Hillary is speaking from Geneva in this wonderful talk about Human Rights and the GLBT community.
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 is well known to most Americans, and certainly to lawmakers, judges, attorneys and academia. Any entity that seeks to disobey these laws is subject to rebuke via the Department of Justice.
Alabama is being sued by the Federal Government for its Immigration law, and now is seriously under investigations with regards to defying basic human rights.
Alabama’s newly enacted immigration laws which, in no uncertain terms, intend to disrupt the government’s job of handling immigration, is also disrupting basic civil rights.
Alabama is essentially ignoring the Constitution of the United States.
The Alabama Attorney General, Luther Strange, is intentionally and cruelly sticking out his proverbial middle finger at the Department of Justice by asserting the Federal Government has no jurisdiction to challenge and investigate its newly adopted immigration law. Not so, says the Federal Government.
In this country, a public education is available to all school-aged children regardless of their immigration status. Alabama’s cruel and illegal new “law” requires schools to check the immigration status of children and their parents. The result of which is causing extreme disruption for children who (if they even continue to go to school), are harassed and bullied. Parents, frightened about deportation, are keeping their children out of school.
This prompted the Justice Department’s Assistant Attorney General to issue letters to every Alabama school superintendent regarding the change in their enrollment numbers since the new “law” went into effect. See Letter. http://blogs.usdoj.gov/blog/archives/1710
Meanwhile, the Alabama Attorney General, Luther Strange, wrote his own letter to the Department of Justice advising they have no authority to request this information. See Letter http://graphics8.nytimes.com/packages/pdf/opinion/downes/Perez.pdf?ref=sunday
To which Thomas E. Perez, Assistant Attorney General answered by saying, in essence, that the Federal Government, who is suing Alabama for its immigration policy, will investigate allegations that Alabama is running rough-shod over Civil Rights. (Think back to Governor George Wallace – the segregationist – who blocked the entrance to the University of Alabama, not allowing two black students to enter, in total defiance of desegregation. Constitution. It was not until President John F. Kennedy who made the Alabama National Guard a federal entity so they could enforce justice and allow the two students to register for classes. Think back to that time, and you’ll realize what is happening today in Alabama.)
It is deplorable. Shameful. But, not surprising. Since the election of Alabama Republican Gov. Robert J. Bentley stood up multiple times to say that people who had accepted Jesus Christ were his brothers and sisters. He said: “if you’re a Christian and you’re saved … it makes you and me brother and sister.” http://articles.latimes.com/2011/jan/19/nation/la-na-alabama-governor-20110119
Every lawmaker on earth has read the US Constitution and knows that such comments are unconstitutional. Yet, the Governor of Alabama is clearly snubbing his nose at his role in Government!
Gov. Robert J. Bentley went on to say,
So anybody here today who has not accepted Jesus Christ as their savior, I’m telling you, you’re not my brother and you’re not my sister, and I want to be your brother. http://articles.latimes.com/2011/jan/19/nation/la-na-alabama-governor-20110119
Assistant Attorney General Perez advised in his letter to Perez that the US, as they
“…receive additional information, the Civil Rights Division and other Federal Agencies will be evaluating the potential for violation of Federal laws in Alabama, including civil rights laws – looking at violations of the Fair Housing Act, the Safe Streets Act, the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, among others.
I don’t have the words right now to express the disgust I feel for the lawmakers in Alabama.
Yesterday (October 6th) was Desmond Tutu’s birthday. He just turned 80. With his birthday comes a new resolve – to begin the hard work on a very serious and heartbreaking issue. Child Marriage.
Desmond Tutu. I love this man. I applaud everything he stands for, what he says, thinks and writes. I had the good fortune to see him in person, and what a delight that was. I wrote a blog post about seeing him in person in February, 2010. Here’s a link to that February 2010 post: blessings, warnings, and love from Archbishop Desmond Tutu
The work they do on the global stage, is inspiring. And, whether we know it or not, we are all part of the global community. The Internet has made our world flat, as Thomas Friedman observes in his interesting book, “The World is Flat. (A good read!)
When I visited the Elders site yesterday, I learned that one of the more recent trips Tutu took was to Ethiopia where he learned how vast the problem of Child Marriage really is.
Desmond Tutu recently wrote:
I have to confess that I was simply not aware of the scale and impact of child marriage. 10 million girls a year, 25,000 girls a day, are married without any say in the matter, to men who are often older than they are. These girls almost always drop out of school to attend to household chores, and when they become young mothers themselves face serious dangers of injury and even death in pregnancy and childbirth. Child marriage robs girls of their childhood, of their basic rights to education, security and health.
I thought I had a pretty good idea of the human rights landscape on this precious earth we share. What I have realised is that these girls are invisible and voiceless, making them some of the most vulnerable, disempowered people on our planet. (Desmond Tutu, 9/20/2011) http://www.theelders.org/article/message-men-and-boys-about-child-marriage
I will be following this issue, and will write more in coming days. For now? Well. I must jump into the weekend, (though it is and will continue to be, an incredibly rainy and windy weekend, it’s not gonna wash out my fun!
- Opinion: Why Desmond Tutu is everybody’s archbishop! (cnn.com)
- South Africa’s Desmond Tutu Marks 80th Birthday – Voice of America (news.google.com)