Civil Rights

Struggle of immigrants is a continuation of the civil rights movement (Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez)

Today, I want to talk about two important words: Hard Work.

I want to talk about the men and women who clear the dishes in restaurants.  The man who supports his family by working as a janitor.  The women bent over sewing machines making our clothes -- the women caring for America’s children – the families picking America’s fruit.

It’s hard work.


Congress must pass legislation to protect Jewish students from anti-semitic harassment

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 requires that colleges and universities redress racial and ethnic discrimination, or risk losing their federal funding.  Thus, if African American or Hispanic students are harassed on campus, they can complain to the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR), which is mandated to enforce Title VI and ensure that their schools fix the problem.  But Title VI does not clearly protect Jewish students, as we found out after the Zionist Organization of America filed a Title VI complaint with OCR on behalf of Jewish students at the University of California, Irvine (UCI).


Obama administration shows lack of respect for privacy (Rep. Jason Chaffetz)

The federal government – and this Administration in particular – seems to suffer paranoid schizophrenia with regard to privacy issues.  When it comes to the American people, no level of scrutiny is sufficient to secure our safety.  A federal government increasingly suspicious of everyone wants to look closer at our private lives, examining our bodies, our homes, our cars, and our businesses.  But when we the people want to know what our government is doing, the Administration sees no such need for transparency.


DADT is on its last unconstitutional leg

Yesterday was a sad day for our men and women in uniform and every American whose freedom they fight to protect. Senator John McCain led the Republicans in a game of partisan politics in filibustering the annual defense bill and won – for now.


Cheap political stunts should not hold up repeal of DADT

Is Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid trying to thwart the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which includes an historic provision to repeal the discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) law, before the mid-term elections? It sure appears that way judging by the stunts being pulled with this very important piece of annual legislation.


Repealing "Don't ask,don't tell" is the right choice

Over the last two days, the LGBT direct action civil rights group GetEQUAL has partnered with H.E.R.O. - an Arizona-based grassroots group of community organizers -- and Sanctuary Project Veterans -- a ministry advocating for the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) -- to pressure key decision-makers standing in the way of repealing DADT, the ban on lesbians and gays serving openly in the military.


The GOP is abandoning the fight for family values

Last week, Governor Haley Barbour of Mississippi became the most recent high-profile Republican to argue that his party needs to avoid social issues and, as he put it in a breakfast with reporters, stop “using up valuable time and resources that could be used to talk to people about what they care about.”


The Senate’s call to action on ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’

For the past seventeen years since President Bill Clinton’s signature, our armed forces have had their hands tied with a policy that inhibits recruitment, retention and readiness—10 USC Sec. 654, commonly known as ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’ Now, it is the Senate that can end the waste of resources that prop up an unfounded and unconstitutional policy.