Stand Your Ground Increases Racial Bias in a "Justifiable Homicide" Trials

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Today a jury found George Zimmerman not guilty of second-degree murder. It is widely argued that Florida’s stand your ground statute, which was considered by the defense, and which Zimmerman previously studied in a criminal litigation course, was at play. The statute allows people to use proportionate force in the face of an attack without first trying to […]

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Policy Round Up: Voting Rights Act

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The Supreme Court struck down a fundamental civil rights section of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, this past Tuesday, June 25. Section 4 determines which states must gain federal permission before they alter any of their voting laws. It was specifically created to protect the voting right’s of African- Americans in the South. The passing of the […]

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Personhood: Curiouser and curiouser!

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What’s a person?  It seems like it should be obvious who is a person and who is not.  Show a five year old some pictures: a white baby, an African American woman, a document of incorporation, a couple of magnified cells, a dog – and ask her to identify the people among them.  She’d probably […]

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Leticia Miranda, National Council of La Raza

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Leticia Miranda is the associate director of the Economic and Employment Policy Project at the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States.  The Economic and Employment Policy Project provides NCLR’s perspective on employment, energy, retirement, and poverty policy at the federal level.

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PolicyTalk: Charles Ellison of Sirius XM’s The New School

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Charles Ellison has a show on Sirius XM, “The New School” that focuses on the hot political topics of the week. He is also the Washington Correspondent for the Philadelphia Tribune.  He discusses the current power shifts in the house and senate as well as the chances of a Republican takeover of the majority and […]

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PolicyTalk: Dr. Charles Ogletree on Racial Profiling and Crime in America

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Dr. Charles Ogletreee talks about his new book, ” Presumption of Guilt: The Arrest of Henry Louis Gates, Jr” and how the criminal justice system unfairly discriminates not only against African Americans and Latinos, but also Muslims and other people of color.  He also addresses how some current laws are actually promoting racial profiling in […]

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