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  • Why the Wal-Mart Case Is So Important to Women, Minorities


    EDITOR’S NOTE: The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments March 29 in the biggest sex-discrimination case in history: Dukes v. Wal-Mart. Many pro-worker advocates are worried that the court—which has made a number of extremely conservative rulings in recent years—will decimate the ability of ordinary people to join together in class actions to sue large, well-financed companies that engage in wrongdoing and discriminate against women and minorities

  • Conn. lawmakers consider change in how prisoners are counted


    HARTFORD — The legislature’s Judiciary Committee Monday considered bills that would change where prisoners are counted for population tallies – a move viewed by some as a threat to municipal aid from the state and by others as step toward political equity and fairness.

  • Is It “Prison-based Gerrymandering?” Stallworth Urges New Prison Count


    Does Bridgeport lose legislative juice when its inmate-based population is counted in other communities?

  • Is the Census counting prisoners in the right place?


    With legislative leaders about to begin redrawing legislative and congressional districts to reflect the 2010 Census, the General Assembly is considering a related issue: Where should prison inmates be counted?

    The NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund says Connecticut is one of 47 states that practices "prison-based gerrymandering" by counting inmates where they are confined, not where are they from.

  • Connecticut Considers Ending Prison-Based Gerrymandering


    (New York, New York) – On Monday March 21, at 10:00 am, the Joint Committee on the Judiciary of the Connecticut General Assembly will hold a hearing to consider HB 6084, which would end prison-based gerrymandering in Connecticut.  Dale Ho, Assistant Counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF) will provide testimony in support of the bill.