RE: Acting effectively to stop discrimination

Brown & Dempsey (
Tue, 5 May 1998 10:02:42 -0700

I agree with both Linda and Jacquelyn: OCR hardly works
and the people in OCR work hard. The tools are there I
am just having trouble learning to use them. I have
found very few people in either journalism or in law
who recommend that anyone use OCR and Title IX. The
files are full of "OCR is not effective" kinds of
articles. Private attorneys, however, do use Title IX
and Franklin to effect massive changes. Linda is right
when she says OCR has never used the sanction.
Jacquelyn is right when she says this is a series of
battles and not a single war we are engaged in.

Many states have laws that are also very well written
but equity isn't there. The federal courts are still
trying to define Title IX (and if you haven't read
Cohen III and Cohen IV perhaps you will.) I asked an
attorney for OCR where I could find the Library of
Findings on the internet. He almost cried when he told
us of the huge battle just to get anything posted on
their website. I have found more frustration among the
workers at OCR than among the population
generally. I suspect it is because they know what could
be done AND what needs to be done. The public
frequently believes that the things spoken to in equity
have already been achieved. There are lots of stories,
but it boils down to whose ox gets gored.

OCR could be more receptive and require less proof
before proceeding with a complaint, but then the public
could bury OCR in complaints. We all know that very few
places covered by a law requiring equity are equitable.
I also suspect most of us haven't ever filed an OCR
complaint. This Chicken needs to find a few more eggs
before I am willing to answer the question.

Herb Dempsey (Retired)
27001 86th Ave E
Graham, WA 98338

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