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Thursday, June 27, 1996

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  • Amnesty International Reports on Brutality in New York City

    Amnesty International yesterday released a report documenting a pattern of systematic brutality by New York City Police. Amnesty concluded that much of the abuse —-— from unnecessary use of force to deaths in police custody–seems to be racially motivated with African American, Latino and Asian residents bearing the brunt of abuse by mostly white cops. Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and Police Commissioner Howard Safir said the report was statistically inaccurate, outdated, and irrelevant. The Amnesty report was released on the same day the city unveiled a new police program called "CPR"–courtesy, professionalism and respect for the public.

  • Supreme Court Rules on VMI–Separate is Not Equal

    The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday ruled that a state supported all- male military academy must admit women. In a 7-1 ruling, the justices rejected the Virginia Military Institute’s male-only admissions policy, saying it unconstitutionally discriminated against women. The Court also said VMI cannot offer a separate military-style program for women at a private, all-female school in Virginia as an alternative to going co-ed. Writing for the court majority Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said, "Virginia has closed this facility to its daughters and instead has devised for them a "parallel" program with a faculty with less impressive credentials and less well-paid, more limited course offerings, and fewer opportunities....." In other words, the court ruled that separate is not equal. The lone dissenting voice was Antonin Scalia who issued a scathing dissent saying the ruling would destroy VMI and doom all state supported single-sex education. Justice Clarence Thomas did not take part in the case because his son attends VMI. The Board of the Virginia Military Institute will meet in mid July to decide whether to comply with the ruling or become private and stop accepting the state’s 10-million dollar a year subsidy.

  • CEOs and the Military Budget

    A group of corporate executives took out a full page ad in last Sunday’s New York Times opposing Congressional plans to increase the military budget 14 billion dollars above the Pentagon’s request. Calling themselves "Business Leaders for New Priorities," the CEOs are in Washington today to hold a press conference they hope will have some affect on decision makers on Capitol Hill.

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