Sunday, April 22, 2012

Bad Laws - Modify or Repeal?

Stand-your-ground-type laws are troubling in many states.  Read what The Leadership Conference Education Fund reports about the one in Alabama and on racial profiling in general.  Stay on top of any similar law in your home state.

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The Leadership Conference Education Fund – Arpil 21, 2012

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“You can’t fix a discriminatory law.” In a letter to Alabama Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh and House Speaker Mike Hubbard, civil, human and labor rights groups are calling on the Alabama state legislature to fully examine the failings of its racial profiling law, HB 56, and repeal it instead of falling into a deeper hole with proposed changes that worsen the damage to its residents and economy. “The practical and moral reasons for HB 56’s repeal cannot be ignored any longer. You can’t fix a discriminatory law. Therefore, we stand together and ask you to repeal HB 56 and abandon the equally damaged and damaging HB 658,” write leaders of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, NAACP Alabama State Conference, National Council of La Raza, Service Employees International Union, Southern Poverty Law Center and International Union, UAW.
Ending Racial Profiling. The negative effects of racial profiling and the need to pass the End Racial Profiling Act (ERPA) of 2011 were the focus of a Senate subcommittee hearing held on April 17 as part of the National End Racial Profiling Advocacy Week. In submitted testimony, Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference, said, “The practice of using race as a criterion in law enforcement flies in the face of progress we have made toward racial equality and must be stopped. Racial profiling is a moral and social problem that threatens our shared value of humane treatment of all people under the law.”

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