By Jeffrey D. Clements
Because the excellent Court’s voters United ruling that the rights of things—money and corporations—matter greater than the rights of individuals, the USA has confronted a problem of democracy. during this well timed and punctiliously up to date moment version, Jeff Clements describes the unusual background of this weird and wonderful ruling, its ongoing harmful results, and the becoming move to opposite it. He contains a new bankruptcy, “Do Something!,” displaying how—state by means of nation and group via community—Americans are utilizing artistic suggestions and instruments to resume democracy and shrink unbalanced company strength. because the first version, sixteen states, a hundred and sixty individuals of Congress, and 500 towns and cities have referred to as for a constitutional modification to overturn voters United, and the record is becoming. this can be a struggle we will win!
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Estssorts to Be Learned tion. That period elided in the 1930s. Thus, after that period, even the narrow legal principle established in the case was no longer avclilable to black civil rights lawyers. fn addition, the state action doctrine prevented the Buchanan ruling from being extended to instances of private zoning, tl-rat is, private covenants tl-rat restricted property ownership to members of a particular race, The victory in B u c h i l ~ aeven ~ ~ though it produced no long-term benefit in the h r m of legal doctrine that might support black civil rights, did produce another sort of long-term benefit, Encouraged by this victory, the NhACP proposed to launch a broader litigatiori effort to attack racial discrimimtion.
In Cedgldig L). 59 Fortunately for pregnant women, Congress took much of the sting out s f these cases by enacting the Pregnancy Discrinzinatiox~Act, as ari amendment to Title VTI, which has been extended to cover governmental employees as well as private employees. In short, when women are sufficiently similar to men, they win their legal arguments based on equality in tl-re public sphere, When women are different frr>nt men and when they ask for the dihretlce to be hotlored or "accommodated," the response is that to do so violates the equality principle.
Essorts to Be Learrzed 29 Court claiming their constitutional right to choose their associates had been burdened. 42 Yet the Court l-ras left open the passibility that some organizations might be sufficiently private that intrusion into their membership choices would violate tl-reir First Amendment rights of associatian. Constit~~tional Avgtrments for Women's Equality Successful litigation for women's rights came much later than legislative success. Feminist litigators were l-rampered by earlier Supreme Court decisions honoring the presumption tl-rat a woman" place is in the domestic sphere of home and family, Just as the NAACP legal team had to battle against early Supreme Court precedents, such as the separate but equal doctrine, feminist litigators in the 1940s and 1970s had to battle against early Supreme Court precedents that had denied wonten equal access to public hrums.