How Phoenix Explains a Rise in Police Violence: It’s the Civilians’ Fault

By | December 10th, 2018|Police & Community|

PHOENIX — All Marco Zepeda, a 44-year-old blind man, wanted to do when he went inside a convenience store last June was use the bathroom.

But as he tried to find his way, the police report said, Mr. Zepeda had the misfortune of walking near a police officer using

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A Surge of Anti-Semitism

By | December 5th, 2018|Education, Hate Crimes, Intergroup Relations|

The reports of the Jewish psychology professor at Teachers College, Columbia University, who walked into her office in late November to find bloodred swastikas and a slur, “Yid,” painted on her walls drew widespread attention and shock from the public.

After all, the episode came only a month after the fatal shooting at the Tree of

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WHAT A LACK OF FEDERAL OVERSIGHT MEANS FOR LOCAL POLICE REFORM

By | December 5th, 2018|Police & Community|

Last month, a video was released of two police officers in Elkhart, Indiana, repeatedly punching a handcuffed man in the face. The episode was just the latest in a long-troubled police department where nearly all of its supervisors have disciplinary records.

This is the sort of problem that Congress sought

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He’s Built an Empire, With Detained Migrant Children as the Bricks

By | December 3rd, 2018|Immigration|

Juan Sanchez grew up along the Mexican border in a two-bedroom house so crowded with children that he didn’t have a bed. But he fought his way to another life. He earned three degrees, including a doctorate in education from Harvard, before starting a nonprofit in his Texas hometown.

Mr. Sanchez has

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ACLU critiques planned LAPD discipline changes

By | November 30th, 2018|Police & Community|

LOS ANGELES — As the Los Angeles City Council is close to finalizing a new policy for police disciplinary panels to include more regular citizens, the American Civil Liberties Union and some other groups released a report Thursday critical of some of the proposed changes.

The City Council earlier this month voted to have the city’s

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Menial Tasks, Slurs and Swastikas: Many Black Workers at Tesla Say They Faced Racism

By | November 30th, 2018|Employment & Housing, Intergroup Relations|

FREMONT, Calif. — Owen Diaz had seen swastikas in the bathrooms at Tesla’s electric-car plant, and he had tried to ignore racist taunts around the factory.

“You hear, ‘Hey, boy, come here,’ ‘N-i-g-g-e-r,’ you know, all this,” said Mr. Diaz, who is African-American. Then, a few hours into his shift running the

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‘HATE IS JUST EXHAUSTING’: GROWING UP WITH—AND RUNNING AWAY FROM—THE KU KLUX KLAN

By | November 29th, 2018|Extremism, Hate Crimes, Intergroup Relations|

Earlier this month, the Federal Bureau of Investigation released its annual hate crime report, reporting that the number of hate crimes committed in 2017 was 17 percent higher than the previous year. Although the FBI’s report does not offer any explanation for this increase, the role of white nationalism is apparent, especially when considering

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‘They got me. I’m afraid.’: Swastikas spray-painted on a Jewish professor’s office at Columbia

By | November 29th, 2018|Education, Hate Crimes, Intergroup Relations|

The psychology professor pulled open the heavy oak doors of Horace Mann Hall, which boasts 16-foot ceilings and varnished wood floors, and headed to her fourth-floor office. Filing in behind her were students preparing for a 1:30 p.m. lab meeting Wednesday. As they entered her workspace, they passed a mezuza, a small box containing

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Independent Autopsy of Transgender Asylum Seeker Who Died in ICE Custody Shows Signs of Abuse

By | November 28th, 2018|Immigration, LGBT, Police & Community|

A transgender woman who died in the custody of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency appeared to have been physically abused before her death in May from dehydration, along with complications from H.I.V., according to an independent autopsy released this week.

The finding in the death of the woman, Roxsana Hernandez Rodriguez,

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The Number of Undocumented Immigrants in the U.S. Has Dropped, a Study Says. Here Are 5 Takeaways

By | November 28th, 2018|Immigration|

Shortly after then-candidate Donald Trump announced his presidential campaign, he suggested that the number of undocumented immigrants living in the United States could exceed 30 million. But a new study puts the number far lower and shows a significant decline over more than a decade.

The

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