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The Power of Now
LDF Associate Director-Counsel Janai Nelson examines Obama’s legacy, the Jeff Sessions confirmation hearings, and more on Brian Lehrer’s POTUS 2017.
Read the PDF of our statement here.
Voting rights are under siege in a way that hasn’t been seen in more than a generation. But these coordinated attacks follow a historic pattern: Laws that expanded the franchise during Reconstruction and after the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act have typically been followed by state-level repression and federal indifference. “With advancements in voting rights, there is always a swift backlash,” says Leah Aden, senior counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.
AMY GOODMAN: Kyle Barry, you’re policy counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. You authored the report on Jeff Sessions. Why did you find it necessary to write a report on this nomination in particular?
LDF President and Director Counsel Sherrilyn Ifill speaks with ABC News’ Arlette Saenz during the first day of confirmation hearings for Senator Jeff Sessions