U.S. is denying passports to Americans along the border, throwing their citizenship into question

By | August 30th, 2018|Immigration, Intergroup Relations|

PHARR, Tex. — On paper, he’s a devoted U.S. citizen.

His official American birth certificate shows he was delivered by a midwife in Brownsville, at the southern tip of Texas. He spent his life wearing American uniforms: three years as a private in the Army, then as a cadet in the Border Patrol and now as

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Former police officer convicted of murder for shooting unarmed black teen

By | August 29th, 2018|Police & Community|

DALLAS — A white former police officer was found guilty of murder Tuesday in the April 2017 shooting of an African American teenager and could face up to life in prison.

Roy Oliver had testified that he was defending his partner when he fired into a car leaving a house party in the Dallas suburb of

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LAPD inspector general raises concern over officers’ actions with people accused of resisting arrest

By | August 29th, 2018|Police & Community|

The homeless man refused to take down his tent, so the police officers decided to arrest him for resisting them.

As the situation grew increasingly tense, an officer used a Taser on the man, who wore only boxer shorts, even though he was not acting violently and was not likely to be concealing a weapon.

The incident,

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California Gov. Jerry Brown signs overhaul of bail system, saying now ‘rich and poor alike are treated fairly’

By | August 29th, 2018|Police & Community|

California Gov. Jerry Brown has championed legislation and ballot measures downgrading drug crimes, expanding chances of early release for prisoners and easing punishment for juvenile offenders.

On Tuesday, he ushered in one of the most sweeping criminal justice reforms of his administration, signing a bill abolishing the state’s current money bail system, and replacing it with

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ICE arrests in courtrooms escalate feud between California and Trump administration over immigration policy

By | August 29th, 2018|Immigration, Police & Community|

Yovanny Ontiveros-Cebreros arrived at the Sacramento courthouse expecting to plead not guilty to felony drug charges and be allowed to go home. His attorney had said that was standard procedure.

Instead, an immigration agent approached the 38-year-old after his arraignment and put him in handcuffs, saying he was wanted for unlawful reentry into the United States.

With

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‘White Kids’

By | August 28th, 2018|Intergroup Relations|

American colleges struggle with racial tensions every year. Some white students — in incidents that attract widespread attention or in everyday interactions with their minority peers — convey a lack of understanding about race.
A new book, White Kids: Growing Up With Privilege in a Racially Divided America (New York University Press), explores how wealthy white

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Steve James on Observing the Racial Inequities at a Progressive School

By | August 27th, 2018|Education, Intergroup Relations|

During the 2015-16 school year, Steve James, the documentarian behind “Hoop Dreams” and “Life Itself,” and his team of filmmakers observed students, families and staff members at Oak Park and River Forest High School in Oak Park, Ill., a suburb of Chicago. The community has a rich history when it comes to race; Oak Park’s

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States Attempt Closing Racial Gaps to Improve Graduation

By | August 21st, 2018|Education, Intergroup Relations|

More than 40 states have set goals to increase the number of adults who have a college degree or high-quality professional credential within the next few years. But far fewer states have set goals and created policies to close racial equity gaps in pursuit of higher college graduation rates.
Some states, such as Indiana, that did

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What will happen to DACA? Federal court cases could lead to an answer.

By | August 20th, 2018|Education|

Nearly a year after the Trump administration tried to kill an Obama-era program shielding young undocumented immigrants from deportation, dueling lawsuits will probably determine the fate of hundreds of thousands of people who were brought to the country as children.

On Friday, U.S. District Judge John D. Bates ruled that the Trump administration does not have

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The ‘discipline gap’ for blacks in California schools remains as wide as ever

By | August 15th, 2018|Education, Intergroup Relations|

Between 2011 and 2017, out-of-school suspensions in California fell 46 percent, and the rate of suspensions dropped by more than a third.

That students are suspended less frequently is welcome news for civil rights advocates who’ve long been concerned about the fact that certain groups — black students, foster youth, and students with disabilities, in particular

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