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“VRA for Today” Coalition Launch Features Voting Rights Advocates, Members of Congress, and Over 500,000 Americans9/17/14Related Case or Issue:
More than one year after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down an essential provision of the Voting Rights Act, Americans across the country are standing up for the right to vote and calling on Congress to protect voters from discrimination.
In multiple appearances on national media over the past few days, LDF leaders continue to press for action and answers on the police shooting of Michael Brown, and on the larger issue of overly militarized police forces that acculturate officers to devalue and dehumanize people and communities of color.
In the Washington Post's article "School police across the country receive excess military weapons and gear" Janel George explains “This isn’t just about the weapons, it’s also about inserting these weapons in school climates that are already fraught with tension and hostility between students of color and school police. It’s about inserting that and exacerbating those tensions.”
Attorney General Eric Holder announced recently that the Department of Justice would be investigating the entire Ferguson police department for civil rights violations. LDF's Janai Nelson discussed this investigation on the Melissa Harris-Perry show along with Marquez Claxton, Rev. Paul Raushenbush, and Phillip Atiba Goff.
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