The Right Coast

January 22, 2006
The Akaka Bill Before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights
By Gail Heriot

I testified at a U.S. Commission on Civil Rights briefing on the Akaka bill on Friday. Press coverage of the event is here and here. For some reason, Americans from the mainland have a hard time grasping the notion that something that directly affects Hawaii might actually be important to them and the country. Fortunately, the bill is starting to get the attention it deserves. I commend the Commission on Civil Rights for its willingness to look into the issue.