civil rights http://wwno.org en Civil Rights Complaints Target New Orleans Charter Schools http://wwno.org/post/civil-rights-complaints-target-new-orleans-charter-schools <p>A coalition of groups opposed to charter schools says it is filing federal civil rights complaints claiming discrimination by officials running school systems in New Orleans, Chicago and Newark, New Jersey.</p><p><br />Copies of the complaints were released today by the Journey for Justice Alliance. They say black students in the three cities suffer because of the closure of traditional public schools or the conversion of them into charter schools — run by independent organizations under charters approved by state or local education officials.</p> Tue, 13 May 2014 22:10:58 +0000 Associated Press 60681 at http://wwno.org Charter School Group Accused Of Violating Students' Civil Rights http://wwno.org/post/charter-school-group-accused-violating-students-civil-rights <p><strong><em>This story has been updated.</em></strong></p><p>A group of lawyers, students and parents have filed a civil rights complaint against three local charter schools. They're asking state and federal officials to investigate the discipline policies at Carver Preparatory, Carver Collegiate Academy and Sci Academy, all operated by Collegiate Academies. These schools have the highest suspension rates in the city.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:13:37 +0000 Mallory Falk 58604 at http://wwno.org 'Plessy Day' Commemorates New Orleans Civil Rights Landmark http://wwno.org/post/plessy-day-commemorates-new-orleans-civil-rights-landmark <p>On Friday&nbsp;NOCCA, the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, celebrates with music, guest speakers, a second line and more. The occasion? Plessy Day.</p><p>That name should bring to mind history class, and the landmark 1890s Supreme Court case <em>Plessy versus Ferguson</em>, in which the court upheld racial segregation and "separate but equal" as a legal standard.</p> Fri, 07 Jun 2013 16:59:53 +0000 Eve Troeh 37003 at http://wwno.org Infighting at the Justice League http://wwno.org/post/infighting-justice-league <p>Andre Perry discusses civil rights issues during the Chicago Teacher's Strike.</p> Fri, 14 Sep 2012 22:19:05 +0000 Andre Perry 20056 at http://wwno.org Immigration Rally Protests Deportation Hearings http://wwno.org/post/immigration-rally-protests-deportation-hearings <p>Civil rights advocates are pushing the Obama Administration to stop deporting labor organizers. Several facing deportation hearings attended a rally outside New Orleans City Hall. Wed, 02 May 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Eileen Fleming 9972 at http://wwno.org Tulsa Shootings Reopen Old Wounds http://wwno.org/post/tulsa-shootings-reopen-old-wounds At a press conference in Tulsa, Okla., following the targeted shootings of five African-Americans last week, the optics were as important as the substance of the news.<p>The mayor and police chief pleaded for the public's help in capturing the suspects, while behind those two white men stood a pair of Tulsa's most influential black leaders — the lone African-American member of the City Council and the president of the local NAACP.<p>The united front, seen live by a national television audience, came in response to racial hostilities that whipped up overnight after the shootings, which left thr Tue, 10 Apr 2012 23:43:00 +0000 Corey Dade 8573 at http://wwno.org St. Augustine High Marching 100 http://wwno.org/post/st-augustine-high-marching-100 <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53d6987e3e71a-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53d6987e3e71a-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53d6987e3e71a-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wwno/local-wwno-821565.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>When the 2009 Muses parade rolled down St. Charles Avenue, they were accompanied by one of the city's most famous bands: St. Augustine High School's Marching 100. This Mardi Gras Season, St. Augustine's was in a total of nine parades, but none were as momentous as the parade they marched in 42 years ago, when St. Augustine was the first non-white band to roll down Canal Street. Eve Abrams brings us this story.</p> Wed, 18 Feb 2009 17:15:31 +0000 Eve Abrams 1548 at http://wwno.org Faubourg Treme http://wwno.org/post/faubourg-treme <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53d6987e3d3bd-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53d6987e3d3bd-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53d6987e3d3bd-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wwno/local-wwno-820700.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>The fabric and identity of New Orleans is often revealed through the history of its neighborhoods. Now, a film documentary by two local producers tells the story of one of New Orleans's oldest and most culturally significant. WWNO's Paul Maassen has this interview.</p> Fri, 13 Feb 2009 19:37:57 +0000 Paul Maassen 1545 at http://wwno.org Plessy v. Ferguson plaque dedicated http://wwno.org/post/plessy-v-ferguson-plaque-dedicated <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53d67a0fbdf69-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53d67a0fbdf69-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53d67a0fbdf69-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wwno/local-wwno-820286.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>A long-awaited historical marker was unveiled in February at the corner of Press and Royal Streets, marking the spot in 1892 where Homer Plessy was thrown off a railway car and arrested. Plessy's planned act of civil disobedience eventually made its way to the Supreme Court in the landmark case Plessy vs. Ferguson, and, for some, marks the beginning of the civil rights movement. Eve Abrams has the story.</p> Thu, 12 Feb 2009 06:54:29 +0000 Eve Abrams 1543 at http://wwno.org