Federal Judge Orders Trump Administration to Stop Denying Pandemic Relief Funds to Incarcerated Persons

Judge Phyllis J. Hamilton of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California issued an Order certifying a nationwide class of people incarcerated in state and federal prisons, and granting the plaintiffs' motion for preliminary injunction requiring the U.S. Department of Treasury, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, and the United States of America (“Defendants”) to stop withholding CARES Act stimulus funds from plaintiffs or any class member on the sole basis of their incarcerated status.

This Week in White Supremacy #147: Shonda Rhimes Is Ready to “Own Her S***”: The Game-Changing Showrunner on Leaving ABC, “Culture Shock” at Netflix and Overcoming Her Fears

In the minutes following the announcement that only one officer would be indicted – for wanton endangerment for firing into an apartment next door to Taylor’s – a quiet, stunned sadness and simmering anger overtook Louisville’s Jefferson Square Park, the epicenter of protests which has been dubbed Injustice Square Park.

Lawyers, Law Students: Take a Stand to Save the Supreme Court

On Friday, October 23, with your help, AFJ Action is leading a Lawyers Day of Action alongside partners Lawyers for Good Government, Equal Justice Society, and lawyers across the country to #BlockBarrett and raise the legal community’s voice in opposition to Amy Coney Barrett. Sign and share this lawyers letter of opposition, joining over 7,500 lawyers. Barrett … Continue reading Lawyers, Law Students: Take a Stand to Save the Supreme Court

Support for Prop. 16 Surges in New Daily Tracking Poll

Measure to end California’s ban on affirmative action is tied 45-45, leads with those who have already voted Support for Proposition 16​ has rallied dramatically over the last week, according to a daily tracking poll conducted by David Binder Research. In 600 interviews over the last three days, 45 percent of California voters say they support the measure to level … Continue reading Support for Prop. 16 Surges in New Daily Tracking Poll

Federal Court Confirms IRS Unlawfully Withheld Stimulus Relief From Incarcerated People

On October 14, 2020, Chief Judge Phyllis J. Hamilton of the Northern District of California granted in part the Plaintiffs’ motion for summary judgment against the Internal Revenue Service, Department of the Treasury, Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin, and IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig. In its order, the Court explained that “incarcerated individuals are not excludable as … Continue reading Federal Court Confirms IRS Unlawfully Withheld Stimulus Relief From Incarcerated People

Chris Bridges in New Article on Unconscious Bias Featured on ESPN’s The Undefeated

Chris Bridges of the Equal Justice Society and Program Manager of the National Implicit Bias Network was quoted extensively in a new article by Jesse Washington on ESPN's The Undefeated reporting on a new poll revealing that unconscious racial bias has been a major barrier in the lives of Black people and posing as much or more of a problem than structural racism and individual discrimination.

New Maynard Institute study on Structural Racism by Brenda Payton

A new Maynard Institute study on structural racism by Brenda Payton includes more than 260 studies showing racial disparities in various aspects of American life. This report is designed as a tool for journalists and researchers and highlights examples of work by institutions and initiatives working to solve the problem of structural racism. Many of … Continue reading New Maynard Institute study on Structural Racism by Brenda Payton