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Civil Rights and Race Relations in America and Their Impact on the Lives of African Americans
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In one of its last acts of the current session, on December 22, 2010, the U.S. Senate confirmed the nominations of Jacqueline A. Berrien to be Chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; Chai R. Feldblum ( a long-time lesbian activist ) and Victoria A. Lipnic to be Commissioners; and P. David Lopez to be the General Counsel. All four were nominated to their positions by President Barack Obama and had been serving under recess appointments since April, 2010.
The New York City Council voted on Monday to require the Police and Education Departments to produce regular reports on arrests, summonses and suspensions of public school students, a victory for civil liberties advocates who say that the school police have sometimes been too aggressive in trying to keep order.
The measure, which was introduced in August 2008, was approved unanimously after compromises were made to satisfy the police and education officials.
Hear Kristen Clarke, Co-Director of LDF's Political Participation Group, discuss the importance of Section 5 of the VRA with Mimi Rosenberg on "Wake Up Call."
Listen here. (Interview begins at 25:00)
The Birmingham News: Voting Rights Act still vital, representatives of Shelby County blacks tell judge11/26/10
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Justice Department and civil rights advocates representing black voters in Shelby County have asked a federal judge to uphold the historic Voting Rights Act as a fair and still-necessary deterrent to bias at the ballot box.