Former Louisiana Trooper Faces Federal Civil Rights Charge

Body-camera footage shows the ex-trooper, Jacob Brown, repeatedly pummeling a Black man, Aaron Larry Bowman, with a flashlight during a traffic stop in 2019.

#black-people, #bowman-aaron-larry, #brown-jacob-louisiana-state-police-officer, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #louisiana, #louisiana-state-police, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings

Justice Dept. to Review Enforcement of Civil Rights Protections in Grants

The review, part of the Biden administration’s efforts to make preserving civil rights protections a priority, applies to federal funding for local law enforcement agencies.

#civil-rights-and-liberties, #discrimination, #federal-aid-us, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #gupta-vanita, #justice-department, #police, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #prison-guards-and-corrections-officers, #united-states-politics-and-government

Justice Dept. to Investigate Georgia Prisons

The department also announced limits on federal officers’ use of widely criticized policing tactics.

#civil-rights-and-liberties, #georgia, #justice-department, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #prison-guards-and-corrections-officers, #prisons-and-prisoners, #united-states-politics-and-government

When Politics Isn’t About Principle

From vaccine mandates to religious liberty, your allies often matter more than your ideology.

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Vaccination Mandates Are an American Tradition. So Is the Backlash.

The roots of U.S. vaccine mandates predate both the U.S. and vaccines.

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Cameras, Drones and X-Ray Vans: How 9/11 Transformed the N.Y.P.D. Forever

Two decades after the attack on New York City, the Police Department is using counterterrorism tools and tactics to combat routine street crime.

#adams-eric-l, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #facial-recognition-software, #kelly-raymond-w, #miller-john-j, #new-york-city, #new-york-civil-liberties-union, #police-department-nyc, #privacy, #september-11-2001, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #terrorism

Abortion Arrives at the Center of the American Political Maelstrom

The Supreme Court’s decision not to block a Texas law banning most abortions left Republicans eager to replicate it. Democrats reeled, but sensed a winning issue in coming elections.

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Want to Enhance Civil Liberties? Embrace Vaccine Mandates.

They protect the most vulnerable among us.

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Video Surfaces of Louisiana Trooper Beating a Black Man

The trooper, Jacob Brown, who was charged with assaulting Aaron Larry Bowman in May 2019 and later resigned, defended the attack as “pain compliance.”

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Performative Antiracism at the University of Wisconsin

A textbook demonstration of the difference between sincere activism and playacting.

#black-people, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #internal-sub-only, #madison-wis, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #race-and-ethnicity, #university-of-wisconsin

2 New York Judges Ordered Defendants to Get Vaccinated. Can They Do That?

The judges’ unusual orders came as the city confronts the Delta variant and a sizable portion of the population appears resistant to being vaccinated.

#civil-rights-and-liberties, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #new-york-city, #rakoff-jed-s, #vaccination-and-immunization

As Democrats Renew Voting Rights Push, Offsetting Roberts Court Is Top of Mind

The House’s voting rights legislation named for the civil rights leader John Lewis seeks to counter the Supreme Court’s longstanding bid to undermine the Voting Rights Act.

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Frank Askin, Fierce Defender of Civil Liberties, Dies at 89

A late bloomer in law school, he founded a constitutional rights clinic to guard against government overreach and was a longtime general counsel at the A.C.L.U.

#american-civil-liberties-union, #askin-frank, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #deaths-obituaries, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #legal-profession, #rutgers-the-state-university-of-new-jersey

Our Favorite Presidents You’ve Never Heard Of

Historical obscurity has its charms. 

#civil-rights-and-liberties, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

White House, Facing Voting Rights Defeats, Expands Investment

A $25 million Democratic National Committee initiative will seek to register voters and fight voter suppression, but it underscores Democrats’ challenges in their larger fight.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #democratic-national-committee, #democratic-party, #harris-kamala-d, #law-and-legislation, #minorities, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements

Texas Republicans Reveal Bills of Far-Reaching Voting Restrictions

In their second attempt to pass a sweeping elections overhaul, Republican lawmakers followed the broad outlines of the first, including a wide range of measures to limit voting access.

#civil-rights-and-liberties, #hughes-bryan-1969, #law-and-legislation, #patrick-dan-1950, #republican-party, #state-legislatures, #texas, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements

Supreme Court Term Marked by Conservative Majority in Flux

The chief justice’s power waned, and the three Trump justices grew more influential. The term ended with an exclamation point, with the court imposing new limits on the Voting Rights Act.

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Justice Dept. Sues Georgia Over Voting Restrictions Law

The lawsuit came after Republicans blocked ambitious federal legislation this week to protect voting rights.

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Democrats Vow to Redouble Voting Push: ‘Today Is the Starter Pistol’

Even as the party’s sweeping elections bill was blocked in the Senate, Democrats and civil rights groups reaffirmed their resolve to fight for voting protections in Congress.

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Vatican Expresses Deep Reservations Over Gay Rights Bill in Italy

The move prompted cries of political meddling from liberal politicians and gestures of gratitude from conservatives. A church historian called it “an unprecedented act.”

#civil-rights-and-liberties, #draghi-mario, #francis, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #italy, #religion-state-relations, #roman-catholic-church

Judge Narrows Suits Over Clearing of Protesters Before Trump Photo Op

The judge said that federal officials had immunity, and that claims of a conspiracy to clear Lafayette Square for President Donald J. Trump’s walk across it were “simply too speculative.”

#american-civil-liberties-union, #black-lives-matter-movement, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #lafayette-square-washington-dc, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

V.A. Plans to Offer Gender-Affirming Surgeries for Transgender Veterans

The secretary of veterans affairs announced the shift in care at a Pride event over the weekend, but the process for changing benefits could take years.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #discrimination, #mcdonough-denis-r, #surgery-and-surgeons, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #united-states-politics-and-government, #veterans, #veterans-affairs-department

Martha White, 99, Dies; Before Rosa Parks, She Sparked a Bus Boycott

The 1953 protest in Baton Rouge, triggered by her ejection from a bus for sitting in a “whites only” section, became a template for Martin Luther King.

#baton-rouge-la, #black-people, #boycotts, #buses, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #civil-rights-movement-1954-68, #white-martha-1922-2021

Why NY’s Excelsior Pass Vaccine Passport Could Cost Taxpayers $17 Million

The state’s contract with I.B.M. details a Phase 2 of the Excelsior Pass, which could include uses that some advocates say raise privacy concerns.

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New York’s Vaccine Passport Could Cost Taxpayers $17 Million

The state’s contract with I.B.M. details a Phase 2 of the Excelsior Pass, which could include uses that some advocates say raise privacy concerns.

#civil-rights-and-liberties, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuomo-andrew-m, #mobile-applications, #new-york-state, #state-legislatures, #vaccination-proof-and-immunization-records

The Left Needs the A.C.L.U. to Keep Defending Awful Speech

Yes, the civil liberties group is divided. What else is new?

#american-civil-liberties-union, #censorship, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #cole-david-d, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #foundation-for-individual-rights-in-education, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #liberalism-us-politics, #neo-nazi-groups, #race-and-ethnicity, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #skokie-ill

Once a Bastion of Free Speech, the A.C.L.U. Faces an Identity Crisis

An organization that has defended the First Amendment rights of Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan is split by an internal debate over whether supporting progressive causes is more important.

#american-civil-liberties-union, #charlottesville-va-violence-august-2017, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #foundation-for-individual-rights-in-education, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #romero-anthony-d

Israeli Ultra-Orthodox Excluded From Coalition, Face Loss of Power

A new coalition that aims to remove Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from office could also usher in a more liberal civil rights agenda.

#civil-rights-and-liberties, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #israel, #jews-and-judaism, #orthodox-judaism, #politics-and-government, #same-sex-marriage-civil-unions-and-domestic-partnerships

Police Chief Who Threatened Facebook Critic With False Arrest Pleads Guilty

Brian Buglio, the police chief in West Hazleton, Pa., agreed to resign as part of a plea agreement, according to court records.

#brian-buglio, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #east-stroudsburg-pa, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #pennsylvania, #west-hazleton-pa

Biden Recognizes Pride Month, Vowing to Fight for LGBTQ Rights

The official recognition is a turnabout from the policies of President Donald J. Trump, who refused to acknowledge the celebration.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #buttigieg-pete-1982, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #defense-of-marriage-act-1996, #democratic-party, #desantis-ron, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #harris-kamala-d, #health-and-human-services-department, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #same-sex-marriage-civil-unions-and-domestic-partnerships, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Voting Rights Bill Falters in Congress as States Race Ahead

Opposition from Republicans and some of their own senators has left Democrats struggling to determine whether they should try to nix the filibuster to save a top priority.

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Biden to Meet With Tulsa Massacre Survivors on Anniversary

President Biden’s visit is part of an effort to lift the silence surrounding the deaths of hundreds of Black residents at the hands of an angry white mob, an episode rarely mentioned in history books.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-people, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #discrimination, #tulsa-okla, #tulsa-race-riot-1921, #united-states-politics-and-government

Kay Tobin Lahusen, Gay Rights Activist and Photographer, Dies at 91

She and her partner, Barbara Gittings, were on the front lines long before Stonewall, and Ms. Lahusen photographed protests during the movement’s earliest days.

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Ronald Greene’s Mother Calls for Troopers to Be Charged in His Death

Mona Hardin, Mr. Greene’s mother, said a lack of accountability for her son’s death in Louisiana State Police custody in 2019 was “inhumane.”

#civil-rights-and-liberties, #demoss-dakota-louisiana-state-police-officer, #greene-ronald-d-2019, #hardin-mona-1951, #louisiana, #louisiana-state-police, #police, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #york-kory-louisiana-state-police-officer

Maya Wiley Has ‘50 Ideas’ and One Goal: To Make History as Mayor

Ms. Wiley has unveiled an array of policies to fight inequality as she seeks to become the first woman elected mayor of New York. Can she break out of the pack?

#black-people, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #civilian-complaint-review-board, #content-type-personal-profile, #democratic-party, #elections-mayors, #new-york-city, #primaries-and-caucuses, #wiley-maya, #women-and-girls

How Plessy v. Ferguson Turned Dissent Into a Badge of Honor

As the only voice on the Supreme Court against Plessy v. Ferguson, Justice John Marshall Harlan did more than anyone since the Continental Army to enshrine dissent as an American tradition.

#black-people, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #constitution-us, #discrimination, #harlan-john-marshall-1833-1911, #marshall-thurgood, #plessy-homer

Biden Is Developing a Pardon Process With a Focus on Racial Justice

As a senator, he backed legislation that led to mass incarceration and long drug sentences. Now his administration is signaling that he could use clemency to address inequities.

#american-civil-liberties-union, #amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-people, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #crime-and-criminals, #criminal-justice, #justice-department, #race-and-ethnicity, #sentences-criminal, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Bill McCreary Dies at 87; Blazed Trail for Black Journalists on TV

He was hired at what became the Fox flagship station in New York in 1967, when there were few Black faces on the air, and became an Emmy-winning anchor.

#black-people, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #deaths-obituaries, #mccreary-bill, #news-and-news-media, #television, #wnyw

Efforts to Weed Out Extremists in Law Enforcement Meet Resistance

Oregon, California, Minnesota, Tennessee and Washington, D.C., are seeking to give law enforcement agencies more power to exclude officers with ties to extremist groups.

#civil-rights-and-liberties, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #law-and-legislation, #police, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #state-legislatures

Biden Administration Restores Rights for Transgender Patients

Officials invited people subject to health care discrimination to file complaints. But formal rule-making will be needed before a Trump-era policy can be fully reversed.

#becerra-xavier, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #discrimination, #health-and-human-services-department, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #united-states-politics-and-government

Justice Dept. Indicts Former Officers in George Floyd Death

The indictment was a rare instance of police officers facing accusations of federal civil rights violations.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #chauvin-derek-1976, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #floyd-george-d-2020, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #justice-department, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-department-minneapolis-minn, #united-states-politics-and-government

Florida and Texas Join the March to Restrict Voting Access

The efforts in two critical battleground states with booming populations and 70 Electoral College votes between them represent the apex of the Republican effort to roll back access to voting.

#civil-rights-and-liberties, #law-and-legislation, #race-and-ethnicity, #republican-party, #state-legislatures, #states-us, #texas, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #voter-registration-and-requirements

Constitutional Challenges Loom Over Proposed Voting Bill

The sprawling legislation, known as H.R. 1, could result in lawsuits leading to a dozen Supreme Court cases, legal experts said.

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The History of Banks and Social Movements

Financial institutions have a unique power to contribute to social movements — if they choose to use it.

#banking-and-financial-institutions, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #corporate-social-responsibility, #municipal-bonds, #race-and-ethnicity, #saturdaynewsletter

How the N-Word Became Unsayable

The evolution of the slur’s use — and the taboo around it — tells a story about what our culture values.

#black-people, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #discrimination, #english-language, #indecency-obscenity-and-profanity, #race-and-ethnicity, #the-jeffersons-tv-program, #united-states, #whites

Ahmaud Arbery Shooting: 3 Indicted on Federal Hate Crime Charges

The Justice Department’s announcement of the charges was the latest in a string of moves to make civil rights protections a priority.

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3 Indicted on Federal Hate Crime Charges in Ahmaud Arbery Shooting

The Justice Department’s announcement of the charges was the latest in a string of moves to make civil rights protections a priority.

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Prosecutors Are Said to Have Sought Aggressive Approach to Capitol Riot Inquiry

Their proposal was quashed amid concerns that it would violate First Amendment protections, people briefed on the plan said.

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Black Democrats, Conflicted on a Voting Rights Push, Fear It’s Too Late

In the South, Black Democrats describe a party too slow in combating Republican voting limits. And Black lawmakers are wary that a major elections bill could reduce their power in Congress.

#black-people, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #congressional-black-caucus, #democratic-party, #law-and-legislation, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #voting-and-voters, #voting-rights-act-1965

N.A.A.C.P. Leader Says ‘a Few Checks’ Can’t Fix Structural Racism

“There is a responsibility of corporations to ensure that we maintain a stable democracy,” Derrick Johnson said.

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