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Voting Rights Under Observation by DOJ

Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, June 25, 2012 Justice Department to Monitor Elections in New York The Justice Department announced today that it will monitor primary elections on June 26, 2012, in Orange County and Queens, N.Y., to ensure compliance with the Voting Rights Act of 1965.  The Voting […]

DOJ Sentences Misssour Woman – Vandalism, Arson of Biracial Man’s Home

Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, June 18, 2012 Missouri Woman Sentenced to 63 Months in Prison for Vandalism and Arson of Biracial Man’s Home A Missouri woman was sentenced today to 63 months in prison for her role in the vandalism and arson of a biracial man’s home in Independence, […]

Equal Treatment in Drug Bust; Doesn’t Look Likely

by Alan Bean,  Friends of Justice A routine drug bust in Fort Worth, Texas … has sparked a firestorm of media interest.Seventeen people have been arrested, almost all of them charged with selling small amounts of marijuana to an undercover agent. Fifteen of the defendants are students at Texas Christian University and four are football players.  […]

Curtis Flowers: The Unbelievable Still Takes Place in Mississippi Justice (or Lack Thereof)

On the morning of July 16, 1996, four people were brutally murdered at a furniture store in the small Mississippi town of Winona. By 11:00 am everybody had heard the news: Bertha Tardy, the proprietor of Tardy ’s Furniture, had been killed execution style. Carmen Rigby, Tardy’s longtime bookkeeper, had suffered the same fate, as […]

Mississippi Legislature Impacts Black History Month: Bill Considered Will Mean All White Jury in Flowers Case

From the AP and Friend of Justice: Mississippi lawmakers are considering a bill that could have an impact on the long-running capital murder case of a Montgomery County man accused of killing four people at a furniture store nearly 15 years ago. Curtis Flowers is set to be tried a sixth time later this year […]

Friends of Justice: Lend a Hand

Have you contributed to Friends of Justice? I just made a small donation via PayPal and ask that you consider helping this important organization, too. Friends of Justice is a nonprofit organization that works to uphold due process for all Americans. The organization’s goal is to build a public consensus behind equal access to justice […]

Friends of Justice Moves on Winona Murder Case

(Photo: Legendary Organizer Fannie Lou Hamer by Charmain Reading) Fannie Lou Hamer, a Mississippi Delta civil rights leader, was frequently the target of social injustice. The town where she was once beaten, Winona, is currently the target of a murder investigation by the Friends of Justice. Friends of Justice launches narrative-based campaigns around unfolding cases […]

Friends of Justice Moves into Winona on Murder Case; Former Employee Accused of Multiple Murders

(Photo: Legendary Organizer Fannie Lou Hamer by Charmain Reading) Fannie Lou Hamer, a Mississippi Delta civil rights leader, was frequently the target of social injustice. The town where she was once beaten, Winona, is currently the target of a murder investigation by the Friends of Justice. Friends of Justice launches narrative-based campaigns around unfolding cases […]

From the Land of Emmett Till; Social Justice Group Reports on White Voting Beliefs & Explains What Brought Them to Mississippi

(Photo from the Friends of Justice archives) Remember the Daily Kos poll showing that 47% of southerners had doubts that President Barack Obama was born in Hawaii? What would the numbers look like if the question was posed to white southerners? “Fortunately, we aren’t left to idle speculation. Del Ali of Research 2000 crunched the […]