When Huda Alasali tried to board the ferry to Governor’s Island with her children and a friend last Saturday, a New York Waterways employee told her that she could not get on the ferry unless she removed some of her religious attire.
On September 28, a historic decision was taken by the Arlington County (Virginia) Board when they unanimously adopted a resolution announcing their decision to withdraw from the federal “Secure Communities” program. Arlington joined the Santa Clara (California) Board of Supervisors who also rejected yesterday the attempt by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to impose immigration enforcement responsibilities on local law enforcement agencies.
The Arlington County Board Resolution notes:
“I’ve seen a lot in my life but to be degraded… not just stripped of my clothes, being stripped of my dignity, was what I had a problem with.”
"Face the Truth: Racial Profiling Across America” is a powerful documentary produced by Breakthrough and the Rights Working Group featuring stories of individuals affected by racial profiling and educational interviews with notable law enforcement and civil society leaders. The video released alongside the Rights Working Group report “Faces of Racial Profiling: A Report from Communities Across America” underscores the need to stop racial profiling by federal, state and local law enforcement.
On September 27th, Rights Working Group and local partners nationwide released a report demonstrating the need to address racial, ethnic, religious and national origin profiling (“racial profiling”) across the country and finding that the patchwork of laws dealing with racial profiling is too burdensome for victims of profiling to navigate.
Racial and religious profiling is a problem that affects many communities across the country. While traditionally thought of as targeting the African American community, profiling affects a broad range of communities, including Native American, African American, Latino, Arab, Muslim and South Asian communities.
We are pleased to report that Senator Majority Leader Harry Reid recently announced that he would schedule a vote on the DREAM Act. This is a step forward in ensuring that young people that have worked tirelessly and built their lives in America have the rights they deserve.
Even as hate filled rhetoric continues to pump the airwaves, there are a number of initiatives calling to counter the intolerance.