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OP-ED: Flying While Black: Stop the U.S. Congress from Raising Air Travel Taxes

“The tax, known as the passenger facility charge, is a locally enforced but federally authorized fee that every passenger must pay at U.S. commercial airports. Nearly every airport in America charges it. The fee is currently set at $4.50 per person per leg of a trip. Legislation has been introduced that would remove that cap, allowing airports to charge any amount they want.”

AT&T Foundation Makes $300,000 Contribution to George W. Bush Institute

"We applaud the George W. Bush Institute for being visionaries in education, and for their steadfast advocacy for smart policies that keep us accountable to our next generation,” said Texas State Rep. Morgan Meyer, who serves on the Texas House Committee on Public Education. “There's no doubt that leaders across our state and our nation should make providing quality education for every child a legacy because it's an issue that impacts our families, our communities and our future." 

Why Would HUD Gut Its Own Disparate Impact Rule?

HUD proposed a new rule that would expand the disparate impact rule into a five-step process that would shift the burden of proving discrimination nearly exclusively to plaintiffs. By proposing that third parties test practices against algorithms to determine fairness, defendants in fair housing cases could later move for dismissal and/or be shielded from liability.

How to Be an Anti-Racist, according to Ibram X Kendi

“A combination of memoir and extension of [Kendi’s] towering Stamped from the Beginning... Never wavering... Kendi methodically examines racism through numerous lenses: power, biology, ethnicity, body, culture, and so forth... This unsparing honesty helps readers, both white and people of color, navigate this difficult intellectual territory... Essential.”

Waters Statement on HUD’s Move to Weaken Protections Against Housing Discrimination

“HUD’s announcement that it plans to weaken the disparate impact standard is part of a series of efforts by the Trump Administration to dismantle key civil rights protections in this country, including Secretary Carson’s refusal to implement the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule and HUD’s cruel proposal to terminate housing benefits for families with mixed-immigration status.”

COMMENTARY: America’s Racial Wealth Gap Could Cost Economy $1.5 Trillion

“Black families are underserved and overcharged by institutions that can provide the best channels for saving,” states the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) report, The economic impact of closing the racial wealth gap. “For instance, banks in predominantly black neighborhoods require higher minimum balances ($871) than banks in white neighborhoods do ($626). Unsurprisingly, 30% of Black families are underserved by their banks, and 17% are completely disconnected from the mainstream banking system because of a lack of assets and a lack of trust in financial institutions.”  

Ben Crump Law Will Continue to Seek Justice for Wronged Individuals With New Sacramento Office

With the aim of more effective activism to promote individual and social justice in America, renowned civil rights advocate and personal injury attorney Ben Crump is announcing the launch of a new Northern California office. Prominent Sacramento attorney Mark T. Harris will lead the newest office of Ben Crump Law PLLC, which is well known for its work representing the families of victims of police violence including Stephon Clark and Pamela Turner, among others.

Educator Spotlight: Donald Hense

Three-quarters of the students enrolled in Friendship schools in D.C. are from Wards 7 and 8, the city’s two poorest areas, and nearly all are African-American. Their achievement is reflected in their continuous improvement on standardized tests. Most recently, Donald Hense and his team celebrated, when five of Friendship’s 12 D.C. schools were rated Tier 1 by the Public Charter School Board – the highest of three ratings a charter school can earn.

COMMENTARY: Tough Decision

Everyone can second guess, talk about what should have happened or what they would have done. You see, it’s difficult to make decisions that impact thousands, but that’s what leaders have to do. That’s what Delta Sigma Theta Sorority president Beverly E. Smith did when she announced that the convention would come to an end at noon on the third day of the five-day convention. 

Driving While Black: Police Continue to Profile, Stop and Search African American Drivers

“What’s particularly damning about this data is that police were more likely to search Black people than white people yet found contraband in only 41 percent of searches of Black people compared to 72 percent of the searches of white people,” said American Civil Liberties Union Attorney Carl Takei. “In other words, the police have a pattern of stopping and searching Black people in circumstances where they would simply let white people go.