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Blog January 20, 2017

Jeff Sessions Would Gut Civil Rights Enforcement

Law360 https://www.law360.com/articles/882757/jeff-sessions-would-gut-civil-rights-enforcement As a former attorney in the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, I appreciate the critical role of this federal agency. I saw first-hand the impact that hostility to the mission can bring to the work. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Civil Rights Division. Launched after passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1957, the division enforces federal civil rights laws and protects our nation’s most vulnerable communities. The pending nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions to serve as attorney general threatens to gut the work of the division. There are two areas of grave concern that persist following his nomination hearing. First, the Justice Department’s work to address unconstitutional policing practices has been transformative and among the division’s most important work. However, Sessions expressed no meaningful recognition of policing problems gripping the nation. With 18,000 law enforcement agencies across our country, the Justice Department has focused on a small share […]

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Voting Rights Act 2017: North Carolina County Discriminated Against Black Voters, Lawsuit Says

February 14, 2017

International Business Times

The plaintiffs, who were represented by the The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and two other law firms, want a federal court to declare the at-large system a violation of the Voting Rights Act and implement a system in which commissioners get elected from single-member districts.

Jones County voters sue, allege discrimination

February 14, 2017

The Robesonian

A national civil rights organization sued Monday on behalf of black voters in a rural North Carolina county, alleging how local officials are elected constitutes racial discrimination.

Lawsuit seeks voting rights for black rural residents in North Carolina

February 13, 2017

WCNC

The suit alleges that the black residents who account for about a third of the population in Jones County, N.C., are prevented from electing candidates who represent their needs because the county elects commissioners at large rather than by district.

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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