EPA falls short on environmental justice, IU expert says

Post by IU Newsroom intern Annie Brackemyre The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has fallen short in its efforts to include environmental justice considerations in its enforcement of federal environmental regulations, Indiana University faculty member David Konisky told the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights today. Konisky, an associate professor in the IU School of Public and […]

Labor, civil rights leaders call for solidarity

The Rev. William Barber and AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka outlined a vision Wednesday of civil rights and labor organizations working together to advance social justice, create economic opportunity and defend the rights of workers, people of color, women and other groups that have been left behind. “It works if we believe America is ready for […]

Ta-Nehisi Coates: No ‘5-day plan’ for justice

The vulnerability of African-Americans to violence and poverty isn’t an accident but an intended result of policy, writer Ta-Nehisi Coates told an Indiana University audience today. And behind policy stands the nation’s “long, long history” of slavery and inequality, much of it driven by economic self-interest. One lesson: Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream of a […]

Civil rights legend John Lewis: ‘We can change things’

John Lewis hopes his autobiographical graphic novel “March” will inspire a generation of young people to transform society just as he and other civil rights activists did 50 years ago. “I hope they will find a way to get in the way – find a way to get into good trouble, necessary trouble,” he said. […]

Labor and civil rights leaders coming to IU Bloomington for Themester

Labor Day is a good time to take note of a blockbuster lineup of speakers from the organized labor and civil rights movements coming to IU Bloomington for the College of Arts and Sciences’ 2015 Themester, titled “@Work: The Nature of Labor on a Changing Planet.” They include Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, and […]

IU experts reflect on Voting Rights Act at 50

Fifty years ago today, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965, calling it “a triumph for freedom as huge as any victory that has ever been won on any battlefield.” And he wasn’t stretching the truth by much, according to Indiana University legal experts. “It was a powerful and remarkable piece […]

Historian: Church attack makes for a somber Juneteenth

Today is Juneteenth, an important African-American celebration that marks the occasion 150 years ago today when word reached Galveston, Texas, that the Civil War was over and slaves were free. But this year’s observances will be weighted with grief and outrage after a young white man shot and killed nine black people taking part in […]

Expert on segregation to speak Thursday at IU

“Brown at 60,” a lecture series last fall at the IU Maurer School of Law, used legal and historical analysis to explore how America backed away from its commitment to school desegregation in the decades following the Supreme Court’s landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision. Look for UCLA scholar Gary Orfield to tell the […]

IU panel opens dialogue on racism in America

Guest post courtesy of IU Newsroom intern Annie Brackemyre Three years after the death of Trayvon Martin, which sparked the Black Lives Matter movement — and just three weeks after the U.S. Justice Department reported that police in Ferguson, Mo., regularly used unconstitutional practices disproportionately affecting African-American residents — an IU panel emphasized the remaining […]

Alexander at IU Northwest: King would be ‘bursting with pride’ over Ferguson protests

Author and activist Michelle Alexander called Tuesday for a new movement for social justice that brings together advocates for poor people, prisoners and their families, immigrants, minorities and other groups that are denied justice. “We’ve got to be able to connect the dots and build a multiracial, multi-ethnic human rights movement,” she said. “Our challenge […]