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This Week in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties: April 29, 2019

This week, the Redacted Mueller report was released, Supreme Court experts warned of a potentially devastating decision on the citizenship question for the 2020 Census, multiple states imposed new aggressive regulations on voter registration efforts, and a US Attorney indicted two Massachusetts state court officials for allegedly allowing an undocumented person to avoid ICE enforcers at a state courthouse.

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Where the Confrontation Clause Gets it Wrong: Police Brutality Cases

As police officers continue to shoot and kill unarmed civilians, we must examine the disparity between police brutality and police accountability. Too many officers kill unarmed Black people with little to no consequences. One barrier to accountability is gathering witnesses, as witnesses are required to present themselves for trial to testify against accused officers.

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Abuse of Power by ICE and CBP: Perspective from an Immigration Attorney and Water Drop Volunteer

Guest post by Kirsten Zittlau. Ms. Zittlau is an immigration attorney living in San Diego, California. She has volunteered dropping water in the California desert near the Mexico border for over two and half years. Ms. Zittlau has been an attorney since 2002 but made the switch to immigration law last year in order to advocate for immigrants and fight against the abuses of power by the current administration.

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Criminalizing Humanitarian Aid

Guest post by Justine Orlovsky-Schnitzler. Justine is the Media Coordinator for No More Deaths/No Más Muertes, a humanitarian organization in Southern Arizona. 

The volunteers’ trial was not predicated on the prosecution proving guilt—our volunteers proudly hiked lifesaving supplies into the Cabeza Prieta Wilderness in August of 2017. This case was based on deeper questions of morality in the law, as federal immigration policy does not account for the reality of lives being lost along our border.   

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New @HarvardCRCL post about Trump adding an immigration question to #2020Census. Trump's legal arguments and rationales are invalid. This is an effort to suppress the self-determination of black&brown communities & keep his white majority. @votolatino

This episode of Taking Liberties, hosts Mahroh Jahangiri and Elizabeth Ross interview Angel Sanchez about his article on prison abolition. Also featuring Rund Khayyat and Melanie Fontes in conversation with Dr. Cynthia Boyer

Dope article by @DemisseSelassie on @HarvardCRCL "
@NipseyHussle was, as many now have understood, 'buying back his hood' – prudently redistributing wealth through job creation before speculative and irresponsibly profit-driven outsiders could arrive. #NipseyHussle

The issues that most affect our brown communities deserve to be acknowledged on all platforms. Thanks for using yours @DemisseSelassie to share the reality of gentrification and the power of reinvesting in our brown communities. Check out the full piece on @HarvardCRCL ✨✨✨

Check out my piece in @HarvardCRCL! Thanks for giving me a platform to highlight the life of @NipseyHussle and the importance of equitable community development. Hope you all enjoy! #NipseyHussle #Nipsey

Agreed. Also reminds me of when @HarvardCRCL published this piece by Thomas C. O'Bryant on his experiences litigating pro se while incarcerated:

So proud of my former student Nate Reisinger, whom I had the privilege of teaching during his 1L year at Carolina, for having his Note published in @HarvardCRCL. Congress enacted many of Nate’s specific recommendations weeks after the issue went to print.

Check out my new post in the @HarvardCRCL Amicus blog about why we should allow anonymous witness testimony in police brutality cases.
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