Lincoln, Neb., May 30, 2013 – A new law passed earlier this month extends data collection and reporting requirements for Nebraska’s law enforcement agencies for four years. The data collection provisions were due to sunset in January 2014 but now will sunset in January 2018.
In addition to extending the sunset deadline the law requires the Nebraska Commission on Law Enforcement and Criminal Justiceto seek funding to conduct reviews of motor vehicle stops and allegations of racial profiling.
Rights Working Group Member, Colorado Progressive Coalition, (CPC) has just released its Truth and Justice Report, which tells the collective narrative of racial profiling and police violence in Colorado.
Much of the report was gathered through stories of racial profiling and police misconduct that were obtained through the relaunching of CPC's Racial Justice Hotline.
The findings include: 65 percent of community members reported being racially profiled; 39 percent reported being injured by police and 30 percent reported being unjustifiably stopped.
Photo: With community members and Mayor Vincent Gray behind him, Councilmember Mendelson, who introduced the Immigration Detainter Compliance Amendment Act, denounces the Secure Communities program at a press conference on June 4th.
Over 100 people marched in a youth-organized march in Providence, RI urging state legislators to pass the Comprehensive Racial Profiling Prevention Act. The organizers of the May 23rd march feel that everyday people of color in their communities continue to be targeted, searched, and harassed by police--the very people who are supposed to protect them. As Charlie Chhum, a youth organizer from PrYSM notes, “We cannot wait any longer.
The Rights Working Group joined civil liberties and civil rights advocates in calling today for passage of a bill that would end racial profiling by law enforcement at the local, state and federal level.
This blog was crossposted in the Huffington Post
By Keith Rushing
Cook County, the country’s second most populous county after Los Angeles, decided earlier this month that it will no longer hold people it arrests on Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainers because it costs the county $15 million each year—more than they're willing to spend.
Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia introduced the ordinance.
"Today, more immigrants are being detained and deported than ever before, and it’s just getting worse."
By Silky Shah. This piece was originally published in the South Asian Magazine for Action and Reflection (SAMAR), and can be seen here.
Is Customs and Border Protection (CBP) using racial profiling to harass brown people? Stories from Washington, Michigan, Ohio, and North Carolina, among others, suggest that the answer is: Yes. Under the guise of doing their federal immigration duties, CBP agents are roaming around border states questioning Latinos about their immigration statuses, according to a number of news stories and reports from RWG members around the country:
No degree, no number
Can define my right as a human being.
No theories of a better tomorrow,
Can change the sorrow being spilled today.
No border can cage my identity.
No law can hide my pride.
No voice can beat as fast as mine.
I speak my own story,
I fight my own battle.
I rise up from the shadows.
I stand up against injustice.
I’ll sit in for my humanity.
By Santiago V. Garcia