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Navajo commission aims to raise awareness of hate crimes

June 22, 2018

Associated Press

The Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission held training sessions this week aimed at raising awareness of hate crimes against Native Americans, with attorneys and federal authorities outlining the legal standards for them and how to report them. Arusha Gordon, an attorney with the Washington-based Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, urged those gathered at the Albuquerque Indian Center to document and report to law enforcement attacks, along with instances of threatening hate speech.

Where pot is now legal, no-longer-criminals seek forgiveness

June 22, 2018

Mercury Sun Star/ AP

Kristen Clarke, president of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, has been looking at how jurisdictions nationwide are addressing marijuana convictions in the post-legalization world. San Francisco, she said, stands out for clearing thousands of marijuana convictions without requiring individuals to specifically ask. “They are wiping convictions off of people’s records in one fell swoop, and my hope is that more officials will follow San Francisco.”

Would merging U.S. education and labor agencies help or hurt?

June 21, 2018

Atlanta Journal Constitution

Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, said in a statement: In seeking to merge these two critical agencies, with distinct missions and important mandates, the administration sends a strong signal that students and laborers are simply not a real priority. While Secretary Betsy DeVos continues to diminish protections for our nation’s public schools students, her support of this merger proposal lays bare the depths of her hostility for the agency’s mission and work

Remembering RFK, and the Lawyers’ Committee he inspired

June 21, 2018

ABA Journal

Bobby Kennedy initiated the chain of events that led to the establishment of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. On June 21, 1963, 244 lawyers filled the East Room of the White House to hear President Kennedy speak about the need for civil rights legislation and listen to Attorney General Bobby Kennedy urge lawyers to use their specialized knowledge and called for the establishment of “lawyers’ committees” around the country to pursue the extension of civil rights. As we celebrate our 55th year, we continue to heed his call.

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