Friday, July 10, 2009

Interfaith Alliance of Colorado Public Forum in Lakewood

This summer, anti-immigrant extremists are gathering signatures to put mandatory vehicle impoundment initiatives on the ballots in Aurora, Denver, and Lakewood. These proposed ballot initiatives would require law enforcement officers to immediately impound the vehicles of individuals not carrying a driver’s license and fine each person $2,700 to retrieve their car.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009
7:00pm - 8:30pm

Lakewood United Methodist Church
1390 Brentwood St., Lakewood, CO

Do you have $2,700 to pay if you accidentally forgot your license? Or do you have the time to sort out the situation if your car was wrongfully impounded? Would you lose your job if you couldn't get to work one day because your car was impounded? You should not have to wonder about the answers to these questions.

These initiatives are unnecessary, have harmful unintended consequences, and tie the hands of police officers. A police officer could be held up for hours waiting for a tow truck to impound a vehicle, when her time should be spent protecting the community from real harm.

9to5 Colorado and many other community groups are collaborating to defeat these harmful initiatives; 9to5 will specifically be focusing on Lakewood.

In order to help the community at-large better understand these ballot initiatives, The Interfaith Alliance of Colorado will host a public forum in Lakewood. Please join us to learn more about the initiatives and to hear about how to get involved.

For more information, or to get involved in the fight against this ballot initiative, contact Erin at 303-628-0925

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Watch Linda Meric on Channel 7 Denver!

Watch Linda discuss important changes in the state unemployment insurance laws:

Legal Momentum Statement on Supreme Court Decision on Ricci

Decision Will Undermine Critical Role of Nation's Civil Rights Laws in Achieving Equality in the Workplace

WASHINGTON, D.C. and NEW YORK (June 29, 2009) -- Legal Momentum, the nation's oldest legal advocacy organization dedicated to advancing women's rights, is deeply concerned by the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling today in Ricci v. DeStefano, a decision that will undermine the critical role of the country’s civil rights laws in the historic struggle of women and minorities to achieve equality in the workplace. The Court created a new, more stringent standard for employment discrimination claims in striking down the New Haven Fire Department’s attempt to ensure that its promotional exam did not discriminate against Black and Latino candidates. We believe that the standard articulated by the Court reflects a flawed interpretation of Title VII and is contrary to congressional intent.

Irasema Garza, President of Legal Momentum, stated: “Employment discrimination continues to be a major problem. To this day, women and minorities remain egregiously under-represented in many employment sectors. Astoundingly, the Court’s decision acknowledges this fact and yet requires employers to avoid policies and practices that would help to remedy this discrimination. This decision will make it far more difficult for women and minorities to get good jobs in fields that continue to exclude them, such as firefighting, and for employers to eliminate barriers that have proved discriminatory in their effect.”

Further, as a supporter of Judge Sonia Sotomayor's nomination to the Supreme Court, Legal Momentum strongly disagrees with those who might use the Court's decision to imply that Judge Sotomayor and her colleagues in the Second Circuit erred in their ruling below. The Second Circuit panel of which Judge Sotomayor was a part acted with appropriate restraint in applying the precedent as it existed at that time. The matter before the Supreme Court involved issues of first impression and the Second Circuit’s opinion was consistent with the views of four Justices on the Supreme Court as well as with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Department of Justice.

Legal Momentum joined in an amicus brief submitted to the Supreme Court in the Ricci case. The brief described how the disparate impact theory under Title VII has been instrumental in women’s entering “non-traditional” fields like firefighting.