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  • Legal Fight Brews Over Public Housing Arrests

    1/05/11

    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

    12/30/10

    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

    12/28/10

    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

    12/27/10

    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.  

  • The Grio: How do you discipline black kids in schools?

    12/27/10

    When the New York City Council voted earlier this week to require the New York police and schools to issue reports on the suspensions, arrests and summonses of New York students, it represented a victory for the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund. The uneven application of school discipline, and its effects on the educations of African-American students, is rapidly becoming a hot topic, as parent groups and even human rights groups are questioning whether zero tolerance behavioral policies disproportionately harm black students.