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Report: Black Success in Higher Education Not Improving in California

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The Campaign for College Opportunity released a report in December titled “The State of Blacks in Higher Education in California: The Persistent Opportunity Gap,” which highlights the enduring disparities between Black students and their White counterparts in California.

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Categories: Equal Opportunity

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New Prison Phone Rate Caps Take Effect

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The Federal Communications Commission's​ (FCC) long-awaited cap on interstate prison phone rates took effect on February 11. 

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Categories: Criminal Justice System

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Convening Highlights Bipartisan Support for Significant Criminal Justice Reform

Thursday, February 13, 2014

At an event Tuesday co-sponsored by The Leadership Conference Education Fund and the Vera Institute of Justice titled "A Conversation on Criminal Justice: A Call to Action for the Nation," U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, bipartisan members of Congress, and a panel of experts led a discussion on current criminal justice reform opportunities in Congress and strategies for building a sustained national commitment to ending mass incarceration.

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Categories: Criminal Justice System

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Judiciary Committee Sends Adegbile Nomination to Senate Floor

Thursday, February 6, 2014

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 10-8 today to advance the nomination of Debo Adegbile to be Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Justice.

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Categories: Civil Rights Enforcement Agencies

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Senate Committee Advances Significant Criminal Justice Reform

Friday, January 31, 2014

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday voted to advance the Smarter Sentencing Act of 2014, legislation introduced by Sens. Dick Durbin, D. Ill., and Mike Lee, R. Utah, that would begin to stem the tide of persons incarcerated for long drug sentences and reduce the associated costs of incarceration.

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Categories: Criminal Justice System

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President Obama to Raise Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors, Emphasizes Shared Prosperity in SOTU

Thursday, January 30, 2014

In his State of the Union address on Tuesday, President Obama announced that he would increase the minimum wage to $10.10 for some federal contract workers, an order that some groups hope will propel forward the enactment of federal minimum wage legislation.

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Categories: Jobs & Economy, Poverty & Welfare

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House Committee Hearing Signals Movement Toward New Transportation Bill

Thursday, January 23, 2014

The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure held its first hearing of the year on January 14. The hearing, titled “Building the Foundation for Surface Transportation Reauthorization,” was an important step for the committee charged with developing a new long-term bill to fund our nation’s surface transportation programs since the last bill, MAP-21, expires at the end of September.

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Categories: Transportation Equity

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Senate Committee Discusses Access to Higher Education for Disadvantaged Students

Thursday, January 23, 2014

The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee met last Thursday to hear recommendations for the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA). The hearing, “Strengthening Federal Access Programs to Meet 21st Century Needs: A Look at TRIO and GEAR UP,” led by Chairman Tom Harkin, D. Iowa, focused on programs designed to increase access to higher education for students coming from disadvantaged backgrounds.

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Categories: Education

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Applauds Bipartisan Voting Rights Amendment Act Introduction

Thursday, January 16, 2014

On January 16, a bipartisan group of members of Congress introduced the Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014, which updates the Voting Rights Act of 1965 in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Shelby County v. Holder.

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Categories: Every Voter Counts, Voting Rights

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Senate Confirms Wilkins to Fill Final D.C. Circuit Vacancy

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

The Senate voted 55-43 on Monday to confirm Robert Wilkins to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Wilkins is the third of President Obama’s nominees to be confirmed to the nation’s second most important court since the Senate changed its filibuster rules in November.

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Categories: Judiciary

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