WDBJ: New website tracks traffic stops in Virginia

WDBJ: New website tracks traffic stops in Virginia. “With each traffic stop, state law requires the officer to collect, and the law enforcement agency to report, several pieces of information, including: the race, ethnicity and gender of the person who was stopped, the reason for the traffic stop and whether or not the officer, or the citizen, used physical force. Anyone can view the statistics online, and officials with the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services are now analyzing the data collected so far.”

National Archives: National Archives Releases Recommendations from Internal Task Force on Racism

National Archives: National Archives Releases Recommendations from Internal Task Force on Racism. “Last year, as our nation was confronting ongoing issues related to racial justice, Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero established a task force of National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) employees to identify issues of racial inequality in both our customer-facing operations and internally within our workplaces, in pursuit of an equitable and inclusive environment for all employees and customers.”

Exclusive: Years of Theater Diversity Data Now Housed in 1 Place With Launch of Counting Together Website (Backstage)

Backstage: Exclusive: Years of Theater Diversity Data Now Housed in 1 Place With Launch of Counting Together Website. “What is the racial and ethnic makeup of actors hired in theater? How many female playwrights have been produced on Broadway? Previously, if a person wanted the answer to those questions, they would have to use Google and ask other industry professionals. Now, a new website called Counting Together is gathering theater industry reports around gender, race, and disability in theater dating back to 2006 and putting them in one place.”

California State University Northridge: CSUN Prof Weighs the Power of Social Media to Empower Communities of Color

California State University Northridge: CSUN Prof Weighs the Power of Social Media to Empower Communities of Color. “Video of the murder of George Floyd in May 2020, taken by witnesses, sparked outrage on social media, fueled by the fact that this was not the only online video of an officer taking the life of a Black American. According to California State University, Northridge criminology and justice studies professor Brianne Posey, young activists using video of encounters between police officers and civilians of color are both helping and not helping shift the power dynamic between the two groups.”

KNDO: Interactive Map of Washington State Reveals Different Health Disparities Targeting Certain Groups

KNDO: Interactive Map of Washington State Reveals Different Health Disparities Targeting Certain Groups. “The Washington State Department of Health created a new tool, an interactive map, showing a breakdown of different health issues like COVID-19 and pollution. Lower income areas and people of color communities were rated at higher risks for these health hazards.”

Bloomberg Quint: Google Pressured on Racial Equity Audit After AI Ethics Collapse

BloombergQuint: Google Pressured on Racial Equity Audit After AI Ethics Collapse. “An influential racial justice group called on Google to allow independent auditors to investigate the company’s business for potential discriminatory conduct. Color of Change is urging the internet search giant to undergo a racial equity audit of its operations following the ouster of two women who led the company’s Ethical AI team.”

Coast Reporter (Canada): Mapping project illuminates links between poor environment, historical racism

Coast Reporter: Mapping project illuminates links between poor environment, historical racism. “A new tool that measures the environmental quality of any urban street in Canada — and maps it out in colour — illustrates vividly the many neighbourhoods in the country that have poor environment scores, neighbourhoods that are often home to racialized communities.”

The Next Web: Digital vaccine passports could deny people services due to algorithmic decisions, experts warn

The Next Web: Digital vaccine passports could deny people services due to algorithmic decisions, experts warn. “China, Israel, and Bahrain have already begun rolling out digital vaccine certificates. On Wednesday, the EU announced its plan to join them. In theory, the passes can provide evidence that someone is safe to travel, return to the office, or enter leisure venues. But critics fear they will exacerbate inequalities and compromise data privacy.”

Mpls.St.Paul: Minneapolis Launches Just Deeds Project to Discharge Racially Restrictive Housing Covenants

Mpls.St.Paul: Minneapolis Launches Just Deeds Project to Discharge Racially Restrictive Housing Covenants. “Minnesota has one of the nation’s highest disparities in home ownership. We owe that in part to racially restrictive covenants—legal clauses in property deeds that prohibited people of color from owning and renting homes in certain areas—that were first recorded in south Minneapolis in the early 20th century. Racially restrictive covenants were outlawed in 1968, but their legacy shapes our neighborhoods to this day. This week, the city of Minneapolis launched the Just Deeds Project to allow homeowners to fully discharge the covenants recorded against their properties and ‘reclaim their homes as equitable spaces.’” This program is available in other Minnesota cities as well.

ABA Journal: High tech can heighten discrimination; here are some policy recommendations for its ethical use

ABA Journal: High tech can heighten discrimination; here are some policy recommendations for its ethical use. “From federal surveillance of social justice protests to facial recognition technology that results in inordinately high false positives for certain demographic groups, recent surveillance trends have deep historical roots and troubling future implications for traditionally marginalized groups. These trends threaten our core constitutional values, democratic principles and the rule of law.”

Introducing The Collective: A newsletter for passing the mic on the path to equity (Poynter)

Poynter: Introducing The Collective: A newsletter for passing the mic on the path to equity. “As we approach the first anniversary of the racial reckoning in America’s newsrooms, the unique challenges of being a journalist of color continue. And who understands what we’re going through better than someone who has been through it themselves? That’s why we’re excited to launch The Collective, a newsletter that will come out on the last Wednesday of the month starting in April. We’re looking for fresh voices to elevate.”

BuzzFeed News: A Native American Tribe In Oklahoma Denied Black Citizens COVID-19 Vaccines And Financial Relief

BuzzFeed News: A Native American Tribe In Oklahoma Denied Black Citizens COVID-19 Vaccines And Financial Relief. “By the time the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma began distributing vaccines to tribal citizens, LeEtta Osborne-Sampson had already witnessed nearly two dozen members of her extended family die of COVID-19. She was relieved vaccine doses had finally arrived to protect those who remained. But when she showed up at the Indian Health Service clinic in Wewoka, the capital of the Seminole Nation, staffers refused to give her a shot. They told her that she wasn’t eligible because her tribal ID card identifies her as a Freedman, a Seminole citizen who is a descendant of enslaved Black people.”

Washington Post: A push to save landmarks of the ‘Great Migration’ — and better understand today’s racial inequities

Washington Post: A push to save landmarks of the ‘Great Migration’ — and better understand today’s racial inequities. “As a child in the 1950s, Amelia Cooper lived in a multigenerational home in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood that often served as a settlement house for friends of her grandfather, the blues musician Muddy Waters. Many were musicians, arriving from the rural South as Waters had, and they needed a place from which to launch their new life….Cooper’s memory is a classic snapshot of the Great Migration, the period between 1916 and 1970 when Northern cities drew millions of Black Americans seeking greater economic opportunities and fleeing the racial violence and Jim Crow laws of Southern states. It was a seminal event, yet many of the sites that played so significantly into those years have fallen into disrepair or worse, the memories they held forgotten. But that is changing.”