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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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Petition blocks use of sheriff’s precinct as potential Macon-Bibb voting locale Petition receives enough signatures to block move to sheriff’s precinct

May 9, 2016

The Macon Telegraph

The Macon-Bibb County Board of Elections is expected to approve a new voting precinct following controversy surrounding a sheriff’s office precinct. The elections board is set to vote May 16 on temporarily moving a precinct to a church facility after board members received pushback to a plan to use a sheriff’s office building as the voting precinct. Various civil rights groups, including the Georgia NAACP, have spoken out against using the sheriff’s building, located at the corner of Second Street and Houston Avenue, as a polling place because it could alienate some minorities from voting.

Criminal record should not deter applicants, U.S. tells colleges

May 9, 2016

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A number of colleges an universities ask applicants about any contact with the legal system or police. Earlier this year, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, an advocacy group, found 17 universities in the South — including the University of Georgia and Clark Atlanta University — included such questions on their applications. Evidence suggests that requesting this information may prevent potentially well-qualified applicants from enrolling in college or training programs beyond high school, education officials said.

U.S. Urges Colleges to Rethink Questions About Criminal Records

May 9, 2016

New York Times

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, an advocacy group, said this year that it was conducting an inquiry of colleges and universities that asked what it considered particularly intrusive questions on their applications, including questions about arrests without convictions.

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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