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Seven leading civil rights groups, including the NAACP and the National Urban League, called on U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today to dismantle core pieces of his education agenda, arguing that his emphases on expanding charter schools, closing low-performing schools, and using competitive rather than formula funding are detrimental to low-income and minority children.
(New York, NY) -- The ordeal that Shirley Sherrod has endured this week with such strength and grace should never have happened. No one should be so unfairly accused. And no one should lose their job without a fair chance to respond to the allegations against them. Of course, Shirley Sherrod should be reinstated to an appropriate position. Of course, she should receive an apology from those government officials who contributed to her ordeal.
Reese Marshall feels its his duty as a lawyer to provide them with a choice. Instilled with a social conscience forged in the heated 1960s, Marshall still makes it his business today to help the underserved population of Jacksonville find solutions to their problems. And for those decades of selfless service, Marshall has been named Jacksonville Area Legal Aids July Pro Bono Attorney of the Month.
The path to the Supreme Court continues for nominee Elena Kagan as her confirmation hearings continue. During Tuesdays proceedings, Republican members took Kagans clerkship and association with the late Justice Thurgood Marshall to task. They questioned Marshalls legal career and activist record. Sherrilyn Ifill, a professor of law at the University of Maryland, and John Payton, director-counsel and president of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, discuss Marshalls legacy and the scrutiny over Kagans service to the first African-American Supreme Court justice.