June 2009 Archives

"Justices Rule for White Firefighters in Bias Case"

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"On June 29, 2009, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that white firefighters in New Haven, Conn., were unfairly denied promotions by the city of New Haven due to their race. The decision overturns a lower court ruling supported by federal appeals Judge Sonia Sotomayor, now a Supreme Court nominee. The court opinion in Ricci v. DeStefano, No. 07-1428, was written by Justice Anthony Kennedy. He was joined by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justices Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas." (Adam Liptak, NYT)

Click here for a report by Chris Rizo of Legal Newsline and here for the Court's decision.

"In These Times" Features Mark Nowak's Coal Mountain Elementary

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Photo by Ian Teh who collaborated with Mark on CME

In the June issue of In These Times, contributing editor Kari Lyderson provides a compelling analysis of Mark's new book, Coal Mountain Elementary (Coffee House Press, 2009). The following is an excerpt from Lyderson's article.

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