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A letter to the editors of the Chicago Sun-Times arguing that it is wrong for 640 trees to be cleared in order to build the OPC. The letter cites a 2018 tree survey report about the value of the 640 trees on the reported cite. It is not clear that... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2020 at Parks and Regulations
The Illinois State Historic Preservation Office, as reported by WTTW, sent a letter to the Chicago Dept of Planning and Development, calling for recordation of the historic resources in Jackson Park and Midway Plaisance and for additional design review of the OPC. This letter was sent as part of the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2020 at Parks and Regulations
Article by Nneka M. Okona in Conde Nast Traveler, which discusses the work of the Buffalo Soldiers and Charles Young. The piece also highlights two studies that discuss the racial demographics of national park vistorship [which I will highlight in another post]. Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2020 at Parks and Regulations
Popular news report by Charlottesville CBS19 News discussing the millions in economic benefits to surrounding communities around Shenandoah National Park. The popular news report also interviews the acting park superintendent who says that there are other benefits, both mental and physical to individuals who visit the park. These are likely... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2020 at Parks and Regulations
Here is the link to the National Park Service report/study on the positive effects of the Restore Our Parks Act (ROPA) which is a part of the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA). The highlight of the report is that it, directly and indirectly, supports over 100,000 jobs over the next... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2020 at Parks and Regulations
Senator Portman (R-OH) wrote an op-ed in The Hill discussing the recent bipartisan passage of the Restore Our Parks Act (ROPA) in the senate. Portman highlights that the bulk of the funding does not come from taxpayers, but instead is funde4ed by energy revenue from federal lands. Portman highlights a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2020 at Parks and Regulations
Chicago's Hyde Park Herald reports that the third and final Section 106 meeting has been postponed until July 16th. Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) requires federal agencies to consider the effects of their actions on historic properties. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) serves as the lead... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2020 at Parks and Regulations
In an article, USA Today reports that the Great American Outdoors Act passed the Senate today and now awaits approval in the House of Representatives. The bill would fund a backlog of maintenance of US national parkland with over 6 billion dollars over the next five years. Here is an... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2020 at Parks and Regulations
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After a visit to Sequoia National Park, I was aware of the significant presence that Black soldiers had in protecting US public land--particularly the work of Colonel Charles Young (pictured above) who served as the park's first superintendent. This report briefly discusses the history of black soldiers in our national... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2020 at Parks and Regulations
Here are various reports on the re-opening of national parks across the country. The re-openings seem to be in various phases, for example, Carlsbad Caverns is allowing visitors limited access by issuing fewer than 600 tickets per day, and there are no guided tours. All of the California national parks... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2020 at Parks and Regulations
The SFFA v. Harvard case was so interesting because it is the first popular affirmative action case where a racial minority complained about affirmative action--in contrast to white complainants.. Here are two op-eds from Asian-American perspectives: Journalist Emil Guilermo discusses that the case reveals a divide in the Asian-American community... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2019 at Time for Some (Affirmative) Action!
On Friday, October 4, 2019, Students For Fair Admissions have filed a notice of appeal in the trial decision of SFFA v. Harvard. See The Crimson, ABC News, and CBS News. Boston. Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2019 at Time for Some (Affirmative) Action!
Following are four quick summaries and links to op-eds about the SFFA v. Harvard trial decision in the NYT, National Review, The Hill, and Valley News: Melissa Murray, a law professor at NYU, wrote an op-ed in the NYT arguing that while the trial court's result was correct, it's reasoning,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2019 at Time for Some (Affirmative) Action!
An article by Adam Harris in The Atlantic entitled, Harvard Won This Round, but Affirmative Action is Weak, referencing Harvard's win in the trial court decision of SFFA v. Harvard. This article reflects a sentiment that I have discussed in my Diversity as Commons article and some of my forthcoming... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2019 at Time for Some (Affirmative) Action!
In a press release, Edward Blum, the president of the Students for Fair Admissions, said, “Students for Fair Admissions is disappointed that the court has upheld Harvard’s discriminatory admissions policies. We believe that the documents, emails, data analysis and depositions SFFA presented at trial compellingly revealed Harvard’s systematic discrimination against... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2019 at Time for Some (Affirmative) Action!
On October 1, 2019, Judge Burroughs issued a 130-page SFFA v Harvard trial decision holding that Harvard did not discriminate against Asian-American applicants. The judged found that, while the admissions program was not perfect, that there was no intentional discrimination or pattern of stereotyping against Asian-American applicants. The judge also... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2019 at Time for Some (Affirmative) Action!
Eloisio Moulin de Souza conducted a qualitative research study of 38 interviews conducted at a Brazilian federal university. The article is written in Portuguese, but the abstract is available in English. The abstract states while affirmative action is important for combating structural inequality, the policy is frequently questioned by the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2019 at Time for Some (Affirmative) Action!
The Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce performed an experimental study to determine what would happen if colleges and universities implemented a test-only (ACT/SAT) admissions process. The study found that the affluent are advantaged in college admissions. However, they found that racial enrollments would be drastically different, where... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2019 at Time for Some (Affirmative) Action!
According to a press release from Vermont Law School, Professor Emeritus Gil Kujovich passed away on December 14, 2017. He was a civil rights leader and legal scholar who wrote on issues pertaining to affirmative action and equality in education. One of his most influential articles discussed affirmative action and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2018 at Time for Some (Affirmative) Action!
Harvard Law Professor Jeanne Suk Gersen wrote an article in the New Yorker saying that there is an uncomfortable truth about Asian-American's and affirmative action--that a racial balancing is taking place, and that their numbers are being kept artificially low in relation to whites. Gersen does laudable work not pitting... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2017 at Time for Some (Affirmative) Action!
Could this be a new (and more effective) form of race-based affirmative action? George Washington University is getting rid of ACT and SAT scores for admission. Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2015 at Time for Some (Affirmative) Action!
The Huffington Post reported that the American Council on Education has issued a report on how universities and colleges are finding ways to achieve diversity (i.e. higher minority enrollment) without explicitly taking race into account during the admissions process. Some of the strategies include reducing legacy admissions, allowing more transfer... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2015 at Time for Some (Affirmative) Action!
In an interview with the Burlington Free Press, University of Vermont President Thomas Sullivan expresses concern over the Supreme Court's possible ruling in Fisher II. Sullivan expresses concern that a ruling for Fisher could have deleterious effects not just for race-based college admissions, but for employment decisions as well. Of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2015 at Time for Some (Affirmative) Action!
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Randall Kennedy's book, "For Discrimination: Race, Affirmative Action and the Law" was recently released in paperback. Here is a review. My own review of the book will be posted in the coming weeks. Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2015 at Time for Some (Affirmative) Action!
An interesting blog post by Professor Vinay Harpalani about the issues facing the Supreme Court of the United States in Fisher v. University of Texas II (Which Prof. Harpalani cleverly labels "the remix"). The Court granted Abigail Fisher's petition for cert in June 2015 and will rehear the case in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2015 at Time for Some (Affirmative) Action!