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Category: Issue Backgrounder

Zeitgeist: Protecting Cultural Heritage

In the past month, a number of efforts to preserve the remains of damaged cultural heritage sites have been in the news and in a program in the Law School. Professor Dale Nance hosted a showing of, The Rape of Europa (2006), a documentary showing how the Nazis systematically took or destroyed the art of …Read the Rest

#BlackLivesMatter and Cleveland

On July 24-26, 2015, Cleveland State University hosted the inaugural Movement for Black Lives national conference.  Local groups, such as Cleveland Action, and activist groups from across the country attended.  The Cleveland focus for the conference helped to bring national attention to the shooting of 12-year old Clevelander Tamir Rice.   The videotaped shooting of Tamir Rice captured the attention …Read the Rest

The Letter

Recently, 47 out of 54 Republican Senators signed an “open letter” to the leaders of Iran. The letter has generated many comments in real and virtual fora, from White House (and State Department) press briefings to a “fierce Twitter spat.” According to some, the letter was an attempt to play (partisan) politics and undermine the delicate …Read the Rest

United States and Cuba: A Thaw In Relations (2014)

Dec. 17, 2014 Cold War/1962 Selected Primary Resources Press Conferences and News Selected Historical Sources Dec. 17, 2014 On Dec. 17, 2014, President Obama announced dramatic changes to U.S. policy towards Cuba. He and Cuban President Raul Castro had spoken on the phone for over 45 minutes the day before. The announcement coincided with the …Read the Rest

The Department of Justice and Police Departments

Dec. 11, 2014 update: Mayor Jackson speaks to the media about the DOJ report. Attorney General Eric Holder visited Cleveland on Dec. 4, 2014, delivering a 58-page letter with the results of the Department of Justice (DOJ)’s investigation of the Cleveland Police Department (CPD). The DOJ posted the letter, Executive Summary, and Statement of Principles (documents) on its …Read the Rest

Young v. UPS

Update (March 25, 2015): Reuters: Supreme Court sides with Peggy Young Opinion Overview Young v. UPS Statutes Cases — pre-PDA Cases — post-PDA Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Selected Secondary Sources Overview On Dec. 3, 2014, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Young v. UPS. At issue is if, and when, employers must provide pregnant employees with work accommodations similar to …Read the Rest