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Blog August 9, 2016

Whose movement is it anyway? Answers from the First Lady of the United States

Activism creates economic, political or social change. It comes in all forms, from litigating and lobbying to strikes and sit-ins. Fifty years ago, during the American Civil Rights Movement, a few good men led the fight for many who were suffering from economic and political oppression. Today, in what’s being considered the new civil rights movement, the leadership is diverse, the strategies are familiar but the beneficiaries of the movement remain the same. It’s been said many times, this ain’t your grandfather’s civil rights movement, a message to both critics and supporters that the 1960s male-dominated, centralized leadership style of activism is long gone.  This time, women are getting the credit they deserve not only for leading but also for starting movements that have mobilized thousands and continue to keep issues like police brutality and sexual assault by officers in the national spotlight.  Over the years, there’s been a dynamic […]

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Lawsuit: Georgia voter registration process violates the law

September 14, 2016

Associated Press

“What Georgia is doing is denying people the ability to make it onto the registration rolls at the outset, which is what’s so problematic about this matching program,” said Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

Black voters sue over Alabama’s method of electing judges

September 7, 2016

Associated Press

The lawsuit comes as the nation’s attention turns to voter restrictions and ballot access with only weeks to go before Election Day. A lawsuit filed in Texas this summer on behalf of Latino voters makes similar arguments, saying the large districts used in judicial elections there disenfranchise minorities.

Lawsuit seeks to change method of election for Alabama Supreme Court, 2 other courts

September 7, 2016

AL.com

A voting rights lawsuit filed Wednesday seeks to do away with the at-large elections of judges who sit on Alabama’s three appellate courts, including the Alabama Supreme Court. The at-large election system has been racially discriminatory towards African Americans, who make up more than a quarter of the state’s population, according to the lawsuit that suggests election by single-member districts.

Lawsuit targets statewide judicial elections

September 7, 2016

Montgomery Advertiser

WASHINGTON – Alabama’s method of electing appellate judges statewide makes it nearly impossible to elect an African-American, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday by civil rights groups.

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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