Protective Legislation for Women
Immediately following that decision state after state passed laws limiting the working day for women until by 1915 only seven states were without an hour law. Now ten states have laws limiting the hours to eight a day. The ruling in the Oregon case gave the grounds for sustaining the law.
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The Racist History of U.S. Law Enforcement
(6 days ago) Law enforcement departments continue to directly participate in white supremacist and far-right projects. Political Research Associates has documented a network of widespread alignment between sheriffs and far-right paramilitary across the country that launched during the tenure of the nation’s first elected Black President.. The paramilitary aligned network, Constitutional Sheriffs and
‘Criminalization Makes the Situation Worse’: Victoria Law …
(1 days ago) Victoria Law, author of “Prisons Make Us Safer” and 20 Other Myths About Mass Incarceration calls the book, to be released by Beacon Press on April 6, “a beginners guide for people who are starting to think about mass incarceration and the reasons behind it.” Accessible and clearly written, the book analyzes contemporary ideas about crime, punishment, and community safety.
Making a List—of Cops Who Can’t Be Trusted
(9 days ago) State law enforcement agencies were placed under heightened scrutiny last summer as the George Floyd protests took place across the country. The agencies responded to the protests forcefully and caused several permanent injuries to protestors, according to a report by Denver’s Office of the Internal Monitor, an agency tasked with overseeing the police.
It’s Been Fifty Years Since Frank Serpico Exposed New …
(3 days ago) According to Sara Thompson, president of the board for the Lamplighter Project, a law enforcement whistleblower support organization, the commission was significant due to its genesis in Serpico’s and Dirk’s whistleblowing. As Thompson told me in an interview, the commission’s findings “validated many of the concerns brought forward by
Taking Back the Supreme Court
(4 days ago) Harvard Law School professor Michael Klarman summed up the panel’s cumulative record under Roberts’s stewardship in an essay published last February in The Atlantic: “With their majority on the court, the Republican Justices have undermined labor unions, unleashed money in politics, protected corporations from class-action litigation and
Unequal Justice: Trump’s Legal Woes are Multiplying
(2 days ago) Compounding Trump’s legal miseries further is the federal civil suit filed by Representative Eric Swalwell, Democrat of California, against Trump for inciting the insurrection. Swalwell’s complaint, which also names Giuliani and Brooks as defendants, seeks both compensatory and punitive monetary damages, as well as a judicial declaration that the trio violated federal law.
The State of Idaho Is Still Targeting People for Sodomy
(2 days ago) The American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho filed a federal lawsuit on September 23 challenging an antiquated Idaho sodomy law that has continued to target gay people, seventeen years after the U.S. Supreme Court held that laws banning same-sex activity were unconstitutional.. The nature of punishment under Idaho’s sodomy law has changed, but its destructiveness has not.
The Truth About Prisons
(1 days ago) Law also torpedoes the demonstrably false beliefs that prisons promote rehabilitation; that the threat of incarceration serves as a deterrent; that stiff sentences reduce the incidence of murder and sexual assault; that smaller prison populations mean higher crime rates; and that publishing the names of sex offenders on public registries enhances public safety.
Pay Attention to the Risk of Martial Law
(3 days ago) Pay Attention to the Risk of Martial Law. The latest ravings of our tyrannical President highlight a true threat to democracy. History will record that on Friday, December 18, Donald Trump held a discussion in the Oval Office about imposing martial law. Martial law!
The Emperor’s New Rules
(3 days ago) The world is reeling in horror at the latest Israeli massacre of hundreds of Palestinians in Gaza. Much of the world is also shocked by the role of the United States in this crisis, as it keeps providing Israel with weapons to kill Palestinians, in violation of U.S. and international law, and has repeatedly blocked action by the U.N. Security Council to impose a ceasefire or hold Israel
Why Whistleblowers Need More Protection
(Just Now) The world’s first whistleblower protection law was enacted in 1778 during the Revolutionary War. As of 2021, there are roughly fifty federal and state laws that contain provisions for protecting whistleblowers against retaliation. A few of these laws, such as the False Claims Act, date back to the Civil War.
Unequal Justice: Trump’s Supreme Takeover
(7 days ago) The GOP-controlled Florida legislature passed the law in response to an amendment to the state’s constitution that voters had approved in 2018 to restore the voting rights of ex-felons. The ACLU and other civil-liberties organizations claim the Florida statute amounts to a modern-day poll tax.
Police Must Be Guardians, Not Warriors
(Just Now) More recently, politicians and law enforcement agencies in Minneapolis and elsewhere have practiced de-escalation techniques in dealing with non-peaceful demonstrators and rioters, such as yielding property to save lives. Trump responded by urging local law enforcement, mayors, and governors to “dominate” and retake the streets. In other
Wisconsin State and Federal Courts Are Set to Draw Voting Maps
(5 days ago) If the state court comes up with a map that is challenged under federal voting-rights law, the federal court will review it. If, on the other hand, the federal court imposes a map, because of the supremacy clause of the U.S. Constitution, Chheda points out, the state court cannot override it.
How NYU’s Grad Student Union Went on Strike—and Won
(8 days ago) The NYU strike came at a fortuitous time for unionized graduate workers across the country. As the National Labor Relations Board gradually gets restaffed by Biden appointees, a proposed Trump-era law that would have disqualified graduate students from being considered employees under the National Labor Relations Act of 1935, has been withdrawn.
Smart Ass Cripple: Voter Suppression Laws Harm Disabled Folks, …
(6 days ago) The law also erects barriers to voting that will disproportionately and unlawfully deny equal access to individuals with disabilities.” The lawsuit says many aspects of SB 1 will surely screw over disabled voters; for example, it places harsh limits on voting by …
Illinois Becomes the First State to Require Media Literacy Classes …
(1 days ago) Amidst a new era of widespread misinformation on elections, the COVID-19 pandemic, and vaccines, some states are pushing back: Illinois recently enacted a law requiring high schools to teach media literacy.. While many schools in the state and throughout the country teach media literacy in some way or another, Illinois is the first state in the nation to make it compulsory.
NSA’s Domestic Spying Program Needs to End—Permanently
(8 days ago) However, the reformed law still allows the agency to review and collect phone records. In 2017, even under the new constraints, the NSA reported collecting a startling 534 million of these records. Thus, while this domestic surveillance is no longer as sweeping as it once was, the government has still had vast, intrusive powers under Section 215.
Pesticide Lawsuits and the Threat Hiding in the Perfect Lawn
(Just Now) Pesticide Lawsuits and the Threat Hiding in the Perfect Lawn. More than 13,400 consumer lawsuits against Monsanto and Bayer AG, which manufacture the weed-killer Roundup, allege it is the cause of various cancers. Now, a new judgment has awarded one couple $2 billion in damages. by Lauren Sandford. May 14, 2019.
Mussolini and the Italian People
(8 days ago) Violation of this law carries a heavy penalty of fine and imprisonment. If the great majority of the Italian people were happy and contented under Fascist rule-—as is claimed—-they would be talking freely, discussing politics openly and everywhere …
The High Price of Police Militarization
(5 days ago) As for law enforcement, the Urban Institute estimates that in 2017, state and local governments spent more than $240 billion on law enforcement: $114.5 billion on cops, $47.8 billion on courts (including civil courts), and $78.7 billion on corrections. The ties between the military and police long precede 9/11, with the two forces sharing
The NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA
(9 days ago) 2. To promote public safety, law and order, and the national defense; 3. To train members of law enforcement agencies, the armed forces, the militia, and people of good repute in marksmanship and in the safe handling and efficient use of small arms; 4. To foster and promote the shooting sports, including the advancement of
Tennessee Republicans Take Voter Suppression a Step Further
(6 days ago) The new law creates a class A misdemeanor if groups knowingly or intentionally pay workers based on quotas or fail to meet the requirements outlined in the bill. Class A misdemeanors are punishable by up to almost a year in jail. Republican lawmakers and Lee say the law is designed to protect election integrity and allow for safe and fair
Smoking Gun: Cracking Down on Protest
(Just Now) Signed into law by Governor Kim Reynolds, Republican. Kansas SB 172: Creates new criminal offenses for entering or remaining in a “critical infrastructure” facility or a property with “intent to damage, destroy, or tamper with” such a facility. Defines critical infrastructure as anything having to do with crude oil or natural gas.
Why Police Body Cameras Haven’t Stopped Police Brutality
(9 days ago) In neither case did the presence of BWCs stop law enforcement from taking the life of someone they had sworn to protect and serve. As initiatives like 8 Can’t Wait offer shiny new reforms to end police brutality once and for all, it might be useful to take a closer look at the most widely adopted reform from the last series of revolts: police
Colorado Shooting Highlights Need for Stronger Gun Laws
(1 days ago) Colorado Shooting Highlights Need for Stronger Gun Laws. The federal impasse on gun violence presents an opportunity for Colorado, and other states, to strengthen local authority to regulate firearms. Starr Samkus, a King Soopers employee, cries in front of King Soopers on March 23, 2021 in Boulder, Colorado.
The United States’ Role in Colombia’s Forever War
(6 days ago) An elite law-enforcement unit, the Mobile Anti-Disturbances Squadron, was deployed to quell dissent. As a part of the U.S.-sponsored Plan Colombia, these forces had been outfitted with U.S.-made weapons and crowd-control devices such as tear gas, which were used liberally against the organized outburst.
The Life and Legacy of RBG
(1 days ago) Co-authored by Amanda L. Tyler, a law professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and one of Ginsburg’s former Supreme Court law clerks, the book was submitted for publication shortly before Ginsburg’s death, and includes a eulogistic afterword written by Tyler.
Reproductive Health Care is a Human Right
(Just Now) In September, a new law took effect in Texas, banning abortion after the sixth week of pregnancy, when cardiac activity can be detected in the embryo. On Oct. 6, a federal judge issued a temporary restraining order on Texas enforcing the law as the courts wrestle with its constitutionality.
Governor Abbott’s Zero Tolerance on Immigration
(Just Now) This law, for example, provides stiffer penalties for such offenses as trespassing in disaster counties. Even without the enhanced penalties, a trespassing conviction can land an undocumented immigrant 180 days in prison and a fine of $2,000.
The True Meaning of Shariah
(9 days ago) Sumbul Ali-Karamali. Sumbul Ali-Karamali, a former corporate attorney with an additional degree in Islamic law, is a popular speaker and author of the new book, “Demystifying Shariah: What It Is, How It Works, and Why It’s Not Taking Over Our Country,” published by Beaco
Justice Deferred: The Supreme Court’s History of Enforcing Racism …
(6 days ago) For the next half century, Jim Crow was the law of the land. In the 1930s and 1940s, often in cases brought by attorney Thurgood Marshall, the Supreme Court quietly foreshadowed a change in direction—an era of racial sensitivity that reached its apex under Chief Justice Earl Warren. Beginning with the Brown v.
Shut Down U.S. Tax Havens
(Just Now) U.S. law enforcement officials have been pressing to abolish anonymous shell companies, like those formed in Delaware, that facilitate money laundering, human trafficking and other illicit activities. Finally, the hidden wealth system contributes to the growing economic inequality. It enables some families to create billion-dollar inherited
Lawsuit Vigilantes: Not Just For Texas Anymore!
(8 days ago) The Texas abortion law that was recently enacted clearly runs counter to everything established by Roe v.Wade.Rather than get hung up on the legal precedent of that li’l case, the conservative majority of the U.S. Supreme Court seemed more enamored with the “novel” way the Texas law skirts judicial review.
With Efforts to Defund Police Backsliding, the BLM Movement Is …
(5 days ago) Under this law, the governor’s office can reallocate state sales tax revenue from cities with a population greater than 250,000 to the Department of Public Safety if the city adopts a budget for police spending that is lower than the previous year’s allocation.
Sheriffs Collude with Anti-Immigrant Group
(7 days ago) Also in June, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a draconian anti-immigrant law that forces all law enforcement officers and state agencies to “use best efforts to support the enforcement of federal immigration law.” It forbids state agencies, universities, cities, and law enforcement agencies from adopting any “sanctuary” policy or
Why the Biden Administration Must Abolish the Death Penalty
(7 days ago) Capital punishment, a euphemism for the “death penalty,” has always been a racist, classist, and oppressive political weapon wielded arbitrarily to reinforce the rule of law in the United States. Yet, even as economic disparity, climate change, and the COVID-19 pandemic threaten people’s lives, the Trump Administration has prioritized
The Other Americans: Guatemala, Influenced by the United States, …
(6 days ago) The law has received support from evangelical leaders in Guatemala, who gathered 50,000 signatures for the law and mobilized demonstrations in favor of it. “The law is the imposing of a way of thinking and of a way of seeing life,” Sandra Morán, a congresswoman from the left wing Convergencia party and Guatemala’s first openly lesbian
Unequal Justice: Don’t Count on the Supreme Court to Curb Gun …
(Just Now) Unequal Justice: Don’t Count on the Supreme Court to Curb Gun Violence. Now that conservatives hold a solid majority of the U.S. Supreme Court, we can expect that they will extend gun rights under the Second Amendment in the court’s upcoming term. Pro-gun law protesters outside of the U.S. Supreme Court. The United States is locked and loaded.
Anti-Cannabis Crackdown Targets Hmong in Northern California
(8 days ago) Tensions between the Hmong and law enforcement reached a grim climax on June 28, when Soobleej Kaub Hawj, a thirty-five-year-old Hmong man, was killed by police during the evacuation of local communities due to the devastating Lava Fire, which has destroyed many homes in the county.
Abortion Foes Should Vote Democratic
(1 days ago) Law of Unintended Consequences. A couple of years ago, the GOP amassed a significant majority in the Iowa legislature. They voted to defund Planned Parenthood. What happened? Rates of abortion, in decline for 20 years, spiked up 25%. Robert Dakota 244 days ago
Tribes at Long Last Reclaim Control of National Bison Range
(Just Now) Tribes at Long Last Reclaim Control of National Bison Range. Indigenous people will take over the management of decimated herds. The Salish word for the modern-day National Bison Range translates to “the fenced-in place.”. It consists of 18,800 acres in the heart of the Flathead Reservation that was seized by the government in 1908 for the
Lawmakers Are Harming LGBTQ+ Youth
(7 days ago) Lawmakers Are Harming LGBTQ+ Youth. The many lawmakers who insist they care about children should, at the very least, reverse discriminatory laws that exclude LGBTQ+ youth and cut them off from supportive resources. In just the past six months, more than 110 bills have been introduced in state legislatures attempting to roll back transgender