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RWG Joins the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

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RWG stands united with all who are marching to the nation's capital to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington and to continue the demand for racial justice. The anniversary commemorates the gathering of millions of people from across the country in the nation’s capital to demand jobs, freedom, and much more. It was also there that Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his "I Have a Dream" speech that still resonates with people to this day.

Rights Working Group Applauds Court Decision Finding New York City's Stop-And-Frisk Policies Unconstitutional

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Contact: Sameera Hafiz, Policy Director, shafiz@rightsworkinggroup.org, (w) 202.591.3309

Faces of Racial Profiling: BCC's Wesley Morris Shares Experience with Racial Profiling

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In this latest installment of the Faces of Racial Profiling video series, Wesley Morris of the Beloved Community Center (BCC), a social justice organization, in Greensboro. N.C. reveals an experience with racial profiling involving the Greensboro Police Department (GPD).

Civil Rights Groups Join Members of Congress to Urge Passage of Anti-Racial Profiling Legislation

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Sameera Hafiz, Policy Director, shafiz@rightsworkinggroup.org
 
July 30, 2013, Washington, D.C --  Today, numerous civil rights and human rights organizations joined members of Congress Tuesday to express full support for a bill that would prohibit racial profiling by federal law enforcement agencies.

An Uncomfortable Silence: James Comey, the FBI, and Racial Profiling

By Alissa Escarce, RWG Policy Associate

On Thursday, July 18th, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted unanimously to approve the nomination of James Comey as FBI director. The nomination will now be voted on by the entire Senate. Unlike other confirmations in recent memory Comey’s has advanced smoothly, and he is almost certain to be confirmed in the coming week.

RWG Welcomes President Obama's Comments on Racial Profiling; Urges Strong Federal Action to Stop Racial Profiling in All its Forms

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Keith Rushing, Communications Director, krushing@rightsworkinggroup, (p) 202.591.3305, (c) 202.557.4291

July 24, 2013, Washington, D.C – Rights Working Group welcomes President Barack Obama’s decision to comment Friday on racial profiling and racial disparities in the criminal justice system in the aftermath of the acquittal of George Zimmerman.  Rights Working Group was encouraged by his acknowledgement of the need for federal action to address these problems.

Kadra Abdi: Standing Up to Racial and Religious Profiling in Minneapolis

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“We define ourselves as a nation of immigrants.  That’s who we are — in our bones. The promise we see in those who come here from every corner of the globe, that’s always been one of our greatest strengths. It keeps our workforce young.  It keeps our country on the cutting edge. And it’s helped build the greatest economic engine the world has ever known.”

Disturbed by Outcome of Zimmerman Trial, RWG Calls on the DOJ to Continue Its Civil Rights Investigation into the Death of Trayvon Martin

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Keith Rushing, Communications Director, krushing@rightsworkinggroup, (p) 202.591.3305, (c) 202.557.4291

July 15, 2013, Washington, D.C. – The acquittal of George Zimmerman for the killing of Trayvon Martin raises deep concerns about racial profiling and; the criminalization, marginalization and stereotyping of black men and boys; and the ability of the justice system to function effectively in cases involving African Americans and other people of color.

DOJ Finds Miami Police Engaged in a Pattern of Excessive Use of Force Involving Police Shootings and Killings

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MIAMI, July 12,2013 – The Department of Justice (DOJ) has found that the Miami Police Department (MPD) engaged in a pattern or practice of excessive force in violation of the Fourth Amendment involving a large number of officer-involved shootings.

The DOJ Finds the L.A. Sheriff's Department Targeted Blacks and Latinos for Discriminatory Treatment

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July 2, 2013 - The Department of Justice has found that the nation’s largest sheriff’s department has engaged in “a pattern of unreasonable force” and targeted black residents of public housing for unnecessary stops and seizures, the Associated Press reported.