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Lawyers’ Committee President and Executive Director Kristen Clarke Among Black Leaders’ Meeting with Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton

For Immediate Release February 17, 2016

Criminal Justice Among Core Issues Addressed As Clinton Vows to Make Ending Racial Inequality a Top Mission

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On February 16th, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law President and Executive Director Kristen Clarke joined other prominent civil rights leaders in a meeting with presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in New York City to discuss civil rights concerns that should be a top priority including voting rights, education and the need to end racial inequality.  The meeting, convened by Marc Morial, president of National Urban League, is the first in a series of conversations that national civil rights organizations seek to hold with all candidates vying to lead our nation in 2017.

“Access to the ballot box, the school-to-prison pipeline and addressing the causes and collateral consequences of mass incarceration are three important civil rights issues that must be prioritized by our next president in 2017,” said Kristen Clarke.  “Yesterday, I had the opportunity to have an open dialogue with presidential candidate Hillary Clinton regarding these issues and I look forward to having similar conversations with all other presidential candidates.”

As a a nonpartisan nonprofit organization formed at the request of President John F. Kennedy over 50 year ago to engage the pro bono services of the private bar in addressing racial discrimination, particularly among African Americans, the Lawyers’ Committee continues the quest to “Move America Toward Justice” and welcomes similar meetings with all presidential candidates.  The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and does not endorse candidates or political parties, or engage in direct campaigning.

“The Lawyers’ Committee looks forward to working with the next Administration, Congress, and other civil and human rights leaders on viable strategies and reforms necessary to eradicate longstanding institutional barriers to racial equality and justice nationwide,” added Clarke.

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About The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
The Lawyers' Committee, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, was formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to involve the private bar in providing legal services to address racial discrimination. The Lawyers' Committee celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013 as it continued its quest of "Moving America Toward Justice." The principal mission of the Lawyers' Committee is to secure, through the rule of law, equal justice under law, particularly in the areas of fair housing and fair lending, community development, employment, voting, education and environmental justice.

For more information about the Lawyers' Committee, visit www.lawyerscommittee.org.

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