October 2013

October 31st, 2013
Written by Amanda Lee Myers in Discrimination Cases with 0 Comments
The Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati ruled that a reasonable jury could conclude that the city, its former mayor and two retired housing department leaders discriminated against black members of a program that helps young people transition from foster care or juvenile detention to living on their own.
A federal lawsuit accusing the predominantly white Cleveland suburb of Lakewood and its leaders of waging a racially motivated campaign of harassment to drive out a group of black residents can proceed to trial, a federal appeals court panel ruled on Wednesday. A three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati ruled that a reasonable jury could conclude that the city, its...
October 30th, 2013
Written by The Associated Press in Common Ties That Bind with 0 Comments
President Obama, along with some Republican leaders, had hoped that the growing political power of Hispanics would clear the way for an immigration overhaul law to be passed this year, a goal that has long eluded Washington. No sweeping immigration legislation has been passed since 1986.
President Barack Obama called on Congress on Thursday to finish work on an immigration overhaul by the end of the year, a goal that will be difficult to meet given the opposition of many Republicans in the House of Representatives. While immigration remains one of Obama's top second-term priorities, the issue has been overshadowed for months, most recently by the 16-day partial government...
October 29th, 2013
Written by Laurie Kellman in All About Family with 0 Comments
Witnesses, from left, Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin; Ronald S. Sullivan, Jr., Clinical Professor of Law, Director of the Criminal Justice Institute, Harvard Law School; David LaBahn, Association of Prosecuting Attorneys president and CEO; Ilya Shapiro, Senior Fellow in Constitutional Studies at Cato Institute; John R. Lott, Jr., president, Crime Prevention Research Center of Swarthmore, Pa.; and Lucia McBath of Atlanta, Ga.; are sworn in on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013.
Stand Your Ground laws continued to be challenged, most recently during a hearing before the U.S. Senate Judiciary subcommittee. Trayvon Martin's mother told a panel of senators Tuesday that state stand your ground self-defense laws do not work and must be amended, reviving the politically charged gun control issue a year ahead of the 2014 midterm elections. But little besides politics emerged...
October 29th, 2013
Written by Leanne Italie in Stereotypes & Labels with 0 Comments
Is it appropriate to dress in blackface costumes for Halloween imitating any racial or ethnic group?
Is dressing in blackface costumes for Halloween racist whether it is a favorite TV character, musical star or politician? How about a bloody hoodie and blackface for a costume riff on the slain teen Trayvon Martin, or full-on minstrel at a splashy Africa-themed party for the fashion elite in Milan? Each of those costumes made headlines this Halloween season. And the answer to each, African...
October 28th, 2013
Written by Blake Nicholson in National Collegiate Dialogue with 7 Comments
Craig Cobb has bought a home and 12 other lots in Leith, North Dakota and is encouraging others with white power views to move there and help him take control of the community that had 23 residents before he arrived.
A white supremacist who is trying to take over the tiny southwestern North Dakota town of Leith said Monday he is being targeted by city officials who've proposed new ordinances aimed at stifling his effort. The updated city laws that city officials hope to have in place by early next month would force Craig Cobb - who has neo-Nazi views and is wanted in Canada for an alleged hate crime - to make...