September 12, 2017

DARE to DREAM: DACA and Beyond – There is a panel on DACA being held on Wednesday, September 13 at noon in the Hall of the 70s, presented by the ACLU of La Raza, La Raza De Loyola, Immigration Law Society, and the Loyola Women’s Law Association. (Food will be provided.) Do show your support and find out how you can help.

Kudos to Professor Sande Buhai of the Public Interest Law Department for starting Social Justice Tuesday (second Tuesday of each month). The kick-off event was held on September 11-12 and featured an airing of the documentary film “13th”, along with a panel moderated by Professor Priscilla Ocen that addressed over-incarceration and its effect on African Americans, including the “school to prison pipeline” and other issues raised in “13th.” This truly is a great film. If you have not yet seen it, you can catch it on Netflix.

On a national note, California has joined with a growing number of states who are suing the federal government over the phasing out of the DACA program. And Congress has passed a bi-partisan bill addressing Charlottesville and condemning the violence that took the life of Heather Heyer and two state police officers as an act of domestic terror. The resolution specifically calls out neo-Nazis, the Ku Klux Klan, and other white nationalists, and demands that President Trump denounce these groups and use all available resources to combat their activity. The bill was passed as a unified act to support Charlottesville and to reject the message of white nationalists and white supremacists.

Today marked the death of a civil rights icon, Edith Windsor, the named plaintiff in United States v. Windsor, which was a key case leading up to Obergefell v. Hodges, which legalized same-sex marriage. The issue in Windsor was whether the federal government could refuse to recognize Edith’s marriage to Thea, her partner of forty-four years. President Barack Obama posted a very touching Facebook post, which includes an iconic picture of him and Edie in the Oval Office.  (For an article about this that includes the post see: For legal writing buffs, you might a take a look at Windsor’s opening brief on the merits. In particular, take a look at the powerful introduction, which nicely tells the story of the couple and they endured.

Three weeks down of the fall semester!  Keep studying and keep fighting for Equality for All!

This week’s Weekly Round-Up written by Professor Maureen Johnson.

September 5, 2017

Standing by Our DACA Dreamers – In response to today’s announcement phasing out Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), LMU and Loyola Law School have announced unequivocal support for our DACA students. What a difference a month makes. Less than a fortnight after the horrific racially-charged Charlottesville events, President Trump pardoned Sherriff Joe Arpaio, convicted of failing to obey a court order to stop racial profiling. And today’s announcement eliminating DACA came a mere ten days after that.

The phasing out of DACA is estimated to impact upwards of 1,000,000 Dreamers, including many in California. Condemnation for President Trump’s announcement came quickly from both Republicans and Democrats alike. Within hours of the official announcement, Senators Durbin and Graham called for the passage of a “Dream Act” to trump today’s action. Others called the announcement to phase out DACA as a thinly veiled attempt to obtain leverage for funding for Trump’s proposed border wall. California House Representative Eric Swalwell, who represents Alameda County, is reported to have voiced his rejection of that idea by tweeting: “I will not give you a pass to be a slight racist on Monday so you can be fully racist on Tuesday.”

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Keep the Dream, Dreamers!  We’re With You!!!

This week’s Weekly Round-Up written by Professor Maureen Johnson.