March 15, 2013 / BY LYLA BUGARA Sonia Sotomayor condemns federal prosecutor's racist statement

Last week, Sonia Sotomayor stood in strong defense of racial equality. In a supplemental statement to a Supreme Court decision not to hear the case of Bongani Charles Calhoun, Justice Sotomayor explicitly condemned the shameful history of racism in the American criminal justice system. Calhoun claimed that racially charged comments from a federal prosecutor influenced the outcome of his trial and violated his constitutional rights.

Although the Supreme Court ultimately decided not to hear the case due to a procedural problem with the appeal, Justice Sotomayor wrote this additional statement to dispel any perception that their decision signaled approval of the prosecutor's remarks.

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August 17, 2012 / BY FANNA GAMAL DOJ awards $1M to youth ousted by Philly "whites-only" swim club

Remember the pool in suburban Philadephia that kicked out a group of young Black and Latino campers, expressing concern that the young people's presence would "change the complexion" of the swim club? The ColorOfChange community mobilized three summers ago in support of the youngsters, demanding that the U.S. Department of Justice take action. 

Well, yesterday the case that resulted from this obviously discriminatory turn of events was settled once and for all. The DOJ announced that the campers will divide the proceeds resulting from the $1.5 million sale of the swimming club, which faced bankruptcy as a result of the lawsuits.

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August 09, 2012 / BY AIM√ČE CASTENELL Joe Walsh thinks we need to "Get a life"

Earlier this afternoon Talking Points Memo published Joe Walsh's flippant and dismissive response to ColorofChange Executive Director Rashad Robinson's statement decrying Mr. Walsh's infantalizing speech in which he referred to President Obama as "son." According to Walsh, "My first reaction was to laugh. I don't know who this group was and I would love to look them in the eyes and say, 'Get a life.'"

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