Study examines Ferguson protesters’ views of race, crime and policing

In 1968, a commission headed by former Illinois Gov. Otto Kerner examined causes of the civil unrest that had swept through America’s cities and famously warned that the U.S. was “moving toward two societies, one black, one white — separate and unequal.” The protests that followed police shootings of Michael Brown, Tamir Rice and others […]

State appeals court to hear case at School of Public and Environmental Affairs

Post by IU Newsroom intern Annie Brackemyre Indiana’s traveling Appeals on Wheels program will make a stop in Bloomington this Friday to hear oral arguments in Pribie v. State, a case on appeal from the Clinton Circuit Court. Jordan Pribie is appealing his class B felony rape conviction on the grounds that the trial court […]

Sister Helen Prejean: ‘The death penalty is about us’

Post by IU Newsroom intern Annie Brackemyre: Following the New York Times bestselling book “Dead Man Walking” and the subsequent movie and opera adaptations of the same name, Sister Helen Prejean’s anti-capital punishment advocacy has permeated religious, legal, cultural and social debates. Prejean is visiting the IU campus to talk about the power of art […]

Thursday panel discussions at IU Bloomington feature leading figures on race and policing

Khalil G. Muhammad and Jelani Cobb are two of the best contemporary writers on the topic of race in America, period. And by coincidence, both will be at IU Bloomington this Thursday — for two separate panel discussions related to race, justice and policing. Muhammad, a former IU Bloomington historian, is director of the Schomburg […]

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 […]

Exonerated former death-row inmate to speak Monday at IU Bloomington

Randy Steidl spent 17 years in prison, including 12 years on death row, as a result of being wrongfully convicted of a double murder of two newlyweds in Southern Illinois. His conviction was overturned after a law enforcement review found local police had botched the original investigation of the crime, according to the advocacy group […]