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Month: September 2016

AT&T CEO Delivers a Rousing Speech on Racial Tension in American Society

“If two very close friends of different races don’t talk openly about this issue that’s tearing our communities apart,” Stephenson said, “how do we expect to find common ground and solutions for what’s a really serious, serious problem?”

Source: AT&T CEO Delivers a Rousing Speech on Racial Tension in American Society

Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Suspended for Rest of Term

This is the second time Moore has been removed from the bench for defiance of federal courts; the first was in 2003 when Moore refused to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the state judicial building.

Source: Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Suspended for Rest of Term

Calif. Adds New Mandatory Sentences for Convicted Rapists

California Assemblyman Evan Low (D-Campbell) and Assemblyman Bill Dodd (D-Napa) introduced Assembly Bill 2888, which prohibits a judge from granting probation “if a person is convicted of rape, sodomy, penetration with a foreign object, or oral copulation if the victim was either unconscious or incapable of giving consent due to intoxication.

Source: Calif. Adds New Mandatory Sentences for Convicted Rapists

Congress Hands President Obama His First Veto Override

the House voted 348-77, and the Senate voted 97-1, well over the two-thirds majority needed to overcome the president’s objection to a bill which would allow the families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia for aiding or financing the attacks. Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) was the only ‘no’ vote, and neither Tim Kaine (D-Va) nor Barry Sanders (I-VT) participated in the vote. In the House, 59 Democrats and 18 Republicans voted against the veto.

Source: Congress Hands President Obama His First Veto Override

No Disciplinary Action for Law Professor’s ‘Run Them Down’ Tweet

“In short, no disciplinary action will be taken against Professor Reynolds. The tweet was an exercise of his First Amendment rights,” College of Law dean Melanie D. Wilson said in a statement. “Nevertheless, the tweet offended many members of our community and beyond, and I understand the hurt and frustration they feel.”

Source: No Disciplinary Action for Law Professor’s ‘Run Them Down’ Tweet

UT sees it one way, USA Today sees it another. Kudos to the paper for handling it the right way.

Reynolds claims people “misunderstood” his tweet, but i’m thinking his message was pretty fucking clear.

U.N. Panel Says the U.S. Owes Black People Reparations

Colonial history, a legacy of enslavement, and segregation are among the chief reasons reparations are owed to African Americans, according to a report put out by a U.N. group. The United Nations’ Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent, which reports to the U.N. High Commissioner on Human Rights, presented its finding to…

Source: U.N. Panel Says the U.S. Owes Black People Reparations

Georgetown takes steps to correct a slave owning past

In 1838, a debt-ridden Jesuit university sold off 272 slaves in order to remain financially solvent. That institution, now known as Georgetown University, is seeking to make amends for its historical ties to slavery.

The New York Times reports that in a speech given on Thursday, Georgetown’s president John J. DeGioia outlined the university’s plans to do penance for its past sins, including a public apology, and preferential admissions for descendants of the slaves that were sold for profit.

John J. DeGioia, president, Georgetown University

John J. DeGioia, president, Georgetown University

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