San Francisco U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson extended the temporary restraining order on the anti-affirmative action initiative Prop. 209 by one week. The order prohibits either CA. Governor Pete Wilson or Attorney General Dan Lungren from implementing the measure until December 23rd. On the 23rd, Henderson will decide whether or not to grant a preliminary injunction freezing 209 until a trial is held to determine the measure's constitutionality.
California voters narrowly passed this deceptive measure in November by a 54 to 46 margin. Funded by right-wing foundations, contractors and conservative scholars, the initiative will wipe out equal opportunity programs for women and people of color. Opponents of the initiative are currently suing, claiming that it is unconstitutional because it discriminates against women and people of color.
Media Resources: The New York Times - December 17, 1996
12/11/2013 Human Rights Day Celebrated Around The World - Yesterday marked International Human Rights Day, a day to celebrate human rights advances and to assess the challenges that lie ahead in protecting them.
"The fundamentals for protecting and promoting human rights are largely in place: these include a strong and growing body of international human rights law and standards, as well as institutions to interpret the laws, monitor compliance and apply them to new and emerging human rights issues," said United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay in a statement. . . .
12/11/2013 UConn Under Federal Investigation For Mishandling Sexual Assault Cases - The US Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) informed the University of Connecticut on Monday that it will investigate the school for allegedly mishandling sexual assault cases and violating Title IX, the federal law that requires all recipients of federal financial assistance for education programs and activities to prohibit sex discrimination and sexual harassment [PDF].
The investigation was sparked after seven women filed a formal complaint in October alleging that UConn had failed to protect them from sexual assault and exposed them to a sexually hostile environment.One woman says her attacker was expelled from campus but later readmitted without her knowledge. . . .
12/11/2013 Massachusetts Democrat Katherine Clark Wins Congressional Seat - Democrat Katherine Clark will become the fifth woman to represent Massachusetts in the US House Tuesday, after easily defeating three opponents in a special election.
"Six years ago, there wasn't a single woman representing Massachusetts in Congress," said Niki Tsongas, the only other woman representing Massachusetts in the House. . . .