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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Alabama Legislative Black Caucus v. Alabama

Categories: African Americans,Civil/Human Rights,Elections/Campaigns,Headlines,Supreme Court/courts

https://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/575/13-895/opinion3.html

5-4 decision of the Supreme Court that overturns a lower court ruling on state redistricting.  Those challenging the law said that the Republican-led legislature packed minority voters into a few districts thereby limiting minority voting power.  From Justia

 

Achievement Gap Narrows as High School Graduation Rates for Minority Students Improve Faster than Rest of Nation

Categories: African Americans,Asian Americans,Disability,Education,Income/Poverty,Native Americans,Statistics

http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/achievement-gap-narrows-high-school-graduation-rates-minority-students-improve-faster-rest-nation

Discusses state by state results for graduation by race/ethnicity, disability, limited English proficiency, and economic disadvantages.  Also provides link to statistical table.  From the U.S. Department of Education

 

Department of Justice Report Regarding the Criminal Investigation into the Shooting Death of Michael Brown by Ferguson, Missouri Police Officer Darren Wilson

Categories: African Americans,Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice,Headlines,Urban Issues

http://www.justice.gov/sites/default/files/opa/press-releases/attachments/2015/03/04/doj_report_on_shooting_of_michael_brown_1.pdf

Announces that the evidence does not support bringing federal civil rights charges against Officer Wilson.  Presents the evidence from witness statements, the autopsies, blood, and ballistics and explains the relevant law. From the Justice Department

 

Investigation of the Ferguson Police Department

Categories: African Americans,Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice,Headlines,Urban Issues

http://www.justice.gov/sites/default/files/opa/press-releases/attachments/2015/03/04/ferguson_police_department_report_1.pdf

Finds that the Ferguson Missouri police department engaged in a pattern of conduct that violates the First, Fourth, and 14th Amendments of the Constitution.  Discusses the evidence and what remedies should be implemented.  One of two reports issued on the events surrounding the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. From the Justice Department

 

 

Interim Report of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing

Categories: African Americans,Crime/Justice,Headlines

http://www.cops.usdoj.gov/pdf/taskforce/Interim_TF_Report.pdf

Provides recommendations on policing practices that enhance the safety of officers, promote positive interactions between police and communities, and add new technologies to enhance public trust.   From the Department of Justice and the Task Force

 

Ferguson Grand Jury Testimony and Reports. State of Missouri v. DarrenWilson

Categories: African Americans,Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice

http://purl.stanford.edu/yn530ms1593

Some seventy documents from the investigation into the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri in 2014.  The documents, including witness testimony and the autopsy report, were released to the public after the grand jury decided not to indict Mr. Wilson and made available by the  Stanford University Libraries Digital Repository

 

Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering 2015

http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/2015/nsf15311/digest/nsf15311-digest.pdf

Covers enrollment, field of degree, occupation, employment status, and academic employment of women, minorities, and disabled people in science and engineering fields.  From the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics of the National Science Foundation

 

Felons and the Right to Vote in Virginia: A Historical Overview

Categories: African Americans,Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice,Elections/Campaigns,Laws/Regulations,Virginia Issues

http://www.coopercenter.org/sites/default/files/publications/Virginia%20News%20Letter%202015%20Vol.%2091%20No%201.pdf

Traces the historical origins of voting rights restoration for felons and examines how denial of voting rights for people with felony convictions still disproportionately affects African Americans in Virginia and other states.  From the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia

 

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