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' 08 CA Hate Crime Victim Was Refused Aid
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Both Sides Ponder Next Step in Gay Marriage Effort
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- Born June 25, 1954, 54 years old Bronx, NY Native, Divorced
- Mother a nurse, father died at age 9, Diagnosed as a diabetic
- AB, Princeton Univ., 1976, Honors Graduate, Pyne Award (Highest general Award); Yale Law School, 1979
- Ass't DA, NY; Private Practice Atty.
- Appointed US District Court Judge By Pres. George Bush, Nov. 27, 1991
- President Clinton Appointed her to US Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit Circuit, Confirmed Oct. 2, 1998, by a 67-29 Senate vote
- Most Judicial Experience of any nominee in over half a century
Monday, May 25, 2009
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Sent: Friday, May 15, 2009 3:41 PM
Cc: Lawrence Pitts; Charles Robinson
Subject: RE: UCI and the MSU
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London Police Execute Hate Crime Arrest Sweep
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Fifty-five years ago today the United States Supreme Court held for the first time in Brown v. Board of Education, 347 U.S. 483, and its companion cases, that segregated public schools for African-American and white students was inherently unequal and thus violated the Fourteenth Amendment's equal protection clause.
The lead case was brought on behalf of an 11 year old African-American school student, Linda Brown, who was required by the Topeka, Kansas school board to attend a segregated school. The Brown decision was the Court's first ruling to overturn the "separate but equal" doctrine first upheld by the Supreme Court in the 1896 case of Plessy v. Ferguson. While technically the Brown case applied only to public schools, it laid the Constitutional philosophical foundation used to overturn racial segregation in an array of cases since. The Brown case and its philosophical opposite, Dred Scott v. Sanford (which upheld slavery), are considered by legal scholars and historians as the two most important Supreme Court decisions in American history.
The case was argued by Thurgood Marshall, who would later become the first African-American Supreme Court Justice in 1967 when he was appointed by President Lyndon Johnson. During oral argument in 1953 Marshall stated, " [T]he only way that this Court can decide this case in opposition to our position...is to find that for some reason Negroes are inferior to all other human beings."
The following year the Chief Justice Earl Warren writing for a unanimous court stated, "To separate them [African-American children] from others of similar age and qualifications solely because of their race generates a feeling of inferiority as to their status in the community that may affect their hearts and minds in a way unlikely ever to be undone."
The decision met with fierce resistance in some areas, particularly in the American South. Southern Senators issued a "Southern Manifesto" and many local leaders and governors openly refused to carry out the Supreme Court's order. In 1955 the Court issued a subsequent decision in Brown II (Brown v. Bd. of Education, 349 U.S. 294) in 1955 where it ordered local school officials to pursue desegregation efforts "with all deliberate speed."
Still, many public officials refused to comply with the Brown rulings. In 1957 President Dwight Eisenhower ordered federal troops to desegregate Little Rock Central High School over Governor Orval Faubus' opposition. The following year the Supreme Court castigated Faubus' actions in the case ofCooper v. Aaron, 358 U.S. 1 (1958). In 1964 the Supreme Court stated that there was "too much deliberation and not enough speed" in Griffin v. County School Board of Prince Edward County, 377 U.S. 218 (1964). There, the Supreme Court by a 7-2 vote maintained that it was unconstitutional for a county to close down its public school system to avoid compliance with the Brown decision. Today, many public schools throughout the nation remain heavily segregated because of segregated housing patterns in American society.
For more reading:Crusaders in the Courts: How a Dedicated Band of Lawyers Fought for the Civil Rights Revolution
Simple Justice: The History of Brown V. Board of Education and Black America's Struggle for EqualityRichard Kluger Format: Paperback, 823pp.ISBN: 0394722558 Publisher: Vintage Books Pub. Date: January 1977
Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965Juan Williams With Eyes on the Prize Production Team Julian Bond (Introduction)
Format: Paperback, 304pp. ISBN: 0140096531 Publisher: Viking Penguin
Pub. Date: December 1987
Saturday, May 16, 2009
"Satanic" Gay Rallies Broken Up By Moscow Riot Police, Scores Detained
Islamophobia & Terrorism Decried At Eurasia Islamic Council Event
Jt. Fed/Local Probe of CA Racist Home Attack, $10K Reward Offered
UCR Chancellor Statement Ahead of Anti-Semitic Speaker's 2nd Visit
Friday, May 15, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Controversial convert and Imam Abdel Malik Ali (left), surrounded by student security, made an often fiery speech today at the University of California, Irvine as part of a weeks long Palestinian awareness series. In a wide ranging lecture of approximately 40 minutes, Mr. Ali warned of the dangers of entrenched Zionist Jewish control of the media and the Obama administration. Part of his speech was not significantly different from that of many mainstream critics of Israeli policy or of the recent Gaza War which left a vastly disproportionate number of Palestinian civilian casualties. More frequently, however, he angrily promoted conspiracy theories or passively injected traditional anti-Semitic inferences about why Zionists and Jews are resented. He vigorously extolled Hamas, repeatedly called Israelis Nazis destined to defeat, and strongly attacked dialogue and peace talks. He also appeared to suggest that there was a wide range in the number of those killed in the Holocaust and that the term was unfairly used in such a way to deny the suffering of others. He made the same basic charge with regard to the use of the term anti-Semitism to refer to European Jews, when other Semites are excluded. Mr. Ali emphatically painted a scenario where Zionist Jewish control was cracking as a backlash against them emerged through abusive censorship, institutional control and their support for Israeli violence. In addition to the government, he singled out such corporations as Motorola and organizations like AIPAC and the Anti-Defamation League and its leader Abe Foxman. He said the last card his critics have are charges of anti-Semitism, which he maintains are false. Perhaps most bizarre was Ali’s lengthy and baseless contention that the newly proposed federal hate crime legislation, known as the Matthew Shepard Act (which is supported by the American Arab Anti Discrimination Committee), was an AIPAC drafted conspiracy to imprison Muslims and others who criticized Jews and Israel or dared to critically discuss the Holocaust. He proudly stated that he would break that law by continuing to speak out. Its text which can be found below does not punish such speech, but rather violent acts. He demurred from answering the Center director’s question directly about his longstanding position on Jews orchestrating the 9/11 attacks or what he would do to gays in the United States under his long sought after post democratic theocracy. He is expected to speak next week at Univ. of California, Riverside.
Matthew Shepard Act: http://hatefighter.blogspot.com/2009/05/hate-crime-bill-edited-text-criminal.html