Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Civil Rights Roundup: 08/12/08

Your daily dose of civil rights and related news

An auto parts store in Houston is being sued by the EEOC for tolerating harassment of Black employees and passing over them for promotions.

PETA wants to put ads up on the Mexican side of the border fence, warning potential Mexican immigrants about the effects of fatty, meat-filled diets.

The ACLU is not thrilled with Hartford for imposing a juvenile curfew.

A Florida cop who was caught on tape beating a suspect has resigned.

Conservative groups in California will likely try to oust the current Chief Justice of the state supreme court over his role in the state's landmark gay rights ruling.

Hartford passes an ordinance prohibiting police from asking about immigration status; as well as arresting people solely for immigration violations.

A huge wave of immigrants who applied for citizenship last year should be naturalized in time to vote in this election.

I think I've come across this case before, but the Florida court which quashed a principal's outrageously anti-gay policies made the right move.

Innocent Black women shot by police; victim blamed. Not only is that title not hyperbole, but it goes downhill from there. Sickening.

On that same case, local Black leaders are furious that the officer was acquitted and are pressing for federal charges to be brought.

Word is that some of the workers building the border fence might not be documented.

A Greenville teenager beaten by a since-fired police officer has filed a civil rights lawsuit.

Florida continues to make strides towards restoring the civil rights of ex-offenders.

Three Hispanic families are suing over a Kansas school district's policy of requiring students to only speak in English while on school grounds (what if they're taking a foreign language?).

It's hard out there for a wheel chair bound individual.

Minneapolis immigrant teens, citing the importance of education, are lobbying to increase educational opportunities (particularly routes to college) for their peers.

Notaries are giving bad legal advice to immigrants (which they're not licensed to do anyway), resulting in screw-ups.

Town divided over brutal murder of immigrant, the Chicago Tribune reports. Presumably, the division is between its human beings and its psychopaths.

1 comment:

Stentor said...

I propose an update to the nation's newspaper style guides: PETA is now to be referred to as a "juvenile performance art troupe," not an "animal rights group." (And I say this as someone who agrees with their claimed anti-meat goal.)