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Jordan Davis Receives Honorary HS Diploma

You might recall the tragic story of 17 year-old Jordan Davis.

Last November, Jordan was in a car with his friends. Annoyed with the loud music they were playing, 45 year-old Michael Dunn approached the car. After words were exchanged,  Dunn pulled out a gun and fired several shots into the car, killing Jordan.

Jordan’s death drew many comparisons to the death of Trayvon Martin, and his family is currently seeking justice for the death of their child.

In the meantime, Jordan’s high school has awarded his family an honorary diploma.

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Philadelphia to Close 23 Public Schools While Building $400 Million Prison

Pennsylvania’s School Reform Commission voted on June 1st to close 23 Philadelphia Public Schools, nearly 10 percent of the city’s total.

Additionally, due to a $304 million debt, students will return to school in the fall without many essentials; including books, papers, clubs, assistant principals, etc. Nearly 3,000 people will lose their jobs.

Meanwhile, the city has recently begun work on a $400 million prison project, said to be “the second-most expensive state project ever.”

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Complaint Filed Against Texas Federal Judge Alleging Racial Bias

Civil Rights activists have filed a complaint of misconduct against Texas appeals judge Judge Edith H. Jones, asserting that she harbors dangerous racial bias.

At a speaking engagement at the University of Penn Law School, Jones asserted that Blacks and Hispanics are more prone to violent crimes, that death row sentences are a service to defendants because they can “make peace with God,” and that courtroom defenses dealing with mental retardation and systemic racism are “red herrings.”

Wow.

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Civil Rights Activist Chokwe Lumumba Elected Mayor of Jackson, Mississippi

Civil rights activist and ex-black nationalist Chokwe Lumumba has been elected Mayor of Jackson, Mississippi.

As an attorney, Lumumba has famously represented Assata Shakur and Tupac Shakur.

He was elected with nearly 85 percent of the vote!

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Lauryn Hill Responds to Accusations that “Neurotic Society” Lyrics are Homophobic

A couple of weeks ago, writer Monica Miller called out Lauryn Hill for what she felt were homophobic lyrics in Hill’s latest song, “Neurotic Society.”

In a piece that appeared on BET.com, writer Monica Miller claimed that Hill’s use of terms like “girl men” and “drag queens” perpetuated injustice.

Well, Hill has responded to those claims in her latest post on Tumblr:

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REPORT: 75 Percent of Students Arrested in Chicago Public Schools Are Black

According to research from Loyola University and Project NIA, 75 percent of students arrested in Chicago’s public schools last year were black.

The results only further convey the horrific racial disparities at the heart of the school-to-prison pipeline.

From Think Progress:

The study provides a total racial breakdown on arrests in 2012: That year, 3,240 black students were arrested, along with 889 Latinos, and 136 white students.

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Michelle Obama Confronts Heckler at Fundraiser; Threatens to Leave

FLOTUS, Michelle Obama had a run-in with a heckler during a Democratic fundraiser yesterday.

According to reports, Mrs. Obama threatened to leave the fundraiser after confronting a protester who interrupted her planned speech:

“One of the things that I don’t do well is this,” she said to applause from most of the guests, according to a White House transcript. “Do you understand?”

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LAPD Internal Review Findings: Chris Dorner’s Allegations of Racism Were Unfounded

An internal review by the LAPD found that Christopher Dorner’s allegations of racism were unfounded, and that he was justifiably fired from the force.

As you probably remember, Dorner made the allegations in a manifesto released during a violent rampage earlier this year, and vowed to get revenge for his treatment.

His violent rampage sparked a manhunt, ending in a fiery standoff at a cabin in the mountains.

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President Obama Taps Susan Rice for National Security Adviser

President Obama announced that he’s replacing his current National Security Adviser, Tom Donilon, with Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N.

As you might recall, Obama’s plan to nominate Rice for Secretary of State was foiled by a torrent of GOP criticism.

Not this time; the National Security Adviser position does not require Senate confirmation.

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New Report Sheds Light on Police Harassment of Transgender Women of Color

An article in The Village Voice is helping to bring light a report that unveils some alarming statistics about the police harassment of transgender people of color.

A new report out from the Anti-Violence Project shows that 40 percent of New York City anti-gay violence survivors polled said they had been mistreated by the police in 2012. Reports of police misconduct also spiked by a factor of 10–from eight incidents in 2011 to 78 in 2012–largely because of the AVP’s outreach to transgender and gender-nonconforming people of color, according to the organization.

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