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A future without affirmative action?
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A future without affirmative action?
High school seniors of color could face a lot more challenges in both college applications and, longer term, hiring in the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s recent decision to ban race as a factor in college admissions.
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Opinion
Biden’s new plan for student loan relief
On June 30, a long-awaited and consequential Supreme Court decision denied forgiveness that would have erased $430 billion of federal student loan balances for 20 million borrowers and lowered the median amount owed by another 23 million borrowers from $29,400 to $13,600. 
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Black borrowers, leaders react to Supreme Court’s student debt relief rejection
The Supreme Court’s decision last week to strike down President Biden’s signature student loan forgiveness plan will disproportionately impact Black borrowers, who are more likely to finance their degrees through debt because they have less generational wealth, are the first in their families to attend college and experience pay disparities after graduation. 
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Affirmative Retraction
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Editorial
Affirmative Retraction
The conservative wing of the Supreme Court, led by Chief Justice John Roberts, did what many people thought they might do but prayed they wouldn’t.
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The end of affirmative action – Supreme Court turns back the clock on college access
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Commentary
The end of affirmative action – Supreme Court turns back the clock on college access
The six Supreme Court justices who last week struck down affirmative action in college admissions ignored America’s legacy of slavery and segregation, while the three dissenting justices, all of whom are women, recognized this history of slavery and its continuing effects in colleges.
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Surprise Supreme Court ruling upholds voting rights
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Editorial
Surprise Supreme Court ruling upholds voting rights
Last week’s Supreme Court ruling on Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act stunned many people in Black and brown communities.
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Plaintiff in Ala. redistricting case brings voting rights message to Boston
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Local News
Plaintiff in Ala. redistricting case brings voting rights message to Boston
The lead plaintiff in an Alabama voting rights case before the United States Supreme Court visited Boston last week to raise funds and cultivate allies for a statewide coalition of activists working to promote Black civic engagement in the southern state.
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Justices need to reflect our country’s true values
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Editorial
Justices need to reflect our country’s true values
For decades, we have relied on Supreme Court decisions like Brown v. Board of Education that outlawed systemic discrimination in public schools, and the 1966 decision to ban poll taxes in state elections to keep our country’s moral arc bending towards justice, as Martin Luther King Jr. famously said.
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Supreme court could strike down affirmative action
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Supreme court could strike down affirmative action
On October 31, the Supreme Court will hear two cases that will determine the future of affirmative action.
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Opinion
The Supreme Court’s Roe decision: an exercise in raw power
The Supreme Court ruling was an exercise in raw power — not one reflective of the will of the people but hidden behind a false narrative of original intent.
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News
Alito opinion could usher in new Jane Crow era
By now, nearly everyone in America has heard the news that someone privy to the inner workings of the United States Supreme Court leaked a 98-page draft opinion by conservative Associate Justice Samuel Alito that spells almost certain doom for Roe v. Wade, the 1973 case that legalized abortion in America.
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Locals see progress in Jackson confirmation
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Locals see progress in Jackson confirmation
Last week, in a 53-47 vote, the U.S. Senate confirmed Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the United States Supreme Court, making her the first Black woman to ever serve as a Supreme Court justice. As news of her confirmation spread, many women in law and government have applauded her achievement and reflected on the historic nature of the appointment.
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