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I Have a Dream: Trans Day of RESILIENCE

By Aron Cobbs, BYP 100 New York City

Originally posted on LambdaLegal.org

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Throughout our country’s ongoing experiment with democracy, we’ve seen historically oppressed groups struggle for basic legal rights and the recognition of their humanity. The women’s suffrage movement won women the rights to vote and hold public office. The abolitionist and civil rights movements ended Blacks’ legal status as “property” and prohibited de jure racial segregation. The immigrants’ rights movement, arguably the oldest social movement in our nation’s history, is still building momentum and has influenced reforms such as the DREAM Act, which has been adopted in 12 states thus far. The so-called gay liberation movement has succeeded in invalidating sodomy laws, repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and striking down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act. And while there have been recent significant legal victories in the trans community, the reality of lived equality for this community is that it largely does not exist.

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Miami police arrest man 62 times for trespassing while on the job

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Earl Sampson has been searched by police more than 100 times, and arrested and jailed 62 times. What’s his offense? Trespassing. Miami Gardens police didn’t catch Sampson on private property; almost all of the arrest took place at the Quickstop convenience store where Sampson works.

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Family of Kyam Livingston hold rally to mark four month anniversary of her death

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The family of a woman who died in a crowded jail cell in Brooklyn held a rally to mark the four month anniversary of her death.

37-year-old Kyam Livingston was dead for 20 minutes before EMS arrived. Fellow prisoners said that she begged and pleaded for help for hours.

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50 years after the assasination: JFK’s legacy lives

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Thousands of students on college campuses across the nation gathered today to honor the memory of former president John F. Kennedy. 50 years ago today the civil rights leader and POTUS was slain while riding in a parade processional. Several universities, campuses and organizations while hold screenings and exhibits to commemorate the event.

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Poverty’s affects on children attending Philadelphia Public Schools

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The city of Philadelphia was recently voted one of the most attractive cities to live in. From 2006 to 2012, the city’s population grew after declining for 50 years.

While Philly is enjoying success as the latest thriving city, its public school system hasn’t been without its flaws. According to a series produced by NPR, the city’s child poverty rate is close to 40 percent.

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Wal-Mart holds food drive for own employees, fuels minimum wage hike talks

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With the holidays approaching, we’re going to see a lot of food and toy drives held by companies and organizations to help to needy. But Wal-Mart is coming under fire for holding a food drive–for its own employees.

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Activist turn ‘Catch an Illegal’ game into rally about immigration reform

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What was supposed to be a planned “game,” turned into a full out immigration reform rally on Wednesday. Earlier this week, a chapter of the Young Conservatives of Texas planned to play “Catch an Illegal Immigrant.”  The University of Texas at Austin quickly put an end to the game, canceling it and finding it in violation of school policy.

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Radio Interview: How Stand Your Ground could possibly fail Renisha McBride

Each week, BYP Web Coordinator Shantell Jamison joins “Music Vox” Host Jesse Menendez on 90.7FM to discuss the latest current events covered by the BYP.

In this conversation, the two discuss the case of Renisha McBride, and how “Stand Your Ground” laws continue to pose a threat to people of color.



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City lowers voting age to 16, sees positive results

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November 5th marked a day where many citizens took to the polls to election local officials. The day was particularly memorable for those in Takoma Park, Maryland, as the city became the first in the U.S. to lower the voting age to 16 in municipal elections.

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Man ordered to sing and dance like a chimp by police

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A Detroit man says that he was ordered to sing and dance by police while an officer video-taped the incident. 55-year-old Scipio lives in a boarding house in the city, and often wanders into Grosse Pointe Park collecting cans.

Scipio, unaware that he was being filmed by the officers, felt humiliated. Activists in the city are accusing officers in the department of filming blacks in humiliating situations, and then sharing the videos with family and friends.

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