Equality For All

Ralph G. Neas Welcomes Condoleezza Rice's Statement on Affirmative Action

Statement by PFAWF President Ralph G. Neas Welcomes Condoleezza Rice’s Message on Affirmative Action

PFAW Criticizes Bush Attack on University of Michigan Affirmative Action Program

President Bush's urging the Supreme Court to rule against the University of Michigan's affirmative action program shows that his administration's policies on civil rights and equal opportunity bear no relation to its rhetoric. It also puts Bush at odds with members of the military and business community who have come out in support of the University of Michigan program.

Frist and Other GOP Leaders Share Voting Records on Range of Issues

A review of 17 significant votes since Sen. Bill Frist joined the Senate in 1995 demonstrates that the possible replacements for Sen. Trent Lott have very similar voting records on a range of issues, including civil rights, affirmative action, hate crimes legislation, reproductive choice, private school vouchers, economic opportunity, and judicial nominations.

Regarding the Civil Rights Agenda of George Bush, Trent Lott, Senate Republican Leaders, Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia

What exactly are the real civil rights agenda and the judicial philosophy of the Bush administration and Republican senators? This debate is urgently needed because the Republican Party’s civil rights problem is far broader and deeper than Trent Lott – and because the next 12 to 24 months could determine the law of the land for the next several decades. And if George Bush and Senate Republican leaders get their way – not just Trent Lott, but all the other contenders – they could turn back the clock on half a century of legal and constitutional protections.

Bush, Lott, and Ashcroft: Shared Agendas Threaten Civil Rights Gains

PFAW report examines legal and judicial philosophies
and Bush administration record on civil rights issues

Civil Rights Votes of GOP Leaders-In-Waiting Similar to Lott, Each Other

A review of 16 key civil rights votes over the past 20 years demonstrates that several potential GOP challengers to Trent Lott have voting records that are very similar to Lott’s on civil rights enforcement, equal opportunity and related issues.

New York Lawmakers Approve Gay Rights Bill

For more than 30 years, the New York State Senate had failed to act on legislation that would prohibit discrimination against gay men and lesbians in employment, housing and public accommodations. Today, the state Senate broke with its past and not only voted on, but approved, by a 34-26 vote, legislation to expand the State’s civil rights law in an attempt to help bring an end to discriminatory treatment of gays.

Lott's Latest Apology Misses the Point

Apology for recent words ignores decades of hostility and insensitivity toward civil rights principles and protections

Today in a Mississippi press conference, Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott offered another apology for his latest statement that Americans would have been better off if Strom Thurmond had won his 1948 bid for the U.S. presidency on a segregationist platform.

The Voters Speak in 2002: Fully Fund and Strengthen Public Education

Even as Florida voters re-elected Governor Jeb Bush, they also passed Amendment 9, by a margin of 52 to 48 percent3, an education ballot measure he vigorously opposed.4 This amendment writes into the state’s Constitution class size limits in public schools of 18 students for grades pre-K-3; 22 students for grades 4-8; and 25 students for grades 9-12.5 The amendment requires the state — not local school districts — to fund these class-size reductions over eight years.

The Voters Speak in 2002: Fully Fund and Strengthen Public Education

A number of states considered various plans to increase public education funding, most of which passed.

Two years ago, Arizona voters approved a measure that allowed raising teacher salaries, but school districts were unable to comply as they were bound by tight spending limits. Passage of Proposition 104 corrects that situation and now teacher salaries can be raised even if they exceed state prescribed limits.42

The Voters Speak in 2002: Fully Fund and Strengthen Public Education

Voters in Colorado rejected a measure that would have banned native-language support for non-English speaking students and, instead, required one year of English immersion. Silicon Valley millionaire and national chairman of “English for the Children” Ron Unz, was sponsor and financier of Amendment 31. Two other anti-bilingual initiatives backed by Unz — measures in Arizona (2000)54 and California (1998)55 — were passed by wide margins. The outcome in Colorado marked the first time an Unz-funded initiative was defeated.

People For the American Way Launches Amendment 9 Ad Campaign

A television ad urging Florida voters to support Amendment 9, the class size reduction initiative, is hitting the airwaves around Florida this week. The ad campaign, which is being paid for by People For the American Way’s Florida Campaign Account, was launched at a press conference today in Tallahassee. The ad will be on the air this week in Miami, Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa and other markets.

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