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Detroit on track to exit bankruptcy in record time
By September 1, 2014 Read More →

Detroit on track to exit bankruptcy in record time

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.

Michael Brown shooting: Ferguson police wear cameras
By September 1, 2014 Read More →

Michael Brown shooting: Ferguson police wear cameras

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 […]

Riots erupt after vigil for Michael Brown
By August 11, 2014 Read More →

Riots erupt after vigil for Michael Brown

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 […]

GROWING VOTING RIGHTS DISCRIMINATION SINCE US SUPREME COURT GUTTED VOTING RIGHTS ACT
By August 7, 2014 Read More →

GROWING VOTING RIGHTS DISCRIMINATION SINCE US SUPREME COURT GUTTED VOTING RIGHTS ACT

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.

Human Rights Low on U.S-Africa Policy Summit
By August 3, 2014 Read More →

Human Rights Low on U.S-Africa Policy Summit

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.

Security, Economics Focus of US-Africa Summit
By August 1, 2014 Read More →

Security, Economics Focus of US-Africa Summit

Over 50 African heads of state are expected at the summit of U-S and Africa leaders this week (August 4 – 6). Not invited are the presidents of four countries with a record of human rights violations – Eritrea, Zimbabwe, Sudan and Central African Republic.

African Union Official Anticipates Stronger Ties at US-Africa Summit
By July 21, 2014 Read More →

African Union Official Anticipates Stronger Ties at US-Africa Summit

A senior official of the African Union said next month’s US-Africa Summit in Washington should provide Africa and the United States an opportunity to enter into a strategic partnership.

US Presbyterians to allow clergy to perform gay weddings
By June 20, 2014 Read More →

US Presbyterians to allow clergy to perform gay weddings

The largest Presbyterian church group in the US has voted to allow its clergy to perform same-sex weddings. The Presbyterian Church (USA) also approved a change to the church’s constitution that says marriage can be a union of “two people”. But the latter vote will need to be approved by regional groups. The church, which […]

Clerks Face Prosecution For Issuing Gay Marriage Licenses, Wisconsin AG Warns
By June 18, 2014 Read More →

Clerks Face Prosecution For Issuing Gay Marriage Licenses, Wisconsin AG Warns

J.B. Van Hollen, Wisconsin’s Attorney General, has announced a stern warning for the state’s county or municipal clerks who issue marriage licenses to gay or lesbian couples, saying the newlyweds are not married in the eyes of the law, and the clerks can be prosecuted.

Celebration for Radical Attorney Lynne Stewart
By June 11, 2014 Read More →

Celebration for Radical Attorney Lynne Stewart

Oakland, CA – Lynne Stewart admitted to the bar in 1977, made her career as an unapologetic radical self-described “movement lawyer” committed to in her words “being the voice for those who have no voice” bravely provided access to excellent private legal defense to those who lack money for it was committed to defending the general political interests of her clients as well as against the charges against them.