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Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Issues Statement on Gill v. Whitford

The Case Was Remanded Back To The District Court For Further Development Of The Facts After The U.S. Supreme Court Found That Plaintiffs Failed To Establish Standing.

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Blog June 13, 2018

Dialogue on Race and Policing Series Launches in Baton Rouge

The July 2016 death of Alton Sterling at the hands of two Baton Rouge police officers and the subsequent decision by the Louisiana Attorney General and Department of Justice to not prosecute these officers added new chapters to the long, troubled history between local law enforcement and the city’s minority communities. For many Baton Rouge residents, these are not seen as isolated instances of injustice. Rather, they are part of the systemic pattern of law enforcement misconduct in interactions with marginalized communities that had gone unacknowledged for far too long. Others in the community, though, believe the officers acted reasonably under the circumstances. They view the ensuing civil protests, like other criticism of the police, as largely unjustified.

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Sotomayor is raising her voice for what’s right

June 12, 2018

CNN

Sotomayor understands that the pretext of voter fraud has been used for generations to justify voter suppression efforts…Sotomayor’s words will echo in our ears as we move forward: Americans must be “even more proactive and vigilant in holding their states accountable and working to dismantle the obstacles they face in exercising the fundamental right to vote.”

HUD, Oakland County at odds over use of funds

June 12, 2018

The Detroit News

Oakland County, Michigan officials are smarting from a federal finding that county programs don’t do enough to promote affordable housing for low and moderate-income residents, especially renters. Thomas Silverstein of the Lawyers’ Committee, said criticisms of Oakland County for not using HOME partnership funds for rental housing are justified because the county recorded “zero percent investment” in rental housing between 1992 and 2018.

Supreme Court allows Ohio, other state voter purges

June 11, 2018

Associated Press

Civil rights groups said the court should be focused on making it easier for people to vote, not allowing states to put up roadblocks to casting ballots.

“With the midterm election season now underway, the court’s ruling demands heightened levels of vigilance as we anticipate that officials will read this ruling as a green light for loosely purging the registration rolls in their community,” said Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

Supreme Court makes it easier for states to remove voters from the rolls if they skip an election

June 11, 2018

Los Angeles Times

Kristen Clarke, president of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, called the ruling a “disappointing decision, not only because it gets the law wrong, but also because it sends the wrong message to state officials. They must do everything possible to help people vote, not place obstacles in their paths to the ballot box.”

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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