Activists Launch Postcard Drive to Protest Title IX Changes

A coalition of women’s groups are calling on people to join a postcard campaign to fight Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ pending rollback of Title IX regulations.

The Enough is Enough Voter Project has teamed up with Women’s March Los Angeles and the National Women’s Law Center to generate 100,000 postcards before the end of the public comment period for the U.S. Department of Education proposal, which would narrow schools’ obligations to people who report sexual misconduct.

DeVos’ plan—pitched as a way to make the process more fair to the accused and the institutions involved—marks a departure from Obama-era rules for Title IX, a landmark civil-rights law that bans gender discrimination in federally funded schools. If approved, it would  basically raise the evidentiary standard for such complaints from a preponderance to “clear and convincing.”

DeVos’s regulations follow comments she made to an invitation-only audience in September 2017, outlining President Trump’s views on sexual misconduct claims.  “Survivors, victims of a lack of due process, and campus administrators have all told me that the current approach does a disservice to everyone involved,” she told the audience.

Enough is Enough founder Michele Dauber, the Stanford professor who recently led California’s first successful judicial recall in nearly nine decades, begs to differ. She said the policy revision on the table would be devastating to victims of sexual violence. If the rule had been in place when USA Gymnastics coach Larry Nassar was abusing his victims, she said, Michigan State would have been unable to hold him accountable.

“That’s how extreme this is,” Dauber said.

“Betsy DeVos is trying to destroy Title IX and take us back to a time when rape and harassment were just accepted as part of what women had to put up with,” she said in announcing the postcard drive earlier this week. “Well, we aren’t going without a fight.”

The postcard drive is part of a broader effort joined by A-list celebrities, college activists and civil rights groups to bombard the powers that be with public input.

If the internet is good for anything, it’s flooding policymaking agencies with public comment during the feedback-gathering phase. Last Week Tonight host John Oliver famously leveraged air time to convince so many viewers to submit public comments in favor of net neutrality—alas, to no avail—that it crashed the FCC’s website.

Enough is Enough is taking an analog approach with its snail-mail drive. If you’re a child of the pre-digital age, you may already know how these postcard campaigns work. Request a pack (which you can do online, if so inclined), write a message (or use one pre-written by Enough is Enough), and send the card back. Organizers will then make sure it finds its way to Washington D.C.

“We are going to make sure the public is fully informed and that every voice is heard and every comment is counted” Dauber resolved.

Source: Enough is Enough Voter Project

4 Comments

  1. Just wondering what’s your opinion on men claiming to be women using the women’s locker room and beating them up in sports. Shouldn’t we have transgendered sports for transgendered people?

  2. Betsy DeVos is a breath of fresh air in dot-EDU world, where all it takes is an accusation to destroy someone.

    Many accusations have been fabricated. Whena woman makes an accusation she is presumed to be honest and credible. But in these situations the accused cannot face his accuser. No cross examination is allowed. The male is never presumed to be innocent, and any denials on his part are viewed with a jaundiced eye as being self-serving lies. The accusation is viewed in black and white, so exculpatory evidence is rarely allowed or considered. There is no nuance permitted; the woman was violated, and the perpetrator must pay.

    That’s about it, isn’t it?

    Furthermore, with Dauber inserting herself into the debate, it’s a given that there will be rabble-rousing. After watching the railroading of Mr. Turner and Judge Persky, many of us are fast losing faith in the judicial system.

    Turner was a naive midwestern youngster who was caught in the clutch with an older California woman. He tried to make things right, but we see how that worked out.

    The judge accepted the committee’s recommendation, and we see how that worked out, too. So don’t expect impartial treatment for Ms. DeVos — expect social justice, which of course isn’t any kind of justice.

    Title IX simply states that no person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.

    Nothing Ms DeVos is suggesting will change anything in Title IX. There will be no “rollback” of those regulations. As in just about everything else, these attacks are in reality attacks against the President.

    DeVos is advocating due process for everyone, not just for women. That is what spins up people like Dauber.

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