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BYP 100, Project Nia ban together to create youth jobs bill focused on training, work for young people

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In response to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposed “tough on crime” strategy, specifically Senate Bill 1342, members of BYP 100 and Project Nia have collaborated to create a youth jobs bill. Senate Bill 1342, now House Bill 5672, included a minimum sentence of one to three years for any person caught with an illegal weapon. 

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CPS Report: privately run charter schools expel students at higher rates

According to a report released by the Chicago Public Schools, privately run charter schools expel students at higher rates than other institutions of learning in the district. The data revealed that during the last school year, 307 students were kicked out of charter schools, compared to 182 kids expelled out of district-run schools. Charter schools […]

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Chicago’s Goodman Theater to honor Trayvon Martin with 10 short plays

Today marks two years since Trayvon Martin’s life was tragically cut short. In honor of the slain teen, Chicago’s Goodman Theater will stage a night of short plays about the killing. 

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New York to no longer place minors in solitary confinement

New York became the largest state in the country to ban placing inmates under the age of 18 in solitude. The decision comes as part of sweeping reforms of the state’s use of solitary confinement. 

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Report: The long-term health effects of bullying

According to a recent report, kids who are victims of bullying have worse mental and physical health, more symptoms of depression and lower self-worth. As time progresses, the symptoms become more prevalent. 

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

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 Latino youth.

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Michael Dunn tells fiancé that he is both the ‘victim and the victor’ in fatal Jordan Davis shooting

On Saturday a jury found Florida resident Michael Dunn guilty on three counts of attempted murder, and one count of firing a missile on the day that led to the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Jordan Davis. In newly released phone calls from jail to his fiancé, Dunn tells her that he is both the victim […]

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Angela Corey announces that Michael Dunn will be retried for murder of Jordan Davis

Florida State Attorney Angela Corey says that she intends to retry Michael Dunn on the outstanding first-degree murder charge. A jury found Dunn guilty of three charges of attempted murder and one count of firing a missile, but could not reach a decision on whether or not he should be charged with the murder of […]

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Report: black students are the most underrepresented among Advanced Placement test takers

In the last ten years, the number of high school students taking advanced placement (AP) tests has increased dramatically. But according to the College Board’s latest report, one group still lags behind. 

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School bans students from writing about Malcolm X

Parents of students attending a New York school are outraged after finding out their children were banned from writing about iconic civil rights leader Malcolm X.  The assignment, given to fourth graders attending Public School 201 in Flushing, did not permit students to write about X because he was “violent” and “bad.” 

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