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  • 50 Years Since Integration At The University Of Georgia


    Fifty years ago, today, two African American students walked onto the campus of the University of Georgia in Atlanta, effectively integrating the school. One of them was Charlayne Hunter-Gault. Host Michel Martin speaks with the award-winning journalist and with Vernon Jordan, the civil rights lawyer who fought for black students to attend classes at the university, about that historic event and its legacy.

    Click here to listen to the interview or read the full transcript.

  • Legal Fight Brews Over Public Housing Arrests


    Last year, the police department stopped more than 59,000 people in public housing. Fewer than 9,000 of the stops resulted in arrests, according to a recent City Council briefing. Maybe Britt’s grandson was just unlucky, but he doesn’t see it that way. Neither do Britt and a handful of city politicians, including Council Member Rosie Mendez.

  • New Student Safety Act Passed By Council


    Accuracy and detailed reporting about security in schools will be a valuable tool that will be used to monitor activity in the schools, the bill’s sponsors believe, as well as identify and address any problems that may occur.

    The NYPD’s School Safety Division is made up of more than 5,200 officers and school safety agents who are assigned to the public school system and its more than one million New York City school children.

  • Civil Rights & Civic Engagement Organizations Joint Statement on Reapportionment Data: Focus Should Not Be on Partisanship, But People


    Yesterday, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, MALDEF, along with other civil rights and civic engagement organizations, issued the following statement regarding the recently released reapportionment data:

  • Census Numbers Underscore The Importance of the Redistricting Process


    The release last week of the first numbers from the 2010 Census underscores even more than usual the importance for all Americans, and especially Americans of color of heeding the nationwide redistricting process about to get under way. As the U.S. Census Bureau releases more data in February and March, state legislatures will begin redrawing the boundaries of their political districts – a process that will be heavily influenced by population shifts. The new Census numbers show the effect such shifts and growth in population can have.