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Democrats Focus on Voting Rights Ahead of 2020 Primary
January 3, 2019
Multiple potential contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination are elevating the issue of voting rights as they prepare to launch campaigns. They’re vowing to oppose Republican-backed efforts to require identification to vote, reinstate protections eliminated by a 2013 Supreme Court ruling and frequently highlight the necessity of counting every vote. ... read more »
Supreme Court Hears Important Civil Forfeiture Case
December 6, 2018
An analysis by the Southern Poverty Law Center found that while federal forfeitures totaled $93.7 million in 1986, this revenue grew by more than 4,600 percent – to $4.5 billion a year – by 2014. ... read more »
Chicago Defends Location of Obama Library in Federal Court
November 29, 2018
The City of Chicago made its first full-throated response this week to a lawsuit seeking to stop construction of the Obama Presidential Center, saying the buildings would sit on land that wasn't subject to restrictive public-trust laws. ... read more »
Officers In Freddie Gray Case Appeal Claim To Supreme Court
October 11, 2018
Freddie Gray died at 25 years old in 2015, a week after he suffered a spinal injury in a police van. ... read more »
Senator Kamala Harris Statement on Confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh
October 11, 2018
The Judge Kavanaugh the American people saw before the Judiciary Committee does not have the character, the temperament, or the judgment to sit on the highest court in our land. ... read more »
Success On “The Way” Ask Dr. Jeanette: “Presumption of Innocence-The Assault on Lady Justice!”
October 11, 2018
The presumption of innocence: the principle that one is considered innocent unless proven guilty. “The burden of proof is on the one who declares, not on one who denies.” Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment to the lifetime position of Supreme Court Justice has piercing implications for the past, today and future; a pivotal, historical moment. ... read more »
The Criminalization of Poverty: Cash Bail for Non-Violent Misdemeanors Perpetuates Unequal Treatment Under the Law
October 4, 2018
Praise the Lord, indeed. Since the Voting Rights Act of 1965, Black voting rates – particularly in presidential years – rose steadily. In 2008, the Black voting rate matched the White rate for the first time and in 2012 exceeded it. Not coincidentally, in 2013 the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act and the Black voter turnout in 2016 dipped to a low not seen since 2004. ... read more »
Success On “The Way” Ask Dr. Jeanette-Racism: The “Scourge” of This Age
October 4, 2018
During The Kavanaugh hearings for Supreme Court Justice, I have heard commentators make’ derogatory remarks like “old White men.” It’s not isolated to people of color; it’ssymptomatic of a deeper diseased spiritual issue; at its source is endemic hatred, a characteristic seemingly more prevalent in our country. ... read more »
Assemblymember Santiago and Senator Wiener Issue Statements on Net Neutrality
October 4, 2018
Assemblymember Miguel Santiago is issuing the following statement about Governor Jerry Brown’s signing of Senate Bill 822 a few hours ago:  “This measure ensures that we, in California, will maintain a free and open internet that doesn’t discriminate or price users or content differently. I applaud Governor Brown for leading the nation by signing the strongest net neutrality bill in the country,” said Assemblymember Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles). “California leads the fight against the Trump Administration agenda to destroy the internet as we know it.”  ... read more »
Echoes of Anita Hill in #MeToo allegation against Kavanaugh
September 18, 2018
  WASHINGTON (AP) — The sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh recall Anita Hill’s accusations against Clarence Thomas in 1991, but there are important differences as well as cautions for senators considering how to deal with the allegations. ... read more »
Congressional Black Caucus Opposes SCOTUS Nominee Brett Kavanaugh
September 12, 2018
  In a recent  ...  to Senate leaders, the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) formally expressed its opposition to the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court.   ... read more »
Mumia Abu-Jamal’s Appeal Request Continued
September 6, 2018
The district attorney's office turned over a document Monday that the defense says could show State Supreme Court Justice Ronald Castille was personally involved in the case. The judge Thursday ordered the parties to continue searching for additional documents before he hears arguments in October. ... read more »
Stop Kavanaugh: President Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee Must Not Join the High Court
September 6, 2018
“It is confidence in the men and women who administer the judicial system that is the true backbone of the rule of law.” — Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, 531 U.S. 98, Bush v. Gore [Dissent], December 12, 2000 ... read more »
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