Remembering Human Rights Salute by Tommie Smith, John Carlos, at 1968 Olympics

Today, March 21, is the UN International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. This year's theme for the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination was chosen to highlight the problem of racism in sports, which remains a disturbing occurrence in many parts of the world, as well as to raise awareness of the … Continue reading Remembering Human Rights Salute by Tommie Smith, John Carlos, at 1968 Olympics

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds Voter Disenfranchisement Law, Citing Lack of ‘Intentional’ Discrimination

A recent decision by an eleven-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit underscores the importance of the Equal Justice Society's efforts to overturn the Intent Doctrine. Earlier this year, the Equal Justice Society (EJS), the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, and the American Parole and Probation Association submitted an amicus … Continue reading Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds Voter Disenfranchisement Law, Citing Lack of ‘Intentional’ Discrimination

EJS Co-Presents Unconscious Bias Panel at Writers Guild in LA, Introduction by Norman Lear

The Equal Justice Society will co-present in late-September a thought-provoking discussion on unconscious bias offering insights that will challenge and inspire new ideas in developing and producing programming that reflects the true diversity of our rapidly changing society. EJS joins the Writers Guild of America West, Screen Actors Guild, Americans for American Values and the … Continue reading EJS Co-Presents Unconscious Bias Panel at Writers Guild in LA, Introduction by Norman Lear

Session on ‘Myth of Post-Racial America’ at Netroots Nation in Pittsburgh, Aug. 13-16

The Equal Justice Society is proud to support Netroots Nation, the country’s top convention for progressive online activists. The fourth annual gathering of the Netroots (formerly known as the YearlyKos Convention) will be held August 13–16 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pa. EJS is coordinating a session on "The Myth of … Continue reading Session on ‘Myth of Post-Racial America’ at Netroots Nation in Pittsburgh, Aug. 13-16

Of race, of belonging, and of breaking barriers big and small: Why I mourn the loss of Michael Jackson

This post was written by Susan Serrano, our research director here at EJS from 2001-2005. Susan is now the Director of Educational Development, Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law, at the University of Hawai'i William S. Richardson School of Law. Over the last few days, I’ve searched my heart and mind … Continue reading Of race, of belonging, and of breaking barriers big and small: Why I mourn the loss of Michael Jackson

Ricci Decision Threatens Constitutional Values of Equal Justice for All

In a 5 to 4 decision in the case of Ricci v. DeStefano, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that the city of New Haven, Connecticut violated Title VII when it declined to make promotions in the fire department on the basis of a test that disproportionately screened out minority candidates. The Equal Justice Society … Continue reading Ricci Decision Threatens Constitutional Values of Equal Justice for All

Ricci Decision Threatens Constitutional Values of Equal Justice for All

In a 5 to 4 decision in the case of Ricci v. DeStefano, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that the city of New Haven, Connecticut violated Title VII when it declined to make promotions in the fire department on the basis of a test that disproportionately screened out minority candidates. The Equal Justice Society … Continue reading Ricci Decision Threatens Constitutional Values of Equal Justice for All

Ideologically-Charged Decision in Ricci v. DeStefano Ignores History, Precedent

In a statement issued today on the Supreme Court's 5-4 decision on Ricci v. DeStefano, Alliance for Justice President Nan Aron said that the "majority's opinion ignores our nation's history, rejects precedent, overturns the judgment of local government officials and makes it more difficult for employers to take voluntary steps to break down barriers to … Continue reading Ideologically-Charged Decision in Ricci v. DeStefano Ignores History, Precedent