Florida Gov. Jeb Bush was booed and jeered when he walked into a public hearing Thursday on his plan to end affirmative action programs for women and people of color in state university admissions and contracts. The crowd's reaction was so loud it drowned out the hearing chairman's pounding gavel.
State Sen. Kendrick Meek was joined by his mother U.S. Representative Carrie Meek on stage to speak out against Bush's plan. "The pain the governor feels is a self-inflicted wound," said Carrie Meek.
The hearings were held in response to a sit-in staged last month by two legislators wherein Bush agreed to delay his order to end affirmative action for women and people of color until the matter was brought before the public. Opponents of Bush's plan argue that it will not encourage diversity nor would state lawmakers would approve the $20 million to $30 million in financial aid required to boost needy minority students' ability to attend college.
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. . . .