Policy Round-Up: The REDEEM Act

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In the most unlikely of pairs, first-term Senators Corey Booker and Rand Paul, have teamed up to introduce a measure that will create a comprehensive overhaul of the US Criminal Justice system. The legislation, called the Record Expungement Designed to Enhance Employment (REDEEM Act), was introduced Tuesday, July 8th.

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The Civil Rights Act at 50: Why We Still Need Liberation Policy

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Hearing President Obama’s speech on the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, we are encouraged by the progress America has made to live up to its promise. Yet it marks a bittersweet moment. For although there are no more Bull Connors with dogs chasing down African Americans, we continue to bury our head in […]

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The Immigration Reform Battle

Democracy was founded on the principle that every voice should have a vote. As the end of this year draws near, those voices calling for a vote on immigration reform have never been louder. The calls are heard across cultures, across communities, across the country.

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George Zimmerman Verdict Triggers Social Action

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Pivot Point with Maya Rockeymoore – July 21, 2013 Maya Rockeymoore discusses retirement and health security as well as the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin. Featuring: Representative Rush D. Holt (D-NJ) Ryan Clayton – Progressive Strategist Sarah Jaffe – Reporter for “In These Times” Joseph Phelan and Tobias Packer – […]

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I am Trayvon Martin

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I am Trayvon Martin. If a kid minding his own business on the way home from the store can be confronted and killed with impunity just because he looked suspicious—based on the stereotypical beliefs of an overzealous volunteer neighborhood watchman—then no one is safe in this country and no one can be guaranteed justice. We […]

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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: Gun Control

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  With the recent ruling in the George Zimmerman case debates on race relations have filled the headlines, along with heated commentary about the future of gun control legislation. Florida resident, George Zimmerman, was found not guilty of the murder of 17 year old Trayvon Martin after pleading self defense. Zimmerman’s lawyers argued that under the Stand Your Ground laws of […]

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Policy Round Up: Death Penalty

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Senator Joel Anderson’s new bill hopes to revitalize the death penalty in California. One of the most controversial aspects of the bill is the proposal for gas chambers to be included in their death penalty system. This will allow California to be the only place globally to use suffocation as a form of criminal punishment.

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