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Civil Rights

  1. civil rights
    Civil-Rights Icon Julian Bond Has DiedThe lifelong champion of minority rights was 75.
  2. the national interest
    Rick Perry, Republicans, and the African-American VotePerry is clear about the past, confused about the present.
  3. 66-Year-Old Nebraska Woman Sues All Gay PeopleThe seven-page handwritten lawsuit is titled Driskell v. Homosexuals.
  4. Eric Holder Has Become a ‘Black Political Superhero’His exit is a glimpse into the grief two years from now when the first black family leaves the White House.
  5. No Civil-Rights Charges for Former Ferguson Police Officer Darren WilsonThe Justice Department found no way to prove that Wilson’s use of force against Michael Brown was “objectively unreasonable.”
  6. Feds Demand More Sports for Girls in New York City Public SchoolsThe New York City public-school system needs to find 3,862 more openings in athletic programs if it wants to create equal opportunities for young women.
  7. nypd
    The NYPD Pressures Jailed Muslims to Become Police InformantsMeet the Citywide Debriefing Team.
  8. shop and frisk
    Shoppers Now Have a ‘Bill of Rights’ Against Profiling, for What It’s WorthNot much, one victims says.
  9. civil rights
    March on Washington’s 50th Anniversary PhotosEric Holder and other leaders spoke about the continued need to fight for civil rights.
  10. crimes and misdemeanors
    Zimmerman Won’t Be Getting His Gun Back After AllAt least not yet.
  11. 2013
    Bill Thompson Makes Stop-and-Frisk a Personal Issue in Mayoral RaceHe got unusually heated on the subject last night.
  12. crimes and misdemeanors
    NYPD Violated $22 Million Worth of Civil Rights in a YearIncluding settlements for police brutality, racial discrimination, and the wrongful arrest of a 12-year-old.
  13. get off my lawn
    Alabama Court Is Not OK With Man Who Buried Deceased Wife in Front YardThe man has appealed the decision.
  14. politics
    Frank Rich on The Last Word: Did Romney Fight for Civil Rights Within His Church?Romney was very active in the church at a crucial time.
  15. america!
    Michigan Inmate Brings Lawsuit 12-Year-Old Boys Can’t Wait to CitePorn and video games are a civil right, he says.
  16. surprises
    The ‘Original Civil Rights Photographer’ Unveiled As FBI Informant“It is an amazing betrayal.”
  17. crossing over
    Arizona Sheriff Could Give Two Hoots About the Rights of Illegal Immigrants, Federal ProbesThe DOJ filed a suit against Joe Arpaio for failing to turn over documents in a civil-rights probe.
  18. early and often
    Chris Smith: Are Voters Ready for Civil Rights Redux?Senator Barack Obama gave a brave, powerful, important speech yesterday in Philadelphia, but he was forced to deliver it by the greatest crisis of his candidacy: the furor created by the incendiary remarks of his former Chicago pastor, the Reverend Jeremiah Wright.
  19. intel
    Al Sharpton to Go to Chicago, Take on Jesse Jackson? Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton have had a difficult relationship over the years — at times a bitterly difficult one — and it’s about to get even more complex. This week, Sharpton will go into direct competition with Jackson, his theoretical mentor and occasional father figure, by opening a branch of his civil-rights advocacy group, National Action Network, in Jackson’s hometown of Chicago, where the elder activist’s own civil-rights advocacy group, the Rainbow/PUSH coalition, is headquartered. “There is a demand in that market, and we’re answering that demand,” Sharpton told New York, innocently. “Every generation does its own thing. Growth of the movement is a good thing.” A Chicago press conference to announce the new National Action Network chapter is planned for Wednesday, and neither Jackson nor anyone from Rainbow/PUSH is on the list of scheduled speakers. But someone interesting is: the Reverend Jeremiah Wright Jr., Barack Obama’s pastor. (He’s the guy who once titled a speech “Audacity to Hope,” giving Obama book ideas.) While it’s unclear if Wright is sidestepping his fellow Chicago clergyman to ally with Sharpton, his daughter, Jeri Wright, definitely is. She’ll be running Sharpton’s new outpost. She gave Jackson a heads-up earlier this week, she said, and he wasn’t upset: “He said, ‘Whatever I can do to help, just let me know.’” —Geoffrey Gray Related: Rev Vs. Rev [NYM]
  20. in other news
    Clothing Bargains for Transgender People, Too!In another small victory for the city’s ever-brawnier transgender-rights movement, Loehmann’s, that venerable mecca of fashion markdowns, has agreed to let its customers choose fitting rooms and restrooms based on the gender they identify as rather than the one they may look like to the rest of us. The decision came after Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund filed a complaint with the city’s human-rights commission because the Seventh Avenue store last year denied Jane Galla, “a transgender woman and regular Loehmann’s shopper,” as the press release describes her, access to the women’s dressing room. Galla took today’s news with aplomb. “Like all New Yorkers, I appreciate a good bargain,” she said in the release, “but the price is too high if I have to endure discrimination when I go shopping.” Agreed. But, well, what if it’s a really good bargain? —Tim Murphy
  21. in other news
    Breaking: Jailing People for Speaking Out May Be IllegalA Manhattan federal jury has confirmed something you probably knew all along: It seems throwing political protesters in the slammer, instead of writing them a ticket, kinda sorta interferes with the First Amendment. The NYPD’s lock-’em-up policy, born amid the paranoia of 2001, was short-lived (it’s already off the books) and resulted in about 30 arrests, which now may mean 30 settlements for NYPD to cough up. The biggest mistake the boys in blue apparently made was committing the policy to the books in the first place: Nothing leaves a paper trail like, well, paper. The demonstrators’ side alleged that the practice had existed for years as an unwritten rule — ever since the 1999 Amadou Diallo shooting and the spate of rallies it occasioned. Lacking concrete proof, the jury didn’t buy it; if it had, the city would be looking at about 350 more settlements. Darned First Amendment. Jury Rules Against NYPD’s Rally Lockups [NYDN]