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Civil Rights and Race Relations in America and Their Impact on the Lives of African Americans
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The Chairs and Members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), Leslie Proll, Director of the Washington D.C. Office of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and Deidre Swesnik, Director of Public Policy and Communications at National Fair Housing Alliance, encouraged the U.S. Senate to confirm Congressman Mel Watt (NC-12) as the next Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Director.
Today, we are asking the Senate to do what it has done time and again, and that is to confirm one of its own colleagues – a fellow sitting Member of Congress – to a top level position in the Administration.
Congressman Mel Watt is eminently qualified to lead the Federal Housing Finance Authority. Given his expertise in housing, banking and insurance and his long government service working on these issues, we are extremely fortunate that he has agreed to serve his country by accepting this position.
Sherrilyn Ifill Selected Among Top Leaders of Color and Women Leaders Among Legal Services, including Private, Public and & Governmental Sectors
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Hearing on ‘Stand Your Ground’ Laws: Civil Rights and Public Safe Implications of the Expanded Use of Deadly Force”10/29/13Today, the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitutional, Civil Rights, and Human Rights heard tesimony on "'Stand Your Ground'" Laws: Civil Rights and Public Safety Implications of the Expanded Use of Deadly Force."Click the link to read the testimony that was presented to the subcommittee from LDF.
WASHINGTON – Just as a cloture petition was filed in the Senate for Congressman Mel Watt’s nomination to be the next director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), civil and human rights groups are calling for his swift confirmation.