The RaceWire Beat – 09.29.06

By Jessica Valoris Sep 29, 2006

The RaceWire Beat is a digest of the day’s top news stories on race and politics collected by the staff at ColorLines magazine. Many Rights in U.S. Legal System Absent in New Bill Congress approves the military trials bill, giving legislative support for the first time to broad rules for the detention, interrogation, prosecution and trials of terrorism suspects far different from those in the familiar American criminal justice system. Slave Descendants Try to Revive Lawsuit Lawyers for slave descendants attempt to revive a landmark reparations case that demands 17 of the nation’s insurers and banks publicize and pay for their roles in the country’s slave trade. Effort Aims To Push Muslims To the Polls National Muslim civic leaders announced a new push yesterday to get the country’s estimated 2.2 million registered Muslim voters to the polls. Black Women Absent on New District of Columbia Council In a city where black women comprise 35 percent of the population, there will be no black woman in the city council for the first time in the council’s 32-year history. A New Battlefront Opens in the Textbook Wars Californians battle over history, as recorded in school textbooks.