Tag Archive for Civil Rights

John Hope Franklin (1915-2009): Historian and Fighter for Justice

Academics and intellectuals  – and college professors in particular – are often thought of as living in an Ivory Tower – dispassionate, disconnected, and aloof from the everyday world. And, for the most part, this reputation is deserved, especially in America, where we have often demanded a quiescence  that poses as objectivity from our academics…

Homophobia Strikes Again?

UPDATE: Please forgive me for being an idiot and not paying attention to the local blogosphere last week. As Gustavo mentions in the comments, Navel Gazing mentioned this earlier. I guess I have some “catch up” work to do today. File this under “The H8 Files”. First CDM High School admins took the drama out…

Repeal Prop H8? It’s More Possible Than You Think.

Right now, I have no clue how the California Supreme Court will rule on the Prop H8 lawsuits. Maybe we’ll win, maybe we’ll lose. However, I’m really starting to think we have a better chance of winning at the ballot box than I did just days ago. Here, take a look at the new Field…

So The Supremes Heard…

And now, they must decide. Is Prop H8 a valid constitutional amendment? Is it an improper attempt to revise the constitution? Are the 18,000 marriages performed last year still valid regardless of the decision on H8? Is there a “third way” to uphold H8 and the May decision by doing away with civil marriage? In…

Prop 8: What’s Really at Stake for the California Supreme Court

The primary legal issue at tomorrow’s hearing before the California Supreme Court on the same sex marriage Prop 8 case is the narrow and extremely arcane question whether Prop 8 is an amendment to the state constitution or a revision of the state constitution. But appellate cases – and especially high profile and controversial appellate cases — are rarely decided on such narrow and arcane questions of law, even though lawyers and judges must pretend that they are. What’s really at stake in the Prop 8 case – and what will probably be the real deciding factor in the California Supreme Court’s decision – is the power and prestige of the California Supreme Court itself.

My Birthday Wish

(Proudly cross-posted at C4O Democrats) In case you didn’t know, my birthday is today. Yay. When I was little, I’d always be excited about a day full of celebration, gifts, and sheer bliss. Now, I just notice myself getting older… And hopefully a little wiser with each passing year. I guess one reason why I…