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C-Span: Race Relations and Police Accountability

A former police chief, and state legislators representing districts where racial tensions with police had been the focus of news events during the past few years, talked about race relations and police accountability.

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  • Tuesday, August 16, 2016 Federal Court Rejects North Carolina Legislative Districts
    Federal Court Rejects North Carolina Legislative Districts Federal judges struck down nearly 30 North Carolina House and Senate districts on Thursday as illegal racial gerrymanders, but will allow General Assembly elections to be held using them this fall. Continue reading.
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  • Tuesday, August 16, 2016 Pay Up or Park: Texas Links Child Support to Car Registration
    Pay Up or Park: Texas Links Child Support to Car Registration Starting in December, Texas will try something new to get parents to pay child support: withhold their vehicle registration. The move is a controversial attempt to get more noncustodial parents to pay child support on-time and in-full. But some family and antipoverty advocates say the policy will have unintended consequences.…
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  • Tuesday, August 16, 2016 More States Lift Welfare Restrictions for Drug Felons
    More States Lift Welfare Restrictions for Drug Felons Twenty years after a federal law blocked people with felony drug convictions from receiving welfare or food stamps, more states are loosening those restrictions — or waiving them entirely. Continue reading.
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  • Tuesday, August 16, 2016 Baltimore Police Have Racial Bias, Justice Department Reports
    Baltimore Police Have Racial Bias, Justice Department Reports A Justice Department investigation found that the Baltimore Police Department engages in unconstitutional practices that lead to disproportionate rates of stops, searches and arrests of African-Americans, and excessive use of force against juveniles and people with mental health disabilities. Continue reading.
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  • Tuesday, August 16, 2016 U.S. Justice Dept. Sues Mississippi over Mentally Ill
    U.S. Justice Dept. Sues Mississippi over Mentally Ill The Department of Justice says Mississippi is violating the Americans with Disabilities Act and Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act by failing to provide community-based mental health services for mentally ill adults. Continue reading.
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  • Tuesday, August 16, 2016 Rauner Vetoes Automatic Voter Registration Bill
    Rauner Vetoes Automatic Voter Registration Bill Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed a bill aimed at making voter registration automatic in Illinois, citing concerns about potential voting fraud and conflicts with federal law. The first-term Republican governor said he wanted to continue negotiations with supporters to work out those issues, but groups backing the measure accused him of…
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  • Thursday, July 7, 2016 Black State Legislators Taking Center Stage in Creating Greater Digital Equity
    Black State Legislators Taking Center Stage in Creating Greater Digital Equity The Congressional Black Caucus, as the conscience of Congress, has been working diligently since last year’s launch of the CBC Tech 2020 Initiative to increase diversity and inclusion in the high-tech sector.
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  • Wednesday, April 23, 2014 ASPiRE TV: NBCSL's 37th Annual Legislative Conference
    ASPiRE TV: NBCSL's 37th Annual Legislative Conference See ASPiRE TV coverage of NBCSL's 37th Annual Legislative Conference in Memphis, TN. Many states were represented and over 300 legislators, corporate partners, non-profit organizations, and other stakeholders were in attendance.
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  • Thursday, January 23, 2014 C-SPAN VIDEO: 37th Annual Legislative Conference, Closing Plenary Session, December 2013
    C-SPAN VIDEO: 37th Annual Legislative Conference, Closing Plenary Session, December 2013 See video from the closing plenary session of NBCSL's 37th Annual Legislative Conference. Titled, "Galvanizing State Action on Civil Rights," this session featured speakers offering different perspectives on how legislators can improve the social status of all Americans in the next century.
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  • Tuesday, January 14, 2014 Black legislators from across the country to meet in Memphis
    Upward of 700 state legislators, their families, legislative staffers, other government officials, policy advocates and corporate executives gathered in Memphis Dec. 11-14 for the 37th annual conference of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators. The meeting of lawmakers from across the country is one of the largest gatherings of black officials every year since its founding in 1977. The NBCSL represents more than 600 Black lawmakers from 45 states, the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands.
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  • Tuesday, January 14, 2014 Voting rights issues are critical to Black elected officials, Caucus leader says
    Voting rights issues are critical to Black elected officials, Caucus leader says For Joe Armstrong, the president of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators, the next few days will be filled with discussions about voting rights, the struggle of historically Black colleges and the Affordable Care Act. The group of elected officials from a wide array of states is convening in Memphis and, according to Armstrong, they are deeply concerned about legislation in some states that they say are designed to erode gains made by African-Americans.
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  • Tuesday, January 14, 2014 Black legislators want your voting rights back
    Black legislators want your voting rights back There are at least 24 states where voter-I.D. laws have already been introduced, at least seven are trying to end same-day [voting and] registration and eight are trying to limit existing opportunities to vote early,” said Maryland State Sen. Catherine Pugh, a Democrat representing Baltimore and president elect of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators.
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  • Saturday, April 25, 2015 NBCSL Holds Spring Executive Committee and CRT Meetings in Baltimore
    NBCSL Holds Spring Executive Committee and CRT Meetings in Baltimore On Saturday, April 25, 2015, NBCSL President, Senator Catherine Pugh and the 2015-2017 Executive Officers, as well as the Corporate Round Table, held meetings at the Marriott Waterfront Hotel in Baltimore. A Friday evening reception at the Reginald F. Lewis African American Heritage Museum preceded the Saturday meetings. After the…
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  • Tuesday, April 21, 2015 Legislative Quarterly: Spring 2015
    Legislative Quarterly: Spring 2015 On Friday, February 6, 2015, the inaugural reception and swearing-in of NBCSL President, Senator Catherine Pugh and the Executive Officers was held.
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  • Reducing Tobacco Use Among African Americans
    Reducing Tobacco Use Among African Americans Background According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), African Americans approximately made up 12 percent of the 46 million adult smokers in 2008.   In particular, menthol cigarette use is disproportionately high among African Americans with nearly 84 percent of black smokers aged 12 years or older report…
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  • Fighting for Financial Security
    Fighting for Financial Security Background A study conducted by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) in 2013 found that 9.6 million households were unbanked.  The highest of which were found among non-Asian minorities, lower-income households, younger households, and unemployed households.  For people of color being unbanked (having no bank accounts) or underbanked (having bank…
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  • NBCSL Members Fighting for Safer School Environments
    NBCSL Members Fighting for Safer School Environments Representative Greg Porter (IN) attends signing of his anti-bullying legislation by Governor Mike Pence. Background Once cast off as a rite of passage or common behavior, the act of bullying can have lasting effects on a student’s academic achievement and emotional and physical health. Bullying can also lead to long-term…
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  • Justice for the Scottsboro Boys
    Justice for the Scottsboro Boys Background In March of 1931, nine Black teens aged 13 to 19 boarded a train in Scottsboro, Alabama. Their names were Olen Montgomery, Clarence Norris, Haywood Patterson, Ozie Powell, Willie Roberson, Charlie Weems, Eugene Williams, Andy Wright and Roy Wright. When a fight broke out, these young boys were arrested…
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