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The Road Not Taken: Supreme Court Decision on Arizona’s Anti-Immigrant Law Fails on Human Rights

The Road Not Taken: Supreme Court Decision on Arizona’s Anti-Immigrant Law Fails on Human Rights

UN Questions U.S. on Police Harrassment of Los Angeles Human Rights Activist

UN Questions U.S. on Police Harrassment of Los Angeles Human Rights Activist

Fair Food Standards Council Oversees Compliance with Fair Food Agreement

Fair Food Standards Council Oversees Compliance with Fair Food Agreement

Media Coverage/Press Release Details
Publication Date: 
June 16, 2012
Author: 
Amy Bennett Williams
Organization Title: 
The News-Press

It was the [Coalition of Immokalee Workers] that, after a 15-year impasse, signed an unprecedented pact with the state’s largest tomato growers group in 2010. The goal: to fundamentally change the nature of the state’s $402 million tomato industry, shadowed for decades by low wages and labor abuses, including high-profile slavery cases.

Why Human Rights Should Inform How States Spend National Foreclosure Settlement Money

Why Human Rights Should Inform How States Spend National Foreclosure Settlement Money

Students Rally Before Discipline Code Hearing

Students Rally Before Discipline Code Hearing

Media Coverage/Press Release Details
Publication Date: 
June 6, 2012
Author: 
Theodoric Meyer
Organization Title: 
New York Times

About 100 parents, teachers, students and advocates turned out for a hearing at Stuyvesant High School on Tuesday evening on proposed changes to the city’s discipline code, which would, among other things, lessen the number of offenses for which students could be suspended.

Suspensions to Decrease Under Revised Discipline Code

Suspensions to Decrease Under Revised Discipline Code

Media Coverage/Press Release Details
Publication Date: 
June 5, 2012
Author: 
Lindsey Christ
Organization Title: 
NY1

City students were suspended from school more than 73,000 times last year and advocates say it almost always does more harm than good.

Now the Department of Education is trying to cut down on suspensions by revising the student discipline code, and a public meeting on those revisions was held in Lower Manhattan on Tuesday night.

The changes include taking away principals' ability to suspend students for a host of minor infractions, like swearing, gambling or using the Internet for non-educational purposes.

NYC Schools Propose Changes to Discipline Code

NYC Schools Propose Changes to Discipline Code

Media Coverage/Press Release Details
Publication Date: 
June 5, 2012
Author: 
Kamelia Kilawan
Organization Title: 
Gotham Gazette

The New York City Department of Education is proposing to eliminate suspensions for students who get caught breaking minor rules, such as cutting classes and cussing. ...

While advocates for students say they applaud some of the changes, they say more needs to be done.

“Changes made are minor and won’t provide systemic change,” said Sarah Landes, a member of the Dignity in Schools Campaign, a collection of teachers, students and youth organizations working to reduce suspension and mandate alternative discipline methods.

NYPD School Safety Data Shows Most Arrests in Bronx Schools

NYPD School Safety Data Shows Most Arrests in Bronx Schools

Media Coverage/Press Release Details
Publication Date: 
May 31, 2012
Author: 
Corinne Letsch
Organization Title: 
New York Daily News

Most of the students arrested or ticketed by police are in Bronx schools, according to a new analysis of NYPD school safety data released by the New York Civil Liberties Union.

The report, released Wednesday, shows that 33% of arrests were made and nearly 55% of summonses were given in the Bronx. Citywide, police arrested 327 students and handed out 555 summonses in schools from January through March.

More than 96% of arrests were of black or Latino students, and more than 73% were male.

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United Workers Targets Mega-Mall Owner for Poverty Wages

United Workers Targets Mega-Mall Owner for Poverty Wages

Media Coverage/Press Release Details
Publication Date: 
May 20, 2012
Author: 
Fern Shen
Organization Title: 
Baltimore Brew

Before protesters arrived at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor yesterday to call attention to working conditions and “poverty wages” for the workers who cook, chop, clean, dish-wash and bus tables there, one of them waited to talk to a reporter.

“They treated us like machines – like we didn’t have any emotions or needs,” said Raquel Rojas, a former Cheesecake Factory line cook, standing with leaders of the group organizing the protest, Baltimore-based United Workers.org.

Demonstrators Stage Anti-Eviction Protest in Plainfield

Demonstrators Stage Anti-Eviction Protest in Plainfield

Media Coverage/Press Release Details
Publication Date: 
May 15, 2012
Author: 
Shannon Antinori
Organization Title: 
Plainfield Patch

A Joliet woman who lost her husband and her son to tragedies could soon lose her house too.

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