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Rachel Meeropol on Illegal Detentions


Former US Attorney John Ashcroft

It seems to me incredibly relevant that the communities likely to be subjected to discriminatory and arbitrary national security policies are black and brown communities … . That it seems that the rights of those individuals maybe don’t weigh quite as heavily as the rights of others, and that’s something we have to confront.

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June 30, 2017 | This week on CounterSpin: After 9/11, hundreds of non-citizen Muslim, Arab and South Asian men should be locked up and treated as suspected terrorists, despite no of terrorist connections. That policy came from the highest levels of government; that’s why a suit brought on behalf of some of those men sought damages from top officials, including former Attorney General John Ashcroft. The Supreme Court has just denied the men’s right to sue those officials. What does that mean for accountability when powerful people make unconstitutional policy? We’ll hear from Rachel Meeropol, senior staff attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights. (MP3)

Transcript: Janine Jackson interviewed Rachel Meeropol for the June 30, 2017, episode of CounterSpin about the Supreme Court’s rejection of an unlawful detention lawsuit. This is a lightly edited transcript.

If We Don’t Have Accountability, There’s Nothing to Stop it From Happening Again <

Rachel Meeropol is a Senior Staff Attorney and Associate Director of Legal Training and Education at the Center for Constitutional Rights, where she works on prisoners' rights, Muslim profiling, criminalization of dissent, and First Amendment issues.

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What We Discovered During a Year of Documenting Hate


Hate crimes often fall through the cracks in our justice system, and we've only just scratched the surface of understanding why.

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Dec. 26, 2017 | The days after Election Day last year seemed to bring with them a rise in hate crimes and bias incidents. Reports filled social media and appeared in local news. There were the letters calling for the genocide of Muslims that were sent to Islamic centers from California to Ohio. And the swastikas that were scrawled on buildings around the country. In Florida, “colored” and “whites only” signs were posted over water fountains at a high school. A man assaulted a Hispanic woman in San Francisco, telling her “No Latinos here.”

But were these horrible events indicative of an increase in crimes and incidents themselves, or did the reports simply reflect an increased awareness and willingness to come forward on the part of victims and witnesses? As data journalists, we went looking for answers and were not prepared for what we found: Nobody knows for sure. Hate crimes are so poorly tracked in America, there’s no way to undertake the kind of national analysis that we do in other areas, from bank robberies to virus outbreaks.

Rachel Glickhouse is the ProPublica partner manager for Documenting Hate.

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Republicans’ Proposed Tax Plans Will Have Devastating Consequences for People With Disabilities

2017 has been marked by a continuous war on people with disabilities by the GOP, and its tax plans are no exception.

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Nov 15, 2017 | Living with a disability can be very expensive—and it is about to get a whole lot worse if congressional Republicans have their way. If passed, the GOP’s proposed tax plans in both the U.S. Senate and House will have devastating consequences for the nearly 20 percent of people in the United States who have disabilities.

Although members of the GOP claim their plans will lead to significant tax cuts for the middle class, that is not entirely certain. What is clear, however, is that based on the plans’ current incarnations, people with disabilities will likely face greater tax burdens and decreased opportunities to live the life they choose. Powell is a disability rights attorney, PhD candidate at Brandeis University, and freelance writer. Her work has appeared at The Establishment, Vox, Huffington Post, Bustle, and xoJane.


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