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March 1, 2015
Mercedes-Benz USA and Five New Let's Move! Active Schools Supporters Announced at Day Two of Building a Healthier Future Summit
Alikay Naturals Expands Into Sally Beauty Supply
Lighting Science Group Launches Innovative Solar-Powered Led Street Lights with Partner BPH Energy México to Light up Mex
ASL Services Inc. Named Finalist in the First Annual Bright House Networks Regional Business Awards
U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for March 1
Eleventh Annual "Belle of the Ball" Prom Dress Collection Drive Runs Through April 5, 2015
The Appel-DeSimone Group Joins Everbank as New York’s Dedicated Source for Specialized Lending
BIO Extends its Nomination Deadline for the Second Annual Rosalind Franklin Award
Amidst Global Turmoil, Younger Investors See Opportunity in Emerging Markets
Phoenix Baby Saved by Heart Surgery Pioneer at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford
Working Together to Prevent and Address Violence Against Indigenous Women and Girls
Sprint Launches “Best Buy One Plan” – Unlimited Talk, Text and Data, Plus Your Phone – for One Low
Alabama Woman Gets Shock Of A Lifetime As Prize Patrol Arrives With $5,000 A Week "Forever"
CORRECTING and REPLACING Lighting Science Group Launches Innovative Solar-Powered LED Street Lights with Partner BHP Energy M&ea
Multicultural Marketing Leaders to Convene in Miami to Strategize on America’s Cultural Transformation
AJC Strongly Rejects Shmuley Boteach Ad in New York Times
NCRI-US: Tehran terrified of revelation of secret nuclear site
Senator Tester Introduces the Veterans Education Empowerment Act
Tennessee Virtual Academy Educators Tout Academic Gains at Nashville Virtual Schools Conference
CalFlowers Growers and Shippers Help Celebrate International Women’s Day March 8, 2015
Fed Report Blasts "Heavy-Handed" Puerto-Rico Police
Following a comprehensive investigation, the Justice Department today announced its findings that the Puerto Rico Police Department (PRPD) has engaged in a pattern and practice of misconduct that violates the Constitution and federal law. The investigation, launched in July 2008, was conducted in accordance with the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 and the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968. ...
Latinos Become Majority In Federal Prisons
A new report from the U.S. Sentencing Commission reveals, for the first time, Latinos make up more than half of all federal felony offenders sentenced so far this year. The report shows that Latinos comprised 50.3 percent of all federal felony offenders sentenced in the first nine months of fiscal year 2011. Felony immigration crimes accounted for most of the increase. Hispanics outnumber all other ethnic groups ...
MT Senators Seek Congressional Gold Medal For Cobell
Montana Senators Jon Tester and Max Baucus today introduced legislation to award Montana's Elouise Cobell the Congressional Gold Medal. Cobell, a citizen of the Blackfeet Nation, is being recognized for ‘her outstanding and enduring contributions to American Indians, Alaska Natives, and the Nation through her tireless pursuit of justice.' ...
Black Contractors To Protest Mississippi Bridge Project
Work on the new $700 million Mississippi River Bridge north of downtown St. Louis could come to a halt next week. East St. Louis Mayor Alvin Parks and the Metro-East Black Contractors Organization announced their plans ...
Minorities Targeted By War On Terrorism
An investigation by the Center for Investigative Reporting into the counter-terrorism program at the Mall of America near Minneapolis, found that it often ensnares seemingly innocent people with the FBI and other law enforcement organizations. Ever since 9/11, the nation’s leaders have warned that government agencies can’t protect ...
BLACK KILLER'S DEATH DATE UPROAR
Georgia is scheduling the execution later this month of an inmate who has won worldwide support for his claims of innocence in the 1989 slaying of a Savannah police officer, his attorney said Tuesday. A Chatham County judge signed the death warrant for Troy Davis yesterday, marking the fourth time since 2007 ...
White Supremacist Sentenced For Hate Crime
In January 2010, Zachary Beck and two other white supremacists attacked a black man in downtown Vancouver, Wash., yelling, "White Power!" "You're dead!" and racist slurs. In U.S. District court, Beck was sentenced to 51 months in prison. According to court documents, Beck and his co-conspirators, Kory Boyd and Lawrence Silk, attacked a Black man in a Vancouver sports bar on Jan. 7, 2010, because of the man’s race. ...
Racial Disparities Found In Military Death Penalty Cases
A study by a group of law and statistics professors found that minorities in the military were twice as likely to be sentenced to death than their white counterparts. Professor David Baldus of the University of Iowa College of Law and associate professor Catherine Grosso of the Michigan State University College of Law, the study's lead authors, ...
Judge Reviewing Black Farmer Settlement
U.S. Federal District Judge Paul Friedman in Washington is reviewing the $1.25 billion settlement in a class action stemming from allegations the government discriminated against black farmers in loan processing. Friedman met for about eight hours with the plaintiffs' team, government lawyers and farmers, some of whom traveled ...
Confederate Flags Banned In VA City
The city council in Lexington, Va., just voted to prohibit flying the Confederate flag on city-owned poles. The decision sparked anger among some Lexington residents, who see the Confederacy as a link to the town's past. After a 2 1/2-hour public hearing, the Lexington City Council voted 4-1 to allow only U.S., Virginia and city flags to be flown. ...
Rally Tonight Against Alabama Immigration Law
Opponents of Alabama's law on illegal immigration are holding a rally tonight in Birmingham. The demonstration was originally timed to coincide with the law taking effect Earlier this week a federal judge temporarily blocked the law from going into effect, saying she needed more time to consider lawsuits filed by critics who believe the law is unconstitutional. ...
COURT SAYS NYPD BIAS SUIT A GO
Manhattan Federal Judge Shira Scheindlin has given the go ahead to a lawsuit that challenged the city's stop-and-frisk policies as biased, especially toward Blacks and Hispanics. Judge Scheindlin said the allegations in the lawsuit were supported well enough to justify a trial to decide if New York's stop-and-frisk policies are legal. She said the trial can determine whether quotas prompted officers to stop suspects without just cause. She said the trial can also decide whether police leadership has failed to adequately train officers. ...
Seattle Intervenes In Latino Gang War
King County plans to spend $1.4 million in reserve funds to combat the growing Latino gang problem in South King County, using both law enforcement and community outreach resources. The Sheriff’s Office believes there are over 10,000 gang members among an estimated 140 street gangs in King County. Gang related crime has gone up 165 percent since 2005 and has shifted from ...
Judge Temporarily Blocks Alabama Immigration Law
A U.S. federal judge has temporarily blocked a controversial immigration law that was set to go into effect Thursday in the southern U.S. state of Alabama. The law would allow Alabama police to detain anyone suspected of being in the country illegally when that person is stopped for any other reason. It would also make it a crime to knowingly ...
Group Updates On Recovery Six Years After Katrina
The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law remains concerned about low-income and minority communities impacted by Hurricane Katrina six years ago and presently. "We are still committed to fighting for racial justice and ongoing recovery efforts in the Gulf," said Lawyers' Committee Executive Director Barbara Arnwine. "There is still much work to be done and it is quite disheartening that these vulnerable ...
Law Professor Says Affirmative Action Hurts Minorities
The California Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether the State Bar must release racial data from the bar exam to a law professor who believes affirmative action may hurt minorities. A SF Gate report states an appellate court had ruled in June that the professor, and the public, have a right of access to records of the lawyers' organization ...
Former Black Muslim Leader Gets Life Sentences
Yusuf Bey IV, The former leader of an Oakland, California, community group received a life sentence for ordering the killing of three men. Bey was the head of Your Black Muslim Bakery, the black empowerment group his father formed in the 1960s. At its height, the group aspired to promote healthful dietary habits in the Black community ...
EPA Settles Civil Rights Complaint Over Pesticide Spraying
The Enviromental Protection Agency (EPA) has settled a case against a California pesticide regulator that the agency found discriminated against Latino schoolchildren when they annually approved a powerful pesticide used near their schools. The complaint alleged that the California Department of Pesticide Regulation's ...
Hearing On Alabama Immigration Law Begins
Alabama’s immigration law is in court today with attorneys from the Obama administration, civil rights groups and state churches arguing that the measure is an unconstitutional attack on civil liberties. The new immigration law requiring that police officers check immigrants’ legal status might lead to lawsuits for unlawful detention, a judge said in a hearing on challenges to the statute. ...
CHEROKEES EXPEL SLAVE KIN
In a controversial decision, the Cherokee Nation Supreme Court has ruled to expel from membership thousands of descendants of black slaves who were brought to Oklahoma more than 170 years ago by Native American owners. The nation's second-largest Indian tribe voted after the Civil War to admit the slave descendants to the tribe. ...
White CA Cops Allege "Anti-White" Discrimination
In California, a white male cop claims he was passed over for a promotion in 2007 because of racial bias. "The city has a longstanding custom and practice in discriminating against white males," according to a lawsuit complaint filed by officers Heinz Hofmann and Thomas Buckley. "The reason plaintiffs were passed over for lower ...
Minority Counsel Assoc. Names New President
Joseph K. West has been selected as the new President and CEO of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA). Mary E. Snapp, Board Chair of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA), announced today that West, currently an Associate General Counsel at Walmart, will take the position effective September 12. He succeeds Veta T. Richardson, who is now serving in the position of President and CEO of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC). A long-time acquaintance ...
NAACP Rally For Black Man Convicted Of Killing White Trespasser
The North Carolina and Georgia State Conferences of the NAACP, in conjunction with the national NAACP, will hold press conference and a rally tomorrow to address the Georgia State Supreme Court’s wrongful conviction of John McNeil, a Black business owner and former resident of Cobb County, Georgia. In 2006, McNeil was sentenced to life in prison in the death of Brian Epp. Mr. McNeil was defending his family at his home from Mr. Epp, a trespasser on McNeil’s property. ...
Feds Launch Bias Probe Into LA Sheriff's Dept.
The Justice Department today announced it has opened a civil investigation into allegations of discriminatory policing by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) members based in the cities of Lancaster and Palmdale, Calif. Deputies have been accused of discriminating against mostly minority residents of government-subsidized housing. The Justice Department will seek to determine whether there are systemic violations ...
Black Sorority Sisters Get 2nd Chance At Lawsuit
The District of Columbia Court of Appeals today reversed the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by members of Alpha Kappa Alpha, the nation's oldest Black sorority, alleging financial impropriety by the group's leadership. In early 2010, District of Columbia Superior Court trial judge, Natalia Combs Greene, tossed the case brought by 8 members of the sorority. Greene found that the members failed to accuse ...
How Race Played Role In Post-Emancipation Era Hangings
An examination of post-emancipation executions in the South is revealing how race played a significant and under-examined role in executions. Annulla Linders, a University of Cincinnati associate professor of sociology, will present the research on Aug. 21, at the 106th annual meeting of the American Sociological Association in Las Vegas. Linders combed through newspaper archives in the Library of Congress ...
U.S. To Begin Case-By-Case Review On Deportation
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) responded Thursday to the April 13 letter by 22 Democratic Senators that asked the President to use his executive authority to grant relief from deportation and deferred action to DREAM Act eligible youth. In the letter, DHS announced that it will provide field guidance to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) ...
Chicago Ordered To Hire 111 Black Firefighters
The City of Chicago has been ordered to hire 111 Black men and to compensate 6,000 others who were passed over for employment due to discriminatory testing practices. The city must hire 111 bypassed black firefighters by March 2012 and pay at least $30 million in damages Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously agreed that black candidates did not wait too long before filing the lawsuit A federal appeals court affirmed that ruling in May and remanded the case back to the trial court to implement ...
ICE Docs Show Govt Deception
In the wake of protests and civil disobedience in Chicago yesterday and across the country criticizing the Obama administration’s Secure Communities program, immigrant advocates called on the government to turn over remaining documents about the program sought in a Freedom of Information lawsuit and to halt the controversial program. A batch of unredacted documents released by court order this week, ...
Feds Sue Racist CA Restaurant Chain
The federal government is suing a Panda Express restaurant in West San Jose, California, for making its Latino workers clean toilets while Asian employees stood by and watched. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said in a federal court filing that the general manager of the Panda Express gave Latino workers fewer hours and more menial jobs. The commission also said the manager more frequently and harshly disciplined Latino employees. ...
MINORITIES: END FINGERPRINTING
Activists are demonstrating outside the state Democratic Party's headquarters in Atlanta today calling on the Obama administration to scrap a federal fingerprint-sharing program aimed at deporting illegal immigrants. The demonstrators complained the “Secure Communities” program is tearing families apart and distracting local police from other crime-fighting priorities. They timed their demonstration to coincide with protests in Chicago and other cities across the nation. ...
Latinos Get OK To Sue Kraft For Discrimination
Kraft Foods must face a race-discrimination trial, even though it pointed out that another worker of the same minority group as the plaintiffs did not face similar discrimination, the 7th Circuit ruled. Discrimination against one member of a minority group violates federal discrimination law no matter how well another member of the same minority may have been treated, said the unanimous ruling. ...
Crimes Against Latinos Up 46 Percent In CA
California Attorney General Kamala Harris' report on hate crimes showed that hate crimes against Latinos increased from 81 in 2009 to 119 in 2010, a 46.9-percent jump. "A crime that is motivated by hate is a crime against all people," Attorney General Harris said. "We will monitor and prosecute these cases to the fullest extent of the law." The Attorney General's report, "Hate Crime in California 2010" ...
BLACKS-BP PROBLEMS CONTINUE
A coalition that advocates for those who were harmed by the April 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Members of Operation People for Peace, are at the world headquarters of BP in the UK demanding compensation. The campaigners say blacks, the most vulnerable and disenfranchised claimants, are being overlooked in favor of those with political connections who have been compensated handsomely. The group submitted more than 10,000 claims and says ...
NAACP Wants Probe Into Race Attack
The white Mississippi teens who beat up and ran over a black man with a pickup truck may also be responsible for attacking homeless black men in the area. The head of Mississippi’s NAACP, Derrick Johnson said the civil rights group is trying to determine if the teens assaulted poor blacks based on an ...
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