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NAACP Denounces DOJ’s plan to curb diversity efforts in Higher ED

NAACP Denounces DOJ’s plan to curb diversity efforts in Higher ED

 

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BALTIMORE – The NAACP, the country’s original and largest social justice organization denounces the U.S. Department of Justice’s plans to investigate and sue higher education institutions whose admission policies promote the inclusion of people of color. The NAACP issued the following statement.

“President Trump’s Justice Department seems laser-focused on achieving rights and privileges for ‘just-us’; totally excluding people of color. It’s not enough that President Trump proposes to radically cut the 2018 education budget and undermine public schools, which would adversely affect African-Americans and his supporters alike, but now his Administration is preparing to investigate and prosecute colleges and universities that strive to admit more people of color.” said Derrick Johnson, interim president and CEO. “Affirmative action was not created as a way for African-Americans, Latinos, or Asian-Americans to get an unfair advantage over their white peers. It’s a mechanism to level the playing field and create equal opportunity for people of color following decades of oppression. We should foster efforts to promote diversity on college and university campuses not hinder it.”

Original Article: http://www.naacp.org/latest/naacp-denounces-dojs-plans-curb-diversity-efforts-higher-ed/

Senate Bill Proposes Police Officer Interaction be included in 9th Grade Education Curriculum

Senate Bill Proposes Police Officer Interaction be included in 9th Grade Education Curriculum

On December 7, 2016, Houston Senator John Whitmire filed Bill 273 in congress. Bill 273 calls for the inclusion of instruction regarding police officers in the required curriculum for ninth grade public school students. The required course would teach students their own rights and responsibilities, plus police duties. The goal of this bill is toContinue Reading

NAACP & PARTNERS STANDING FOR CIVIL RIGHTS AGAINST NEW THREATS

NAACP & PARTNERS STANDING FOR CIVIL RIGHTS AGAINST NEW THREATS

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has joined with six other leading civil rights organizations to issue the following statement in response to the 2016 Presidential and Congressional election: “As civil rights leaders working for racial justice and economic opportunity, we join much of the nation in our apprehension about theContinue Reading

Free Wills Clinic presented by HLA

Free Wills Clinic presented by HLA

The Houston Lawyers association will host a free Wills Clinic Saturday, October 1, 2016 at Thurgood Marshall School of Law, 3100 Cleburne, Houston, TX  9:00am – 1:00pm Call for more information.  Individuals wanting to reserve an appointment with a volunteer MUST contact E. Rena Felton:  832-736-2386 If you have question about a will, volunteer attorneysContinue Reading

Let’s Fix Our Broken Harris County Bail System

Let’s Fix Our Broken Harris County Bail System

NAACP Houston Branch ~ Texas Civil Rights Project Press Statement ~ September 21, 2016 Let’s Fix Our Broken Harris County Bail System Good Morning and thank you for joining us today as we call awareness on a very important issue that is disproportionately impacting poor and minority communities in Houston/Harris County. The NAACP Houston BranchContinue Reading

National Voter Registration Day

National Voter Registration Day

As we come closer to this important election, the NAACP Youth and College Division is partnering with organizations across the country to register voters on National Voter Registration Day, September 27, 2016. National Voter Registration Day was first started for the 2012 presidential election. It has now become an annual holiday and celebration when thousands ofContinue Reading

U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Refuses to Fulfill Their Constitutional Duty

U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Refuses to Fulfill Their Constitutional Duty

  On March 16, 2016, President Obama just nominated Judge Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court. But Senate Republican leaders say they won’t hold hearings or even meet with him to determine whether he is a qualified and suitable appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court; even though many of them supported him in theContinue Reading

Amid complaints, STAAR testing faces revamp

Amid complaints, STAAR testing faces revamp

Since the STAAR rolled out in 2012, the percentage of Texas students who have passed the test has remained relatively flat, even as passing standards haven’t substantially changed. In 2015, between 64 percent and 78 percent of third- through eighth-graders statewide passed all subjects, with differences of only a few points from the year before. Although passingContinue Reading

U.S. Presidential Primary Election Information

U.S. Presidential Primary Election Information

The 2016 U.S. general election will be held on Tuesday, the 8th of November 2016. This election year will feature competitive Presidential Election, and elections to the United States Congress. The entire US House of Representatives – all 435 members are up for re-election this year. There will also be municipal, school board, gubernatorial, andContinue Reading

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