Republicans in Congress Plan for Another Attack on Affirmative Action
Florida Republican Rep. Charles Canady, chair of the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution said he plans to reintroduce legislation to do away with affirmative action for women and people of color in the federal government. After his bill won approval by his subcommittee in March, Republican leadership dropped the bill as a priority, and no other committees or panels took up the measure. A similar bill sponsored by then Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole also never made it out of committee.
California contractor Ward Connerly, chair of the campaign for the anti-affirmative action measure Proposition 209, is planning to form a national organization to abolish affirmative action for women and people of color and to advocate need-based programs instead.
Media Resources: The San Francisco Chronicle - December 4, 1996
4/17/2014 Supreme Court of India Recognizes Transgender Rights - India's Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that official documents must allow transgender people to identify as a third gender and directed the federal and state governments to include transgender people, known as hijras, in welfare programs such as education, health care, and job programs.
"All documents will now have a third category marked 'transgender,'" said Laxmi Narayan Tripathi, a transgender activist who petitioned the court. . . .