Political power has shifted to whites, but blacks have not given up their struggle for a voice -- and justice.
Law and Policy
Louisiana's era of forcing certain convicted sex workers to register as sex offenders appears to be over. Governor Jindall's office announced today that he had signed into law a bill, sponsored by Louisiana State Representative Charmaine Marchand Stiaes, that effectively moves prostitution convictions back to the level of misdemeanor.
A US Justice Department investigation specifically mentioned Louisiana's Crime Against Nature law, calling it "a statute whose history reflects anti-LGBT sentiment.
One year after an earthquake devastated Haiti, much of the promised relief and reconstruction aid has not reached those most in need. In fact, the nation's tragedy has served as an opportunity to further enrich corporate interests.
For Arizona activists, the legal ruling on SB 1070 is "not a victory, it's a relief," says Pablo Alvarado of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON). He and others are leading a proactive movement for social justice for immigrants.
New Orleans' Black and transgender community members and advocates complain of rampant and systemic harassment and discrimination from the city's police force, including sexual violence and arrest without cause.