Monday, August 11, 2008

Civil Rights Roundup: 08/11/08

Your daily dose of civil rights and related news

A nice article about attempting to register ex-felons to vote.

Self-deportation has few takers. Really?

The Boston Globe: Being multi-lingual is a good thing, not a threat to American values.

The Santaria, a religion which has been at the center of more than a few free exercise cases over the past several decades, are being targeted by Florida officials again.

The changing demographics of a historically Black school district (Hispanics are rising in prominence) is creating tension in Texas.

The Houston Chronicle has a good article about how today's students' activism is less about protests and more about action.

The Chronicle also accurately lays out the consequences of the Bush administration's proposed conscience exemption to contraceptive distribution.

Religion clause expert Marci Hamiliton has a critique up of Judge Michael McConnell's recent Colorado free exercise case, about which I blogged upon here.

AlterNet (which I suspect may be too optimistic) claims that the movement to abolish SuperMax prisons and solitary confinement is gaining ground.

Wounded and homeless vets are at a significant risk of disenfranchisement.

A New York Times editorial by the Connecticut Secretary of State also urges the VA to do more to help veterans get registered to vote.

It's nice to know that tradition still exists in some parts of America. In this case, the tradition of hard-core Christian anti-Semitism.

"Say it loud, I'm Black and I'm proud!" turned 40 this past weekend.

The incomparable Patricia Williams has a stellar article in New York Magazine talking about how we "don't talk about" race.

Contemplations on being mixed race in America.

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