Criminal Justice

After 4 Years of Fighting, Palestinian-American Activist Rasmea Odeh Accepts Plea Agreement in Immigration Fraud and Terrorism Case

In light of the current political climate, Odeh believes that she could not receive a fair trial in her legal battle with the federal government over immigration fraud and terrorism charges.

New Settlement Aims to Protect Muslims From Discriminatory NYPD Surveillance

“This agreement sends a critical message to the federal government and police forces around the country that law enforcement can and must do its job without resorting to discrimination.”

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How Trump's Proposed Budget Will Impact People of Color

We went through the budget line by line, so you don’t have to.

A protester holds a Black Lives Matter placard during march in reaction to the fatal police shooting of unarmed black man, Alfred Olango, on September 30, 2016, in El Cajon, California.

STUDY: Concerns About Race Relations in U.S. at a Record High

Forty-two percent of Americans worry a "great deal," according to a new Gallup poll.

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'Formation' Director: 'I Didn't Know the Video Was Going to Incite All Those Conversations'

Melina Matsoukas opens up about her work with both Knowles sisters, being a Black woman in a White man-dominated industry for the New Yorker. 

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Trump's VOICE Program Could Take Us Back to Darker Times

VOICE, the new office Trump has created for victims of crimes committed by undocumented people, won't keep anyone safer. It will further criminalize people of color. 

Hosted by Noticias Telemundo Anchor José Díaz-Balart, “Conoce tus derechos” (Know Your Rights) covered specific scenarios under President Donald Trump’s new immigration policies and informed the audience about their legal rights.

3 Must-See Segments from Telemundo's Latest 'Know Your Rights' Special

The Spanish-language network touched on what documented and undocumented immigrants need to know if ICE officers show up.

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DOJ Reverses Ban on Private Prisons, Stocks Spike

This is despite a report that concluded that privately-run federal facilities are not safe, secure or even cost efficient.

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Take the 2017 Colorlines Reader Survey. Then Get Free Stuff!

Please take our first reader survey in many years. There's good music in it for you.

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SCOTUS Says Racially Biased Testimony Sentenced Black Man to Death

The Supreme Court just ruled that Duane Buck should have another chance to argue for his life.

STUDY: Ban the Box Plus Racism Equals Discrimination Against Workers of Color

A new study says that policies that prevent companies from asking about criminal records are limiting job opportunities for a very specific group of people.

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Trump Says New Executive Orders Will Lower Crime, ACLU Requests Receipts

“President Trump intends to build task forces to investigate and stop national trends that don’t exist.… He persists in ignoring the all-too-real deaths of Black and Brown people at the hands of law enforcement.”

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How Civil Rights Groups Feel About Sessions' Confirmation in 9 Tweets

“The man in charge of enforcing hate crimes laws doesn’t think they should exist.”

A protester holds a Black Lives Matter placard during march in reaction to the fatal police shooting of unarmed black man, Alfred Olango, on September 30, 2016, in El Cajon, California.

STUDY: Police Kill Unarmed Black Civilians at Higher Rates Than White

The report also called for an improved government database to track use-of-force incidents.

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BREAKING: Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Jeff Sessions for Attorney General Spot

The vote is expected to move to the full Senate later this week.

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SCOTUS Nominee Neil Gorsuch: Where He Stands on Civil Rights, Reproductive Justice, the Environment and More

Human Rights Campaign: “We cannot afford a justice who will roll back our rights, or who will be a rubber stamp for Donald Trump’s unconstitutional actions.”

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ACLU Kicks Off 7-Point Plan to Fight Trump Administration, Protect Civil Liberties

The organization also filed requests with several government agencies, demanding documents regarding Trump's possible conflicts of interest.

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The Inauguration Protests in 11 Tweets

From Black Lives Matter to #NoDAPL, activists are out in full force in Washington, D.C.

U.S. President Barack Obama walks out of the White House before boarding Marine One and departing to Louisiana August 23, 2016, in Washington, DC. Obama will survey historic flooding that has damaged more almost 70,000 homes and killed at least 13 people.

President Obama Commutes More Sentences, Twitter Says #FreeEmAll

Will the president use his last days in office to free all political prisoners?

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READ: Coretta Scott King's 1986 Letter Condemning Jeff Sessions

"Mr. Sessions has used the awesome powers of his office in a shabby attempt to intimidate and frighten elderly Black voters."