Beyond Ban the Box – Combating Black Underemployment and the Criminality Myth, by Nina Frank

If you are white, how many times have you heard the argument that black people are overrepresented in the criminal justice system because they in fact commit more crimes? That black Americans are somehow inherently more criminal than other racial or ethnic groups? It’s a demonstrably false talking point that is repeated over and over, and it contributes to the devaluation of black lives as well as the exclusion of black men and women from all sectors of the workforce. According to recent studies, whites significantly overestimate just how much black people are involved in “serious street crime” such as Read More …

The Fundamental Right to Same-Sex Parenting Is Coming to a State Near You…And, soon, by Jordan Walsh

The Supreme Court granted a stay in Alabama this week that should have what is left of the anti-LGBT-rights movement shaking in their boots.[1] The right of married gay Americans to parent, and thus to adopt as married couples, is the next civil rights issue on the proverbial docket, whether the Court grants certiorari in this case or not. Admittedly, the Full Faith and Credit Clause issue presented to the Supreme Court in the petition for certiorari may not seem directly relevant to the due process and equal protection rights that underpin the holdings in Lawrence, Windsor and Obergefell, but Read More …

Ireland Bans Discrimination by Religious Institutions Against LGBT Employees

New Ways Ministry reports on the story of Ireland’s lawmakers amending the Employment Equality Act to protect LGBT workers. The Catholic Church administers over 90% of Ireland’s schools. A spokeswoman for Ireland’s Gay and Lesbian Equality Network celebrated that the law would allow LGBT people “to be themselves, get married and have a family without a threat to their job if they work in a religious run institution.” Earlier this year, Ireland became the first country to adopt marriage equality by popular vote. In contrast, across this country Catholic schools are firing LGBT teachers and their supporters in record numbers. This Read More …

For Those Who Think State Governors Get to Decide If Their State Admits Refugees, And Why Congress Can’t Constitutionally Pick Said Refugees’ Race or Religion, by Jordan Walsh

The idea that we would have barred all access to a starving five-year-old child during the nineteenth-century potato famine, based solely on his or her Catholic-ness (or Irish-ness) is anathema to everything this immigrant nation stands for, and more, in direct opposition to one of the most basic tenets upon which it was founded. Read More …

Millennials: Shut up, and Vote With Me. Please?

Sadly, I must preface this post by admitting that I could do better myself. As I sit here typing, I have another window open on my laptop, trying to complete my own civic education on the issues facing a New York City voter in today’s election. It would be easy for me to skip voting today, as in this so-called off-year election, the only races occurring in my district are judicial, not legislative. Most of the candidates are running unopposed. It would be easy for me to convince myself that my vote today doesn’t matter much, thus providing myself cover Read More …