Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Civil Rights Roundup: 08/06/08

Your daily dose of civil rights and related news

Almost forget today, kids ... I took the day off from work to catch up on some law school related paperwork, and my mind assumed it was a weekend.

It's tough being a woman of color in the military.

Chicago is starting to detain Hispanics during traffic stops on suspicion of being illegal immigrants, apparently in violation of local law.

Cry me a river of tears: Prince Williams County's aggressive campaign to undertake immigration enforcement on its own is costing more money than expected.

Two members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus have written an op-ed protesting the Bush administration's policies in the wake of the Postville raid.

The McCain campaign has apologized after a Black reporter was apparently singled out and tossed from one of his events.

Mr. Medellin has been executed. Hopefully, the damage to the Vienna Convention will not be too great.

The Atlanta police force is facing a sex discrimination lawsuit from a former high ranking officer.

Wal-Mart is furiously denying that it told its employees to vote against Democrats (which would have probably been illegal).

A local resident has stepped up to pay the tuition of a high school valedictorian who was facing deportation due to his father's immigration problems.

The original judge on the Jena 6 case has already been removed, and now defense attorneys are trying to follow suit with the prosecutor.

A poultry plant with a large contingent of Muslim workers has replaced Labor day with a Muslim holiday as one of the worker's eight official days off. Despite the fact that all the principals (management and the union) seem to be happy with it, the union president (who is Jewish) is getting a lot of negative feedback from outsiders who think that its anti-American. Or something.

The EEOC has found evidence that a Louisville Sheriff violated the civil rights of female employees through sexual harassment.

Bad headline, good story about the battle to register Black voters as Obama makes a play for North Carolina.

Chicago-area parents are alleging that the practice of holding classes in trailers is abetting racial segregation.

The NYT asks: Is Obama the End of Black Politics?

1 comment:

PG said...

According to the article, the Chicago parents presented no evidence or data that there were racial disparities within a school about who got assigned to trailers, so I'm confused as to how this could abet racial segregation. Unless the black kids were statistically over-represented in the trailers compared to their representation in the school's population overall, there isn't segregation. This sounds like the Rainbow Coalition is not looking in the right places for issues on which to advocate.