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National Civil Rights Organizations And The City Of San Jose File Lawsuit Challenging The Inclusion Of Citizenship Question On 2020 Census

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and Public Counsel, along with law firm Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, filed a lawsuit today on behalf of the City of San Jose and the Black Alliance for Just Immigration against the United States Department of Commerce in the Northern District of California. The lawsuit challenges the inclusion of a citizenship question on the 2020 Census and seeks an injunction prohibiting the Census Bureau from including the question on the next census.

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Blog April 17, 2018

Debunking The Myth Of “Uncaring Parents” in ELL Classrooms

  Thinking back to my educational experiences growing up, there were many hurdles I had to overcome without the assistance of my parents. This is not to say that they did not want to help, but rather, they did not have the knowledge nor the necessary means to do so. Some might argue that the lack of parent engagement my parents exhibited equated to them not caring. While this is untrue, this narrative is often forced upon the parents of English Language Learners (ELLs) who might not be as involved in their child’s educational studies as other parents without exploring the root of the problem. This can be extremely detrimental and perpetuate false myths about “uncaring parents” in ELL classrooms.   Why is it important to increase parental educational engagement? For starters, this factor has long been seen as a key predictor of school achievement. Studies consistently show that children […]

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U.S. Is Still Segregated Even After Fair Housing Act

April 20, 2018

U.S. News and World Reports

“Carson has moved at lightning speed to gut these important regulations,” says Kristen Clarke, executive director of Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. At the same time, she adds, there’s been a marked decline in the number of Justice Department cases brought against realtors or landlords under the Fair Housing Act. “In both agencies, we’ve seen significant shifts” away from enforcing the law.

Flurry of lawsuits filed over citizenship question on census

April 18, 2018

The Hill

In its 36-page complaint, the Lawyers’ Committee argues that the Trump administration has violated the Constitution and the Administrative Procedure Act by “arbitrarily and capriciously adding a new and untested question to the 2020 Decennial Census that will require all United States residents to disclose whether they are citizens.”

2 More Lawsuits Join Legal Fight Over 2020 Census Citizenship Question

April 18, 2018


“The Constitution requires that we capture a full and accurate count of the population when we do the census,” says Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, which is among the law groups representing San Jose and Black Alliance for Just Immigration. “The decisions that have been made fully jeopardize our ability to capture a true snapshot of how many people are living in communities like San Jose all over our country.”

Pursuing Desegregation in the Trump Era

April 16, 2018


Some cities and counties are proceeding with their desegregation plans, but the delay by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development could make things harder for them on several levels, said Thomas Silverstein, counsel for the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

The principal mission of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is to secure equal justice for all through the rule of law, targeting in particular the inequities confronting African Americans and other racial and ethnic minorities. The Lawyers’ Committee is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to enlist the private bar's leadership and resources in combating racial discrimination and the resulting inequality of opportunity - work that continues to be vital today.

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