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[Simple Justice]

This letter was sent to the Star-Bulletin as part of our response to the Action Alert. (See Page 7). Write your Congressman. Consult your roster or "Tell it to Washington" for address and form.

June 19, 1985

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
HONOLULU STAR BULLETIN
P.O. Box 3080
Honolulu, Hawaii 96802

"SIMPLE JUSTICE"

Very soon, Hawaii's Legislators will vote on the most important piece of civil rights legislation to come before the National Congress -- the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1985. Passage of this bill is a top priority for the League of Women Voters.

Civil Rights laws -- beginning with the Civil Rights Act of 1964 --are based on the premise that no federal funds, to which all tax payers of all races contribute -- be spent in any fashion which encourages, entrenches, subsidizes or results in racial discrimination. This is only "simple justice".

The Grove City vs Bell Supreme Court decision, which the Reagan Administration supports, substantially limits the scope of Title IX. This resulted in spotty application of federal civil rights laws since that time. For instance, at Grove City College, the court ruled that Title IX applied only to the school's financial aid office. That means the school is free to discriminate against women in all classes and extracurricular activities. This is unpredictable, unfair and unacceptable. The Civil Rights Restoration Act (H.R. 700) would counter this decision by making it clear that the intent of Congress is to prohibit any form of federally subsidized discrimination.

The League of Women Voters believes that the Civil Rights Restoration Act must and will prevail. Do let Representatives Akaka and Heftel know of your support of H.R. 700 without substantive amendments. They must act expeditiously to support this vital legislation.

Dorothy Lum, President,
League of Women Voters of Honolulu

Dorothy Lum

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