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Annual FBI Report Indicates Increase in Hate Crimes

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

An annual report released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) this week reveals that reported hate crime incidents increased from 5,479 in 2014 to 5,850 in 2015 – a 7 percent increase. The report, “Hate Crime Statistics, 2015,” found that crimes against Muslims rose by 67 percent in 2015, according to the Southern Poverty … Read More

Categories: Discrimination, News

Obama Administration Takes Action on Paid Sick Leave, Fair Pay

Friday, September 30, 2016

The Obama administration this week announced two new actions to advance paid sick leave and fair pay for American workers. On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Labor finalized its rule to implement an executive order requiring federal contractors to provide employees with up to seven days of paid sick leave per year – an order … Read More

Categories: Economic Security, News

Census Bureau Releases New Poverty, Income Data

Friday, September 16, 2016

This week, the U.S. Census Bureau released new poverty and income data for 2015 that show an increase in median household income, a decrease in the official poverty rate, and a decline in the number of people without health insurance. As the bureau notes, “This is the first annual increase in median household income since … Read More

Categories: Census, Economic Security, News

President Obama Commutes 214 Sentences, Calls on Congress to Pass Sentencing Reform

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Exactly two months after granting clemency to 42 people in June, President Obama on Wednesday commuted the sentences of 214 people who are currently serving time in prison under outdated sentencing laws, bringing his total number of commutations to 562 – more than the last nine presidents combined. It was also the most granted in … Read More

Categories: Criminal Justice, News

Fourth Circuit Strikes Down N.C. Voting Restrictions

Friday, July 29, 2016

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on Friday ruled that North Carolina’s monster voter suppression law, H.B. 589, was enacted with “racially discriminatory intent” to “target African Americans with almost surgical precision.” The law was enacted in August 2013 – just weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court gutted … Read More

Categories: News, Voting Rights