ERIC Number: ED174385
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Dec
Reference Count: 0
The Emergence of Civil Rights in Wyoming.
Wyoming State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Cheyenne.
Local, state, and federal government representatives and private citizens participated in a two-day consultation on civil rights in Wyoming. Panel discussions focused on the difficulties of civil rights enforcement in the areas of housing and economic opportunity, medical care, education, the handicapped, employment discrimination, and women's rights. The conference found civil rights enforcement in Wyoming to be fragmented and uneven; among the problems discussed were the lack of a state fair housing law, overly restrictive eligibility guidelines for medicaid services, and confusion about the implementation of affirmative action to end sex discrimination in education. Based on the findings of the conference, the Advisory Committee recommended the following actions: (1) creation by statute of a state human rights commission with powers to rectify discrimination in housing, public accommodations, and employment; (2) appropriation of funds to increase staffing of the Wyoming Fair Employment Practices Commission; (3) creation of public health centers in each county of the state; (4) expansion of medicaid services to include marginal income persons; (5) development by the University of Wyoming of an effective affirmative action plan; and (6) effective monitoring of laws protecting the rights of the handicapped. (JH)
Descriptors: American Indians, Civil Liberties, Civil Rights, Disabilities, Economic Opportunities, Equal Education, Equal Opportunities (Jobs), Feminism, Health Needs, Hearings, Housing Discrimination, Medical Services, Mexican Americans, Minority Groups, Needs Assessment, Problems, Sex Discrimination, State Action
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wyoming State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Cheyenne.