US Supreme Court Session Begins Monday; Affirmative Action on Docket
The US Supreme Court will resume next Monday, and the coming session promises tough cases on some of the most controversial issues of our time, including affirmative action, the separation of church and state, the death penalty, and racial profiling. In Adarand Constructors, Inc v. Mineta, the Court will decide the constitutionality of an affirmative action program designed to increase minority contracts in federal highway construction. The Court ruled in Adarand I that the affirmative action program then in effect was subject to strict constitutional scrutiny. Since that ruling, affirmative action rules have been rewritten, and the Tenth Circuit Court upheld those modified rules. The Supreme Courtís ruling in Adarand II will be an important one for the future of affirmative action programs in public contracts.
As the Supreme Court session begins, feminists must remain vigilant against any anti-choice nominees. You can protect the Supreme Court and abortion rights by participating in the Feminist Majorityís Campaign at www.Million4Roe.com
Media Resources: American Civil Liberties Union, Press Release, 9/26/01
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Currently, there are four petitioners on the case: the mother of the survivor, the Federation of Women Lawyers-Kenya, and two other women's rights advocates. . . .
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This gives states an opportunity to deal with partisan gerrymandering by giving an independent commission power to draw federal congressional districts.
In 2000, Arizona voters amended their constitution, shifting the responsibility of drawing congressional districts, previously held by the state legislature, to a panel called the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission. . . .