EJS is a place i used to work. they do good work, check it out. i've also written for a few of their newsletters.
they joined up with their usual collaborative team members to file a writ petition to the california supreme court. these members include the mexican american legal defense and educational fund (MALDEF), CA's chapter of the NAACP, the NAACP legal education and defense fund and the asian pacific american legal center. looks like tobias wolff, legal scholar extrodinare and member of the EJS board from UPENN law school was mainly responsible for the writing of the petition.
yup, yup. here is the press release. go keith! and this part is the part that resonates with me so strongly. not only do i have a personal interest in seeing the passage of prop 8 be reversed and set on fire, but also if they do this to one group, who is to say they wont start taking away the rights of other minorities over which so much blood has been shed and resentment set in? honestly, this fight is just bigger than one can conceivably say in one sentence. Karen Wang is my new hero:
"Consistent with core equal protection principles, minority communities must not be stripped of their fundamental rights by bare majority rule," said Karin Wang, Vice-President of Programs for the Asian Pacific American Legal Center. "California went down this path before when the majority population chose to bar interracial marriages involving an unpopular minority: Asian immigrants. The state Constitution exists exactly for this reason - to protect the fundamental rights of minority communities."
and simply put...
"Direct democracy cannot override the California Constitution, which requires more than a majority vote to deprive a minority group of their fundamental rights," said John A. Payton, President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.
right on. and to go out with a BANG!, here is my favie fav...eva patterson:
"We would be making a grave mistake to view Proposition 8 as just affecting the LGBT community," said Eva Paterson, president of the Equal Justice Society. "If the Supreme Court allows Proposition 8 to take effect, it would represent a threat to the rights of people of color and all minorities."