NAACP FEDERAL SECTOR TASK FORCE
12803 STONECREST DRIVE
SILVER SPRING, MD 20904-5236 301-622-3633
June 23, 2004
This correspondence is in response to the June 15, 2004 article by Shawn Zeller, entitled
In addition, under her leadership, EEOC has
allowed the EEOC's San Antonio District Office to conduct telephonic
hearings, which can only harm complainants and agencies since it is
impossible for EEOC Administrative Judges to make credible determinations over
the telephone. Finally, during the spring of 2004, without
allowing federal agencies the opportunity to review and/or comment,
Dominguez hastily issued the Instructions to Federal Agencies for Equal
Employment Opportunity Directive 715 (MD-715). These Instructions have
placed the data-collection activities by federal agencies at odds with those of
the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the Census Bureau, and the Office of
Management and Budget (OMB).
It is ironic that, in a year when the Nation celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court's historic decision on Brown v. Board of Education and is about to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Dominguez has engaged herself on a full-time campaign to decrease the civil rights of federal employees.
The NAACP Federal Sector Task Force is prepared to conduct protest demonstrations against the policies of the EEOC Chair, starting within the next few days. We believe the Chair is on the wrong track and we are prepared to oppose insane policies, unilaterally implemented by her and her aides. The Task Force will responses appropriately in the days and months ahead.
We believe the EEOC Chair’s actions and policies are an embarrassment to the other EEOC Commissioners, who probably have not voted to approve many of her actions.
Someone should remind
Dominguez of the famous saying from John Donne, the English poet: No man is an
island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of a continent, a part of the
main. While John Donne made this famous saying during the XVII century,
it is still applicable to men and women nowadays. We understand
that the basis for much Dominguez's thinking may be native to
the Caribbean island where she was born and bred; however, we urge,
through this communiqué, that she should set aside her parochial
views and join the civil rights struggle in America. A leadership style patterned after Fidel Castro’s one-person
dictatorship is unacceptable in America.
Leadership in America is a shared responsibility, with the four EEOC
Commissioners and stakeholders.
Leroy W. Warren,