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Jeff Sessions, The Marion Three, and Why We Need an Attorney General Who Will Fight Voter Suppression

Blog January 2, 2017

Jeff Sessions, The Marion Three, and Why We Need an Attorney General Who Will Fight Voter Suppression

While many federal prosecutors like to be remembered for their successes, sometimes the failures loom larger. One of the most memorable actions Senator Jeff Sessions took during his tenure as U.S. Attorney in the State of Alabama involved baseless charges levied upon three prominent African-American activists for promoting voter engagement in poor parts of the state’s rural Black Belt. Albert Turner, a long-time adviser for Martin Luther King, Jr., marched along with John Lewis from Selma to Montgomery on March 7, 1965. Once they crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge, state troopers confronted them with dogs, fire hoses, rifles, and billy clubs. Refusing to waver in their important work to register disenfranchised Black voters, Turner and others soon found themselves pinned to hot pavement while the officers struck blow after blow. When the dust settled, ripped clothing and empty canisters of tear gas littered the street — the detritus of “Bloody Sunday. Given […]

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Why We Should Remember What Jeff Sessions Neglected to Mention

January 13, 2017

Ebony

Sessions did not acknowledge the nagging crisis of police violence or recognize problems of voter suppression. He did not speak to the need to promote fair housing or express commitment to fulfilling the unmet goals of Brown vs. Board of Education. Instead, what we heard were themes of “law and order.”

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Consent Decree Will Have Far-Reaching Effect on Baltimore Policing

January 13, 2017

AFRO Newspaper

“The problems that pervade the Baltimore Police Department are vast and extensive. [And] this consent decree is an important tool to help restore justice and equity to a police department that has for too long failed its residents,” Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, told the AFRO.

Justice Department Says City Board of Elections Violated Federal Law in Brooklyn Voter Purge

January 12, 2017

WYNC News

The suit challenges the Board’s removal of voters from the registration rolls in violation of the 1993 National Voter Registration Act. The law prohibits removing voters from the rolls unless the person has failed to vote in two successive federal elections and has failed to respond to a notice from the Board indicating that their registration will be cancelled.

The government said that some voters had in fact voted in prior elections, and in other cases the notice itself was improperly handled.

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