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LDF President and Director-Counsel Sherrilyn Ifill Testifies on Voter Suppression and Continuing Threats to Democracy

January 20, 2022 – This morning, Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF), testified before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties on the present crisis for voting rights and our democracy, and the urgency of enacting federal legislation that […]

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Select Committee seeks information from Ivanka Trump

Washington—Chairman Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS) today announced that the Select Committee is requesting that Ivanka Trump provide information for the committee’s investigation into the violence of January 6th and its causes. In a letter to Ms. Trump seeking a voluntary interview with the committee, Chairman Thompson underscored evidence obtained by the Select Committee that Ms. Trump […]

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At doom’s doorstep: It is 100 seconds to midnight

Editor’s note: Founded in 1945 by Albert Einstein and University of Chicago scientists who helped develop the first atomic weapons in the Manhattan Project, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists created the Doomsday Clock two years later, using the imagery of apocalypse (midnight) and the contemporary idiom of nuclear explosion (countdown to zero) to convey threats to […]

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Senators Fail Democracy by Blocking Consideration of Key Voting Rights Bill

WASHINGTON —Wade Henderson, interim president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, released the following statement after the U.S. Senate failed to amend the filibuster to allow an up or down vote on the Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act: “The Senate has blocked a simple vote on our most […]

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One Year In: The Biden Administration’s Promises on Immigration Remain Unfulfilled

WASHINGTON, Jan. 19, 2022—The President Biden announced a welcoming and inclusive vision for immigration in a legislative proposal and a series of executive actions signed on his first day in office. But one year into Biden’s presidency, his administration continues some of the most destructive immigration policies that he denounced on the campaign trail while […]

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AG James Takes Action to Force Donald Trump, Donald Trump, Jr., & Ivanka Trump to Comply with Ongoing Investigation Into Trump Org’s Financial Dealings

NEW YORK, Jan. 19, 2022 – New York Attorney General Letitia James today took legal action to compel Donald J. Trump, Donald Trump, Jr., and Ivanka Trump to appear for sworn testimony as part of the office’s ongoing civil investigation into the Trump Organization’s financial dealings. The motion to compel filed today seeks a court […]

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Protection Denied: New IRC report calls for immediate policy change at the US-Mexico border

New York, NY, January 18, 2022 – A new IRC report, released one year after President Biden’s inauguration, “Protection Denied: Humanitarian Consequences at the U.S. Southern Border One Year Into the Biden Administration,” calls for immediate policy change at the US-Mexico border.  One year into the Biden administration, some of the most severe Trump-era policies […]

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Asylum Seekers and Advocates Discuss Fight for Work Permits Following Oral Arguments in CASA v. Mayorkas Case

Greenbelt, MD, January 18, 2022 – On a press call today, asylum seekers and advocates discussed the importance of work permits for asylum seekers and where efforts stand in the fight to protect the ability of asylum seekers to work legally. The call featured remarks from the Asylum Seekers Advocacy Project (ASAP), the International Refugee […]

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Judge Orders Cyber Ninjas CEO to Sit for Deposition

Phoenix, Ariz. January 18, 2022 – An Arizona judge today ordered election “audit” contractor Cyber Ninjas and its CEO, Doug Logan, to answer questions under oath from ethics watchdog American Oversight regarding the company’s failure to turn over documents related to the Arizona Senate’s partisan election review.   In the order issued on Tuesday afternoon, Judge […]

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Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.: 5 things I’ve learned curating the MLK Collection at Morehouse College

Martin Luther King Jr. waves with his children, Yolanda and Martin Luther III, from the 1964 World’s Fair in New York City. Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images Vicki Crawford, Morehouse College For the past 11 years, civil rights historian Vicki Crawford has worked as the director of the Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. Collection, […]

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After SB 1, Common Cause Texas urges all voters to ‘be your own advocates for your freedom to vote’

January 14, 2022 – Amid news reports that at least two counties are having to reject about half of mail ballot applications, Common Cause Texas is urging voters to check the status of their applications and re-apply, if necessary, before next month’s deadline. There is currently no clear process for “curing” applications that have been […]

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Statement by President Joe Biden On the U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision on Vaccine Requirements

January 13, 2022 – My administration began to institute vaccination requirements last July, when after months of making vaccinations free and widely available, 90 million Americans were still unvaccinated. Today, that number is down to under 35 million. These vaccine requirements applied to members of the Armed Forces, federal workers and contractors, health care workers, […]

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Leader of Oath Keepers and 10 Others Indicted in Federal Court for Seditious Conspiracy and Other Offenses Related to U.S. Capitol Breach

January 13, 2022 – A federal grand jury in the District of Columbia returned an indictment yesterday, which was unsealed today, charging 11 defendants with seditious conspiracy and other charges for crimes related to the breach of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, which disrupted a joint session of the U.S. Congress that was in […]

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Select Committee Subpoenas Individuals Involved in Events Immediately Preceding Violent Attack on the Capitol

Washington, January 12, 2022—Chairman Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS) today announced that the Select Committee has issued subpoenas to three individuals as a part of its investigation into the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol and its causes. The committee is demanding records and testimony from three witnesses involved in planning and preparations for the […]

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Biden-Harris Admin Requires Insurance Companies and Group Health Plans to Cover the Cost of At-Home COVID-19 Tests

January 10, 2022 – As part of its ongoing efforts across many channels to expand Americans’ access to free testing, the Biden-Harris Administration is requiring insurance companies and group health plans to cover the cost of over-the-counter, at-home COVID-19 tests, so people with private health coverage can get them for free starting January 15th.  The […]