law

Congress Sends Bill Eliminating “Oriental” And “Negro” From Law To Obama

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Federal law will no longer contain the words ‘oriental,’ ‘negro’ or other dated references to minorities. Legislation to eliminate the last remaining use of the terms in federal law text is on its way to President Obama’s desk after it was unanimously passed by the...

California Passes Ban on Confederate Flag

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The continual display of the Confederate flag has long been considered offensive by many African-Americans (and other people of color) because it is a reminder of a dark and racist period in America. One state, California, is seeking to change things. The Grio reported: Starting...

Changes in the HBCU landscape may render black civil rights lawyers extinct

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After graduating from Lincoln University, a historically black college and university (HBCU),Thurgood Marshall couldn’t return to his hometown of Baltimore for legal training because the University of Maryland Law School refused to admit blacks. He had no choice but to attend another HBCU: the Howard University School of...

Meet Nitza Quiñones Alejandro: The First Lesbian Latina Federal Judge

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The U.S. Senate confirmed two magistrates to federal judgeships on June 13th. Nitza Quiñones Alejandro and Jeffrey Schmehl will sit on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. It is a historic achievement on several levels. Alejandro will be one of only...

Dear Racist Lawmakers, the First Amendment Doesn’t Protect You

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A federal judge in Texas will be on the receiving end of a lawsuit. A group of civil rights organizations have filed a misconduct complaint against Judge Edith H. Jones of Houston, a federal magistrate on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth...

Pot Prohibition – Should It Be Legalized?

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I remember sitting in a circle in a dark room during my freshman year of college. People were passing around a spit soaked blunt and I could feel myself becoming overwhelmed with nausea as it reached me. Was I really supposed to smoke something that...