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
Supreme Court Decision in Allen v. Milligan is a Win for Democracy
WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision in Allen v. Milligan, blocking the state of Alabama’s congressional map that diluted the votes of Black voters in violation of the Voting Rights Act. Damon Hewitt, President and Executive...
Lawyers’ Committee Statement on the Passage of a Budget Agreement Which Avoids National Default but Restricts Services to Those in Need
WASHINGTON –The Senate gave final approval to a bill late Thursday to suspend the national debt limit and avoid default on the nation’s debt obligations. The legislation, previously passed by the House of Representatives after being negotiated byPresident...
Lawyers’ Committee Mourns Three Years Since the Murder of George Floyd
WASHINGTON – Today, Damon Hewitt, President and Executive Director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, issued the following statement marking three years since the murder of George Floyd: “As we mourn the senseless murder of George Floyd, we reflect...
Marking Three Years Since George Floyd’s Murder, Legacy Civil Rights Leaders Urge Passage of His Namesake Justice in Policing Act to Bring Accountability to Law Enforcement
National Urban League, National Action Network, NAACP, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF), The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human...
Lawyers’ Committee Praises Senate Confirmation of Nancy Abudu to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
WASHINGTON - Today, the Senate confirmed Nancy Abudu to serve as an appellate judge on the Eleventh Circuit. Ms. Abudu led extensive voting rights litigation, research, and advocacy across the country to protect the fundamental right to vote and ensure equal justice...
HUD Violates Fair Housing Act in Approving Streamlined Voluntary Conversion, Dislocates Nearly All Tenants
LOUISIANA – The Streamlined Voluntary Conversion (SVC) of the Acre Road public housing community in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana is unlawful due to inconsistencies under the Administrative Procedure Act and the Fair Housing Act, the Lawyers’ Committee for...