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Civil Rights Groups and Conservative Leaders Urge FCC to End Practice of Predatory Prison Phone Rates

Monday, May 21, 2012

With a joint letter and a press call, civil rights groups and conservative leaders have united to urge the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to reform prison phone rates.

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Categories: Criminal Justice System, Media & Technology, Prison Phone Rates

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Is Arizona’s Ban on Equal Opportunity Having an Effect?

Friday, May 18, 2012

Following Arizona voters’ approval in 2010 of Proposition 107 -- which placed a ban on equal opportunity programs in public higher education, employment, and contracting -- state university officials are saying it is still too early to determine the law’s impact, according to reporting by Cronkite News.

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Categories: Equal Opportunity

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Lawsuit Challenges Constitutionality of Senate Filibuster Rule

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Common Cause, a government watchdog group, filed a lawsuit yesterday with the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., challenging the use of the filibuster in the Senate as unconstitutional.

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Categories: Judiciary

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Time to Succeed Coalition Launches

Thursday, May 10, 2012

More than 100 national leaders have launched the Time to Succeed Coalition (TSC), a diverse coalition of Americans working to ensure that all children in the nation’s high-poverty communities have the time they need to succeed in school and beyond.

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Categories: Education

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Spotlight on 2012 Humphrey Honoree: Janet Murguía

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

On May 16, the civil and human rights community will honor Janet Murguía, president and CEO of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), with its highest honor: the Hubert H. Humphrey Civil and Human Rights Award. NCLR is the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the U.S.

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Monitor Weekly: The Latest in Civil and Human Rights

Saturday, May 5, 2012

  • Concerns about Higher GED Costs. As Education Week reported on Thursday, The Leadership Conference will be meeting with a senior executive of the GED Testing Service to allay concerns that plans to redesign the exam will make it cost prohibitive for lower-income people.

  • New App to Fight Racial Profiling at Airports. At a press event held this week at The Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C., the Sikh Coalition launched a new iPhone and Android application called FlyRights that makes it easier for travelers to submit complaints about airport security directly to the Transportation Security Administration.

  • Women, African Americans Hit Hardest by Public-Sector Layoffs. A new briefing paper by the Economic Policy Institute finds that Women and African Americans comprised about 70 percent and 20 percent respectively of the 765,000 jobs lost in state and local government between 2007 and 2011.

Categories: Education, Jobs & Economy, Racial Profiling

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Spotlight on 2012 Humphrey Honoree: Rep. Barney Frank

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

On May 16, the civil and human rights community will honor Rep. Barney Frank, D. Mass., with its highest honor: the Hubert H. Humphrey Civil and Human Rights Award.

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