Last week, the nation was poised for the House of Representatives’ historic passage of the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act, a step towards remedying the harms of the War on Drugs on Black and Brown communities. Despite passage in the House, the bill faces an uphill battle in the Senate, making it essential for state-level cannabis reform efforts to continue.

For too many Black and Brown Americans, a prior marijuana conviction is a major barrier to accessing much-needed opportunities to advance their quality of life, perpetuating a cycle of economic hardship in their communities. Black people in particular…

Lawmakers Respond To Trump’s Racist Comments: We Are Here To Stay

In a stunning act of xenophobia and outright racism, President Trump told four Congresswomen of color to “go back” to the countries they came from, disregarding the fact that all four are American citizens.

In a series of Sunday night tweets, Trump told the women “go back and fix the totally broken and crime infested places where they came from” and that they “can’t leave fast enough.”

It’s time for a change in marijuana policy.

The 600,000 people arrested last year for the possession of marijuana are ready for a change. Over 65 percent of the American population has responded to surveys asking for a change. The panelists speaking at Wednesday’s first-ever House Judicial Committee Hearing on marijuana legislation are ready for a change.

And now, it’s looking like legislators might make a major change, too.

The House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security met on Wednesday morning for a hearing entitled “Marijuana Laws in America: Racial Justice and the Need for Reform.” Witnesses included…

By Kevin Vo

Over the past few years, white supremacists have increased in numbers in the United States. In fact, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, the amount of active white nationalist groups grew by nearly 50 percent last year alone, expanding from 100 chapters in 2017 to 148 in 2018. White supremacists and white nationalists bring with them a surge of hate crimes, with federal data indicating that the annual number of police-reported hate crimes increased each year from 2014 to 2017. Many acts of white supremacist violence, such as the murder of Heather Heyer at the Unite…

“The decision that nobody wanted” was the theme of the Congressional briefing held on June 10th to discuss the additional of a citizenship question on the 2020 Census.

At any moment, the Supreme Court will decide if adding a question to the census asking if the respondent is a citizen of the United States is constitutional. But adding a citizenship question will result in wiping millions of people from political representation, panelists warned a packed room of Congressional representatives and staffers.

The briefing, entitled “The Trump Administration Effort to Suppress Minority Political Power through the 2020 Census,” featured panelists Marcia…

Sitting alongside some of the leading advocates for the Paid Family Leave Act, Carolyn “Cat” Davis spoke about her experience as a black working mother during some of her 12-year time span of being a Walmart Associate. Davis detailed the crisis she found herself in when she became pregnant with her first child and was unable to take the necessary time off to take care of her newborn. The United for Respect leader also recounted the stories of her co-workers who, in fear of being fired, had to return back to Walmart only two days after giving birth.

“The disparity…

June 28, 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, commonly referred to as the birth of the LGBT+ rights movement in the United States. At the forefront of the riots and the early movement were transgender and gender non-conforming women of color, like Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera, and Miss Major Griffin-Gracy. While unfairly marginalized even within the burgeoning LGBT+ rights movement in favor of the more palatable gay rights movement, these three and activists like them were and continue to be the backbone of the LGBT+ rights movement. Miss Major continues to fight against the disproportionate incarceration…

Jemele Hill, John Carlos and Damion Thomas speak at the inaugural Athletes and Activism event last week.

Standing on the victory podium with his fist defiantly held in the air in the Black Power salute, African-American sprinter John Carlos knew his action would spark outrage around the world.

But as an athlete who just won a bronze medal in track and field at the 1968 Olympic games, Carlos recognized that his fame could leverage his statement — a message at the center of racial, political and social conflict — to a greater platform than the ordinary citizen.

As an African American man growing up in the 1950s, Carlos was told early on that he would never be…

Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC (Advancing Justice | AAJC), the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee), and the Washington, D.C., office of the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) are excited to announce the 2019 FirstGEN Fellows summer class: Lara Adekeye, Berenice Davila, Melissa Denizard, Tauheed Islam, Jazmine Lahbabi, Ethan Morelion, Cindy Reyes, Rula Thabata, Alondra Vazquez Lopez. We congratulate the 2019 FirstGEN Fellows cohort!

FirstGEN Fellows is a 10-week summer program for undergraduate students interested in social justice careers who are the first in their immediate families to attend an institution of higher education. Fellows gain…

In October 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau created the Payday Loan Rule, which protects low-income consumers and consumers of color from expensive, predatory loans aimed at those particular populations. In January 2018, the bureau announced that it would be rolling the rule back after only three months.

On May 15, 2019, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, along with pro bono counsel Crowell & Moring LLP, filed a comment on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to roll back the Payday Loan Rule. …

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