August 2, 1989 |
President Bush reached a compromise with key senators from both parties today on legislation extending the nation's civil rights laws to protect the disabled from discrimination. The accord was announced by the White House shortly before the Senate Labor Committee revised and approved the measure on a 16-0 vote, sending it to the full chamber.
May 18, 1987 |
The Supreme Court, significantly expanding the scope of civil rights legislation, ruled today that federal civil rights laws aimed primarily at helping blacks may also protect Jews and Arabs against discrimination. The court, in two unanimous decisions, in effect said that race may involve more than skin pigment. In one case, the court cleared the way for a suit by an Arab who said he was denied tenure on a Pennsylvania college faculty because of racial discrimination.
December 23, 1991 |
EXPENSIVE CROSS: Before 1992, most cross-burning cases had to be tried in federal court, using obscure property rights laws. But Assemblyman Tom Umberg (D-Garden Grove, above) got a bill passed that makes cross-burning a state crime, with a three-year penalty. . . . "If you burn a cross on a black family's door, it's clear you're trying to terrorize them," he says. Umberg is familiar with the issue.
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October 31, 2009 |
The nation's top civil rights attorney vowed today to step up enforcement of laws against housing bias, hate crimes, racially targeted predatory lending and other discriminatory acts in what he called a new era of "transformation and restoration." Thomas Perez, U.S. assistant attorney general for civil rights, also said during a keynote address to an Asian Pacific American civil rights conference in Los Angeles that he would "depoliticize decision-making" and work to restore trust between career attorneys and political appointees in the Justice Department.
May 31, 1990 |
A federal grand jury in Los Angeles charged a Somis flower rancher, six foremen and an alleged smuggler with enslaving more than 100 Mexican laborers, forcing them to work for sub-minimum wages and selling them food and sundries at inflated prices from a company store. The defendants, including Edwin M. Ives, 54, owner of the ranch in Ventura County, face up to 52 years in prison and $2 million in fines if convicted, according to federal prosecutors.
June 23, 2008
Re "From 1968 to eternity," Opinion, June 17 I am not sure where Todd Gitlin was in 1968, but I was observing the situation up close. I saw the decades-old fight for basic civil rights degenerate into a demand for special privileges. I saw Students for a Democratic Society trample on democratic principles. I saw academic freedoms and standards diminished by political correctness. Gitlin gives the movement credit for making it possible for Nicolas Sarkozy, descended from Jews, to be elected president of France.