pro bo·no pu·bli·co (adj./adv.): for the public good

Civil Rights

Our civil rights are under threat on many fronts, although some Americans face especially severe challenges to their civil liberties.

ISLAMOPHOBIA

Islamophobia is on the rise in the U.S. The current administration threatens to ban all Muslims from entering the U.S. while Islamic religion and culture are increasingly stigmatized. False narratives that associate all Muslims with terrorist groups like ISIS encourage fear and marginalization. There is increased violence toward Muslim communities. Find an organization working to defend the rights of our Muslim neighbors and friends.

Learn More About the Issue
Facts about America’s Muslim population (CNN)
But what about terrorists? (Cato Institute)
The secret costs of Islamophobia (CNN)
How the Trump administration chose the 7 countries in the immigration executive order (CNN)
Immediate consequences of the Muslim ban (The Guardian)
How the Muslim ban has brought the US close to constitutional crisis (The Guardian)

RACIAL JUSTICE

Instituţionalized racism has had devastating effects on people of color, limiting education and financial opportunities, and criminalizing millions of black, brown and latinx youth. Racialized injustice is again on the rise. By using coded rhetoric and characterizing predominantly black and brown neighborhoods as “war zones,” recent political discourse has perpetuated the criminalization of poverty in non-white communities. Find an organization that is fighting for racial justice. Work for equal opportunity for all Americans.

Learn More About the Issue
The Truth About Stop and Frisk (Washington Post)
The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration (The Atlantic)
The Science of Justice (Policing Equality)
Fatal Force (Washington Post)
“Aren’t more white people than black people killed by police? Yes, but no.” (Washington Post)
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