Supreme Court Declines to Hear Affirmative Action Case in Firefighting
The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the case of white firefighters who claimed reverse discrimination in a Chicago lawsuit on Monday. The plaintiffs claim that white firefighters were overlooked for promotions due to an affirmative action program intended to increase the numbers of blacks and Hispanics in higher-level jobs within the Chicago Fire Department. The city’s legal representatives argued that the effects of past discrimination have not been erased, permitting the race-based promotion practices. Chicago is only one of several major cities with low levels of minorities in fire departments. Sixty-two percent of Chicago’s population is either African-American or Latino, while only 29 percent of the firefighters are representative of these racial and ethnic categories.
Media Resources: The Nando Times, 10/30/01; 2000 Census; NYC Equal Employment Practices Commission
7/24/2014 From Passion to Progress Briefing Brings Together Feminist Leaders and Hundreds of Young Activists - Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF) staff, two congresswomen, and over a hundred DC interns came together yesterday for FMF's Intern Student/Activist briefing in Dirksen Senate building to discuss how to put a women's rights agenda into action.
Over plates of donuts and cups coffee, participants listened to a succession of engaging and passionate speeches from congressional and feminist leaders: Representative Jackie Speier (D-CA), Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), and FMF President Eleanor Smeal. . . .