Women's Groups in Florida Blast Anti-Affirmative Action Plan
Women's groups in Florida spoke out on Wednesday against Gov. Jeb Bush's One Florida plan to eliminate affirmative action for women and people of color in state universities and contracts.
"From day one, the group hurt most by One Florida is women," said Democratic state Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Several female legislators and members of a dozen women's groups, including the National Organization for Women, gathered Wednesday to speak out against One Florida calling it "the most important battleground in deciding the future of affirmative action programs for women nationally."
Tallahassee is anticipating some 3,000 people to show for the third and final public hearing agreed to by Bush in response to the sit-in by two Florida lawmakers in January.
Media Resources: Nando Times and Tallahassee Democrat Online - February 10, 2000
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. . . .