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Blog April 15, 2016

The Fight for Fair Housing in Arkansas

April marks the time of year when the nation celebrates the passage of the Fair Housing Act, the landmark civil rights law that prohibits discrimination in the rental, sale or financing of any lodging based on race, color, religion, national origin, gender, disability and family status. Congress passed the Fair Housing Act on April 11, 1968 during the immediate aftermath of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee) has worked tirelessly to realize Dr. King’s dream by advocating for equal housing opportunity in communities across the country through its Fair Housing and Community Development Project. As part of its national advocacy, the Fair Housing and Community Development Project recently launched an initiative designed to create a stronger fair housing infrastructure and provide direct fair housing legal services to households and tenants in Arkansas. Arkansas is notorious for having the […]

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Landmark $15M settlement in Census Bureau background-check lawsuit

April 21, 2016

Philadelphia Tribune

“What makes it landmark is the scope of the settlement and the number of impacted individuals,” said Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law, one of the attorneys in the case. Clarke estimated 70 million Americans, or one in three people of working age, have some sort of criminal record. “The fact that we’re dealing with a federal government agency sends a powerful . . . message” to public and private employers that “no job seeker should be automatically” be disqualified because of a criminal record,” she said.

New York Primary: Chaos at Polling Sites, Broken Scanners & Whole Blocks Purged from Voter Rolls

April 20, 2016

Democracy Now!

Tuesday’s voting in the New York primary was marked by chaos, particularly in Brooklyn, as tens of thousands of voters found their names had been removed from the polling rolls or that they were unable to vote at their polling station. We speak to Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the national Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

Some in Obama’s base ‘disappointed’ over SCOTUS nom

March 21, 2016


When President Obama announced Merrick Garland as his Supreme Court pick, you could almost hear the disappointment among many in the president’s base. Kristen Clarke, Christopher Kang and Jason Johnson join to discuss.

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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