Civil Rights & Immigration

Immigration protections in Biden’s social policy bill face a new test in the Senate

BY: - November 26, 2021

WASHINGTON — Nearly 100 House Democrats are pushing the Senate to expand immigration protections in President Joe Biden’s massive social spending and climate bill, and advocates say that it may be a last opportunity for years to advance any reform. A letter to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York and the chairman of […]

Georgia jury finds three white men guilty of Ahmaud Arbery’s shotgun murder

BY: - November 24, 2021

A nearly all-white jury in a Glynn County, Ga., courtroom on Wednesday afternoon convicted three white men of murder in the death of Ahmaud Arbery as the 25-year-old Black jogger ran through their neighborhood in February 2020. Travis McMichael, seen all over the world in a viral video that shows him firing a shotgun into […]

Defense rests after prosecutor pokes at credibility of Georgia man who shot Ahmaud Arbery

BY: - November 19, 2021

The lead prosecutor in Travis McMichael’s murder trial hammered him Thursday for contradictions and failing to take steps to avoid the deadly confrontation that ended with him shooting Ahmaud Arbery on a suburban Brunswick street in February 2020. Cobb County Assistant District Attorney Linda Dunikoski pointed out multiple inconsistencies between the statement Travis McMichael gave […]

Immigrants make last-ditch plea for deportation protections, work permits in Build Back Better

BY: - November 19, 2021

WASHINGTON — Undocumented workers and immigration advocates are pushing for Democrats to keep work permits and protections from deportations in the final version of the $1.85 trillion social spending and climate package that the U.S. House is set to vote on soon. Those immigration provisions face elimination when the bill moves to the Senate, due […]

Defense lawyer in Arbery case claims Al Sharpton presence intimidates jurors

BY: - November 12, 2021

After Rev. Al Sharpton sat next to Ahmaud Arbery’s family in a Glynn County courtroom Wednesday, a defense attorney representing one of the three white men on trial for Arbery’s killing raised questions about prominent Black pastors showing up. The judge rejected defense attorney Kevin Gough’s request to limit how many nationally recognized Black pastors […]

House Dems ask why federal judges hired law clerk alleged to have sent racist text

BY: - November 11, 2021

WASHINGTON — Democratic leaders of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee are urging the chief justice of the Supreme Court to investigate decisions by federal judges in Georgia and Alabama to hire a law clerk who allegedly has “a history of nakedly racist and hateful conduct.” The letter says the Democrats have “grave concern” about the […]

FL Senate unveils draft maps proposing new districts for Congress, Legislature

BY: - November 10, 2021

First drafts of redrawn voting districts were unveiled Wednesday afternoon by the Florida Senate Committee on Reapportionment, setting in motion a whirlwind of analysis, scrutiny, and debate that will shape Florida’s legislative and congressional races for a decade to come. The eight maps, proposing new boundaries for Senate and congressional electoral districts, can be viewed […]

Class action on behalf of juveniles under solitary confinement gets OK to proceed

BY: - October 27, 2021

A federal judge has ruled that a group of young offenders can sue the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice over its use of solitary confinement in its detention centers, policies civil rights groups call cruel and harmful to juveniles’ mental health. U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle in Tallahassee on Friday approved a class action by […]

SPLC focuses on federal legislation following loss in Amendment 4 appeal

BY: - October 19, 2021

The Southern Poverty Law Center is decrying a federal appeals court ruling rejecting claims that Florida’s felon-voting-rights restoration law discriminates against black women by requiring them to pay financial obligations despite barriers against them in the job market. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled unanimously on Monday […]

COMMENTARY

Police in Florida: A few are not exactly ‘dedicated and open-minded’ public servants

BY: - October 15, 2021

Florida Man is bad enough; now we have Florida Cop, an embarrassment to himself and the rest of us. When Mayor Francis Suarez hired former Houston police chief Art Acevedo to run Miami’s P.D., he proclaimed it was “like getting the Tom Brady or the Michael Jordan of police chiefs.” Except it was more like […]