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
Supreme Court Allows Texas to Use Strict Voter ID Law in Coming Election
On Saturday the Supreme Court issued an order allowing the use of Texas's controversial voter identification law in its upcoming November election. The law requires voters to present certain photo identification before casting their ballots.
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Even if We Defeat the Islamic State, We’ll Still Lose the Bigger War
The United States’ effort to end ISIS is just the latest in a series of Middle Eastern Wars, starting with Iran in 1980, and also involving Libya, Lebanon, Iraq, Somalia, Bosnia, Saudi Arabia,
Debate Brews Over Warantless Spying
Contributing to the ongoing debate on warrantless wiretapping, the Obama administration is now considering whether the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act requires that the Treasury Department must inform people or groups it lists as foreign terrorists when it relies on warrantless surveillance as
Good morning all, and to those of you in the Boston area, happy Marathon Monday! Here's the latest in the world of civil rights and civil liberties from the past week.
"House Votes Down Bill to Repeal La. Sodomy Laws"
Despite sodomy laws being ruled unconstitutional over