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Puerto Rican Independentistas Protest Grand Jury

by Donna Hernandez on January 11 2008, 11:14AM

Today we commemorate one of the first systemic sociologists in Latin America, Eugenio Maria de Hostos. De Hostos, a founder of the Antillean Confederation, an organization known for lobbying for the liberation of various Caribbean and Latin American countries from…

Topics: Criminal Justice

Missed Signals

by Jeff Kelly Lowenstein on November 4 2007, 12:00PM

The Chicago Reporter found that 45 percent of Chicago police officers named in wrongful death suits have had multiple lawsuits against them but receive minimal internal discipline.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Why So High?

by Jessica Hoffmann on November 4 2007, 12:00PM

The Phoenix metropolitan area, with the highest rate of fatal police shootings among the 10 biggest U.S. cities, is also the most dangerous in the nation for Latinos.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Race as a Trigger

by Shelly Zeiger on November 4 2007, 12:00PM

Would an unarmed black man be spared a barrage of 41 bullets fired by police officers if he were white?

Topics: Criminal Justice

Killed by the Cops

by Jeff Kelly Lowenstein on November 4 2007, 12:00PM

In a joint national investigation, ColorLines and The Chicago Reporter found that Blacks are overrepresented and Latinos a rising number of those fatally shot by police.

Topics: Criminal Justice

The Elusive Concept of Blackness

by Beandrea Davis on November 4 2007, 12:00PM

Through photography and film, artist Hank Willis Thomas explores what it means to be Black today.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Criminal Justice

Unequal Protection

by Gabriel Thompson on November 2 2007, 12:00PM

Even with the change in administration and a drop in crime, the number of people killed each year by the NYPD remains steady.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Black, Latino Suburbs Have Most Shootings

by Erin Dostal on November 1 2007, 12:00PM

In Chicago suburbs, more police shootings have occurred in communities with large black or Latino populations.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Video: Bullets in the Hood

by The Applied Research Center on November 1 2007, 12:00PM

Excerpt from 2004 documentary produced by ProTV and the Downtown Community Television Center

Topics: Criminal Justice

Turning to Tasers

by Jessica Hoffmann on November 1 2007, 12:00PM

Phoenix police became the first in the country to use Tasers, but will that decrease shootings?

Topics: Criminal Justice

Jena Mayor Assails Mellencamp Video

by Terry Keleher on October 8 2007, 8:07AM

A new music video by John Mellencamp, with the refrain, “Jena, take your nooses down,” has elicited a strong rebuke from Jena, Louisiana Mayor Murphy R. McMillan. “The town of Jena has for months been mischaracterized in the media…

Topics: Criminal Justice

Live from Death Row

by Gabrielle Banks on October 3 2007, 12:00PM

As Mumia Abu-Jamal’s case reaches a new turning point, prison activists reflect on his significance to the reform and abolition movements.

Topics: Criminal Justice

LAPD Gentrifies Skid Row

by Jessica Hoffmann on October 3 2007, 12:00PM

As the affluent take the city, poor Black residents are pushed out with force.

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Why Black People Support Michael Vick

by David Wright on October 3 2007, 12:00PM

The thing that seems to mystify the mainstream media and much of the white public is that a significant number of Black people see the Michael Vick saga as a racial issue. What’s mystifying to Black people is the continued…

Topics: Arts & Culture, Criminal Justice

Genetic Drift

by Ziba Kashef on October 3 2007, 12:00PM

The study of human genes has sparked a resurgence of debate about the true nature of race.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Health

Thousands Like “Jena Six” Seen As Superpredators

by Kai Wright on September 26 2007, 10:41AM

by Kai Wright Reed Walters, LaSalle Parish district attorney that is trying the ‘Jena Six’, says in the NYT today:I am bound to enforce the laws of Louisiana as they exist today, not as they might in someone’s vision of…

Topics: Criminal Justice

Jena Protest Exposes Colorblind Racism

by Terry Keleher on September 24 2007, 10:00AM

Hopefully, the ten thousand-plus protesters in Jena, LA last week helped many more people open their eyes to the continuing realities of structural racism. At the beginning of this school year, when the LaSalle Parish School superintendent authorized the…

Topics: Criminal Justice

We Wear Black for ‘Jena Six’, Justice

by Andre Banks on September 20 2007, 11:30AM

Andre Banks, like many bloggers and those who are in Jena, LA for the rally today, sees today as the impetus for a change in the way we seek justice everywhere. Get your out your best black jeans and…

Topics: Criminal Justice

A post-Duke Lacrosse justice coma

by Malena Amusa on September 19 2007, 6:28AM

A friend warned me this news would be more disturbing than Jena 6— the sad tale of six Black boys unethically charged in Louisiana after beating up a white student behind a noose-hanging. This story is about the group of…

Topics: Criminal Justice

Finally, some Justice in Jena

by Andre Banks on September 17 2007, 10:02AM

Ahead of demonstrations expected to draw tens of thousands to the tiny town of Jena, LA, Mychal Bell of the now famed Jena 6 has had his conviction vacated and may go free as early as this evening. News…

Topics: Criminal Justice