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For Father’s Day: A Dad Reflects on His Son and Juvenile Justice

For Father’s Day: A Dad Reflects on His Son and Juvenile Justice

As the U.S. celebrates Father’s Day 2017, Equal Voice News is reposting this August 2014 essay from Ernest Johnson, a New Orleans criminal justice reform advocate. He is a father and grandfather.  “Those who love peace must learn to organize as effectively as those who love war.” — Martin Luther King Jr. This year is […]

SCOTUS Nixes Voter ID Law Appeal in N.C.

SCOTUS Nixes Voter ID Law Appeal in N.C.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Supreme Court shut the door Monday on North Carolina Republicans’ effort to revive a state law that mandated voter identification and scaled back early voting, provisions that a lower court said improperly targeted minority voters. The justices left in place last summer’s ruling by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of […]

Walter Scott Family Starts to Heal After Guilty Plea in Fatal Shooting

Walter Scott Family Starts to Heal After Guilty Plea in Fatal Shooting

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Relatives of Walter Scott differ on how much time a white former officer should spend in federal prison for gunning down the Black motorist, with one brother suggesting Michael Slager should go away for life. But others, like Scott’s mother Judy, said the officer’s admission of guilt was all the punishment […]

Black Lawmakers Call for Boycott Over Miss. Confederate Flag

Black Lawmakers Call for Boycott Over Miss. Confederate Flag

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — In part of a sweeping debate about the public display of Confederate symbols across the South, some Black legislators in Mississippi say they are boycotting a regional meeting that their own state is hosting this summer, to protest the rebel emblem on the state flag. The Mississippi Legislative Black Caucus is […]

AP: Justice Dept. Will Not Charge Police Officers in Alton Sterling’s Death

AP: Justice Dept. Will Not Charge Police Officers in Alton Sterling’s Death

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department has decided not to charge two white Baton Rouge police officers in the death of a Black man whose fatal shooting was captured on cellphone video, fueling protests in Louisiana’s capital and beyond, The Associated Press has learned. Federal authorities opened a civil rights investigation immediately […]

New Orleans Removes Confederate Statues From Heart of City

New Orleans Removes Confederate Statues From Heart of City

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A monument to a deadly white-supremacist uprising in 1874 was removed under cover of darkness by workers in masks and bulletproof vests Monday as New Orleans joined the movement to take down symbols of the Confederacy and the Jim Crow South. The Liberty Place monument, a 35-foot granite obelisk that pays […]

Child Care Bill Passes Ala. House After Compromise Is Reached

Child Care Bill Passes Ala. House After Compromise Is Reached

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama House of Representatives on Thursday approved a compromise day care bill that will require yearly inspections for church-run facilities and licenses for ones that take government subsidies. Representatives approved the child care regulation legislation, HB 277, on an 88-9 vote, sending the bill to the Senate for consideration. Alabama […]

In-State Tuition for Immigrants in Tenn. Attracts Republican Support

In-State Tuition for Immigrants in Tenn. Attracts Republican Support

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A push to offer in-state college tuition rates to students whose parents brought them into the country illegally is picking up unlikely momentum from some Republicans in Tennessee, a deeply conservative state that voted overwhelmingly for President Donald Trump and his tough stance on immigration. If they succeed, Tennessee lawmakers would […]

On How Alabama Is Blazing a Trail of Social Justice Resistance

On How Alabama Is Blazing a Trail of Social Justice Resistance

Alabama has long been a seedbed for some of the nation’s most repressive policies and practices, many of which are now centerpieces of the new presidential administration. Alabama’s notorious anti-immigrant legislation, known as HB 56, helped lay the groundwork for the current national anti-immigrant hysteria. Not only has Alabama exported the policies of HB 56 […]

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