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Ruth Greenwood posted a blog on Mar 26, 2015
The Supreme Court issued a ruling yesterday in the case of Alabama Legislative Black Caucus v. Alabama, reversing and remanding a decision that Alabama did not engage in unconstitutional racial gerrymandering when it drew state legislative redistricting plans in 2011. The Court has previously held that legislators may not use race as the “predominant motivating factor” in redi...
Jay Readey posted a blog on Feb 12, 2015
As a Chicagoan, a baseball lover, and a youth coach, I am in a perfect storm reading the news that Little League International has canceled the US Championship of Jackie Robinson West and vacated its wins on the way to and through Williamsport, Pennsylvania based on residency requirements. Oh, and I am also a civil rights lawyer focused most intently on the way America has used ZIP codes ...
Jay Readey posted a blog on Jan 4, 2015
Here's a New Year's resolution for college seniors: move to Ferguson, Missouri after graduation. Take out a lease, take up residence, and participate in building a stronger community in Ferguson. Your college degree is an asset, but you are still entering a notoriously weak employment economy, one which is underemploying your generation at historic levels. Why not set ...
Jay Readey posted a blog on Sep 16, 2014
I have been pushing the idea of neighborhood equity as a gateway to so many of the race- and poverty-based civil rights issues we still struggle with. Based on the recent important social science of Robert Sampson in Great American City: Chicago and the Enduring Neighborhood Effect, and Patrick Sharkey in Stuck in Place: Urban Poverty and the End of Progress Toward Racial Equality, ...
Ruth Greenwood posted a blog on Mar 26, 2014
By Michael Brey, University of Iowa Law School Two recent court rulings chronicle the ongoing battle over voter suppression laws in the Midwest. On Wednesday, March 19, a federal judge’s ruling in Kansas reinforced the state’s strict proof-of-citizenship laws that make it harder for eligible persons to register and vote. Kansas, along with Arizona, sued the United Stat...
Ruth Greenwood posted a blog on Mar 12, 2014
Last Friday, March 7, was the 49th anniversary of Bloody Sunday. On that day in 1965 John Lewis, then the SNCC President, and other civil rights leaders attempted to march from Selma to Montgomery to protest the suppression of African American voters in the South. They never made it past the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, because George Wallace’s troops were waiting on the oth...
Jay Readey posted a blog on Feb 1, 2014
So excited that the Tribune chose to run this at the top of its Super Bowl Sunday opinion section. Our second entry in A New Plan of Chicago... http://my.chicagotribune.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-79122059/
Ruth Greenwood posted a blog on Jan 22, 2014
Last year’s Supreme Court decision in Shelby County v Holder thrust a “dagger to the heart” of the Voting Rights Act (VRA), according to Congressman, and veteran of the 1960s marches that led to the VRA, John Lewis. This week Congress responded to the Supreme Court, with Senator Sensenbrenner (R-WI), Congressman Conyers (D-MI), and Congressman Leahy (D-VT) introducing legislat...
Ruth Greenwood posted a blog on Oct 30, 2013
Attorney General Eric Holder, speaking last Friday at the Equal Justice Works annual conference, noted that he wanted the legacy of his leadership of the Department of Justice to be recognition of their willingness “to take some heat for doing that which was right." I wish that other legal figures were prepared to do the same. Judge Richard Posner of the Seventh Circuit, th...
Jay Readey posted a blog on Sep 16, 2013
At the Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, we have been watching the Chicago Public School closings and their effects on students and communities very closely. So I read with keen interest the cover story in this morning's Chicago Sun-Times, about a murder by gunshot at 63rd and King Drive at the edge of a receiving school. I had already planned to ride my...