October 24, 2017

#METOO, Midterms, and Arpaio’s Upcoming Battle at the 9th Circuit

Millions of women and allies have responded to actress Alyssa Milano’s call to share stories of sexual harassment via #MeToo. The flood of responses was triggered by sexual harassment allegations against well-known Hollywood producer / director Harvey Weinstein. The goal of the movement is to stand together against sexual harassment not just in Hollywood, but in all types of workplace and social environments.  Click here for some of the latest tweets and related news.  

Remember that pardon for Sherriff Joe Arpaio? The embattled former sheriff from Maricopa County in Arizona asked the presiding judge to vacate his conviction for contempt relating to racial profiling. And Judge Susan R. Bolton said no. In an eloquent yet well-reasoned opinion, Judge Bolton noted the “‘power to pardon is an executive prerogative of mercy, not of judicial recordkeeping.’” Put differently, the pardon did not “revise the historical facts” of Arpaio’s conviction. Next stop: San Francisco and the 9th Circuit. Predictions, anyone?

On a local note, congrats for being down with mid-terms!!! Now get back to work . . .  fighting for equality for all that is! See you next week!

October 17, 2017

California Supreme Court Justice Cuéllar: Noon Today in Robinson; Successful PILF Auction, and White Supremacy and a Women’s Right to Vote

Loyola is honored to host a noon-time discussion in the Robinson Courtroom between Dean Waterstone and California Supreme Court Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar. This is an excellent opportunity to see one of California’s top jurists in an informal setting. Lunch will be provided.

Another successful PILF Auction this Saturday. Were you there? This was the 25th Anniversary of this wonderful Loyola tradition. If you would like to get involved with PILF, or with Loyola’s many clinics, or right here with EQ4ALL, give us a shout and we’ll happily help you get involved in Loyola’s many social justice opportunities.

On the national level, Richard Spencer, a prominent leader in the Alt-Right movement, gave an interview with Newsweek’s Michael Edison Haydon, where Spencer pushed his white supremacist agenda. Notably, he reportedly stated that he did not think women should be allowed to vote. In fact, he was generally against “mass democracy” of any kind. Spencer and his tiki-torch followers are set to descend on the University of Florida on Thursday to deliver a speech. Counter-protests are expected.

Editor’s Note: Use your own freedom of speech to counter messages of hate. Feel free to submit a post on our Facebook page. Do also remember to remain peaceful and safe.