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This Week in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

Welcome to This Week in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. This week, indigenous activists marched to the White House to demand action on climate change, California will begin requiring free menstrual products in public schools, workers are striking across the country for fair pay and access to rights, redistricting maps in Texas decrease the voting power of people of color, Julius Jones is now on “death watch,” and more. 

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This Week in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

By Molly Crane '23 Welcome to This Week in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. This week, challenges to ICWA and indigenous sovereignty remain before the Supreme Court to consider certiorari, the new Texas abortion law was temporarily blocked only for this injunction to...

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The Impact of COVID-19 in Jails and Prisons Across America

Over the past 18 months, as the world has been ravaged by the COVID-19 pandemic, those detained in jails, prisons, and detention centers have been severely impacted due to lack of physical distancing, proper sanitation methods, and the failure to prioritize testing...

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This Week in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

Welcome to This Week in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. President Biden announced a new slate of judicial nominees, several justices are in the news after criticizing the media and public perception of the Court, SCOTUS has added new cases to its merits docket, and...

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This Week in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

Welcome to This Week in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. This week, Americans face the country’s history of inhumane treatment of Black immigrants, calls for investigation into conditions in New York City jails, and more.  Last week, inhumane photos and videos of...

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A Tale of Two Fultons

The Supreme Court on Thursday weighed in on the continuing tension between religious freedom and LGBT equality in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, holding unanimously that a Philadelphia anti-discrimination law does not bar a Catholic foster care agency from...

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DOJ Supports Trans Woman’s Eighth Amendment Claim

Last week, the Department of Justice filed a statement of interest in support of Ashley Diamond’s lawsuit against the Georgia Department of Corrections. Diamond, a Black trans woman and civil rights activist who is incarcerated, has endured repeated sexual assaults...

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This Week in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

Welcome to This Week in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. Derek Chauvin was convicted for killing George Floyd, while the Supreme Court undermined its recent rulings protecting juveniles accused of serious crimes. Meanwhile, Oakland begins experimenting with...

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Over Zoom and In-Person, Prosecution is Criminally Inefficient

In the good ol’ days before the pandemic, what may have felt like efficiency in the criminal legal system was really just the whirring machinery of the New Jim Crow. We should care about the efficiency of the criminal legal system. But we must define it appropriately. Does each hour and dollar we invest in it do all that it can to repair harm, help individuals thrive, and build strong communities?

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