by on June 18, 2018
People participate in a protest against recent U.S. immigration policy that separates children from their families when entering the United States as undocumented immigrants in front of a Homeland Security facility in Elizabeth, New Jersey, on June 17, 2018. The Trump administration’s move to separate immigrant parents from their children on the U.S.-Mexico border has grabbed attention around the world, drawn scorn from human-rights organizations and overtaken the immigration debate in...
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by on June 16, 2018
Police have launched an investigation after a video emerged appearing to show a Border Patrol vehicle hitting a Native American man at a reservation on the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona.    Members of the US Border Patrol listen as US President Donald Trump speaks after inspecting border wall prototypes in San Diego, California on March 13, 2018. The agency said it is cooperating with an investigation into an incident in Arizona. The video shared on Facebook and Twitter appeared to ...
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by on June 16, 2018
The leader of a local Black Lives Matter chapter is suing the city and the NYPD, alleging that he was assaulted and falsely imprisoned while protesting police brutality at rally in Midtown, Manhattan earlier this year. Hawk Newsome, president of Black Lives Matter of Greater New York, says the March 28th confrontation began when an officer started jabbing him with a mountain bike, then "lost his mind" after the activist requested he stop. "He started punching me, and all of a sudden they'...
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by on June 10, 2018
Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who oversees the Census Bureau, appears before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to discuss the 2020 census, in Washington, D.C., in October 2017. Why did Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who oversees the census, approve adding a hotly contested citizenship question to 2020 census forms? THE CITIZENSHIP QUESTION ON THE 2020 CENSUS (p. 11) Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross approved a late request from the Justice Department for a c...
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by on May 28, 2018
Extreme and occasionally violent far-right groups have become increasingly prominent in Canada. Last weekend, around 100 people arrived in Quebec and marched to the US-Canadian border. Drawn from multiple far-right groups, their self-proclaimed purpose was to protest the number of asylum seekers crossing into Canada illegally from the USA. Speaking to local media, protesters accused the Canadian government of presiding over a failed immigration strategy, and even contended that Islamic St...
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by on May 24, 2018
U.S. President Donald Trump hosts a "California Sanctuary State Roundtable" at the White House in Washington. U.S., May 16, 2018. Presidential words matter – especially in a White House statement. So US President Donald Trump’s description of immigrants (he later specified that he meant MS-13 gang-members) as “animals” raises red flags amongst those of us who remember what can happen when governments demonize an entire group of people. Especially when such language comes right after a new...
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by on May 17, 2018
Thursday marks the 64th anniversary of the Supreme Court abolishing segregated schools in the landmark Brown v. Board of Education case. That means a generation of Americans has been born, attended public schools, matured into adulthood, raised children of their own, and now reached retirement age — all outside the shadow of America’s own system of legal apartheid. This year’s commemoration will be bittersweet for many education activists: Linda Brown — who was in third grade when her fat...
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by on May 17, 2018
Although cops allege that rapper T.I. was drunk and disorderly during his recent arrest, in a newly leaked jail video it appears that the rapper was quite lucid when he was questioning a police officer as to why he was arrested in the first place. On Wednesday morning, T.I. (real name Clifford Harris) was arrested after trying to enter his gated community. In an interview with TMZ, T.I. said the guard was sleeping at his post when he tried to gain entrance, and when the guard phoned his w...
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by on May 15, 2018
City Councilman Rory Lancman said he’s appealing to the DAs because of a massive racial gap in people busted by the NYPD for pot use. The head of the City Council's justice committee is asking the city's five district attorneys to refuse to prosecute people arrested for low-level pot possession for misdemeanors. Councilman Rory Lancman said he's appealing to the DAs because of a massive racial gap in people busted by the NYPD for pot use. Lancman (D-Queens) says DAs should automatic...
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by on May 13, 2018
The police explanation that more black and Hispanic people are arrested on marijuana charges because complaints are high in their neighborhoods doesn’t hold up to scrutiny.   There are many ways to get arrested on marijuana charges, but one pattern has remained true through years of piecemeal policy changes in New York City: The primary targets are black and Hispanic people. They sit in courtroom pews, almost all of them young black men, waiting their turn before a New York City jud...
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by on May 11, 2018
CNN's Nima Elbagir AS CNN FINDS ITSELF, AGAIN AND AGAIN, the target of President Trump, the network’s senior international correspondent, Nima Elbagir, continues to produce reporting that gives life to the president’s “fake news” attacks. Last fall, her investigation into human slavery in Libya produced international outrage, and her recent report from the Democratic Republic of Congo exposed child labor violations in the mining of cobalt, a mineral widely used in green energy products. ...
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by on May 3, 2018
Economic and racial segregation is nothing new in New York City public schools. It is actually one of the most divisive problems. The city's system is the third-most-segregated in the country, according to Molloy College Professor Allison Roda. New York City Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza made headlines last week by retweeting an article headlined "Wealthy white Manhattan parents angrily rant against plan to bring more black kids to their schools." "Definitely there is a diversity ...
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