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Supreme Court Upholds Diversity in College Admissions

Thursday, June 23, 2016

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday ruled (4-3) in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, affirming the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and holding that the race-conscious admissions policy in use when Fisher applied to the university is lawful under the Equal Protection Clause.

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Categories: Equal Opportunity, Promoting Diversity

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Hamstrung Supreme Court Deadlocks in Immigration Case

Thursday, June 23, 2016

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday deadlocked (4-4) in United States v. Texas, a case challenging the Obama administration’s expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) initiative. Both were stopped by a federal district court in Texas, and that court’s order subsequently was upheld by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

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Categories: Immigration

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Vast Racial Disparities in America’s Public Schools Persist, Data Show

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

The Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights on Tuesday released results of its survey – the Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) – providing a comprehensive look at how more than 95,000 public schools in the United States are educating the nation’s children.

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Categories: Education

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CFPB Releases Proposed Payday Lending Rule

Friday, June 3, 2016

At a field hearing in Kansas City on June 2, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) proposed a rule to rein in predatory payday and car title lending – an industry that targets communities of color.

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Categories: Housing & Lending, Poverty & Welfare

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Department of Labor Releases Final Overtime Rule

Thursday, May 19, 2016

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) on Wednesday announced a final rule to update overtime protections for American families that will raise the salary threshold from $23,660 to $47,476 per year. The rule – which goes into effect on December 1, 2016 – is the first comprehensive update to the nation’s overtime rules since the 1970s.

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Categories: Jobs & Economy, Workers' Rights

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HHS Announces New Non-Discrimination Rule

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

On Friday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a new rule to implement Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability in certain health programs or activities.

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Categories: Civil Rights Enforcement Agencies, Discrimination, Health Care, LGBT Rights

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Administration Releases Guidance to Protect Transgender Students

Friday, May 13, 2016

The U.S. Departments of Education and Justice on Friday released joint guidance to clarify schools’ Title IX obligations regarding transgender students and to provide examples of how both departments determine compliance.

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Categories: Discrimination, Education, LGBT Rights

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Spotlight on Humphrey Honoree: Bryan A. Stevenson

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

On May 11, the civil and human rights community will present Bryan A. Stevenson with its highest honor, the Hubert H. Humphrey Civil and Human Rights Award, for his tireless efforts combatting poverty and discrimination. 

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Categories: Civil Rights History

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Spotlight on Humphrey Honoree: The Honorable Nancy Pelosi

Monday, April 25, 2016

On May 11, the civil and human rights community will honor U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi with its highest honor, the Hubert H. Humphrey Civil and Human Rights Award, for her exemplary record of legislative achievement supporting social and economic justice for all Americans.

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Categories: Civil Rights History

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Senate Confirms First Judicial Nominee in Two Months

Monday, April 11, 2016

The Senate on Monday unanimously confirmed Waverly Crenshaw, Jr. to the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, making him the first federal judge confirmed in exactly two months. Crenshaw, an African American who had the support of both his Republican home-state senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker, waited more than 14 months for confirmation – even though he fills one of more than 30 judicial emergencies nationwide.

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Categories: Judiciary

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