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Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Continues Fighting For Transparent Proceedings Of Kobach Commission

Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, released the following statement Tuesday regarding the decision by a federal judge in a suit brought by the organization against the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, a commission established by President Trump and co-led by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach that threatens the rights of minority voters.

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Blog April 21, 2017

Trumps’ Sanctuary City Executive Order Threatens to Dismantle Access to Fair Housing for Millions of Americans

Across the country, sanctuary cities have lawfully exercised their authority to limit the degree to which their local law enforcement agencies cooperate with the federal government to enforce immigration laws. There are good reasons for doing this. Limited city resources should be focused on providing critical services to residents rather than being diverted to carrying out federal policies. But, instead of respecting legitimate local decision-making, President Trump signed an executive order on January 25, 2017 that threatens to strip federal funding from sanctuary cities. This executive order undermines the vitality of our cities, puts fair housing efforts at risk, and raises serious constitutional concerns. Sanctuary policies help strengthen our communities. Contrary to the administration’s claims, jurisdictions with sanctuary policies actually have lower levels of crime. When undocumented immigrants are not afraid that any interaction with local authorities could lead to deportation, they are more likely to go to the police […]

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Mic.com: Watchdogs say Trump’s new voter fraud panel pick rounds out “four horsemen” of suppression

July 14, 2017

Watchdogs suing the federal government over President Donald Trump’s self-described “voter fraud panel” say he went over the edge this week with a new addition to the group. The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and the American Civil Liberties Union on Tuesday added Trump’s selection of J. Christian Adams, an attorney and commentator with a reputation for aggressively chasing fraud cases, to their many grievances with the panel. The panel, officially known as the Presidential Commission on Election Integrity, has roiled civil rights advocates, privacy groups and public officials with a request for data on every registered voter in all 50 states, including names, party affiliation and even partial Social Security numbers. Lawyers’ Committee President Kristen Clarke said on an afternoon conference call that with the addition of Adams, “The commission is spearheaded by the ‘four horsemen’ of voter suppression: Kris Kobach, Hans von Spakovsky, Ken Blackwell and J. Christian Adams.” View image on Twitter Kobach, the […]

Why Few Cities Will Take the Supreme Court Up on Their Right to Sue Banks

May 11, 2017

Governing.com

“So what it leaves open right now is, can cities who brought this kind of case establish the kind of proximate cause the court has flagged in this decision?” says Joe Rich, a fair housing expert for the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

Trump Walks Back Threat to Defund Black Colleges

May 8, 2017

The New York Times

Regardless, it prompted an uproar. Kristen Clarke, the president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, called the statement “shameful.”

Front-runner to lead Justice Department civil rights division defended retailer in Supreme Court discrimination case

May 8, 2017

The Washington Post

Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, said that “it will be important for the Senate to carefully review his record if he indeed is the nominee because he has been on both sides of civil rights matters.”

“His experience handling some civil rights matters does not answer key questions about his views on voting rights, policing reform and other core aspects of the division’s work,” Clarke said.

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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