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  • AP: Civil rights group: La. violating voting law


    BATON ROUGE — Louisiana departments aren't complying with a federal law that requires public assistance agencies that serve low-income residents to offer them voter registration, a civil rights group said Wednesday.

    Lawyers representing the Louisiana State Conference of the NAACP sent a complaint letter to Secretary of State Tom Schedler, the Department of Children and Family Services and the Department of Health and Hospitals, asking for corrective action.

  • Louisiana Defaulting on Federal Obligation to Register Low-Income Residents


    Project Vote and NAACP Legal Defense Fund Put Secretary of State Tom Schedler on Notice of Voting Rights Violations

  • 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.