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Illinois Governor Signs DREAM Act into Law

Friday, August 5, 2011

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed S.B. 2185, the state’s version of the DREAM Act, into law this week, providing college scholarships to students whose parents are either documented or undocumented immigrants.

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Categories: Immigration

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Civil Rights Case Challenging Colorado’s Ability to Fund All of Its Schools Adequately and Equitably Begins

Monday, August 15, 2011

A state District Court in Denver, Colorado is currently hearing arguments in an educational equity case, Lobato v. State of Colorado.

The case, which originated in 2005, is the latest to challenge a state to fund all of its schools adequately and equitably so that every single child is getting the highest quality education.

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Categories: Education

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More Than 70 Organizations Sign Shared Statement of Principles on Tenth Anniversary of 9/11 Attacks

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

On the tenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people in New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania, representatives from more than 70 national civil rights, human rights, civil liberties, Muslim, Jewish, and South Asian groups have signed a shared statement of principles that they say must guide responses to such horrendous and terrifying acts.

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Categories: Human Rights, Discrimination, Religious Freedom

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With Deficit Reduction Deal Secure, Civil and Human Rights Coalition Calls for Job Creation

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights responded to news of Sunday's deficit reduction deal by urging lawmakers to take seriously the need to create jobs for struggling and unemployed Americans.

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Categories: Poverty & Welfare

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Today’s Civil and Human Rights Leaders Reflect on the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

In honor of the opening of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial this week on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., AARP, as part of its “My Generation” series, has produced a short video about the life and legacy of Dr. King’s work and his message of hope and peace for all humanity.

The video features  interviews with former U.S. Secretary of State Gen. Colin L. Powell (Ret), acclaimed journalist Colman McCarthy, Freedom Rider Reverend Perry A. Smith, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Karen Narasaki of the Asian American Justice Center, Dolores Huerta of the United Farm Workers and Zainab Al-Suwaij of the American Islamic Congress.

[CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER: Join us on Sat. Aug. 27 to Rally and March for Jobs, Justice, and the American Dream in Washington, D.C. ]

[CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER: The official dedication of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial will take place this Sunday, August 28.]

Categories: Civil Rights History

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Thousands of Citizens Draft a New ‘Contract for the American Dream’

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Amid an economy failing to produce full employment, extended wars, and a disproportionate focus on shredding the nation’s social safety net to protect the fortunes of the few, thousands of citizens have come together online to draft a new “Contract for the American Dream.”

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Categories: Jobs & Economy, Poverty & Welfare

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Department of Justice Files Lawsuit against Alabama’s Anti-Immigrant Law

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

The Department of Justice announced yesterday that it has filed a lawsuit in district court challenging the constitutionality of Alabama's new anti-immigrant law, H.B. 56, considered by many civil and human rights and immigration advocates to be the most draconian law of its kind in the nation.

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Categories: Immigration

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