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"Without continuing affirmative action in higher education, I worry that Kabir will not have the same enriching college experience that I enjoyed."

"Without continuing affirmative action in higher education, I worry that Kabir will not have the same enriching college experience that I enjoyed."

By Brian Stull, ACLU Capital Punishment Project at 10:20am
At age four, my family moved for "better" schools from Detroit to a suburb just north of 18 Mile Road. Remember the movie 8 Mile, the story of Eminem's emergence from Detroit's suburban borderline? 18 mile road is 10 miles north, but 100 times whiter. With very few nonwhites, school was not a model of diversity or mutual respect. Here was Jeanette, the only Black girl, who squirmed in her seat during the lesson on slavery, not due to the topic but (I believe) because she felt like a spectacle. There was Frank, from a Vietnamese background, whom cruel (and ignorant) children occasionally called "Chink." I remember Rupert, valedictorian, a terrific athlete, and a wit, but known often as the "Indian kid" (if not by a Middle Eastern epithet). We white children lived blind to our own privilege.
"It was being immersed in a diverse college setting that gave me the understanding and tools to fight for social justice."

"It was being immersed in a diverse college setting that gave me the understanding and tools to fight for social justice."

By Jana Kooren, ACLU of Minnesota at 5:18pm

The Supreme Court is expected to issue a decision soon in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin to determine if the University of Texas can consider race as one factor, among many, in attempting to create a diverse educational experience for its…

New York Subjects Prisoners to Solitary as a Disciplinary Tool of First Resort

New York Subjects Prisoners to Solitary as a Disciplinary Tool of First Resort

By Elena Landriscina, Legal Fellow, NYCLU at 1:52pm

On any given day in New York State, approximately 4,500 people are confined for 22 to 24 hours a day in solitary confinement...

New York Prisons: A Human Rights Crisis in Our Own Backyard

New York Prisons: A Human Rights Crisis in Our Own Backyard

By Elena Landriscina, Legal Fellow, NYCLU at 10:45am

 

New York has allowed a human rights crisis to fester in its prisons. Each day, the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision subjects nearly 4,500 prisoners to solitary confinement...

Project Liberty Takes on Indigent Defense

Project Liberty Takes on Indigent Defense

By Lauren Alexander, ACLU of New York at 11:19am

Project Liberty, the New York Civil Liberties Union very own television show, is back and broadcasting across New York State. Our fourth episode highlights the NYCLU’s relentless fight to guarantee that New York’s criminal justice system…

Life in a Box: Inhumane and Unsafe Extreme Isolation in New York’s Prisons

Life in a Box: Inhumane and Unsafe Extreme Isolation in New York’s Prisons

By Michael Cummings, New York Civil Liberties Union at 12:54pm

In New York’s prisons, people caught with too many postage stamps in their cells can land a stint in extreme isolation – the harshest possible punishment in the state prison system.

Extreme isolation – locking one or two people…

Shining a Spotlight on the NYPD’s Low-Profile War on Protest

Shining a Spotlight on the NYPD’s Low-Profile War on Protest

By Taylor Pendergrass, Senior Staff Attorney , NYCLU & Katherine Bromberg, Occupy Wall Street Coordinator, NYCLU at 10:30am

When the Occupy Wall Street movement ignited last fall, there was no shortage of disturbing press reports about NYPD misconduct toward the demonstrators. We've all read stories about the NYPD’s abuses—the eviction of…

NYC Officials Appear Driven to Defend Troubling Stop-and-Frisk Tactics

NYC Officials Appear Driven to Defend Troubling Stop-and-Frisk Tactics

New York City’s leaders, most notably its billionaire mayor, are bent on supporting a stop-and-frisk policy that according to the police department’s own numbers overwhelmingly target minorities.

Medical Marijuana:  The Tipping Point

Medical Marijuana: The Tipping Point

By Rebecca McCray, ACLU Criminal Law Reform Project & Emma Andersson, Criminal Law Reform Project at 3:21pm

Two recent elections, a New York judge’s personal plea, a new state law and a new public opinion poll demonstrate that a seismic national shift has occurred in political attitudes toward medical marijuana. This cascade of developments dramatically…

Stop and Frisk Watch: Keep Tabs on the NYPD with Your Smart Phone

Stop and Frisk Watch: Keep Tabs on the NYPD with Your Smart Phone

By Michael Cummings, New York Civil Liberties Union at 11:13am

The New York Civil Liberties Union is giving smart phones a social conscience. This week, we unveiled Stop and Frisk Watch – a new smart phone app that will empower New Yorkers to hold the NYPD accountable for unlawful, abusive street stops and…

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