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Posted by on Jul 28, 2008 in Uncategorized | 4 comments

Civil Rights Roundup: 07/28/08

Your daily dose of civil rights and related news

An Iowa town has become “a flashpoint” for immigration protests after a raid on a meat processing plants. One anti-immigrant protester held a sign saying “What would Jesus do? Obey the law!” Umm…my Christian theology isn’t great, but I’m not sure that’s strictly accurate.

Maryland might finally be recognized as having eliminated the last vestiges of segregation in its public college system.

McCain flips on affirmative action, announces support of Arizona plan which would ban the program.

On the above issue, though, CNN reports that “McCain’s own campaign refused to say whether it stands by the candidate’s announcement that he supports the ballot initiative.” I wasn’t aware that “the McCain campaign” had the authority to trump John McCain as to his own position.

An ex-felon in Florida has founded a group to help other released felons reintegrate into society.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court struck down an expansion of that state’s hate crimes laws, ruling that they were unconstitutionally inserted into an unrelated bill.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette asks: Should sex offenders be tracked?

A California attorney representing a man shot by a Oakland police officer said he is going to press the state to bring homicide charges against the cop.

Reps. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) and James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) have an op-ed out calling for the expansion of the ADA.

A new Virginia law requires that all foreign-born inmates be reported to federal authorities. I can’t imagine that’s constitutional as applied to foreign born U.S. citizens.

Two Muslim women are suing McDonalds, claiming that they were denied positions with the company because they wore the hijab (Muslim headscarf).

Racism slithers in to the campaign Obama runs, the Wichita Eagle reports.

The simmering split between the gay and transgender rights community continues to fester, with LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa pulling out of a gay rights rally under heavy pressure from transgender groups angry about the former community’s stance on federal anti-discrimination legislation.

Supporters and opponents of flying the Confederate flag near Tampa met to have some “dialogue.” It didn’t sound very successful.