by on March 4, 2018
Tuskegee was hardly the last time American medical researchers used men in unethical experiments It was while Peter Buxtun was working as a venereal-disease investigator for the Public Health Service in San Francisco in 1966 that he overheard a lunchtime conversation that would not only confound him but ultimately place him among the most important whistleblowers in American history. A graduate of the University of Oregon and psychiatric medic in the army, Buxtun had taken a job ...
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by on December 26, 2017
He's reversing Obama-era steps to stop cities from targeting poor Blacks in their revenue-making schemes. Attorney General Jeff Sessions revoked 25 Justice Department guidance documents on a range of federal laws, including one from President Barack Obama’s DOJ that called on courts to stop trapping poor people in cycles of fines, debt and jail, The New York Times reported. “Any guidance that is outdated, used to circumvent the regulatory process or that improperly goes beyond what is ...
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by on December 5, 2017
I attended a segregated school in Meridian, Mississippi. What I remember is our school looked quite different from the one attended by the white kids. Our school was housed in an older wooden building attached to a brick structure that contained about a dozen classrooms. The school sat on an open lot of red dirt. Yet, I remember our neighborhood as a safe refuge. The white kids went to a school that was closer to my house than the one I attended. Their school was a two-story stucco buil...
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by on April 22, 2018
Starbucks’ anti-racism announcement has put the ADL in the spotlight, and not in a good way. Twitter is running down facts on the ADL — including its work getting American cops trained in the tactics Israel uses against Palestinians. Why do corporations and politicians still believe the ADL is a “civil rights” organization? Sit down for some history. Starbucks’ plan to shut down stores on May 29th for anti-racist training, including the Anti-Defamation League, has brought new scrutiny to ...
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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 February 10, 2018
Last month, the White House released a statement portraying Barbara Jordan, the late civil rights icon and the first African-American woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, as an immigration restrictionist.  The message is an enticing one for anti-immigrant groups and fits alongside their promotion of dated statements made by labor leaders who once opposed immigration: here are traditionally liberal leaders who represent traditionally liberal constituencies arguing for the restri...
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by on March 5, 2018
Mona Marie's Poletic Justice studio in the Bronx is a hub for activism and self-love. BLACK WOMEN MAKING HISTORY: Mona Marie When the organizers of New York City's “Stripper Strike,” Gizelle Marie and Panama Pink, needed a place to meet last year, Poletic Justice was the obvious choice. “Why not a pole studio in the Bronx?” the studio’s owner, Mona Marie, said to me with a laugh. After the meeting, Poletic Justice regulars Marie and Pink took to social media to protest discriminat...
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by on December 30, 2017
Erica Garner, daughter of Eric Garner, leads a march of people protesting the Staten Island, New York, grand jury’s decision not to indict a police officer involved in the July 2014 death of Eric Garner, in December 2014. Activist Erica Garner, the eldest daughter Eric Garner who died at the hands police in New York City, died Saturday after a major heart attack. Garner was 27. A representative of the family announced via Garner’s Twitter account that the heart attack over Christmas we...
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by on February 3, 2018
16-year-old Bresha Meadows, a teen symbol for domestic abuse survivors punished for self-defense, will be released from a mental health facility on Sunday, according to her supporters’ Twitter account @freebresha. She has been spared from a system which arbitrarily imprisons domestic abuse victims who act in self defense. As part of a plea deal, Meadows pled “true” (essentially guilty) to shooting her allegedly abusive father at age 14, after spending ten months in Trumbull County...
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by on April 28, 2018
Several Asian-American legislators consider the decision a huge victory. A judge ordered the National Weather Service to reinstate Chinese-American scientist Sherry Chen. After a long legal battle, a Chinese-American hydrologist who was wrongly accused of espionage is finally getting justice.  Chief Administrative Judge Michele Schroeder ruled Tuesday in favor of Sherry Chen, whom the National Weather Service had fired in 2015 even after the espionage case against Chen had collapsed...
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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 February 10, 2018
Police clashed with extreme-right protesters on Thursday evening in the central Italian town of Macerata, where tension is currently high following a shooting attack by a far-right sympathizer who targeted dark-skinned foreigners. The suspect has said he chose to carry out the attack after hearing that a local 18-year-old woman’s dismembered body had been found by police, and that a Nigerian man had been arrested in connection with her death. Around 40 people reportedly participated in the...
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