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This Week in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

This week, the Supreme Court ruled on the census, thousands gather to protest Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court nomination, states throughout the country see significant decisions regarding voter participation, and President Trump attempts to use recent ICE arrests to fuel his campaign.

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The Federal Government’s Execution Spree Must End

On July 25, 2019, US Attorney General William Barr announced that the US government would resume executions after a nearly two-decade hiatus. The first killing of the new regime occurred nearly a year later with the execution of Daniel Lewis Lee on July 14, 2020. In...

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A Colorblind Test For a Racialized System

A “reasonable juvenile” standard employs a colorblind test to regulate a deeply racialized system. That is a recipe for perpetuating inequality and undermining constitutional law’s ability to protect the most marginalized.

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This Week in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

This week, concerns about voter disenfranchisement heading into the 2020 Presidential election are high, a domestic terrorist group attempted to kidnap the Governor of Michigan, President Trump has refused to participate in the next Presidential debate, and the Senate holds hearings for Amy Comey Barrett’s Supreme Court nomination amid news of her anti-choice involvement.

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Woke Superheroes

In their day, strong men in spandex were celebrated for bringing justice to their cities. But today, our concept of justice is markedly different than it was in the 1960s: beating up or caging enough “bad guys” will never eliminate society’s scourges. The real options are harder and do not work 100 percent of the time. We cannot count on cheap, flawless, always reliable alternatives to prison and policing any more than we can count on Spiderman to stop a robbery. 

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This Week in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

Welcome to This Week in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. This week, Breonna Taylor’s grand jury recordings were released. Trump refused to condemn white supremacists and appeared to insinuate that minorities and low-income people are ruining the “American Dream.” The...

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America’s War on Black Trans Women

The message of our federal and state governments failing to protect (and sometimes actively harming) Black trans women is terrifying: if the government doesn’t care about Black trans women, then citizens don’t have to care either. In other words, because the law treats Black trans women with disregard and violence, it gives individuals a free pass to do the same.

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This Week in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

This week, the Department of Homeland Security investigates allegations of unwanted hysterectomies at an immigration detention center, postal workers face mounting COVID-19 risks as the election approaches, and the Education Department withholds millions of dollars in desegregation grant money from Connecticut schools.

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We're now accepting student writing submissions for Vol. 56.2 from HLS students on any topic related to civil rights or civil liberties! Get your submission in to eics.crcl.vol.56@gmail.com by Sun., 10/11/20. For more information, visit https://harvardcrcl.org/submit/.

The lives of Black victims do not matter nearly as much as those of white ones when it comes to the death penalty, a new study finds.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/03/us/racial-gap-death-penalty.html?referringSource=articleShare

Applications are open for article submissions for CR-CL 56.2. Please submit any articles that broadly touch on civil rights and civil liberties for publication. Details can be found here: https://harvardcrcl.org/submit/

Check out our newest blog post by Christina Coleburn about confronting racism! https://harvardcrcl.org/the-ostrich-rears-its-head-americas-2020-racial-reckoning-is-a-victory-and-opportunity/

Check out the second article in our series about racism and police brutality! Olivia Murray discusses prison abolition: https://harvardcrcl.org/why-8-wont-work/

Check out "Why We Can't Wait"—a powerful piece by Mo Light and the first in our new online series about racism and police brutality: https://harvardcrcl.org/why-we-cant-wait/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=why-we-cant-wait

As a journal, we stand with the student protestors HLS is attempting to discipline for exercising their free speech rights regarding prison divestment. Please sign the petition here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1TGkQyJlUPuvl9wqv5MAis8c7iec9A5JFzY92tj0Z_ns/viewform?edit_requested=true

We have 3 terrific pieces up on how progressives must reclaim the meaning of our Constitution.

Our contributors reflect back on progressives' priorities at the beginning of the Obama Administration and look forward to fights in 2021 and beyond.

https://harvardlpr.com/2020/04/02/online-symposium-the-future-of-progressive-constitutionalism/

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