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.
The Road Not Taken: Supreme Court Decision on Arizona’s Anti-Immigrant Law Fails on Human Rights
The Supreme Court decision on Arizona's anti-immigrant law, while striking down harsher measures designed to make undocumented immigrants “self-deport,” still allows the police to demand that anyone suspected of being undocumented “show their papers” when stopped. From a legal perspective, the challenge to Arizona seems like a success for many, but for many communities the constant threat of deportation can make everyday life a harrowing experience.
UN Questions U.S. on Police Harrassment of Los Angeles Human Rights Activist
In conjunction with this week’s annual meeting of the UN Human Rights Council, five UN Special Rapporteurs have released a letter questioning the Los Angeles Police Department’s repeated arrests of a human rights activist participating in peaceful protest activities. These arrests subject activist Steve Richardson to intimidation and degrading treatment and appear to violate international human rights protections of freedom of speech and assembly.
Fair Food Standards Council Oversees Compliance with Fair Food Agreement
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
Last April, the federal government and 49 states negotiated a $25 billion settlement for widespread, wrongful foreclosures with the nation’s five largest loan servicers. The National Foreclosure Settlement includes $2.5 billion in direct payments for the states and D.C. to fund activities ranging from foreclosure prevention and restitution to programs addressing community blight. While some states intend to use the money to fill state budget gaps, others are using the funds for programs that demolish housing and ignore those most impacted by the housing crisis. NESRI partner Occupy our Homes in Baltimore is demanding that the funds remedy the displacement and suffering caused by loan servicers and that those most impacted by the crisis help decide how the money is spent.
Students Rally Before Discipline Code Hearing
Suspensions to Decrease Under Revised Discipline Code
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
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
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.
United Workers Targets Mega-Mall Owner for Poverty Wages
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.
Demonstrators Stage Anti-Eviction Protest in Plainfield
A Joliet woman who lost her husband and her son to tragedies could soon lose her house too.
In a demonstration organized by the Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign and the local chapter of Warehouse Workers for Justice, nearly 30 people stood in protest in front of the Wells Fargo Home Mortgage office on Lockport Street Monday morning, rallying in support of Loleta Barrow-Leggett.