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Texas Elections Require Monitoring; DOJ

Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, May 13, 2011 Justice Department to Monitor Elections in Texas WASHINGTON – The Justice Department announced today that it will monitor municipal elections on May 14, 2011, in Galveston, Jefferson, Liberty, Medina and San Patricio Counties in Texas to ensure compliance with the Voting […]

Wrongful Use of Taser Lands County Sheriff’s Sergeant in Prison

U.S. Dept. of JusticeCivil Rights DivisionNews ReleaseApril 30, 2012———————– Former Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s sergeant, Althea Mallisham, 52, has been sentenced to 61 months in prison for civil rights convictions for wrongfully using a Taser against three detainees during separate incidents over a four month period in 2008. On Nov. 16, 2011, Mallisham pleaded guilty to […]

How Was Emmett Till’s Murder Different Than the Killing of Trayvon Martin? Back in 1955, Police and FBI Acted Fast…

(Note: I wrote this soon after Trayvon Martin was killed. I believe it is worth repeating today. Susan) Young Emmett Till Why do we still talk about the murder of Emmett Till, some 50-plus years postmortem? I blogged on this topic last August upon the 56th anniversary of Till’s brutal death back in 1955. Now […]

DOJ Takes on Tucson Unified School District in Arizona; Civil Rights News

Department of Justice Office of Public AffairsFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, August 1, 2011 Justice Department Settles Employment Discrimination Lawsuit Against the Tucson Unified School District in Arizona WASHINGTON – The Department of Justice announced today that it has entered into a consent decree with the Tucson Unified School District (TUSD) that, if approved by the […]

Diversity Briefings Newsletter: 11/09/2010

Today’s New Diversity Topics: Battle Over Jail VS Mental Health Heats Up in Orleans Parish, New Immigration Judges Sworn In, Diversity in Law Firms Takes a ‘Hit’, Does Real Diversity Mean We’re All the Same? (Surely Not),  Still Another Bullied 14-Year-Old Commits Suicide,  Guy Or a Girl? Issue a Sticky Wicket On Some Campuses, Spice and Chai […]

October 19, 2010 — Diversity, Civil Rights Briefs

WASHINGTON – A federal jury in Scranton, Pa., has convicted Brandon Piekarsky and Derrick Donchak, both of Shenandoah, Pa., of a hate crime arising out of the fatal beating of Luis Ramirez. The jury found the defendants guilty of violating the criminal component of the federal Fair Housing Act, which makes it a crime to […]

U.S. Department of Justice Works to Combat Religious Discrimination and Protect Freedom of Religious Expression

U.S. Department of JusticeSeptember 14, 2010Website: http://www.justice.gov/crt/religiousdiscrimination/ff_landuse.html Combatting Religious Discrimination and Protecting Freedom of Religious Expression The right to build, buy, or lease a place to assemble for worship is an indispensable part of religious freedom. For many faith groups, the same is true of schools for religious instruction. Religious groups simply cannot exercise their […]

Civil Rights Division Picks Up Steam

After decades of working to enhance civil rights, Maryland Secretary of Labor, Licensing and Regulation Tom Perez has brought his expertise to the person who could make the most use of it — President-elect Barack Obama. The House Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties held its first oversight hearing this week of […]