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Miami’s Super Bowl Secret

by Guest Columnist on December 18 2006, 5:52AM

by Joseph Phelan The November 27th TIME article “Trouble - and lots of it - In Paradise” raised the crisis in housing, transportation, and political power in Miami to a national audience. The following week Miami Today, a publication of…

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Housing Costs Hit Minorities Harder

by Jessica Valoris on December 15 2006, 1:05PM

The RaceWire Beat - 12.15.06 Housing Costs Hit Minorities Harder Massachusetts homes headed by minorities were nearly twice as likely as white households in 2000 to find they didn’t have enough cash left after rent and mortgage payments to adequately…

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CUNY Chief Orders Names Stripped From Student Center

by Jessica Valoris on December 14 2006, 10:22AM

The RaceWire Beat - 12.14.06 CUNY Chief Orders Names Stripped From Student Center City College Student Center in hail of attacks for commemorating revolutionary figures. Judge Sets Back Guantánamo Detainees For the first time, a court has affirmed that a…

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Bringing Human Rights Home

by Jessica Valoris on December 13 2006, 12:49PM

The RaceWire Beat - 12.13.06 Bringing Human Rights Home December 10 marks International Human Rights Day and events like Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo show that it’s time to bring a tradition that respects human rights back home. Are You Racist?…

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The Rise of the New South

by Jessica Valoris on December 12 2006, 9:36AM

The RaceWire Beat - 12.12.06 The Rise of the New South The founder of the Southern Human Rights Organizers Network reflects on a decade of fighting for social justice in the old bastion of Confederate pride. Democrats Must Fight Over…

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Katrina Begets a Baby Boom by Immigrants

by Jessica Valoris on December 11 2006, 12:16PM

The RaceWire Beat - 12.11.06 Katrina Begets a Baby Boom by Immigrants In the latest twist to the demographic transformation of New Orleans since it was swamped by Hurricane Katrina last year, hundreds of babies are being born to Latino…

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New Orleans to Raze Public Housing

by Jessica Valoris on December 8 2006, 12:33PM

The RaceWire Beat - 12.08.06 New Orleans to Raze Public Housing Despite an outcry of protest, many public housing units closed since Katrina are to be demolished. Why So Many Black Women Are Behind Bars Black female inmates outnumber white…

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The Crime of Breathing While Black

by Jessica Valoris on December 7 2006, 9:29AM

The RaceWire Beat - 12.07.06 The Crime of Breathing While Black A young black man and an elderly black woman each die in a hail of police bullets; a comedian invokes the era of lynching, and suddenly it feels like…

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School Desegregation Cases Inspire Student Activism

by Jessica Valoris on December 6 2006, 12:07PM

The RaceWire Beat - 12.06.06 School Desegregation Cases Inspire Student Activism Two Supreme Court cases jeopardizing the principles of the Brown v. Board of Education desegregation in elementary and secondary public schools are set to be heard next week, drawing…

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High Court Weighs School Diversity Plans While Affirmative Action Supporters Rally Outside

by Jessica Valoris on December 5 2006, 8:08AM

The RaceWire Beat - 12.05.06 High Court Weighs School Diversity Plans While Affirmative Action Supporters Rally Outside Students from around the nation rallied in front of the Supreme Court to voice their displeasure at the possibility of two school districts…

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Will School Integration Be Axed?

by Jessica Valoris on December 4 2006, 2:17PM

The RaceWire Beat - 12.04.06 Will School Integration Be Axed? Today the Supreme Court will hear cases on school integration involving districts in Seattle, Wash. and Louisville, Ky. The decision, which will not be issued until next year, will have…

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WORLD AIDS DAY

by Jessica Valoris on December 1 2006, 9:39AM

The RaceWire Beat - 12.01.06 Deal Struck for Cheaper Anti-HIV Drugs for Kids in 62 Countries A deal for cheaper anti-HIV drugs for children is an important first step in stemming the rising number of infections among children of HIV…

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Houston Mayor Calls for Taser Study

by Jessica Valoris on November 30 2006, 8:20AM

The RaceWire Beat - 11.30.06 Houston Mayor Calls for Taser Study Activists have been calling for a study or moratorium on Taser use. They argue that Blacks are a disproportionate target of the devices, which use jolts of electricity to…

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AIDS Campaign Aimed At Blacks and Latinos

by Jessica Valoris on November 29 2006, 10:00AM

The RaceWire Beat - 11.29.06 Nationwide AIDS Campaign Is Aimed At Blacks and Latinos Health officials say Latinos and Blacks often learn of the diagnosis too late to receive maximum benefits of treatment. Lawyers Debate Why Blacks Lag at Major…

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Democrats Could End Discriminatory Prison Sentencing Rules

by Jessica Valoris on November 28 2006, 8:41AM

The RaceWire Beat - 11.28.06 Democrats Could End Discriminatory Prison Sentencing Rules Prison reform advocates say that the new Democratic majority in Congress may end America’s sentencing policy, which has black defendants receiving substantially more prison time for drug possession….

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A Day After a Fatal Shooting, Questions, Mourning and Protest

by Jessica Valoris on November 27 2006, 12:53PM

The RaceWire Beat - 11.27.06 A Day After a Fatal Shooting, Questions, Mourning and Protest Hundreds of people in Queens angrily protested, prayed and mourned in vigils, and demanded that the officers resign after police killed a man and wounded…

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‘Kramer’s’ Racist Rant

by Jessica Valoris on November 21 2006, 7:30AM

The RaceWire Beat - 11.21.06 ‘Kramer’s’ Racist Rant Kramer on the hit TV show “Seinfeld,” is in hot water after launching into a racist rant during his Friday-night performance at a Los Angeles comedy club. Day Laborers Win Racial Lawsuit…

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Gitmo Hearings Are Shams, Lawyers Report

by Jessica Valoris on November 17 2006, 8:56AM

The RaceWire Beat - 11.17.06 Gitmo Hearings Are Shams, Layers Report Report finds Guantanamo detainees routinely denied witnesses and evidence in hearings. Most Students in Big Cities Lag Badly in Basic Science Part of the National Assessment of Educational Progress…

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California Lawmakers Fail To Bridge Racial Divide

by Jessica Valoris on November 16 2006, 7:45AM

The RaceWire Beat - 11.16.06 California Lawmakers Fail To Bridge Racial Divide Partisan politics is standing in the way of progress in California; according to new research released this week showing a deepening racial divide. High Court Must Strike Down…

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Facing Race in 2006

by Rinku Sen on November 15 2006, 9:09AM

In the wake of last week’s election, many of us are still celebrating a historic shift in Congress. But we need to remember that a shift from one party to another, even in a month of historic firsts like…

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