Parts of Connecticut’s law addressing the Newtown school massacre, including the creation of new credentials to purchase long guns and ammunition, took effect Monday.
Changes in New York election law will no longer have to be pre-cleared by the Department of Justice. That’s the effect of the high court’s ruling that struck down a part of the Voting Rights Act that since 1965 has protected minority voters.
Former Chief of Department Joseph Esposito was questioned by about whether the police department has any program for tracking officers who may have a suspicious pattern of racial profiling in using stop-and-frisk tactics.
NAACP President Benjamin Jealous denounced the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy in a sermon Sunday, and announced a second wave of activism against the policy.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg lashed out Friday at the NAACP’s New York state branch and a network of Hispanic groups for filing a lawsuit against the city’s ban of supersized sugary drinks.
The beverage industry is trying to take the fizz out of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s big sugary soda ban. The two sides battled like Coke versus Pepsi in court on Wednesday.
Rev. William Owens takes great issue with Obama’s linkage of Dr. King’s civil rights movement of the past to the current gay rights movement regarding same-sex marriage. Owens says that King embraced traditional religion, and he strongly suggests that King would not want his civil rights’ mission altered to include same-sex marriage.
One day after Rush Limbaugh called on W. Mitt Romney to use racist attacks against the President, Romney dispatched campaign surrogate John Sununu to deliver a message to the first African American President of the United States: we will teach you how to be an American.
Romney had an opportunity to open a dialogue with the NAACP. Instead he talked about denying civil rights to a civil rights organization and spoke in condescending and paternalistic terms about being a better president for African Americans than Barack Obama. It was a clear and cynical play for white votes.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg stood at the pulpit of a black church in a high-crime area of Brooklyn on Sunday to make a tough point: The New York Police Department policy of street stops would continue in a city where “96 percent of shooting suspects are black or Hispanic.”
During the brief appearance Thursday, Zimmerman stood up straight and wore a gray prison jumpsuit. He spoke only to answer “Yes, sir,” after he was asked basic questions about the charge against him.
Officer Julian Castellanos, head of the state police recruiting unit, said the force should ideally mirror the state population.
Groups representing minorities in New Jersey have appealed to Gov. Chris Christie to make the state Supreme Court more diverse. The Legislative Black Caucus sent a letter this month urging Christie to use his next appointment to nominate a minority.
A decade after a discrimination court settlement, the percentage of black troopers has dropped from 8 percent to 6.4 percent in a state with an almost 14 percent African American population.
A surprising coalition of the teacher’s union joined by the NAACP is suing to stop what they see as the city’s unfair direction of public school resources to charter schools.