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Mississippi civil rights marker returning after damage fixed 22.7.2017 Seattle Times: Nation & World

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A civil rights marker in Mississippi has been repaired and will be put back in place, weeks after being vandalized. The marker commemorates black teenager Emmett Till, who was kidnapped and lynched in 1955 after whistling at a white woman working in a rural grocery store. The slaying galvanized civil rights […]
Craig couple arrested on suspicion of stealing expensive mountain bikes from Steamboat 21.7.2017 Denver Post: Local
An anonymous tip helped police find and arrest a Craig couple suspected of stealing a pair of bicycles worth $5,700 from a Steamboat Springs store last month.
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Teachers union leader bashes Betsy DeVos — and DeVos strikes back 21.7.2017 Washington Post
Teachers union leader bashes Betsy DeVos — and DeVos strikes back
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Utes pull out of Utah governor’s Native American Summit, citing frustration over unequal treatment 21.7.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Orem • Leaders of the Ute Indian Tribe say they will no longer participate in Gov. Gary Herbert’s annual summit on Native American issues — until state officials treat them as a fellow sovereign government. Tribal representatives hand-delivered a letter outlining their position to Herbert during a morning session of the annual summit, held Thursday at Utah Valley University. In it, the Utes’ Tribal Business Committee requested that Herbert direct the state Division of Indian Affairs to maintain ... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Groups plan to train volunteers to film police interactions 21.7.2017 AP Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Civil rights groups are planning to train volunteers around the country on the best ways to use cell phones to record law enforcement. The goal is to discourage police misconduct in minority communities....
Trump’s Election Commission Is a Reunion for Controversial Bush Justice Division 19.7.2017 Mother Jones
The Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division under President George W. Bush was mired in scandal over illegal politically motivated hiring practices and controversial enforcement of voting rights laws. The key figures behind these moves went their separate ways at the end of the Bush administration. But now some of them, along with other Bush Justice […]
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Arizona Republican Still Wants 2010 Law To Ban All Ethnic Studies 19.7.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
It’s part of a “lifelong crusade against racism,” Tom Horne testified Tuesday.
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America Glimpses the End Times in the Age of Trump 19.7.2017 American Prospect
(AP Photo/Jacqueline Martin) Attorney General Jeff Sessions at the Justice Department's National Summit on Crime Reduction and Public Safety in Bethesda, Maryland, on June 21, 2017. In a speech delivered behind closed doors to an anti-LGBT hate group, the attorney general of the United States held forth with his philosophy of religious freedom. It wasn’t “the government’s job to immanentize the eschaton,” he said. The reason we know that is an actual thing that Jeff Sessions said—or at least planned to say—in his July 11 speech to the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) is that BuzzFeed’s Dominic Holden prepared a Freedom of Information Act request to obtain the speech, which apparently prompted the Department of Justice to release the text, as prepared for delivery, to a right-wing website, The Federalist . The ADF earned is classification as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center for its work as “a legal advocacy and training group that specializes in supporting the recriminalization of ...
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The Latest Challenges to the South's Felony Disenfranchisement Laws 19.7.2017 Truthout.com
While all Southern states have laws disenfranchising people while they are incarcerated and on probation or parole, Florida stands out with one of the nation's most restrictive felony disenfranchisement laws -- one of only four states that impose a lifetime ban on voting for anyone convicted of a felony. The others are Virginia, Kentucky and Iowa. Because of the law, there are currently nearly 1.7 million Floridians -- the highest number in any state -- that have permanently lost the right to vote, according to a 2016  report  by The Sentencing Project. Florida accounts for 27 percent of the national population of people disenfranchised due to felony convictions, and the 1.5 million Floridians who have completed their sentences but remain without voting rights make up 48 percent of the national total. But they could get that right back thanks to a ballot initiative now underway to amend the state constitution and allow people with felony convictions to vote once they complete their sentences, including ...
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Florida Killings: Radical Islam And The Far Right, Under One Roof 19.7.2017 NPR: Morning Edition
This story begins with four roommates in Florida. It ends with two dead and two in jail. The improbable case brings together security threats that rarely intersect: radical Islam and the far right.
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Trump’s voter commission hasn’t even met — and it’s already off to a rough start. 19.7.2017 Washington Post: Politics
The commission, which will meet for the first time Wednesday, is facing lawsuits from civil rights groups and skepticism from state officials reluctant to cooperate.
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Feds close inquiry into police shooting of Albuquerque man 19.7.2017 AP National
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- There&apos;s not enough evidence to pursue criminal civil rights charges against the Albuquerque police officers who were involved in the 2014 fatal shooting of a homeless man that spurred public protest, the U.S. Justice Department said Tuesday....
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Albuquerque Cops Who Shot Homeless Man Will Not Face Federal Charges 18.7.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
DOJ says "there is insufficient evidence to prove that the officers’ uses of deadly force were objectively unreasonable" in the shooting death of James Boyd.
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Feds close inquiry into police shooting of Albuquerque man 18.7.2017 Seattle Times: Nation & World

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — There’s not enough evidence to pursue criminal civil rights charges against the Albuquerque police officers who were involved in the 2014 fatal shooting of a homeless man that spurred public protest, the U.S. Justice Department said Tuesday. Officials with the agency’s civil rights division, federal prosecutors and the FBI met with […]
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Teacher Tests Test Teachers 18.7.2017 American Prospect
The Houston teachers union scored a legal victory in May when a federal judge found that the Houston school district’s system of evaluating teachers violates due process rights . The lawsuit centered on the system’s use of value-added modeling (VAM), a controversial statistical method aimed at isolating a teacher’s effectiveness based on their students’ standardized test scores. United States Magistrate Judge Stephen Smith concluded that the metric's impenetrability rendered it unconstitutional. Because, he wrote, teachers have “no meaningful way to ensure” that their value-added ratings are accurate, they are “subject to mistaken deprivation of constitutionally protected property interests in their jobs.” More specifically, he continued, because the school district denies its teachers access to the computer algorithms and data that form the basis of each teacher’s VAM score, it “flunks the minimum procedural due process standard of providing the reason for termination ‘in sufficient detail to enable ...
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A starlet of the civil rights era, Diahann Carroll looks back on a career of firsts 18.7.2017 Washington Post
A starlet of the civil rights era, Diahann Carroll looks back on a career of firsts
Counties sue state to overturn Legislature’s ‘unfair’ tax breaks for airlines 18.7.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Utah homeowners and businesses are paying higher property taxes to make up for unfair discounts that the state is giving to the airline industry, five counties contend in a new lawsuit. Salt Lake, Weber, Washington, Duchesne and Uintah counties filed the lawsuit Monday in 3rd District Court seeking to overturn two recent laws enacted by the Legislature that they say gave an unfair 39 percent discount to airlines. It says the Legislature forced changes that “cause property tax assessments in the ...
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Betsy DeVos needs to fire her top civil rights deputy after sexual assault comments, Sen. Patty Murray says 18.7.2017 LA Times: Commentary
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Senator calls for ouster of DeVos’ civil rights chief in light of ‘egregious’ remarks about sexual assault 18.7.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Sen. Patty Murray of Washington, the top Democrat on the Senate education committee, is calling for the ouster of the Education Department’s civil rights chief, saying she has shown herself to be unfit for the job. Candice Jackson, the acting head of the agency’s Office for Civil Rights, triggered fierce criticism last week when she told The New York Times that “90 percent” of campus sexual assault complaints “fall into the category of ‘we were both drunk,’ ‘we broke up, and six months later I f...
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Key Democrat calls for ouster of DeVos’s civil rights chief in light of ‘egregious’ remarks about sexual assault 17.7.2017 Washington Post
Candice Jackson triggered fierce criticism when she suggested that “90 percent” of sexual assault is drunken sex. She has since apologized, but Sen. Patty Murray of Washington, the top Democrat on the education committee, said that isn't enough.
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