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Jefferson Thomas, one of the Little Rock Nine, died Sunday. In 1957 he and eight other black teenagers in Little Rock, Arkansas, risked their lives to go to the high school they were entitled to in order to prove the greatest declaration of American idealism had meaning.
The Seattle Times: Washington's discriminatory system should not deny convicted felons right to vote9/01/10
FOLLOWING the release in 1980 of a groundbreaking study titled, "Legal Implications of Racially Disproportionate Incarceration Rates," Washington state officials asked themselves a hard question about why the state led the nation in the disproportionate incarceration of African Americans. Shortly afterward, the Legislature commissioned its own study of the effect of race in its criminal-justice system.
(New York) – “Today, we honor the memory of those whose lives were lost during and after Hurricane Katrina, and stand steadfastly beside those who continue their struggle to reclaim and revitalize their communities. Though a half decade has passed, there is much more to do to support restoration and renewal in the Gulf, even as the region faces new challenges,” said John Payton, LDF President and Director-Counsel.
Five years after Hurricane Katrina, many New Orleans natives are still struggling to move back into their homes. But Damon Hewitt, of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, says racial inequities have stifled the road back home.