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Civil Rights Organizations Respond to Congressional Failure on Policing Reform

Leading civil rights organizations released the following joint statement after bipartisan negotiations around the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act were ended: “It is absolutely unacceptable that more than a year after George Floyd was killed and millions took to the streets worldwide to demand an end to police brutality and the systemic criminalization of […]

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Capitol Police Officers File Civil Rights Lawsuit to Hold Trump, Militant Groups Accountable for Jan. 6 Capitol Attack

Then-President Trump, following his loss in the 2020 presidential election, worked with white supremacists, violent extremist groups, and campaign supporters to violate the Ku Klux Klan Act, and commit acts of domestic terrorism in an unlawful effort to stay in power, alleges a civil rights lawsuit filed Thursday by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights […]

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15 National Orgs Urge Biden to Keep Section 230 Out of Trade Agreements

Washington, D.C. May 27, 2021 – Fifteen national organizations called on President Biden to put an end to the recent U.S. government practice of enshrining Section 230-like protections for big tech platforms into trade agreements in a letter released Thursday. The letter comes as Congress, U.S. regulators, and courts consider ways to reform Section 230, which now enables tech companies to […]

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Statistics show Black neighborhoods and communities of color need Pres. Biden’s vaccine doses immediately

Washington, D.C. February 12, 2021 – During a speech at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., President Joseph R. Biden announced yesterday that the U.S. has secured 200 million more COVID-19 vaccine doses. The following is a statement from Damon Hewitt, acting president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law:  “We applaud the Biden administration for following through on its early promise to […]

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Federal Judge Turns Out the Lights in Georgia on Attempts to Halt Certification of State’s Election 2020 Results

ATLANTA, Nov. 19, 2020 –  U.S. District Judge Steven Grimberg rebuffed a last-minute lawsuit by L. Lin Wood seeking to block the state of Georgia from certifying its election results. The following is a statement from Kristen Clarke, president and executive director, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law: “This case was legally and factually baseless, and contrary to the bedrock values […]

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FBI’s Newly Released 2019 Hate Crime Report May Be Missing Thousands of Untracked Hate Crimes

Washington, D.C. November 17, 2020 – According to the FBI’s newly released 2019 Uniform Crime Reporting hate crimes data (UCR), not only are hate crimes in the United States increasing, but hundreds of law enforcement agencies nationwide failed to participate in the annual reporting, signaling vast underrepresentation of the total number of cases.  “As advocates working with communities and law enforcement agencies at the local […]

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Civil Rights Organization Wins Lawsuit Against Daily Stormer and White Supremacists Engaging in Online Threats, Harassment

WASHINGTON, D.C. Aug. 9, 2019 – Today the United States District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that white supremacists who used social media to threaten and harass the first African American female student body president of American University were liable for over $700,000 in damages and attorneys’ fees. In 2017, Taylor Dumpson was […]

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Groups File Motion Seeking Judgment to Halt the Addition of Citizenship Question On the 2020 Census

WASHINGTON, D.C. Nov. 5, 2018 –  The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and Public Counsel, along with pro bono law firm Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, filed a motion on Friday seeking judgment to stop Secretary of Wilbur Ross from including a citizenship question on the 2020 Census.  The motion was filed in the […]

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