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ACLU sues over 'stop and frisk' searches in Philly

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  • The lawsuit, which seeks class-action status, seeks unspecified damages and a court injunction.
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  • It also alleges that police Commissioner Charles Ramsey has failed to train and discipline officers.
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the Grio

A civil liberties group filed a federal lawsuit Thursday challenging the use of "stop and frisk" searches by Philadelphia police, alleging that the policy is violating the rights of blacks and Latinos who have done nothing wrong.

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania filed the lawsuit on behalf of eight men -- including a state lawmaker -- it says were subjected to illegal searches since the city started using "stop and frisk," a controversial element of first-term Mayor Michael Nutter's 2007 mayoral campaign.

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In the lawsuit, the ACLU cites city data showing that 253,333 pedestrians were stopped last year, compared with 102,319 in 2005. More than 70 percent of the people stopped last year were black and only 8.4 percent of the total stops led to an arrest, the ACLU said.

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Truth to Tell | College Attainment: A Plan for Inclusion?

What have we done to our public education system that our state’s best and brightest are too often sent to schools that segregate them from kids of color, leaving the public schools deprived of the needed resources to graduate everyone who walks into a public classroom and receives a solid education? Money, yes. But irresponsible public policies and decisions have slowly but surely undermined what was once regarded as the country’s finest.

Andy Driscoll and Lynnell Mickelsen, Truth to Tell, KFAI-FM | MN

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How in heaven’s name can Minnesota possibly achieve a 75% rate of  high-schoolers attending college by 2020 when the very survival of the state’s pre-school through senior high school system is in dire straits – facing a questionable future given recent budgets and a disastrous combination of  higher education tuition increases and  K-12 budget cuts and shifts over the last few years?

Moreover, the drop-out rates among large percentages of our kids of color, especially, would seem to work severely against any notion of successful educational attainment by anywhere near the 75% advanced as a goal by Growth and Justice Policy Research Group and its partner in this enterprise, the Minnesota Minority Education Partnership (MMEP).

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Guests:

Rep. Carlos Matiana-Rosa - State Representative and Executive Director, Minnesota Minority Education Partnership (MMEP).
Jennifer Godinez – Associate Director, Minnesota Minority Education Partnership (MMEP).
Dane Smith - President, Growth and Justice Policy Research Group

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Broadcast: in Minneapolis/St. Paul KFAI-90.3/106.7/Streamed @ KFAI.org 9-10AM, Monday, November 1
Archived: Click here

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Mythbusters: The Truth About Immigrants and Assimilation

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Myth: Immigrants are not assimilating and don’t want to learn English.
Fact: Immigrants are assimilating at much the same rate as past waves of immigrants.

Allison Johnson, God's Politics/Sojourners

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Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Mike Steigerwald

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Myth: Immigrants are not assimilating and don’t want to learn English.
Fact: Immigrants are assimilating at much the same rate as past waves of immigrants.

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There is a widespread assumption that today’s immigrants, unlike immigrants of the past, are not interested in learning English and this “influx” of immigrants, predominantly from Latin America, is larger than in any other time in history. However, every wave of immigrants in America has been accused of not assimilating into American society, according to Jason Riley, author of Let Them In: The Case for Open Borders. As popular this narrative may be, it is based in perception rather than reality.

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Here are some facts about immigrants and assimilation:

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Mythbusters: Beyond the Shadow of Race-Baiting and Partial Truths

The majority of immigrants currently living in the United States are documented. It’s simply untrue that most immigrants are in the U.S. illegally.

Yvette Schock, God's Politics/Sojourners

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Mike Steigerwald

In a recent campaign ad, several Latino men creep stealthily along a chain-link fence at night while a voice-over describes how the candidate’s opponent has aided “illegal immigrants.” The men skulking along the fence-line move in the classic style of a cartoon villain sneaking around to do mischief — crouched down, treading softly, glancing around to make sure they’re not seen. The actors in the ad are performing a scenario that likely plays in the minds of many Americans when they think of illegal immigration — a flood of shadowy figures with nefarious aims sneaking across the border under cover of darkness.

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It is true that some immigrants who have no option for entering the United States with legal authorization cross the U.S.-Mexico border without permission — though it’s not a simple matter of sneaking through a hole in a fence. It often involves a dangerous desert crossing, and hundreds of people die every year attempting it.

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But the majority of immigrants currently living in the United States are documented. Undocumented immigrants make up 30 percent of the nation’s foreign-born population. It’s simply untrue that most immigrants are in the U.S. illegally.

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