affirmative action http://wamc.org en Local Investigation Of Pittsfield's Hiring Practices And Claims Of Racism Against Mayor On Hold http://wamc.org/post/local-investigation-pittsfields-hiring-practices-and-claims-racism-against-mayor-hold <p>A local investigation into a discrimination complaint against the city of Pittsfield and Mayor Dan Bianchi is on hold awaiting the findings from state and federal governments regarding the same issue.</p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 16:15:44 +0000 Jim Levulis 92872 at http://wamc.org Local Investigation Of Pittsfield's Hiring Practices And Claims Of Racism Against Mayor On Hold "Place, Not Race: A New Vision Of Opportunity In America" By Sheryll Cashin http://wamc.org/post/place-not-race-new-vision-opportunity-america-sheryll-cashin <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Race-based affirmative action had been declining as a factor in university admissions even before the recent spate of related cases arrived at the Supreme Court. Since Ward </span>Connerly<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>kickstarted<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> a state-by-state political mobilization against affirmative action in the </span>mid-1990s<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the percentage of four-year public colleges that consider racial or ethnic status in admissions has fallen from 60 percent to 35 percent. Only 45 percent of private colleges still explicitly consider race, with elite schools more likely to do so, although they too have retreated.</span></p><p>For law professor and civil rights activist <a href="http://www.sheryllcashin.com/">Sheryll Cashin</a>, this isn’t entirely bad news, because as she argues, affirmative action as currently practiced does little to help disadvantaged people. In <em>Place, Not Race</em>, Cashin reimagines affirmative action and champions place-based policies, arguing that college applicants who have thrived despite exposure to neighborhood or school poverty are deserving of special consideration.</p><p> Fri, 16 May 2014 14:10:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 90589 at http://wamc.org "Place, Not Race: A New Vision Of Opportunity In America" By Sheryll Cashin Medford Woman Makes Claims Of Racism Against Pittsfield Mayor http://wamc.org/post/medford-woman-makes-claims-racism-against-pittsfield-mayor <p>A black woman is charging <a href="http://www.cityofpittsfield.org/government/mayors_office/index.php" target="_blank">Pittsfield Mayor Dan Bianchi</a> with racism and discrimination. The matter was brought to the city’s human rights commission, <a href="http://wamc.org/post/pittsfield-reactivates-human-rights-commission" target="_blank">less than one month after it was formed</a>.</p> Wed, 14 May 2014 16:46:10 +0000 Jim Levulis 90420 at http://wamc.org Medford Woman Makes Claims Of Racism Against Pittsfield Mayor Woman Requests Human Rights Commission Investigate Pittsfield Mayor http://wamc.org/post/woman-requests-human-rights-commission-investigate-pittsfield-mayor <p>A black woman is charging <a href="http://www.cityofpittsfield.org/government/mayors_office/index.php" target="_blank">Pittsfield Mayor Dan Bianchi</a> with racism and discrimination. The matter was brought to the city’s human rights commission, <a href="http://wamc.org/post/pittsfield-reactivates-human-rights-commission" target="_blank">less than one month after it was formed</a>. The woman has expressed interest in relocating a business to Pittsfield and being employed by the city.</p> Tue, 13 May 2014 21:02:20 +0000 Jim Levulis 90364 at http://wamc.org Woman Requests Human Rights Commission Investigate Pittsfield Mayor 4/23/14 Panel http://wamc.org/post/42314-panel <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, WAMC Newsman Ray Graf and Daily Gazette Editor, Judy Patrick.</p><p>Topics include:<br />Affirmative Action<br />Aereo<br />Pujols<br />Sherpa Strike<br />NYPD Twitter<br />Political Demographics</p><p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Ray Graf & Joe Donahue 88819 at http://wamc.org 4/23/14 Panel City of Pittsfield Addresses Affirmative Action http://wamc.org/post/city-pittsfield-addresses-affirmative-action <p>Now, a warning to our listeners that next story contains language that some people might find offensive.</p><p>An affirmative action forum in Pittsfield is taking place during a week of civil rights remembrance nationally.</p><p>“He said ‘I’d expect that from a nigger, but not from a boy like you.”</p> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 22:40:00 +0000 Jim Levulis 72261 at http://wamc.org City of Pittsfield Addresses Affirmative Action Herbert London: Equality And The Court http://wamc.org/post/herbert-london-equality-and-court <p>The word “equality” is woven into the fabric of the nation. Despite the clause in the Declaration of Independence and Lincoln’s continual efforts to preserve it, most people assume we are born with different endowments, have different temperaments, behave in different ways and, most assuredly, are unequal. In fact, the more we as a nation emphasize individuality, the more likely inequality will result.</p><p> Wed, 03 Jul 2013 16:40:00 +0000 Herbert London 68410 at http://wamc.org Congressional Corner with Brad Hays - Part 4 http://wamc.org/post/congressional-corner-brad-hays-part-4-2 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The Supreme Court will rule on some major cases this year. In today’s Congressional Corner, Union College political science professor Brad Hays tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that affirmative action and same-sex marriage are on the docket.</p><p> Mon, 28 Jan 2013 15:50:00 +0000 Alan Chartock 56345 at http://wamc.org Herbert London: Mismatch: A Book With Sensible Proposals on Affirmative Action http://wamc.org/post/herbert-london-mismatch-book-sensible-proposals-affirmative-action <p></p><p>In a recent book entitled <em>Mismatch:</em> <em>How Affirmative Action Hurts Students Its Intended To Help, and Why Universities Won’t Admit It</em> by Richard Sander and Stuart Taylor, the authors identify reforms that could make a difference in dealing with this ticklish racial issue, reforms, as I see it, that are eminently sensible.</p> Wed, 17 Oct 2012 16:25:13 +0000 Herbert London 50026 at http://wamc.org