Arkansas Civil Rights

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8:45 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Attorney General Looking At Next Steps In Latino Housing Discrimination Case

The Waterford apartment complex in Little Rock.
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The Arkansas Attorney General’s office said Tuesday they are evaluating whether to proceed after the Arkansas Fair Housing Commission recently determined there is reasonable cause to believe Latinos are being discriminated against at a west Little Rock apartment complex.

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9:01 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Little Rock Apartment Complex Found To Discriminate Against Latinos

National Fair Housing Alliance
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The Arkansas Fair Housing Commission (AFHC) has determined there is reasonable cause to believe Latino applicants are being discriminated against at a Little Rock apartment complex in violation of the Fair Housing Act.

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Local & Regional News
8:58 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Fayetteville Passes Anti-Discrimination Ordinance

The Fayetteville City Council passed a broad anti-discrimination ordinance and created a new civil rights administrator to investigate reported abuses Wednesday.

The wide-reaching measure, sponsored by Alderman Mathew Petty protects basis of race, ethnicity, age, gender, familial status, socio-economic background, religion, sexual orientation and disability, to ensure access to employment, housing and public accommodations for city residents. The rule excludes tax-exempt churches and similar organizations.

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Local & Regional News
8:33 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Guatemalan Arrested in Texarkana Transporting Passengers

Federal authorities have charged a Guatemalan man arrested in Arkansas with transporting people who are in the country without legal permission. The Texarkana Gazette reports Isaias Elias-Pelico was transporting at least seven passengers when he was pulled over July 24.

Court documents state Elias-Pelico presented a fake driver's license to a trooper. The officer contacted the Department of Homeland Security.

Local & Regional News
12:28 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Family Council Pushes Back Against Study On LGBT Arkansans

Arkansas Family Council
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One of the state’s largest conservative Christian advocacy groups Arkansas Family Council is pushing back against survey results reporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender residents experience a high level of discrimination.

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Local & Regional News
6:31 am
Tue July 29, 2014

A Look At Gaza From Part Of Little Rock's Islamic Community

Muhammed al-Muhadi at the Little Rock Islamic Center
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NPR listeners have heard a great deal from both Israelis and Palestinians about the ongoing conflict in Gaza and in Israel. KUAR is taking a look at some of the the perspectives of Little Rock's largest Islamic community and largest Jewish presence.

I spoke with Tamer Alsebai, Muhammed al-Muhadi, and Waddah Maskoun shortly after afternoon prayer at the Islamic Center of Little Rock.

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Local & Regional News
12:36 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

National Gay Rights Group Hires Arkansas Director As Part Of Southern Campaign

The Human Rights Campaign's Project One America Director Brad Clark (left) and HRC Arkansas Director Kendra Johnson speak Monday at the Arkansas State Capitol.
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As part of a campaign to expand protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in three southern states, an Arkansas director has been named for the Human Rights Campaign.

Kendra Johnson was introduced during a press conference at the capitol Monday and said LGBT people are particularly vulnerable in Arkansas.

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Local & Regional News
9:50 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Human Rights Campaign Releases First Large-Scale Survey of LGBT Arkansans

The Human Rights Campaign is releasing the results of a survey about the challenges and needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered residents. Last year, the organization gathered information from roughly 1,000 LGBT Arkansans across the state.

The Human Rights Campaign wanted some basic information about the lives of LGBT Arkansans: How are they involved in their communities? What type of challenges or discrimination do they feel they face in public settings or with their families?

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5:48 am
Mon July 28, 2014

A Look At Gaza From A Leader In Arkansas's Jewish Community

Rabbi Barry Block at KUAR
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NPR listeners have heard a great deal from both Israelis and Palestinians about the ongoing conflict in Gaza and in Israel.

KUAR is taking a look at some of the the perspectives of Little Rock's largest Islamic community and largest Jewish presence. I spoke with Rabbi Barry Block of Little Rock's only Reform Judaism congregation Temple B'nai Israel.

Check back Tuesday to hear comments from the Islamic Center of Little Rock.

Death counts in this interview have since climbed to over 1000 Palestinians and over 40 Israelis.

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Local & Regional News
6:42 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Garbage Dumped in Jonesboro Historic Black Cemetery

Arkansas police are looking for whoever used a historic black cemetery as a garbage dump.

The Jonesboro Sun reports someone left trash at the Knights of Pythias Cemetery. Discarded items include two mattresses, a sound system speaker box and new clothes.

Jonesboro Parks Director Wixson Huffstetler contacted police when he discovered the trash early Wednesday morning. He says the cleanup was ongoing Thursday.

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