MAKING THE PROMISES OF DEMOCRACY REAL.
The Fight for Affirmative Action
Two lawsuits seek to eradicate over 40 years of established legal precedent allowing colleges to consider the race of highly-qualified applicants in admissions to promote the benefits of diverse learning environments.As the cases go up to the Supreme Court, we are fighting hard by raising the voices of UNC and Harvard students and alumni who demand more diversity, not less.
Reflections on One Year
January 6th Insurrection
On January 6, 2021, U.S. Capitol Police officers risked their lives to protect our democracy. They faced a violent, mass attack on the Capitol driven by racist, white supremacist rhetoric and intentional misinformation aimed at overturning the legitimate results of an election. And not coincidentally, it was an election in which record numbers of Black voters made their voices heard.
The national, nonpartisan Election Protection coalition works year-round to ensure that all voters have an equal opportunity to vote and have that vote count. Made up of more than 100 local, state and national partners, Election Protection uses a wide range of tools and activities to protect, advance and defend the right to vote. Election Protection provides Americans from coast to coast with comprehensive information and assistance at all stages of voting – from registration, to absentee and early voting, to casting a vote at the polls, to overcoming obstacles to their participation. Election Protection helps voters make sure their vote is counted through a number of resources, including: A suite of voter helplines, Voter Protection field programs across the country, and digital outreach tools. Throughout the election cycle we’re working tirelessly to protect the vote.
Promises of Democracy Made Real
Blog, Press Releases & Newsclips
Lawyers’ Committee President Testifies Before House of Representatives on 2022 Midterms Voting Challenges and Trends
Damon Hewitt was the sole minority witness to testify to the challenges Black voters faced in the 2022 elections before the House Subcommittee on Elections on Friday. WASHINGTON– Damon Hewitt, President and Executive Director of the Lawyers’ Committee...
Voter Suppression Robocalls Violated Civil Rights of Black Voters, Court Finds
NEW YORK – Election robocall fraudsters violated the Voting Rights Act and Ku Klux Klan Act with their intimidating robocalls targeting Black voters, a judge ruled today. The ruling recognized that the Defendants had violated the Voting Rights Act, KKK Act, and other...
Oklahoma’s Classroom Censorship Act is Unconstitutional and Remains a Threat to our First and 14th Amendment Rights
To protect students and teachers from unlawful censorship and racial discrimination, a lawsuit brought by civil rights and social justice groups must be allowed to proceed. OKLAHOMA CITY — Today, a coalition of civil rights organizations representing multiracial...
North Carolina Supreme Court Must Reject Legislative Leaders’ and Controller’s Latest Ploy to Deny a Sound Basic Education to Schoolchildren
NAACP Charlotte-Mecklenburg Chapter urges the Court to reject efforts by the Speaker, Senate President, and Controller to bypass constitutional obligations to NC students and fully fund public schools RALEIGH, N.C. – Today, the Lawyers’ Committee for...
Lawyers’ Committee Supports the Advancement of Five Civil Rights Attorneys Nominated to the Federal Bench
WASHINGTON, DC– The Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to advance five of President Biden’s judicial nominees to be considered by the full Senate. The nominees are Julie Rikelman for the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, Nancy Abudu for the...
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Announces Camille Wimbish as the Inaugural National Director of Campaigns and Field Programs for the Election Protection Coalition
WASHINGTON, DC - Today, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law announced that Camille Wimbish has joined the organization as its inaugural National Director of Campaigns and Field Programs. Camille will guide and supervise the staff members...