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Sunday, October 10, 2004

The Right's Human Wrongs

In a damning rebuke of the Bush administration, the United States Commission on Civil Rights, a bi-partisan organization, has posted a report which is critical of Bush's civil rights record. Some of the highlights (or lowlights) included:

Voting Rights: The Bush administration did not provide leadership to ensure timely passage and swift implementation of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) of 2002. As a result, Congress did not appropriate funds for election reform until almost two years into the administration.

Equal Educational Opportunity: The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) does not sufficiently address unequal education, a major barrier to closing the achievement gap between minority and white students.

Affirmative Action: Instead of promoting affirmative action in federal contracting and education, the administration promotes "race neutral alternatives," in many instances not applicable and in others not overly effective at maintaining diversity.

Environmental Justice: EPA has taken few actions to ensure disparate impact of minority communities to environmental contamination.

Racial Profiling: The administration responded to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks by instituting regulations that facilitate profiling rather than prevent it. Immigrants and visitors from Arab and Middle Eastern countries were subjected to increased scrutiny, including interviews, registration, and in some cases removal.

The Peach has discovered that Republican members not only objected to the report's posting, but are holding back the report's official release till conveniently after the election. We at The Peach have only this to say: NOT ON OUR WATCH!

You can read the whole report here.


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