links for 2010-12-16

  • "While some mainstream media outlets continue to issue obituaries for the DREAM Act, Latino celebs are coming out in favor of it.

    "Reggaetoneros Wisin y Yandel have been tweeting their support for the DREAM and urging fans to call Senators to vote.

    "Ozomatli y Ugly Betty actress America Ferrera have lent their names and star power behind a petition sponsored by the National Council of la Raza (NCLR)."

  • "Southern California, one of the largest Cao Dai hubs in the U.S., boasts a dozen temples and about 10,000 worshippers, Hoskins said, but even here the elders worry the religion could fade away with time. Cao Dai temples in Vietnam attract thousands and have become tourist draws, but there the religion is censored by the government and spirit seances are banned.

    "'When the older generation dies, we will not have leaders,' said Bui, who meditates four times a day. 'There are a lot of youths who come to the temple and they don't understand a single word. They don't even understand the prayers. That is my worry.'"

  • "In a civil rights case, the department says the school district in Berkeley, Ill., denied the request of Safoorah Khan on grounds that her requested leave was unrelated to her professional duties and was not set forth in the contract between the school district and the teachers union. The government said the school district violated the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by failing to reasonably accommodate her religious practices."
  • "Federal prosecutors declined 50 percent of cases from American Indian reservations over a 5-year period, and the figure is higher for sexual abuse cases, a report released Monday found.

    "U.S. attorneys resolved 9,000 of the 10,000 cases they received in fiscal years 2005-2009, declining to prosecute in half those cases, while prosecuting or administratively closing the others, according to a U.S. Government Accountability Office report."

  • "In other words, Sabir, a black man, can’t get a job because he passed a test the court believes was intended to make him fail because of his race.

    “'First, they said they couldn’t hire us because of money. Then they said they couldn’t because minorities didn’t score well. I don’t get it,' says David Cargin, another African-American man in the same position."