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  • Supreme Court Deals Blow to Voter ID Foes

    2015/03/23 - The high court allowed Wisconsin’s voter ID law to stand while challenges to similar laws in other states continue.  The Supreme Court on Monday refused to take a case considering Wisconsin’s voter ID law, a major setback for civil rights groups that comes on the heels of the 50th anniversary of the Selma, Alabama,… Read more

  • DOJ Targets Racism in Police Force, Eyeing Fort Lauderdale

    2015/03/26 - Washington (CNN) New reports about four police officers in Fort Lauderdale exchanging racially offensive text messages and a video that showed President Barack Obama with gold teeth could prove to be the latest test for how the Justice Department polices the nation’s local law enforcement agencies. In the past five years the Justice Department has… Read more

  • Legislators’ Education Alternative Challenged in Court

    2015/03/25 - An Oxford school patron is asking a Hinds County judge to remove from the November ballot an alternative proposed by the Legislature to a citizen-sponsored education funding initiative. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports the lawsuit was filed Tuesday in circuit court by Adrian Shipman of Oxford, a mother of two in the Oxford School… Read more

  • Arizona Legislature Passes Bill to Keep Cops’ Names Secret After They Shoot Civilians

    2015/03/26 – On Tuesday the Arizona Legislature passed a bill that would forbid any state agency from releasing the name of police officers who shoot a civilian when that shooting results in death or “serious physical injury.” The act would bar law enforcement, as well as all government entities, from releasing an officer’s name for… Read more

  • Mississippi State Conference NAACP and the Jackson Branch NAACP Mourns the Loss of Stephanie Parker-Weaver

    2015/03/25 - The Mississippi State Conference NAACP joins the Jackson Branch NAACP in mourning the loss of one of our state’s fiercest advocates for change: Stephanie Parker-Weaver. Once an active member of the Jackson Branch NAACP, she also served as the Executive Secretary of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, leading many fights including an epic battle… Read more

  • Education: At the Intersection of Poverty and Race

    2015/03/25 – At the corner of High Street and North State, Bryan Eason, 31, has set up an ersatz outside classroom for Jackson residents. His students, stuck at the red light, receive earfuls of snare drum and the visuals of three human-size mannequins wearing bright orange prison jumpsuits. Over their faces, a sign reads “third… Read more

  • Obama Announces $240M in New Pledges for STEM Education

    2015/03/23 - WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is highlighting private-sector efforts to encourage more students from underrepresented groups to pursue education in science, technology, engineering and math. At the White House Science Fair on Monday, Obama announced more than $240 million in pledges to boost the study of those fields, known as STEM. This year’s fair… Read more

  • Justice Dept. Report Slams Philly Police

    2015/3/24-A Justice Department report found “serious deficiencies” in the Philadelphia Police Department’s use of force, finding about 15% of officer-involved shootings were of unarmed suspects who were mistaken for being armed. Between 2007 and 2014, there were 394 officer involved shootings in the Philadelphia Police Department, despite a drop in violent crimes and assaults on… Read more

  • MS Superintendent of Education Responds to Largest Budget in History

    2015/03/24 - State Education Superintendent Carey Wright appreciates the funding lawmakers provided to public schools, but she says it’s not enough. The 2.5 billion dollar allocation falls more than 200 million dollars short. Wright says there are a list of needs that will not be met including money for more technology in schools, making needed building repairs… Read more

  • Activist Remembered as Fighter for Human Rights

    2015/03/24 - Longtime Jackson community activist Stephanie Parker-Weaver is being remembered as a fighter in the struggle for human rights in Mississippi. “It’s a tremendous loss; she was a real sister in the struggle for human rights,” said Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance Executive Director Bob Chandler. Parker-Weaver died Tuesday after a long battle with Graves’ disease… Read more

  • Supreme Court Deals Blow to Voter ID Foes

    2015/03/23 - The high court allowed Wisconsin’s voter ID law to stand while challenges to similar laws in other states continue.  The Supreme Court on Monday refused to take a case considering Wisconsin’s voter ID law, a major setback for civil rights groups that comes on the heels of the 50th anniversary of the Selma, Alabama,… Read more

  • Obama: Maybe it’s Time for Mandatory Voting

    2015/03/19 – (CNN) The president whose major policy achievement is mandatory health insurance thinks maybe voting should be mandatory, too. Asked how to offset the influence of big money in politics, President Barack Obama suggested it’s time to make voting a requirement. “Other countries have mandatory voting,” Obama said Wednesday in Cleveland, where he spoke about… Read more

  • The Next Attack on Voting Rights

    2015/02/25 - The last round of voter restrictions came after the 2010 Republican wave, when new GOP majorities passed voter identification laws and slashed ballot access in states like Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Florida. Now, three months after the 2014 Republican wave, another class of state lawmakers are prepping another assault on voting rights under the same… Read more

  • Backers of Voting Rights Bill Try a New Strategy

    2015/01/22 - WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama named voting rights protections as a priority in his State of the Union address Tuesday, but legislation that would restore a key provision of the Voting Rights Act faces tough challenges this Congress. That legislation, called the Voting Rights Amendment Act, would resurrect the 1965 law’s “pre-clearance” provision requiring… Read more

  • NAACP Filed Federal Complaint Against Hinds Election Commission

    2015/01/07-After officials admitted to breaking state election law during the Nov. 4 general election, the Hinds County Election Commission is now on the radar of federal, state and local agencies. In late November, the Jackson chapter of the NAACP quietly filed a complaint with the U.S. Justice Department after numerous voters reported being disenfranchised because… Read more

  • The 10 Worst Civil Liberties Violations of 2014

    It’s been an exceptionally awful year. 2014/12/29 - The world may not actually be falling apart—but it feels like America is. From police brutality and botched executions to voter suppression and election corruption, 2014 was a terrible year for civil liberties in the United States. Protests were quelled by military-grade weapons in scenes worthy of a banana… Read more

  • Rep. John Lewis: An Oral History of Selma and the Struggle for the Voting Rights Act

    Rep. John Lewis is a member of the U.S. Congress from Georgia, and in 1965 he was chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. How the fight for the African American vote was really won 2014/12/25-Selma, Alabama, selected herself to become the battleground for the voting rights movement of the 1960s. It was a regional center… Read more

  • This Week in Civil Rights History: Dec. 8-15

    2014/12/09 - December 8, 1863: The Proclamation of Amnesty and Reconstruction was issued by President Lincoln. It offered pardon and restoration of property (except slaves) to Confederates who took an oath of allegiance to the Union and agreed to accept emancipation. It also proposed a plan by which loyal voters of a seceded state could begin… Read more

  • Hinds Election Commissioner Admits She Broke Law Before

    2014/11/20 - Hinds County Election Commission Chairwoman Connie Cochran said she has not ordered the required number of ballots for any of the four Hinds County elections since the county reverted to the paper ballot system in 2013. Cochran had already admitted last week to breaking the state law that required her to order enough ballots… Read more

  • Jackson NAACP: Hinds Elex Commish Connie Cochran Should Resign

    2014/11/19 - The Jackson branch of the NAACP is calling for the ouster of Connie Cochran, the chairwoman of the Hinds County Election Commission, for problems during the Nov. 4 general election. Some precincts saw unexpectedly high turnout. Some of those polling places ran out of ballots late in the evening, which touched off a mad scramble… Read more

  • Legislators’ Education Alternative Challenged in Court

    2015/03/25 - An Oxford school patron is asking a Hinds County judge to remove from the November ballot an alternative proposed by the Legislature to a citizen-sponsored education funding initiative. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports the lawsuit was filed Tuesday in circuit court by Adrian Shipman of Oxford, a mother of two in the Oxford School… Read more

  • Education: At the Intersection of Poverty and Race

    2015/03/25 – At the corner of High Street and North State, Bryan Eason, 31, has set up an ersatz outside classroom for Jackson residents. His students, stuck at the red light, receive earfuls of snare drum and the visuals of three human-size mannequins wearing bright orange prison jumpsuits. Over their faces, a sign reads “third… Read more

  • MS Superintendent of Education Responds to Largest Budget in History

    2015/03/24 - State Education Superintendent Carey Wright appreciates the funding lawmakers provided to public schools, but she says it’s not enough. The 2.5 billion dollar allocation falls more than 200 million dollars short. Wright says there are a list of needs that will not be met including money for more technology in schools, making needed building repairs… Read more

  • Mississippi Ends Testing Requirement For Diploma

    2015/03/23 – It’s official: Mississippi high school seniors no longer must pass all four subject-area tests to graduate. State Board of Education members voted Friday on the change, which takes effect immediately. According to the new policy, this year’s seniors who failed one or more of their subject-area tests can apply for graduation by demonstrating… Read more

  • MS-NAACP Calls for Investigation in Hanging Death of Port Gibson Man

    2015/03/19 - (Jackson, MS) – In light of the hanging death of Otis Byrd from Claiborne County, Mississippi, the NAACP Mississippi State Conference has released the following statement:   From Derrick Johnson, President, NAACP Mississippi State Conference “The Mississippi NAACP calls for an investigation regarding the death of Mr. Otis Byrd of Claiborne County, MS.  Mr…. Read more

  • Judge Declares War on Defense Attorneys

    2015/03/17 – Mississippi NAACP leaders and Hinds County Public Defender Michele Purvis Harris say the Hinds County Public Defender’s office is under attack by one the county’s most conservative judges, former Jackson City Councilmember and current Circuit Court Judge Jeff Weill. “Our problems are based upon his (Weill’s) unwillingness to understand the 6th Amendment and… Read more

  • Local Man’s Blog Response to Oklahoma Racist Chant Goes Viral

    2015/03/16 – JACKSON, Miss. – A local man is getting attention for his response to that video out of Oklahoma that shows members of a fraternity yelling a racist chant. “Why Black Greeks Don’t Care” is part of the title of the article written by a local man in response to the viral video. He says… Read more

  • Was Mississippi teenager brutally arrested by police?

    2015/3/11-Witnesses accuse Senatobia, Miss. police of using excessive force when arresting a teenager at a Huddle House restaurant on Saturday, March 7. Mobile phone video captured officers arresting Michael Hollins, 18, WMC-TV reported. “He followed me to the table I was going to and asked me if I had an I.D. I told him I… Read more

  • Wright: End Testing Requirement for Diploma

    2015/03/03 - Starting this year, high school seniors who fail one or more subject area test might still be able to graduate under a proposal by Mississippi Superintendent of Education Carey Wright. Wright said Tuesday she will recommend the state Board of Education end its long-standing requirement that students pass all four subject area tests to… Read more

  • The Man Behind the Speech: Judge Carlton Reeves’ Takes on Mississippi’s Past

    2015/03/02 - In a Mississippi courtroom in February, three young white men were sentenced for a hate crime: beating up a black man in a parking lot one June night in 2011, running over his body with a truck and leaving him to die. U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves, who heard the case, asked the young… Read more

  • Legislators’ Education Alternative Challenged in Court

    2015/03/25 - An Oxford school patron is asking a Hinds County judge to remove from the November ballot an alternative proposed by the Legislature to a citizen-sponsored education funding initiative. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports the lawsuit was filed Tuesday in circuit court by Adrian Shipman of Oxford, a mother of two in the Oxford School… Read more

  • Education: At the Intersection of Poverty and Race

    2015/03/25 – At the corner of High Street and North State, Bryan Eason, 31, has set up an ersatz outside classroom for Jackson residents. His students, stuck at the red light, receive earfuls of snare drum and the visuals of three human-size mannequins wearing bright orange prison jumpsuits. Over their faces, a sign reads “third… Read more

  • Obama Announces $240M in New Pledges for STEM Education

    2015/03/23 - WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is highlighting private-sector efforts to encourage more students from underrepresented groups to pursue education in science, technology, engineering and math. At the White House Science Fair on Monday, Obama announced more than $240 million in pledges to boost the study of those fields, known as STEM. This year’s fair… Read more

  • MS Superintendent of Education Responds to Largest Budget in History

    2015/03/24 - State Education Superintendent Carey Wright appreciates the funding lawmakers provided to public schools, but she says it’s not enough. The 2.5 billion dollar allocation falls more than 200 million dollars short. Wright says there are a list of needs that will not be met including money for more technology in schools, making needed building repairs… Read more

  • Mississippi Ends Testing Requirement For Diploma

    2015/03/23 – It’s official: Mississippi high school seniors no longer must pass all four subject-area tests to graduate. State Board of Education members voted Friday on the change, which takes effect immediately. According to the new policy, this year’s seniors who failed one or more of their subject-area tests can apply for graduation by demonstrating… Read more

  • ‘A Conversation With My Black Son’

    2015/3/17-For generations, parents of black boys across the United States have rehearsed, dreaded and postponed “The Conversation.” But when their boys become teenagers, parents must choose whether or not to expose their sons to what it means to be a black man here. To keep him safe, they may have to tell the child they… Read more

  • Gender Gap in Education Cuts Both Ways

    2015/3/11-Why do the best-educated girls do worse at math than top-educated boys? Concern about this deficit exploded into public consciousness 35 years ago, when researchers in the department of psychology at Johns Hopkins Universitypublished an article suggesting the gap might be caused by a “superior male mathematical ability.” The debate that ensued was furious. It was so hot… Read more

  • Former NAACP President Ben Jealous Mulls U.S. Senate Bid

    2015/03/06 – Benjamin Todd Jealous, who led the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People from 2008 to 2013, is weighing a run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Maryland Democrat Barbara Mikulski next year, according to the New York Times’ Maggie Haberman. Citing two sources “familiar with his thinking,” Haberman reports that… Read more

  • Wright: End Testing Requirement for Diploma

    2015/03/03 - Starting this year, high school seniors who fail one or more subject area test might still be able to graduate under a proposal by Mississippi Superintendent of Education Carey Wright. Wright said Tuesday she will recommend the state Board of Education end its long-standing requirement that students pass all four subject area tests to… Read more

  • Standardized Tests Taking Toll on Mississippi Schools

    2015/03/01 - Mississippi schools spend up to one of every four days of the year giving their students standardized tests. The Mississippi Association of State Superintendents put the range of testing between 38 and 45 days of the 180-day school year. “Then you have to add the time that teachers spend on reviewing prior to the test… Read more

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