Arkansas Civil Rights

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
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

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.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

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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Local & Regional News
5:48 am
Mon July 28, 2014

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

Rabbi Barry Block at KUAR
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

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.

Local & Regional News
6:00 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Group Commemorates Anniversary Of 1964 Civil Rights Act

Terrence Roberts after accepting an award Wednesday evening from the Arkansas Psychological Association.
Credit Sarah Whites-Koditschek / KUAR News

The Arkansas Psychological Association held a ceremony Wednesday evening to commemorate the passage of the Civil Rights Act 50 years ago, in 1964.

At the ceremony, held at Little Rock's Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, speakers discussed the link between ongoing work-place discrimination and workers' psychological health.

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Local & Regional News
8:53 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Hearing Set On Pulaski County Desegregation Plan

The Pulaski County School District and its patrons are asking a federal judge to approve a change to its desegregation plan to accommodate a $10 million plan to improve student achievement.

Wednesday's hearing comes as the district works to become officially desegregated, as the Little Rock and North Little Rock districts already have. The three districts have received more than $1 billion in special state desegregation aid since 1989 but have reached a settlement to end the payments.

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Local & Regional News
6:14 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Segregation Today: How Past Housing Policies Affected Little Rock's Racial Landscape

Downtown Little Rock c. 1958.
Credit Library of Congress Prints and Photographs

This month marks the 60th anniversary of the Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court decision, initiating efforts to integrate schools around the country and especially in the American South where black and white children received largely unequal opportunities for education.

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