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9/11 – passage of 15 years brings new insights

There are many articles that continue to provide us with perspective and insight as we respectfully and with continued sadness, mark the 15th anniversary of 9/11. For many years there was an effort to obtain the release of the redacted “28 pages from the House Intelligence Committee’s 2002 report to Congress. As I posted July… Continue Reading

Airbnb’s Work to Fight Discrimination and Build Inclusion

Airbnb’s Work to Fight Discrimination and Build Inclusion, A Report Submitted to Airbnb, By Laura W. Murphy, President, Laura Murphy & Associates. September 8, 2016. “Airbnb is a company that has made home sharing easier and more popular, and it has shown how home sharing can both facilitate travel and bring people from disparate backgrounds… Continue Reading

The Intercept – Leaked Catalogue Reveals a Vast Array of Military Spy Gear Offered to US Police

Sam Biddle – The Intercept – “A confidential, 120-page catalogue of spy equipment, originating from British defense firm Cobham and circulated to U.S. law enforcement, touts gear that can intercept wireless calls and text messages, locate people via their mobile phones, and jam cellular communications in a particular area. The catalogue was obtained by The Intercept as part… Continue Reading

NPR series – 15 Years Later: The Sept. 11 Terrorist Attacks

One in the series of NPR articles – Sept. 11 Legacy: One Endless War Against Many Radical Enemies, September 6, 2016 – The U.S. went to war after Sept. 11 and has now been fighting for 15 years, the longest unbroken period in its history. Despite disappointing results, there’s broad consensus it should continue. Continue Reading

Report – Rise of Debtors’ Prison for Kids, With Implications for Racial Disparities in Juvenile Courts

“Juvenile Law Center released a groundbreaking national report, Debtors’ Prison for Kids? The High Cost of Fines and Fees in the Juvenile Justice System. Juvenile Law Center analyzed state laws in all 50 states and the District of Columbia that provide for the imposition of juvenile court costs, fines, fees, or restitution on youth or… Continue Reading

Department of Education Civil Rights Data Collection

“The 2013-14 Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) is a survey of all public schools and school districts in the United States. The CRDC measures student access to courses, programs, instructional and other staff, and resources — as well as school climate factors, such as student discipline and bullying and harassment — that impact education equity… Continue Reading

NYS DMV employs enhanced facial recognition technology to catch ID thieves

Ars Technica: “In January, the New York State DMV enhanced its facial recognition technology by doubling the number of measurement points on a driver’s photograph, a move the state’s governor says has led to the arrest of 100 suspected identity thieves and opened 900 unsolved cases. In all, since New York implemented facial recognition technology… Continue Reading

Reporters Committee – Pentagon revises war manual to emphasize protections for journalists

News release: “The Pentagon has updated its Law of War manual to clarify that journalists are generally protected as civilians under international law. The changes, announced last week, came after media groups expressed concern that some language in the original version could put reporters at risk of being considered spies or combatants. The manual, first… Continue Reading

Infographic – Felony Disenfranchisement State by State

Via Good: “Today, the Sentencing Project reports that about 5.8 million Americans have lost their right to vote due to a felony conviction. And 2.2 million of them are black. According to the project’s findings, it’s a discrepancy that’s likely to grow given our rates of incarceration: “People of color make up 37 percent of the U.S. population but 67 percent of the prison… Continue Reading

Kaiser – Baltimore Draws 10-Year Blueprint To Cut Racial Health Disparities

Kaiser Health News: “Baltimore officials presented a 10-year plan Tuesday that sharply highlights the poor health status of African-Americans and aims to bring black rates of lead poisoning, heart disease, obesity, smoking and overdoses more in line with those of whites…Violence last year following the death of Freddie Gray, a black man who died after… Continue Reading

Southern Poverty Law Conference – Hate Map

“892 Hate Groups are currently operating in the US. Track them…with our Hate Map. All hate groups have beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics. This list was compiled using hate group publications and websites, citizen and law enforcement reports, field sources and news reports.… Continue Reading

The Criminal Justice System Fails Sexual Assault Survivors, But Data Can Help

Joshau New – Center for Data Innovation: “In Baltimore, sexual assault survivors have little reason to believe they will see justice, according to a recent report from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). DOJ found that the Baltimore City Police Department (BPD) “systematically under-investigates” sexual assault, in particular by dismissing sexual assault reports, allowing overt… Continue Reading