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Courtney
Bowie

Courtney Bowie is a senior staff attorney with the ACLU Racial Justice Program. She focuses on litigating cases related to the “school-to-prison pipeline.”

 

Prior to joining the ACLU, Bowie was an attorney with the Southern Poverty Law Center, where she directed the work of its Mississippi Youth Justice Project and litigated systemic claims on behalf of students with disabilities in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. In addition to the rights of children, Bowie has practiced extensively in the area of the rights of people with disabilities. She graduated from the University of Texas Law School and received a B.A. from Wellesley College.
 

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Today We Honor Native Americans (And Not That Other Guy)

Today We Honor Native Americans (And Not That Other Guy)

By Courtney Bowie, Racial Justice Program at 12:43pm
Today, there is a federal holiday in honor of Christopher Columbus, but in South Dakota, citizens celebrate Native American Day "dedicated to the remembrance of the great Native American leaders who contributed so much to the history of [their] state." South Dakota's unique celebration of Native Americans instead of Christopher Columbus is important and not without controversy. However, the controversy should be in celebrating Christopher Columbus.
Solution to Campus Diversity Problem Isn't Segregation Everywhere Else

Solution to Campus Diversity Problem Isn't Segregation Everywhere Else

By Dennis Parker, Director, ACLU Racial Justice Program & Courtney Bowie, Racial Justice Program at 6:04pm

Yesterday, the Supreme Court issued its long-awaited opinion in the university admissions case, Fisher v. University of Texas. In it, the Court left intact the important principle that universities have a compelling interest in a diverse student body,…

Separate Is Not Equal

Separate Is Not Equal

By Courtney Bowie, Racial Justice Program & Karyn Rotker, Race, Poverty, and Civil Liberties Attorney at 5:02pm

In a letter released this week, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) informed Wisconsin that its publicly-funded private school voucher program must comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. In its letter, DOJ reminded Wisconsin that the state's…

Wearing a Hoodie While Brown Does Not Mean You Are in a Gang

By Courtney Bowie, Racial Justice Program at 5:00pm

On December 16, 2010, West High School officials in Salt Lake City, Utah invited the Metro Gang Task Force into the school to conduct a gang sweep. Students identified, searched and interrogated by the police were mostly Latino/a or, in the case of…

Race Matters Everywhere Else in America - Why Shouldn’t It Matter in College Admissions?

Race Matters Everywhere Else in America - Why Shouldn’t It Matter in College Admissions?

By Courtney Bowie, Racial Justice Program at 10:25am

Today, the Supreme Court will hear the so-called affirmative action case, Fisher v. University of Texas.  The Court will decide whether or not the university’s use of race, as one of many factors in its admissions process, is constitutional.…

Why I Work for Racial Justice

By Courtney Bowie, Racial Justice Program at 5:45pm

As I reflect upon Black History Month and how I ended up here at the ACLU’s Racial Justice Program, I realize that my path to the ACLU probably began before I was born.

I met my Uncle Harry John Bowie ten years after his initial participation…

Why We Advocate Against the School-to-Prison-Pipeline

Why We Advocate Against the School-to-Prison-Pipeline

By Courtney Bowie, Racial Justice Program & Jed Oppenheim, Southern Poverty Law Center at 12:14pm

EB’s story, common in many ways and tragic in most, demonstrates why we — as advocates against harsh school discipline policies — fight against harsh school discipline policies that funnel children from school to jail. When…

The Legacy of Derrick Bell

By Courtney Bowie, Racial Justice Program & Inimai Chettiar, ACLU at 4:50pm

The following is an excerpt from a longer article appearing on ACSblog:

Professor Derrick Bell, who passed away on Wednesday, was a racial justice pioneer and teacher who enlightened many. His actions spoke as loudly as his words and influence…

A Disturbing New Trend: Jailing Poor Black Mothers for Trying to Educate Their Children

By Courtney Bowie, Racial Justice Program & Inimai Chettiar, ACLU at 6:24pm

In a case very similar to one in Akron, Ohio, we wrote about a few months ago, a Connecticut homeless woman is currently facing felony charges for enrolling her 5-year-old son in a Norwalk elementary school by using her babysitter's address. …

Arizona Stands Against Racism. [Insert Laughter]

By Alexa Kolbi-Molinas, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project & Courtney Bowie, Racial Justice Program at 2:23pm

Apparently, Arizona lawmakers were concerned you might not believe they were committed to fighting racism. So this week, the state of Arizona took the important step of enacting a law, the first of its kind, that seeks to protect communities of color…

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