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Minnesota Voters Alliance v. Mansky

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

Supreme Court ruling that a law banning political apparel in voting places was too restrictive and therefore unconstitutional.  The law resulted in voters being turned away if they wore t-shirts with certain slogans and logos, such as “Don’t Tread on Me.”  From the Legal Information Institute of the Cornell University Law School


Knight First Amendment Institute et al v. Donald Trump et al

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Presidency,Supreme Court/courts,Telecommunications/Internet

Text of judicial decision in U.S. District Court which ruled that, consistent with the First Amendment, a public official such as the president could not block a person from his Twitter account in response to political views expressed by the person.  From the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York


Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Elections/Campaigns,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Supreme Court/courts

5-4 Supreme Court decision that Ohio was not in violation of federal law by purging inactive voters from their voting rolls.  From the Legal Information Institute of the Cornell University Law School


Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Religion/Ethics,Supreme Court/courts

Divided Supreme Court ruling that Colorado’s antidiscrimination laws violated a baker’s free exercise of religion.  Baker Jack Phillips, proprietor of the cakeshop, refused on religious grounds, to bake a cake for the wedding of a gay couple.  From the Legal Information Institute of the Cornell University Law School


International Religious Freedom Report for 2017

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Foreign Affairs,Headlines,Religion/Ethics

Annual report on how the U.S. views the performance of other countries in permitting freedom of religious practice.  Includes sections on government respect and societal respect for religious freedom. From the Department of State


Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) for the 2015-16 School Year

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice,Education,Science/Technology,Statistics

Biennial release of data on civil rights issues in U.S. public schools.  Includes press release on availability of data, issue brief on school climate and safety issues, and data on student access to STEM courses.  Also includes data criminal offenses in public schools.  From the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education


K-12 Education: Discipline Disparities for Black Students, Boys, and Students with Disabilities

Categories: African Americans,Children,Civil/Human Rights,Disability,Education,Headlines,Statistics

Examines patterns among disciplinary actions from nearly all public schools in 2013/14 and finds that black students, boys, and students with disabilities were disproportionately disciplined.  The disparities were widespread and persisted regardless of type of public school attended or level of school poverty.  From the Government Accountability Office


Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2017

The first human rights report prepared by officials of the Trump administration drops the section on Reproductive Rights, that covered access to contraception and abortion, and omits the phrase “Occupied Territories” from the description of Israel’s presence in Gaza and the West Bank. The annual report is mandated by Congress.   From the State Department


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