Equality Under The Law
“We hold these truths to be self-evident,
that all men are created equal.”
Jim Crow unflinchingly fought and died for equality in the
Civil Rights Movement.
Critical Race Theory
Now, the principle of equality is under attack once again. Under the guise of “diversity,” “equity,” and “inclusion,” Americans are being told that we are not all created equal. We are created, they say, into groups of “privileged” and “oppressed.” We are told that people of color can never succeed because an invisible “system” of racism exists everywhere. We are told that the government must distribute benefits based on race, using present-day race discrimination in the hopes of somehow making up for past discrimination. This theory, called Critical Race Theory, is invading our schools, workplaces, and government programs like a virus.
We are Fighting Back
Since January 2021, WILL has represented 34 clients from 15 states who are standing up for equality under law.
WILL Warns UW-Madison Against Race Discrimination
WILL issued a letter to University of Wisconsin System President, Tommy Thompson, and University of Wisconsin- Madison, Rebecca Blank, warning the leaders that recently hired mental health counselors cannot be assigned to serve only non-white students.
Filed: October 2021
WILL vindicates rights of anti-CRT school board recall organizers
WILL issued a letter to the City of Mequon after recall organizers raised concerns when Mequon police officers demanded that recall petitioners stop displaying a sign advertising their efforts on public property.
Filed: August 2021
Schools Do Not Have to Teach Critical Race Theory
WILL letter explains why the ACLU is not only wrong in its interpretation of state law, but explains exactly why the advocacy of Critical Race Theory concepts and ideologies in K-12 education can and should be restricted if they create a hostile environment based on race.
Blaska v. City of Madison
WILL filed a federal lawsuit in the Western District of Wisconsin against the City of Madison after the City established a Police Civilian Oversight Board that imposes unconstitutional racial quotas.
Filed: July 2021
Racial Segregation in Sun Prairie
WILL issued a letter to the Sun Prairie Area School District (SPASD) and the City of Sun Prairie urging the government bodies to drop the use of racially segregated “affinity groups” for a public community conversation.
Sent: June 2021
Critical Race Theory Is Wrong For Public Schools
WILL submitted public comment to the United States Department of Education against the adoption of a proposed grant program to prioritize Critical Race Theory in federally funded American History and Civics Education.
Filed: May 2021
Public School Curriculum Transparency
Curriculum transparency legislation would arm parents and taxpayers with the ability to access and review controversial curriculum material in public schools.
Vitolo V. GUZMAN
A federal lawsuit filed on behalf of a Tennessee restaurant owner against the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) over race and gender discrimination in the administration of the Restaurant Revitalization Fund, a $28.6 billion program authorized by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).
Filed: May 2021
FAUST V. VILSACK
A federal lawsuit challenging the unconstitutional race discrimination in the American Rescue Plan’s provision to offer loan forgiveness based on racial categories. WILL represents five farmers from four states who would be eligible for the federal government’s loan forgiveness program, but for their race.
Filed: April 2021
More Segregation In Madison Schools
WILL issued a letter to Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) Superintendent, Dr. Carlton Jenkins, urging the school district to address the racial segregation employed at Madison West High School for Zoom conversations on current events.
Letter Sent: April 2021
Lawsuit Against Race-Based Scholarships
The eligibility categories in the Minority Undergraduate Retention Program amount to discrimination based on race, national origin, and alienage, a practice clearly forbidden by the Wisconsin Constitution.
Filed: April 2021
WILL Launches Equality Under the Law Project
WILL announced the creation of a new litigation center, The Equality Under the Law Project, to challenge unconstitutional race discrimination, quotas, and Critical Race Theory.
WILL Deputy Counsel, Dan Lennington, explains how concepts of ‘health equity’ may be changing health care in America. Read More
WILL Policy Intern, Miranda Spindt, explains how CRT concepts would have hurt her education and development. Read More
WILL Bradley Freedom Fellow, Shannon Whitworth, writes in the Washington Times on a recent demand from a social justice group in Dallas that white people refrain from sending their children to elite colleges. Read More
Bill Brewer of Slinger, Wisconsin writes in support of curriculum transparency legislation as he and other community members try to root out Critical Race Theory in their schools. Read More
The Federalist | The ACLU Has It Backward: Schools Should Worry About Being Sued For Teaching Critical Race Theory
WILL President and General Counsel, Rick Esenberg, writes in The Federalist on the legal danger to schools if they teach certain CRT concepts. Read More
WILL Deputy Counsel, Dan Lennington, writes in National Review on the concerning ‘equity’ agenda in the new bipartisan infrastructure bill. Read More
WILL client and Tennessee restaurant owner, Tony Vitolo, tells his story about what is at stake in his lawsuit against the federal SBA. Read More
WILL President, Rick Esenberg, and Wisconsin dairy farmer, Adam Faust, update Tucker Carlson on WILL’s recent court victory in Faust v. Vilsack. Watch the Interview
National Review: The Biden Administration’s Threat to Equality under the Law
WILL Deputy Counsel, Dan Lennington, writes in National Review on the critical importance of fighting back against the Biden administration’s racial equity agenda. Read More
RealClearEducation: Critical Race Theory Has No Place in Our Schools
Rick Esenberg and Dan Lennington highlight the legal and moral danger of new Department of Education policies pushing Critical Race Theory in public schools. Read More
USA TODAY: Joe Biden's COVID debt relief for farms doesn't apply to white farmers. That's wrong.
WILL Bradley Freedom Fellow, Shannon Whitworth, and Wisconsin farmer Christopher Baird explain my new racial discrimination cannot be the answer to historical racial discrimination. Read More
WSJ Editorial: Stopping Racial Bias in Covid Relief
WSJ editorial board highlight’s WILL’s recent court victory in fight against racial discrmination in federal COVID aid to restaurants. Read More
Deputy Counsel, Dan Lennington, and Wisconsin farmer, Adam Faust, join Glenn Beck’s radio program to discuss the lawsuit against race discrimination in a farmer loan forgiveness program. Watch here.
American Mind: How President Biden Stands The American Idea on its Head
Rick Esenberg writes in The American Mind on President Biden’s decision to cancel an executive order that forbid federal agencies from teaching racial or sexual stereotyping. Read More
Rick Esenberg and Wisconsin dairy farmer, Adam Faust, explain WILL’s lawsuit against the USDA for race discrimination. Watch the interview.
Cap Times: Wisconsin's race-based scholarships amount to state-sponsored race discrimination
Rick Esenberg and Dan Lennington write in the Cap Times on the race discrimatination in Wisconsin scholarships. Read More
National Review: Why 'Equity' is a Bad Fit for our Legal System
WILL President and General Counsel, Rick Esenberg, writes in National Review Online on the attempt to insert equity into American law. Read More
The Federalist: Madison's Racial Discrimination is Not Progress
Dan Lennington writes in The Federalist on the City of Madison’s attempt to place use racial discrimination to determine eligibility for a Police Oversight Board. Read More