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From the Detroit Free Press:
By TRESA BALDASThen this qualifies:
FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER
There’s a new civil rights watchdog group in Detroit, formed to help handle some of the most contentious and sen sitive areas of law: hate crimes and discrimination lawsuits.
The Department of Justice announced Wednesday that it has created a civil rights unit for metro Detroit, to be headed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ju dith Levy. The unit, comprised of four attorneys and a parale gal, will investigate and prose cute cases involving hate crimes, police misconduct, housing and employment dis crimination and disability claims, among others.
The new group comes as good news to the Council on American Islamic Relations, which has sued three police de partments over access to in formation related to the 2009 killing of a Detroit mosque leader, who died during a shootout with the FBI.
“I think it’s a step in the right direction,” said Dawud Walid, executive director of the Michigan CAIR chapter. The Detroit office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission also is looking to get some relief from the new civil rights team, which will help prosecute disability and employment discrimination lawsuits against local and state governments.
“We feel very positive about this,” said Gail Cober, field di rector of the EEOC office in Detroit, who said civil rights enforcement involving govern ment agencies had fallen by the wayside in recent years.
On the Advice of the FBI, Cartoonist Molly Norris Disappears From View
Her work won't be in Seattle Weekly anymore, or anywhere else.
By Mark D. Fefer Wednesday, Sep 15 2010
You may have noticed that Molly Norris' comic is not in the paper this week. That's because there is no more Molly.It should be fairly easy to track down the source of the so-called "fatwa." I think that translates roughly into a "contract for a hit." Sounds like criminal activity and hate to me. Or maybe some groups are exempt.
The gifted artist is alive and well, thankfully. But on the insistence of top security specialists at the FBI, she is, as they put it, "going ghost": moving, changing her name, and essentially wiping away her identity. She will no longer be publishing cartoons in our paper or in City Arts magazine, where she has been a regular contributor. She is, in effect, being put into a witness-protection program—except, as she notes, without the government picking up the tab. It's all because of the appalling fatwa issued against her this summer, following her infamous "Everybody Draw Mohammed Day" cartoon.