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We work to end mass incarceration, excessive punishment, and racial inequality. Led by Bryan Stevenson. Creators of .
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On this day in 1944, 27-year-old Irene Morgan was traveling by bus when she was arrested for refusing to give up her seat to a white passenger. To overcome racial inequality, we must confront our history. Share this
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On this day in 1954, the U.S. government staged mass deportations across the Southwest - by the end of 1954, nearly 1 million Mexican immigrants had been deported. To overcome racial inequality, we must confront our history. Share this
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Equal Justice Initiative Jul 14
Early this morning, the federal government executed Daniel Lee despite opposition from the victims' family, judges, and prosecutor. It was the first federal execution in 17 years.
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Equal Justice Initiative Jul 14
On this day in 1804, 200 kidnapped Africans were trafficked to New Orleans and sold to traders. 22 died at sea and were among 2 million killed in the Middle Passage. To overcome racial inequality, we must confront our history. Share this
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On this day in 1929, more than 200 Black residents of North Platte, Nebraska, were terrorized by a white mob and forced to flee, leaving behind their homes forever. To overcome racial inequality, we must confront our history. Share this
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Equal Justice Initiative Jul 12
On this day in 1898, John Henry James was falsely accused and lynched by 150 unmasked white men near Charlottesville, Virginia. No one was ever held accountable. To overcome racial inequality, we must confront our history. Share this
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On this day in 1954, white residents of Indianola, Mississippi, formed a White Citizens' Council to resist the racial integration of public schools. To overcome racial inequality, we must confront our history. Share this
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Equal Justice Initiative Jul 10
On this day in 1887, a report in Mississippi revealed the horrific conditions of convict leasing - a system for private companies to lease prisoners with no pay. To overcome racial inequality, we must confront our history. Share this
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Equal Justice Initiative Jul 10
On this day in 1887, a report in Mississippi revealed the horrific conditions of convict leasing - a system for private companies to lease prisoners with no pay. To overcome racial inequality, we must confront our history. Share this
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Equal Justice Initiative Jul 9
Covid-19 is exposing longstanding racial disparities in our healthcare system—disparities that communities are trying to address while the virus kills Black Americans at a rate 2.3 times higher than white Americans.
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Equal Justice Initiative Jul 9
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In the last 40 years, for every 9 people executed, 1 person on death row has been exonerated - a stunning rate of error. Learn more about our death penalty system, which treats you better if you’re rich and guilty than if you’re poor and innocent.
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Equal Justice Initiative Jul 9
Kareem Johnson has been exonerated thirteen years after being wrongfully convicted and sentenced to death in Philadelphia. He’s the 170th death-row exoneree in the U.S. since 1973 and the third so far this year.
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Equal Justice Initiative Jul 9
On this day in 1978, white supremacists wearing Nazi uniforms held a rally in Chicago’s Marquette Park. To overcome racial inequality, we must confront our history. Share this
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Equal Justice Initiative Jul 8
On this day in 1860, more than 50 years after Congress banned the importation of enslaved Africans into the U.S., the slave ship Clotilde arrived in Mobile, Alabama. To overcome racial inequality, we must confront our history. Share this
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Equal Justice Initiative Jul 7
On this day in 2013, a report revealed that 148 women incarcerated in California prisons had been involuntarily sterilized between 2006 and 2010. To overcome racial inequality, we must confront our history. Share this
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On this day in 2016, Philando Castile was shot and killed by a police officer, during a traffic stop for a broken taillight in St. Paul, Minnesota. To overcome racial inequality, we must confront our history. Share this
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Equal Justice Initiative Jul 6
On this day in 2016, Philando Castile was shot and killed by a police officer, during a traffic stop for a broken taillight in St. Paul, Minnesota. To overcome racial inequality, we must confront our history. Share this
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Equal Justice Initiative Jul 5
On this day in 2016, police shot and killed Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. To overcome racial inequality, we must confront our history. Share this
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Equal Justice Initiative Jul 4
On this day, African American boxer Jack Johnson defeated Jim Jeffries - this sparked white outrage and riots nationwide that hurt and killed many Black Americans. To overcome racial inequality, we must confront our history. Share this
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