in a state can vote to politically hold back the minority.
Friday, October 11, 2013
Civil and human rights leaders sent a letter this week urging Pennsylvania’s Governor Tom Corbett to take immediate action to address the ongoing budget crisis in the School District of Philadelphia (SDP).
Monday, September 30, 2013
In light of the looming government shutdown, civil rights groups are urging the House of Representatives to take action today to pass H.J. Res. 59 – the Continuing Appropriations Resolution for fiscal year 2014 – passed by the Senate on Friday, and to oppose any amendments to the current language.
Categories: Poverty & Welfare
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
By Tatyana Walker, a Fall 2013 Intern
As Congress considers deep cuts to the safety net, data released by the Census Bureau last week show that 46.5 million people are still living in poverty and job creation has not been enough to increase average household incomes.
Categories: Poverty & Welfare
Civil Rights Groups Recognize the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) by Drawing Attention to Racial Disparities in U.S. Education System
Monday, September 23, 2013
By Tamera Willis, a Fall 2013 Intern
Though the U.S. Constitution was built on the ideals of equality and equal opportunity, the reality for low-income, minority American children navigating our education system is very different.
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
By Tamera Willis, a Leadership Conference Intern
Civil and human rights advocates have been pushing for the Senate to confirm President Obama’s three nominees to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
Thursday, August 22, 2013
By Taahira Thompson, a Summer 2013 Intern
After more than a decade of advocacy by civil rights organizations and affected individuals, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to reform predatory prison phone rates on August 9. The rule puts a cap on how much prison phone-service providers can charge the recipients of an inmate’s call at 25 cents-per-minute. The FCC also banned the providers from charging extra fees to connect a call or use a calling card.
Categories: Prison Phone Rates
DOJ Announces 'Smart on Crime' Initiative to Address Racial and Ethnic Disparities in the Criminal Justice System
Monday, August 12, 2013
This morning in a speech before the American Bar Association’s House of Delegates, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the U.S. Department of Justice would avoid charging low-level, nonviolent drug offenders who are not tied directly to large-scale trafficking organizations, gangs, or cartels with crimes that carry mandatory minimum sentencing.
Categories: Criminal Justice System
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Television consumers who rely on Time Warner Cable in some parts of the country cannot watch programming produced by the CBS television network due to a corporate financial dispute.
Categories: Media & Technology