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Civil Rights and Race Relations in America and Their Impact on the Lives of African Americans
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This week the United States Congress introduced critically important new legislation, the Fair Employment Protection Act. The measure, introduced by Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Tom Harkin (D-IA) in the Senate, and Representatives George Miller (D-CA) and Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) in the House of Representatives, seeks to restore workplace protections against unlawful harassment that were recently weakened by the United States Supreme Court.
Yesterday, on Warren Olney's public radio program "To The Point", Vincent Southerland talked about the devastating effects of mass incarceration on African-American communities, families, and lives. He highlighted recent efforts by President Obama and Attorney General Holder, as well as conservatives like Senator Rand Paul, to end our decades-long addiction to mass incarceration. But, as Vincent argued, we should do so for moral and ethical reasons, not just budgetary concerns.
LDF recently sent a letter to local officials in Cuyahoga County, Ohio urging them to implement a temporary moratorium on tax lien sales until after an investigation can be done and reforms made to the system.
This weekend marked the 49th Anniversary of “Bloody Sunday,” the Selma to Montgomery, Alabama march that grew out of voter registration movements spearheaded by SNCC, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.
On Tuesday, Monique Lin-Luse, Special Counsel in the Education Group talked with NY1 about the dismal admissions figures released from New York City's Specialized High Schools. The statistics -- 7 black students admitted to Stuyvesant and 18 Black students accepted to Bronx Science -- show that acute racial disparities in admissions have persisted. Nonetheless, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund is pleased that Mayor de Blasio has acknowledged this problem and that Assemblyman Karim Camara is pushing forward legislation to change admissions policies at the high schools.