Eric Holder, the nation’s first African American Attorney General tendered his resignation to President Barack Obama on Friday, September 26, 2014.Holder was a fierce fighter for the civil rights of women and minorities, and led the Justice Department (DOJ) in an unprecedented expansion of the civil rights of LGBT people.
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NEW YORK— An international day of action on climate change brought tens of thousands onto the streets of New York City on Sunday, with organizers predicting the biggest protest on the issue in five years. About 100,000 people, including United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, former U.S. vice president Al Gore, actor Leonardo DiCaprio and elected […]
President Barack Obama will delay action on immigration until after the November congressional elections, news reports said Saturday, a decision aimed at helping some embattled Democrats avoid the highly-politicized issue in their re-election campaigns.
It is difficult for Goth Ali to believe the man he sees in shaky and grainy social media videos is the same one he has known for almost a decade – Abdirahmaan Muhumed.
Theodore Wafer was convicted of the second-degree murder of Renisha McBride, 19, an unarmed Detroit woman who banged on his door at night. He has been sentenced to 17 years in prison. Before sentencing, he apologised to her family and said: “I will carry that guilt and sorrow forever.” The case raised the issue of […]
It took decades of mismanagement, malfeasance and meltdowns in its bread-and-butter manufacturing sector for Detroit to hit fiscal rock bottom, but the path to exit bankruptcy could take less than a year and a half.
Police in Ferguson, Missouri, have begun using body cameras, three weeks after a white officer shot and killed an unarmed black teenager. The death of Michael Brown, 18, led to weeks of often violent protests between local residents and the police. Differing accounts of what happened before Mr Brown was shot led to calls for […]
Rioting over the killing of an unarmed black teenager by a police officer has erupted in Missouri, police say. People looted shops, vandalised cars and stores, and set a building alight on Sunday as police tried to block off access to several areas of St Louis. Police say Michael Brown, 18, was shot on Saturday […]
The National Commission on Voting Rights (NCVR), in a move timed to coincide with the 49th anniversary of the signing of the Voting rights Act of 1965 (VRA) released a new report1 showing increased patterns of voting rights discrimination since the US Supreme Court gutted enforcement provisions in the Shelby County v. Holder decision in June 2013.
WASHINGTON – As the White House prepares to host more than 40 African heads of state for the upcoming U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, civil society actors from the U.S., Africa and the international community are urging the Barack Obama administration to use the summit as an opportunity to more thoroughly address some of Africa’s most pressing human rights violations.