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Protection and promotion of basic human rights and civil liberties. These stories revolve around advocating for and protecting human rights, ranging from questions of discrimination to the expansion of voting rights.

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When it comes to police oversight, many watchdogs lack teeth

CNN

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The most effective civilian oversight agencies that act as watchdogs over police discipline are empowered to conduct independent investigations, impose discipline on individual officers, and influence disciplinary policy. One of the strongest, in Oakland, forced the police chief out of office ove...

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San Quentin's Breakthrough Prison Newsroom

Politico

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San Quentin Prison's media created by the men incarcerated there have gone beyond rehabilitation of individuals to a broader mission of promoting criminal justice policy reform by reframing the narrative about those who have committed crimes and the system's inequities. Through San Quentin News, ...

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9 Departments and Multiple Infractions for One New Jersey Police Officer

The New York Times

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New Jersey’s responses to police misconduct offer stark lessons in how certain failures can allow troubled officers to hop from job to job undetected. The state lacks a central database of police misconduct and remains one of only five states that cannot revoke an officer’s credentials because of...

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Mississippi: Local Groups offer financial aid to black businesses shunned by federal stimulus

Black Star News

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Black businesses in Mississippi are receiving a financial boost from a nonprofit that seeks to level the playing field for rural African-Americans in the state who have historically been overlooked when it comes to federal aid. Higher Purpose Co is a black-led economic justice nonprofit that has ...

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In Germany, Confronting Shameful Legacy Is Essential Part of Police Training

The New York Times

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To prevent its police forces from ever again being turned into militarized and politicized tools of an authoritarian state, Germany requires all police trainees to visit former Nazi concentration camps and learn in detail how the Nazi regime used police as a tool. Though the historical comparison...

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Minneapolis theater community uses stagecraft skills to support businesses of color in the aftermath of protests

CNN

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University Rebuild brings together theater members in Minneapolis who are not working due to Covid-19 to use their skills in support of the Black Lives Matters movement by helping communities clean up, make repairs, and create infrastructure to gather safely. Volunteers, numbering more than 100 w...

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