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  • March 9, 2015: Weekly News Roundup

    Weekly News Roundup March 8, 2015 at 6:23 pm 0 comments

    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. The reports stated that […]

  • The Role of Violence in Ferguson

    Violence is more than just looting and fist fighting, but a harsh and rude disruption of the order of things. Can the whole of America be forced to wrestle with America’s most insidious problem absent violence of some sort considering the almost religious aversion to dealing with the continuing legacy of racism?

  • Bedford, Feminism and Prostitution in Canada

    Criminal Justice, Sex Equality March 6, 2015 at 10:01 am 0 comments

    In Canada v. Bedford (2013), the Supreme Court of Canada declared Canada’s existing prostitution laws unconstitutional and gave the Canadian government one year to redraft the existing statutes. Subsequently, the Court’s decision has provided an opportunity for feminists to discuss their competing conceptions of prostitution and of women in the […]

  • The Fight for President Obama’s Immigration Reform

    Race and Immigration March 4, 2015 at 10:07 am 0 comments

    The past few weeks have been a whirlwind of ups and downs in the fight for immigrant rights across the country. On February 16th, a Texas federal judge ordered a temporary injunction halting President Obama’s newest executive action to expand protection from deportation to broader groups of undocumented immigrants. The […]

  • March 2, 2015: Weekly News Roundup

    Uncategorized March 2, 2015 at 10:29 am 0 comments

    FCC Approves Net Neutrality The FCC approved net neutrality in a 3-2 vote on Thursday. Under net neutrality, the FCC will treat Internet service provides as public utilities, giving them greater power to regulate. Supporters of net neutrality, such as the ACLU, believe this is a historic win for online […]

  • Condemn, Don’t Convict, for “Graft”

    Criminal Justice February 28, 2015 at 6:58 pm 0 comments

    When news broke that Maureen McDonnell had been sentenced to a year and a day in prison for alleged crimes she committed alongside her husband, former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, the New York Times ran a perfunctory piece titled, “Former First Lady of Virginia is Sentenced to Prison for Graft.” […]

  • Local Government Protection of Affordable Housing

    Poverty and Economic Justice February 27, 2015 at 1:47 pm 0 comments

    Should affordable housing be a right? Perhaps this is a necessary outcome to protect the civil rights of low- and moderate-income families, which often tend to overlap with racial minorities, and prevent them from losing their homes.

  • February 23, 2015: Weekly News Roundup

    Uncategorized February 22, 2015 at 5:09 pm 0 comments

    Protests Continue Following Police Shooting in Washington State  The fatal police shooting of Antonio Zambrano-Montes on February 10 has spurred daily protests in Pasco, Washington. The police claim Zambrano-Montes, a Mexican immigrant, was throwing rocks at the officers, but the situation is still under investigation. Protestors have been gathering at […]

  • Affirmative Action and Exclusion: How Race-Based Admissions Impact Asian Americans

    Education, Race, Race and Immigration February 16, 2015 at 10:50 pm 0 comments

    On December 17th, 2014, the nonprofit organization Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA) filed suit in the Massachusetts District Court against Harvard College, alleging racial discrimination in its admissions policy. However, the targets of the allegedly discriminatory practice are Asian Americans, a group that most people would not associate with a […]

  • February 16, 2015: Weekly News Roundup

    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 Americans more closely because […]