More on the Googling witch hunter, Esther Slater McDonald.

Esther Slater McDonald, the Googling witch hunter.

Esther Slater McDonald, now a lawyer for the union busting law firm of Seyfarth Shaw, “resigned” from the Department of Justice. She was named in the Office of the Inspector General’s Report as the Googling Black Lister for Alberto Gonzalez and George Bush. She targeted anyone who worked for groups such as the Poverty and Race Research Council. Talking Points Memo’s Kate Klonick quotes McDonald as saying this about the PRRC:

Poverty & Race Research Council actively works to extend racial discrimination through increased affirmative action and, while there, [the candidate] helped draft document arguing that federal law requires recipients of federal funding to seek actively to discriminate in favor of minorities (racial, language, and health) rather than merely to treat all applicants equally; Greenaction is an extreme organization founded by Greenpeace members and promoting civil disobedience and engaging in violence in protests, and the organization adheres to the Principles of Environmental Justice, which are positively ridiculous (e.g., recognizing ‘our spiritual interdependence to the sacredness of our Mother Earth’ and ‘oppos[ing] militaryoccupation, repression and exploitation of lands, peoples and cultures, and other life forms’); [the candidate] also is/was a member of Greenpeace; [the candidate’s] essay is filled with leftist commentary and buzz words like ‘environmental justice’ and ‘social justice.’

Let’s see who would be Black Listed at the Department of Justice with Esther Slater McDonald as sentry. Here are names associated with the work of the PRCC:

Board of Directors

John Charles Boger, Dean of the Univ. of North Carolina Law School, Chapel Hill, NC


José Padilla, Executive Director, California Rural Legal Assistance, San Francisco, CA

Sheila Crowley, National Low Income Housing Coalition, Washington, DC

John Powell, Professor of Law and Executive Director of the Kirwan Institute for Race and Ethnicity in the Americas at Moritz College of Law, The Ohio State University.

Rev. Darrell Armstrong, Shiloh Baptist Church, Trenton, NJ

Maria Blanco, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area, CA

Victor Bolden, NAACP Legal Defense Fund, NY, NY

Craig Flournoy, Assistant Professor of Journalism, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX

Thomas J. Henderson, Sprenger & Lang, Washington, DC

Camille Holmes, National Legal Aid & Defender Association, Washington, DC

Olati Johnson, Associate Professor, Columbia Law School, New York, NY

Elizabeth Julian, Fair Housing and Community Planning Consultant, Dallas, TX

S.M. Miller, Senior Fellow, Commonwealth Institute and Research Professor of Sociology at Boston College

Don Nakanishi, Director of the Asian American Studies Center and Professor in the Graduate School of Education, UCLA

Dennis Parker, Director of Racial Justice Programs, ACLU

Florence Roisman, Indiana University School of Law

Anthony Sarmiento,National Senior Citizens Education and Research Center, Silver Spring, MD

Catherine Tactaquin, National Director, National Network for Immigrant & Refugee Rights, Oakland, CA

William L. Taylor, civil rights attorney and counsel to Citizens’ Commission on Civil Rights, Washington, DC

Social Science Advisory Board

Dolores Acevedo-Garcia, Harvard School of Public Health
Frank Bonilla, Hunter College Center for Puerto Rican Studies
Xavier De Souza Briggs, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Camille Charles, Univ. Pennsylvania Department of Sociology
John Goering, Baruch College School of Public Affairs
Heidi Hartmann, Inst. for Women’s Policy Research
Willian Kornblum, CUNY Center for Social Research
Harriette McAdoo, Michigan State School of Human Ecology
Fernando Mendoza, Stanford Univ. Department of Pediatrics
Roslyn Mikelson, University of North Carolina, Charlotte
Paul Ong, UCLA Dept. of City & Reg. Planning
Gary Orfield, The Civil Rights Project (UCLA)
Gary Sandefur, Dean of Univ. Wisconsin College of Letters & Science
Gregory D. Squires, George Washington Univ. Department of Sociology
Margery Austin Turner, The Urban Institute
Margaret Weir, Dept. of Political Science, Univ. of California, Berkeley

Former PRRAC Board of Directors

Note: The first-listed institutional identification is that at the time of the person’s PRRAC appointment.

Deepak Bhargava: Center for Community Change, Washington, DC
Angela Glover Blackwell: Urban Strategies Council; PolicyLink, Oakland
Gordon Bonnyman: Legal Services of Middle Tennessee; Tennessee Justice Center
Nancy Duff Campbell: National Women’s Law Center, Washington, DC
David Cohen: The Advocacy Institute, Washington, DC
Gary Delgado: Applied Research Center, Oakland
Shari Dunn-Buron: Civil Division, National Legal Aid & Defender Association, Washington, DC
Ronald Ellis: NAACP Legal Defense Fund; U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
William Fletcher, Jr.: AFL-CIO Department of Education; TransAfrica Forum, Washington, DC
Tonya Gonnella Frichner: American Indian Law Alliance, New York, NY
James Gibson: Center for the Study of Social Policy, Washington, DC
Robert Greenstein: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Washington, DC
Tessie Guillermo: Asian Pacific Islander American Health Forum, San Francisco
Kati Haycock: Education Trust, Washington, DC
Wade Henderson: NAACP; Leadership Conference on Civil Rights
Helen Hershkoff: American Civil Liberties Union; New York University School of Law
Phyllis Holmen: Georgia Legal Services
Mary Ellen Hombs: Legal Services Homelessness Task Force; Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance
Chung-Wha Hong: National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC), Flushing, New York
Alan Houseman: Center for Law and Social Policy, Washington, DC
Maria Jimenez: Immigration Law Enforcement Monitoring Project
Judith Johnson: DeWitt Wallace-Readers Digest Fund, NYC
Kenneth Kimerling: Puerto Rican Legal Defense Fund; Asian American Legal Defense and Educational Fund
Robert Lehrer: Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago; Lehrer and Redleaf
Susana Navarro: University of Texas
Jane Perkins: National Health Law Program, Chapel Hill
Susan Sechler: Aspen Institute, Washington, DC
Milagros Silva: Lead Organizer, ACORN’s WEP Worker’s Organizing Committee, Brooklyn, NY
Esmeralda Simmons: Medger Evers Center for Law & Social Justice, Brooklyn, NY
Ted Shaw: NAACP Legal Defense Fund
William R. Tamayo: Asian Law Caucus; Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Jim Weill: Children’s Defense Fund; Food Research and Action Center, Washington, DC
Judith Winston: American University School of Law; U.S. Department of Education

Former Social Science Advisory Board

Richard Berk, UCLA Department of Sociology
Linda Darling-Hammond, Columbia University Teachers College, Stanford University
Cynthia Duncan, Univ. New Hampshire Department of Sociology
Ronald Mincy, The Urban Institute; The Ford Foundation
Gail Thomas, Texas A&M University

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