Racial Justice

Scottsboro Boys Exonerated, But Troubling Legacy Remains for Black Men

The Alabama Board of Pardons and Parole's posthumous pardon today of the last of the black men wrongly convicted of the rape of two white women 82 years ago in Scottsboro, Alabama seems to write the final chapter of a sorry story that epitomizes the racial injustice and procedural unfairness that dominated the criminal justice system in the United States in the beginning of the last century. It would be difficult to concoct a process more unfair from beginning to end.

ACLU Urges EEOC to Update Guidance Policy

WASHINGTON – The ACLU and a coalition of civil rights and civil liberties groups sent a letter to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights in response to the Commission’s briefing on “The Impact of Criminal Background Checks and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) Conviction Records Policy on the Employment of Black and Latino Workers,” held on December 7, 2012.

Nevada Highlighted in National ACLU Study Released in Conjunction with Michigan Homeowners’ Mortgages Lawsuit Against Morgan Stanley

NEW YORK – Morgan Stanley discriminated against black homeowners and violated federal civil rights laws by providing strong incentives to a subprime lender to originate mortgages that were likely to be foreclosed on, according to a groundbreaking lawsuit filed Monday, Oct. 15.

Trayvon Martin Killing a Horrendous Act

At the ACLU of Nevada, our staff and board has been following all of the events of the Trayvon Martin killing and its aftermath with deep concern. We also know that these events have received substantial attention from Nevada’s news media and Nevadans generally. The ACLU of Nevada supports the work of our colleagues at the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida, other civil rights organizations and leaders, and the general public in responding to this event.

Minority Students in Nevada Public Schools Overrepresented in Discipline, Underrepresented in Advanced Math and Science Courses

LAS VEGAS, NV – Statistics released on March 6, 2012, by the U.S. Department of Education, reveal that minority students in Nevada receive disproportionate disciplinary sanctions and are underrepresented in advanced math and science classes.

Continuing the Legacy of Dr. King

Today we celebrate the 83rd anniversary of the birth of one of the most prominent figures in civil rights history, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. During his life, Dr. King was integral in advancing civil liberties and civil rights of African Americans and highlighting the cruelties that were pervasive in America. To this day, there has not been a more motivating or iconic symbol of civil rights than Dr. King. His dream inspired many Americans to pursue justice and equality no matter what the cost. By shedding light on the injustices occurring around him, Dr. King was able to bring about real change - a goal that is as important today as it was then.

One of Nevada's First Civil Rights Leaders

When most people think about the history of Nevada, they think about mobsters, casinos and showgirls. Most people don’t realize that Nevada has an interesting and impressive African American history. We might be familiar with some people who helped advance civil rights in Nevada, like Mable Hoggard, H.P. Fitzgerald, Ruby Duncan and Charles West. Before these leaders, however, there were others who started the fight for civil rights, including Dr. W.H.C. Stephenson, the first African American doctor on record in Nevada.

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