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BYP Memo: Equal Protection? Race and Young People’s Attitudes Toward the Legal System

By BYP @blackyouthproj 12:40 pm February 19, 2014 The verdicts in the Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis cases have focused increased attention on racial disparities in the American justice system, and according to The BYP’s latest memo, nearly three-quarters of Black Youth believe the legal system does not treat all groups equally, a rate considerably higher than that for white and […]

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Justice Department Files Lawsuit to Block Texas Voter ID Law

The Justice Department has announced its intent to sue the state of Texas over its voter ID law. The lawsuit will contend that the new law is an attempt to deny or restrict the right to vote to minorities.

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Moving Beyond November Together

Cedric Lawson will be participating in the Beyond November Movement Convening, BYP’s inaugural convening of 100 Black youth leaders from across the country. He shares his hopes for the convening: More than anything, I want to become part of a deeper network of progressive African Americans who are working toward leveraging our individual and collective power to win real concrete improvements in the lives of young black people – including our own lives.

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Cornel West Talks DOMA and Voting Rights; Says Blacks are Being “Pushed to the Back of the Bus”

On his radio with Tavis Smiley, Cornel West praised the Supreme Court’s ruling striking down DOMA, but also lamented its gutting of the Voting Rights Act. According to West, the black community is suffering from waning visibility

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Rep. Hank Johnson: Clarence Thomas is Worse Than NSA Leaker Eric Snowden for Gutting VRA

Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) slammed Clarence Thomas in a recent interview, admonishing him for voting to essentially gut the Voting Rights Act. According to Johnson, Thomas’ horrific vote ranks below the actions of Eric Snowden, the NSA contractor wanted by the government for leaking classified information about U.S. surveillance programs.

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VA Gov. Bob McDonnell Commits to Expediting Restoration of Voting Rights for Non-Violent Felons

Virginia’s Republican Governor Bob McDonnell raised eyebrows recently, announcing that he will do the right thing and make it easier for non-violent offenders to have their voting rights reinstated.

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North Carolina Protests Continue Against Republican Agenda to Disenfranchise Black Voters

The Republican-led North Carolina state government is doing its best to ensure that people of color, especially blacks, whose enormous turnout helped President Obama, have limited impact on elections.

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Expected State Takeover of Detroit Sparks Protests, Civil Disobedience

Residents of Detroit are protesting an expected state takeover of the city and the appointment of an emergency financial manager. Do you support their efforts?

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BREAKING: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez Has Died

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez died today after a long battle with cancer. He was 58 years old.

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1965 Voting Rights Act Being Challenged in Supreme Court

The Supreme Court’s conservative justices have expressed skepticism regarding a key element of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, specifically a provision that forces states with a history of discrimination to have changes to their election process approved. Seriously?

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