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  • Learning Life Lessons from Kemba

    12/24/10

    When Kemba Smith Pradia spoke this fall to a gathering of students at South Carolina State University, her candid talk about violence against women and the campus “hype” over drugs, sex and money resonated with students and faculty alike.

    “By having enough courage to stand up and share her story, she empowered a lot of young men and women,” says Tiffany McMillian, a social work major at SCSU who was in the audience. “She was really real. (She) didn’t keep any secrets.”

    Kemba Smith Pradia knows of what she speaks.

  • Senate Confirms Jacqueline A. Berrien As Chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commision

    12/22/10

    The Senate confirmed by Jacqueline A. Berrien, the former Associate Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF), as Chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commision (EEOC) by unanimous consent on December 22, 2010.  Berrien was nominated for the position by President Obama on July 16, 2009.  Due to the Senate inaction on her appointment, the President had signed a recess appointment for her on March 27, 2010.  The Senate confirmed her fellow commissioners, Chai Feldblum and Victoria Lipnik as well. 

  • NYT: Judge Criticizes Stop-and-Frisk Police Tactics in Housing Projects

    12/22/10

    Paul J. Browne, the Police Department’s chief spokesman, said the judge’s decision was “not a setback” because it was consistent with new housing vertical patrol, procedures and training curriculum put in place this year.

    Before making a trespass arrest, Mr. Browne said, officers are trained to ask a person: Do you live in the building? Are you visiting someone? Do you have business there? Based on the answers, and on follow-up questions, an officer might establish probable cause for an arrest, or might tell the person to leave or become satisfied that he or she can stay.

  • U.S. Senate Confirms EEOC Chair, Two Commissioners and General Counsel

    12/22/10

    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.

  • City Will Require Police to Report on School

    12/20/10

    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.