Monitor Weekly - February 25, 2012
|The Leadership Conference Education Fund||February 25, 2012|
Defending Medicaid Expansion. The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights has signed a friend-of-the-court brief in support of the Medicaid Expansion Provision of the Affordable Care Act. The brief outlines U.S. obligations under international treaties to address disparities in both access to and quality of coverage and care. In its statement of interest, The Leadership Conference said the Medicaid Expansion Provision “will lead to broader access to quality health care by the most vulnerable segments of society, including children, people of color, women, seniors, and people with disabilities.” The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case in March 26-28.
Challenging Diversity. The Supreme Court this week announced that it will hear a challenge to the use of race as a factor in determining admissions at public universities. The case, Fisher v. University of Texas, is the first federal appellate challenge to the Supreme Court’s 2003 decision in Grutter v. Bollinger, a 5-4 ruling that said diversity is a compelling interest for public universities and that race can be used as a factor in admissions.
Learning from a Tragic Mistake. Seventy years ago
this week, President Franklin Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which led
to the forced removal of 120,000 Americans of Japanese descent to internment
camps for the duration of World War II. In
The Huffington Post, Abraham H. Foxman, national director of the
Anti-Defamation League, and Floyd Mori, national executive Director of the
Japanese American Citizens League, write that the
“anniversary of this tragic national mistake provides a teachable moment
for our nation on the dangers of stereotyping, prejudice, and racial profiling – even as we face the very real, continuing threat of terrorism.”
Fair Housing PSAs. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) have produced a new series of radio and print public service ads (PSAs) aimed at educating individuals and families on how to detect and report discrimination in housing based race, color, sex, religion, national origin, familial status and disability, including discrimination in mortgage lending because of issues related to pregnancy and/or parental leave.
Civil Rights Doc Up for Oscar. During the Oscars on Sunday, The Leadership Conference will be rooting for “The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement,” which has been nominated for an Academy Award in the category of Documentary Short Subject.
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