Arkansas Civil Rights en Hearing Set In Challenge To Arkansas Gay Marriage Ban <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">Advocates of ending Arkansas' ban on same-sex marriage are to make their case before a circuit judge in Pulaski County.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">More than three dozen people are listed as plaintiffs in the lawsuit challenging Arkansas' voter-approved ban on gay marriage. Circuit Judge Chris Piazza is to preside over the hearing at 1 p.m. Thursday in Little Rock.</span></p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:46:03 +0000 Associated Press 21918 at Civil Rights Figure John Lewis To Speak At Little Rock Event <p></p><p>The Arkansas Literary Festival scheduled for the end of the month will feature a talk by civil rights figure Rep. John Lewis, who is to discuss his graphic novel memoir.</p><p>The festival is to run April 24-27 in Little Rock, and Lewis is scheduled to speak on the closing day.</p><p>Lewis, a Democratic congressman from Georgia, took part in sit-ins and freedom rides during the civil rights movement.</p><p>His book, "March: Book One," is the first of three planned volumes. Andrew Aydin worked as co-writer with Lewis and it was drawn by North Little Rock artist Nate Powell.</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 20:59:48 +0000 Associated Press 21179 at Civil Rights Figure John Lewis To Speak At Little Rock Event The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center Hosts Annual MLK Challenge <p>75 kids from around Central Arkansas are volunteering their time in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.</p><p>The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center hosts an annual “MLK Challenge”, teaching kids about the legacy of Dr. King’s service, as well as the work of many others.</p><p>The children, ages 12 to 18, volunteer with eight different sites around Little Rock, including the Dream Center and the Rice Depot.</p> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 19:02:10 +0000 Maggie Carroll 17730 at North Little Rock Apartment Complex Faces Discrimination Complaint <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><font size="4">The National Fair Housing Alliance says it has found evidence that an apartment complex in North Little Rock discriminated against deaf rental applicants. The organization <a href="" target="_blank">filed a complaint</a> Thursday with the Department of Housing and Urban Development based on findings from a months-long investigation. </font></p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 00:15:02 +0000 Chris Hickey 17265 at Hearing Begins In Case Over Arkansas Gay Marriage Ban <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">A Pulaski County judge has opened a hearing in a lawsuit challenging Arkansas' constitutional ban on gay marriage.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State voters in 2004 approved a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman. A number of same-sex couples filed suit this year asking that the amendment be set aside.</span></p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 14:47:33 +0000 Associated Press 16015 at Desegregation Agreement Reached, Joshua Intervenors On Board <p>Three Pulaski County School Districts, the state of Arkansas, a group called the Knight Intervenors and a group representing black families have agreed to settle a decades-long lawsuit.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">The settlement</a> would have the state send about 65 million dollars a year to the three districts for four more years among other provisions. The fate of the deal hinged on a Little Rock School Board meeting on Monday.</p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 12:05:31 +0000 Chris Hickey 14761 at Desegregation Agreement Reached, Joshua Intervenors On Board Arkansas Criminal Justice Project Continues Prison Research <p>Efforts are underway to e<a href="">xamine the criminal justice system</a> in Arkansas and eventually come up with recommendations to improve state prisons.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">UALR Bowen Law School professor </span>Adjoa<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Aiyetoro<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is overseeing the project. She’s been working with elected officials and community leaders for nearly a year on research concerning racial disparities in sentencing and treatment at Arkansas courts and prisons.</span></p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 03:11:55 +0000 Malcolm Glover 13543 at Arkansas Criminal Justice Project Continues Prison Research Arkansas King Commission Prepares Symbolic March On Washington <p>The Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission will host a series of events in the state to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">King Commission Executive Director </span>DuShun<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Scarbrough<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says a reenactment of that historic march during Civil Rights Movement will take place in Little Rock in an effort to promote </span>dialogue<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and encourage Arkansans to end violence.</span></p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 13:30:41 +0000 Malcolm Glover 9511 at Arkansas King Commission Prepares Symbolic March On Washington At Arkansas Vigil, Calls For Racial Justice <p></p><p>A vigil at the steps of the Arkansas Capitol to mark the Trayvon Martin verdict changed focus after Little Rock police fatally shot a fleeing suspect.</p><p>Chants of "No justice, no peace," punctuated remarks by several speakers who called for an end to racial profiling and violence in the black community.</p><p>Little Rock resident Will McClinton said George Zimmerman's acquittal in Martin's killing is equal to "a green light" to kill black males.</p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 10:46:49 +0000 Associated Press 7963 at At Arkansas Vigil, Calls For Racial Justice Gay Marriage Advocate Griffin Touts Equality Campaign At Clinton School <p>As supporters of same-sex unions around the country celebrate recent rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court, activists are continuing the fight to legalize gay marriage in all 50 states.</p><p>At the Clinton School of Public Service Monday, Hope native Chad Griffin of the Human Rights Campaign spoke of his organization's efforts to challenge laws banning gay marriage.</p><p>He called for Arkansas' elected officials to support a civil right he says would mean equal treatment for more citizens.</p> Mon, 08 Jul 2013 23:42:28 +0000 Chris Hickey 7527 at Gay Marriage Advocate Griffin Touts Equality Campaign At Clinton School