In an investigation published late last year, ProPublica found that Black people with felony convictions fare significantly worse than their white counterparts in the presidential pardons process.
But things could be shifting in the right direction. In December, President Obama pardoned Eugenia Marie Jennings, an African-American mother and survivor of domestic violence who'd been sentenced to 22 years for selling crack to an undercover officer. And this past Sunday, the Washington Post urged President Obama to reform the pardons process, reminding him that whites were nearly four times more likely than people of color to receive pardons.More »
This Sunday, CNN's Black in America series will broadcast its fourth installment: Silicon Valley, The New Promised Land. Chronicling the journey of eight African-American techies and aspiring entrepreneurs, CNN investigates what it means to be Black in this predominately white, male environment. Jobs for Black folks in the tech industry are important, but our rights in the digital age are being attacked on multiple fronts.More »
Looks like regulations put in place this year to protect students are taking a toll on the for-profit college industry. Ever since ColorOfChange members, our partners at CREDO Action and a broad coalition demanded that Congress and the U.S. Department of Education enact the 'gainful employment' rule, the industry has faced low stock ratings, low enrollment, and the resignation of one key company's CEO.More »
Last Tuesday, more than 270 formerly incarcerated and convicted people met in Los Angeles in advance of the International Drug Policy Reform Conference. Their mission? Continue building a new front in the movement to end over-incarceration. The days of policy and advocacy organizations reaching out to people who have done time when they need a spokesperson or someone to hold a sign at a rally are numbered, they say. Instead, it’s time for people with records to be decision-makers and leaders in their own right.
A 14-point platform guides their work, and a provocative question called out from the cover of the program for last week’s gathering: “Am I a human being if most rights are denied me and most privileges are inaccessible to me as a formerly incarcerated and/or convicted person?”
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