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The Power of Now
The DOJ’s new report on Chicago makes a pretty thorough case that the city’s police department as a whole—rather than a few bad-apple officers—needs an overhaul. But Monique Dixon, deputy director of policy and senior counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, said she doesn’t expect Sessions will look to use federal courts to force change troubled police departments—like Chicago’s—to change.
Read Powerful 1986 Letter from Coretta Scott King Opposing Jeff Sessions for Federal Court Judgeship1/15/17
In 1986, Coretta Scott King, the late wife of renowned civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., and a prominent civil rights activist in her own right, wrote a nine-page statement opposing the nomination of Jeff Sessions to a federal district court judgeship. She focused on Sessions' targetting of voting rights champions, and Dr. King's colleagues Spencer Hogue, Albert Turner, and Evelyn Turner.
“It just completely changes the calculus,” said Deuel Ross, a lawyer with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. “These discriminatory changes can go into effect and stay in effect for years, while someone has to spend millions of dollars and hire an attorney in order to even potentially win it.”
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This weekend, we honor the life, leadership, and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. LDF was privileged to represent Dr. King on numerous occasions:
Statement of NAACP Legal Defense Fund President and Director-Counsel Sherrilyn Ifill