It didn’t get much media attention, but the U.S. Congress banned the use of federal funds for racial profiling last week by voice vote. This adds to the existing federal rules which ban federal law enforcement agencies and joint task forces from racial profiling (excluding airport security. We have our eye on you TSA!). OfContinue reading “Banning Racial Profiling is Long Overdue”
On Saturday night, July 13, 2013, you could hear the people next to you breathing as thousands of civil rights leaders huddled together listening to the court verdict of the George Zimmerman trial. Not Guilty. On the night of the verdict—at first there was silence, then tears, then anger that could only yield byContinue reading “The Acquittal of George Zimmerman in the Murder of Trayvon Martin re-Energizes the Movement to End Racial Profiling”
Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., used teen pop stars Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez to argue that the Arizona immigration law allowing officers to check the immigration status of detainees will lead to racial profiling.
On Monday, June 25, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in Arizona v. United States, a challenge to the constitutionality of Arizona’s controversial racial profiling law, SB 1070.
Last week, a federal judge refused to block enforcement of Alabama’s anti-immigration law, HB 56. This law, the harshest anti-immigrant law in the country, requires law enforcement officers to check the immigration status of anyone they suspect may be an undocumented immigrant and demands that K-12 schools track the immigration status of children. This lawContinue reading “Alabama’s H.B. 56 is Bad for People of Color”