Asad Dandia, a plaintiff in Raza v. City of New York. When I was 20 years old, I sued the largest police force in the country over its blanket surveillance of countless New York Muslims — me among them. The decision to join the lawsuit was a difficult one, to say the least. I was terrified that going public about ...Read More »
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Racial profiling in Milwaukee is as common to Black men as manhood itself. I’m a lifelong Milwaukeean and a Black man. Born at the old Mount Sinai, raised in the Rufus King and Sherman Park neighborhoods, I’m a unicorn — a Black man between 14 and 40 years old who does not have a felony, misdemeanor, or record of any ...Read More »
Imam Hamid Hassan Raza, the lead plaintiff in Raza v. City of New York. As religious bigotry rises to a fever pitch nationwide, New York City is leading by example against it. Today, a revised settlement announced in a pair of challenges to the NYPD’s surveillance of New York’s Muslims would, if approved, enhance protections against discriminatory and unconstitutional policing. ...Read More »
This piece originally appeared at Just Security . If a Muslim Ban is cleaned up to exclude Iraq, exempt lawful permanent residents and other current visa holders, is it still a Muslim ban? That’s the question presented by President Donald Trump’s decision to replace his original executive order, enjoined by the courts, with a new one. The administration’s decision to ...Read More »
Today President Trump signed a new Muslim ban. The new executive order is a major retreat by the administration, reflecting that, as courts around the country have recognized, the original order was deeply flawed and totally unjustified. But the fundamental truth of this new order, like the old one, remains unchanged: The president promised to ban Muslims from the United ...Read More »
On Saturday morning, President Donald Trump posted a series of angry tweets , accusing former President Barack Obama of engaging in a “Nixon/Watergate”-style plot to tap the phones at Trump Tower during the election. As an initial matter, it’s important to emphasize that little has actually been reliably verified. While many critical details remain unknown, portions of President Trump’s statements ...Read More »
How Is Trump Planning to Attack Reproductive Rights, LGBT Equality, and Religious Minorities? We’ll Find Out.
There is no question that President Trump hopes to stop progress toward full LGBT equality and access to reproductive rights. Trump has vowed to appoint Supreme Court justices who will overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that determined women have a fundamental constitutional right to abortion. And Trump just rescinded guidelines that protected transgender students from discrimination. ...Read More »
State Bills Would Give Adoption Agencies the Right to Discriminate Against LGBT Adoptive Parents. Kids Will Suffer.
Amidst the chaos and perpetual deluge of shocking headlines out of D.C., state legislatures are quietly moving forward with their anti-LGBT agenda, disguised as a more palatable “protection of religious freedom.” The earliest out of the gate this year is South Dakota, which just passed a law that would allow child-placement agencies receiving state funds to refuse to provide services ...Read More »
In Donald Trump’s speech to Congress this week, he surprised many by mentioning the need to “ensure new parents that they have paid family leave.” The president is correct about one thing: Congressional action on paid family leave is long overdue. But as with all policy proposals, the devil is in the details. If Trump’s proposal continues to reflect what ...Read More »
Ten years ago, Willacy County officials made a catastrophic mistake. And they’re about to make it again. In 2006, “Tent City” opened in Willacy County as a detention facility for civil immigration detainees held by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Also known as “Ritmo” — the “Gitmo” of Raymondville, the city where it was located — it soon became infamous as one of ...Read More »