Black Farmers Say Money is Not Enough for Racism, and Other News

By The News May 14, 2009

Latino Groups Call for New Hate Crime Laws The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund is leading a call to revise hate crime laws in the wake of the acquittal of two teens who were accused of brutally beating Luis Ramirez last year in Shenandoah County, PA. WNEP High Number of CA Students of Color Drop Out The California Department of Education released a report that shows yet another year of high drop out rates for students of color. Black students have the highest dropout rate in the state at 34.7 percent, while the rate is 25.5 percent for Latino students and 25.4 percent for American Indian students. Press Enterprise Black Farmers Move Closer to Federal Government Settlement As the Obama administration is ready to pass 1.25 billion dollar settlement in a Black Farmers discrimination lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Black farmers are saying the lump of money is not nearly enough to compensate for decades of discrimination. WALB Boy Scouts Getting Border Patrol Training The 60-year-old Explorers program has begun training some 35,000 adolescent members to respond to terrorism, immigration and violence along the border. Law enforcement officials see the program as a place to nurture potential recruits. NY Times