The latest news stories concerning civil rights and civil liberties.
Workers walk-out on Tax Day to rally for a livable minimum wage Retail and fast food employees demonstrated on April 15, the nation's Tax Day, calling for a new federal minimum wage of $15/ hour. The protesters argue that selective, incremental pay raises are insufficient. On a
F.B.I. Begins Civil Rights Investigation into Police Beating of Suspect in California On Friday, ten San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies were placed on paid leave after a news camera taped them attacking a fleeing suspect. The suspect, Francis Pusok, attempted to flee pursuing authorities on horseback
Verdict Still Out on Social Impact of Pao Gender Discrimination Case On Friday, March 27, the jury in the Ellen Pao gender discrimination case returned a verdict for the defendant Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, finding Pao was not fired in retaliation for her reporting of
Ferguson Report On March 4th, the Justice Department released two reports on the policing and court practices in Ferguson, Missouri. The first report focused on the killing of Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson, while the second centered on the practices of the Ferguson Police Department.
FBI Director Addresses Race and Policing In a speech to Georgetown students, director of the FBI, James B. Comey, spoke about how racial perceptions affect policing in neighborhoods where African Americans commit crimes at a higher rate. Mr. Comey said some officers in these areas scrutinize African
Students Sue the Harvard Corporation to Compel Divestment from Fossil Fuels After two years of urging Harvard to publicly discuss divestment from fossil fuels, a group of Harvard students has sued the Harvard Corporation, “alleging that the threat of global warming is so serious and so immediate
Department of Education Okays Princeton’s Revised Sexual Assault Policy The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights has entered into an agreement with Princeton University regarding its Title XI violations. After mishandling complaints of sexual assault and hostile work environment, Princeton implemented new policies
After an eventful midterm election, there are numerous new developments related to civil rights. Here is a selection of the most significant: Ferguson Authorities Enact No-Fly Zone to Keep Out Media - New York Times We begin with a development that occurred before yesterday's election. According to a series
There has been considerable coverage on the new Harvard University sexual harassment policy. On Oct. 15, a group of 28 HLS faculty members published this op-ed in the Boston Globe arguing that the new university policy 1) violates principles of Due Process, 2) inappropriately expanded prohibited