Californians for Equal Rights Foundation v. Alameda County

Racial set-asides practice in government contracting denies equal treatment and opportunity

Debbie Ferrari has spent the better part of 40 years in California's construction industry, working as a manager and estimator for an Alameda County trucking company. Over that time, she has mastered the bidding process to acquire jobs for the company's employees and independent owner-operators alike, including government contracts for public jobs. ...

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Raak Law v. Gast

Fighting gender discrimination in Iowa’s judicial selection process

Rachel Raak Law and Micah Broekemeier are fighting back against Iowa's gender quota for the State Judicial Nominating Commission as violating the Constitution's equal protection guarantee. Their victory would ensure that the best-qualified candidates can run for office, regardless of gender. ...

Roberts et al. v. Bassett et al.

Fighting New York’s illegal racial preferences in COVID treatment

Facing a severe shortage of two oral antiviral drugs and monoclonal antibodies that effectively treat COVID-19, New York's Health Department issued directives that providers use when allocating treatments in both the state and city of New York. The directives instruct healthcare providers to prioritize people based not just on objective, scientific ...

Collins v. Meyers

Colorado small business owner fights for his right to equality before the law

Steve Collins lives in the small mountain town of Alma, Colorado. The sole proprietor of an event-planning company, Steve helps his clients coordinate meetings around the country. Pandemic-related event cancellations cost him roughly 30 percent of his income. Colorado passed legislation offering relief to small businesses but insisted on prioritizi ...

Tiegs v. Vilsack

Race-based COVID-19 farm loan forgiveness denies equal treatment to farmers and ranchers across the country

When the pandemic struck, much of the U.S. agriculture industry felt the financial crunch. Julie Owen, James Tiegs, Abraham and Cally Jergenson, and Chad Ward were initially encouraged when Congress passed a COVID-19 relief law that included a farm loan forgiveness provision for economic hardship. But they each discovered that they are ineligible f ...

Dunlap v. Vilsack

Race-based COVID-19 farm loan forgiveness denies equal treatment to Oregon farmer

Katie and James Dunlap are farmers in Oregon who both work two jobs in addition to raising their toddler. The couple rent land from his parents where they raise cattle and hay—an endeavor that required two farm loans to buy cattle and equipment. Like many other farmers, the Dunlaps were negatively affected by COVID and were relieved when they hea ...

McKinney v. Vilsack

Race-based COVID-19 farm loan forgiveness denies equal treatment to Texas farmer

Jarrod McKinney began his farming journey about eight years ago with help from a federal loan for beginning farmers. Like many farmers in the Texarkana region, Jarrod raises cattle, tending today to 60 pairs. Like many farmers facing economic hardship in the pandemic's aftermath, Jarrod was hopeful when he heard about a farm loan forgiveness provis ...

Morton v. Vilsack

Race-based COVID-19 farm loan forgiveness denies equal treatment to Illinois farmers

Matthew and Joshua Morton are brothers and full-time farmers in Kell, Illinois. Like many Southern Illinois farmers, they grow soybeans, wheat, and corn on their farm. And like many farmers across the country, they have federal farm loans with an outstanding balance. ...

Wynn v. Vilsack

Race-based COVID-19 farm loan forgiveness denies equal treatment to farmers

Scott Wynn is a lifelong farmer who has run Wynn Farms in Jennings, Florida, producing sweet potatoes, corn, and cattle since 2006. COVID-19, however, hit the family's finances hard. Steep drops in beef prices and too little help and supplies to grow sweet potatoes meant less income, nearly all of which went toward federal farm loan repayment. A fa ...