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Key Takeaways from the Derek Chauvin Trial
Jenny Roberts, professor in the Washington College of Law spoke to CBS News about key takeaways from the first days of the Derek Chauvin trial. Roberts said, “It's been extremely difficult, and emotional, in a way I think the prosecution wants to convey.” Roberts also spoke to MSNBC about what the case reveals about policing in America. Kareem Jordan, associate professor of public affairs, discussed the trial with KGAN-TV. (3/30)

Corporations Are Working with Social Media Influencers to Cancel-Proof Their Racial Justice Initiatives
Kogod School of Business professor Sonya Grier spoke to The Washington Post about how corporations are developing their racial-justice initiatives. Grier said, “It's like smoothing the ground in ways to still accomplish the goals they want to accomplish – which is to sell products and make money.” (3/30)
The Fate of Biden's Agenda Hangs in the Balance
David Lublin, professor of public affairs, spoke to The New York Times about new federal voter reform legislation being debated in Congress. Lublin said, “The proposed legislation before Congress could have a huge effect in two ways.” (3/31)
Evanston is the First U.S. City to Issue Slavery Reparations. Experts Say It's a Noble Start.
Andre Perry, scholar-in-residence in the School of Education, spoke to NBC News about reparations being made by the city of Evanston, IL. Perry said, “You would like to see direct payments in some form to enable those who qualify to spend as they would like. But when you're talking about historic discrimination, housing subsidies was a significant part of that.” (3/26)
Why Hollywood May Be Staying Surprisingly Quiet About Georgia's New Voting Law
Russell Williams, distinguished artist in residence in the School of Communication, spoke to CNBC about Hollywood's silence on Georgia's new voting law. Williams said, "Maybe there are more targeted ways to get [legislators'] attention." Washington College of Law professor Ira P. Robbins was quoted in a New York Times article about changes to Georgia's controversial citizen arrest law. (4/1, 3/31)
Why Hate Crime Convictions Are So Difficult to Secure in U.S.
Janice Iwama, assistant professor of public affairs, spoke to Aljazeera about why hate crime charges are difficult to secure. Iwama said, “With insufficient evidence, it would be difficult for the prosecutors, whether state or federal, to prove that the suspect had intended to murder these women due to a bias motivation.” (3/27)
Biden Under Pressure to Spell Out Cuba Policy
Fulton Armstrong, fellow in the Center for Latin Americans and Latino Studies, spoke to The Hill about President Biden's race to establish his Cuba policy. Armstrong said “The State Department is without leadership on the Cuba issue; and the NSC is without leadership on the Cuba issue, and that's a void members of Congress will be more than happy to fill.” (3/28)
Calls Grow for National Paid Family Leave Amid Pandemic
Betsy Fischer Martin, executive director of the Women & Politics Institute, spoke to The Hill about how the pandemic highlighted the importance of paid family leave. Fischer Martin said, “We see so much of the burden of what has happened during the pandemic has fallen on women overwhelmingly.” (3/28)
This Machine in Texas Could Suck Up Companies' Carbon Emissions – If They Pay
Simon Nicholson, co-director of the Institute for Carbon Removal Law and Policy, spoke to The Grist about corporate investments in tech that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Nicholson said, “Investments are critical, but let's not imagine that investing in and testing the technology is the same as actually using that technology toward climate goals.” (3/29)
Southern Border Crisis: Where is Kamala Harris?
Ernesto Castaneda-Tinoco, associate professor of sociology, and Anthony Fontes, assistant professor in the School of International Studies, spoke to The National Interest about the overflow of migrants at the southern border. Castaneda-Tinoco said, “Vice President Harris has been given a hard task to address structural issues in parts of Central America.” Fontes said, “The ‘crisis' at the U.S. southern border has very little to do with anything Harris, Biden or for that matter any other U.S. politician can do in the short term.” (4/1)

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