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Kristen Clarke on Democracy Now! “What Are They Hiding?”

Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law sat down with Democracy Now! ahead of Brett Kavanaugh’s SCOTUS confirmation hearing to discuss the Trump Administration’s suppression of 100k documents related to Kavanaugh’s record.

Updates from the Lawyers’ Committee

Blog September 6, 2018

Social Media Campaign: #WhyWeKneel

The #WhyWeKneel campaign is designed to take advantage of the momentum created by recent developments by steering the conversation away from the National Anthem and toward the injustices faced by communities of color. #WhyWeKneel will run for the entire first weekend of the NFL season and all posts should include the aforementioned hashtag. Followers are strongly urged to post one of the 11 graphics at kickoff (times below) when the lion’s share of Twitter activity will occur – helping to maximize our reach. The following kickoff times reflect each opportunity to amplify the graphics below: Thursday, 9/6 – 8:00 pm Sunday 9/9 – 1:00 pm (early games), 4:25 pm (afternoon games), 8:20 pm (night game) Monday 9/10 – 7:10 pm (early Monday Night Football), 10:15 pm (late Monday Night Football)   SAMPLE TWEETS: #WhyWeKneel: Because freedom of expression is an unalienable right afforded to ALL Americans by the Constitution. Protest is patriotic! #WhyWeKneel […]

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Why companies are turning to ex-cons to fill slots for workers

September 18, 2018

CNBC

Screening out ex-offenders can also subject employers to liability for policies that have a disproportionate racial impact, said Dariely Rodriguez, director of the economic justice project at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. “Employers have an obligation not to discriminate,” Rodriguez said. “They have an obligation to root out bias.”

Federal judge rejects challenge to Texas court elections

September 14, 2018

Austin American-Statesman

“While we are disappointed in the result, it is important to note that the court did recognize that white voters in Texas have historically voted as a bloc so as to prevent Latinos from electing candidates of their choice to Texas’s highest courts,” said Ezra Rosenberg, who is with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. “Although the court ultimately found that politics played a greater role than race in these elections, the court’s opinion recognizes that Latinos had suffered from discrimination in ways that have hampered their ability to be elected to these courts,” he said. “We hope that this case has shed light on this unfortunate history of discrimination.”

Challenge to Texas Judicial Elections Shot Down

September 13, 2018

Courthouse News Service

Ezra Rosenberg, LUPE’s attorney at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law in Washington, D.C., found a silver lining in the order. “While we are disappointed the court ultimately found that party politics played a greater role than race in these elections, the court’s opinion recognizes that Latinos had suffered from discrimination in ways that have hampered their ability to be elected to these courts. We hope that this case has shed light on this unfortunate history of discrimination,” he said in a statement.Rosenberg said he needs to thoroughly review the ruling and consult with his clients to decide whether to appeal.

Voters Have to Remain Vigilant to Make Sure They Are on the List

September 7, 2018

FAIR Counterspin

“The sad truth is there are jurisdictions around the country that have made it more difficult for people to vote at each and every stage of that process,” said John Powers, counsel in the Lawyers’ Committee’s Voting Rights Project. “Voters have to remain vigilant to make sure that they are on the list, and may have to take additional steps, even though they haven’t done anything to take themselves off the list, if they haven’t voted in a while.”

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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