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Ahead of Hearing, National Civil Rights Leaders Call for Intense Scrutiny of Secretary of Education Nominee Betsy DeVos1/17/17
Today, national civil rights leaders urged the Senate HELP Committee to review Secretary of Education nominee Betsy DeVos’ alarming past with respect to civil rights and hold her feet to the fire on critical issues of civil rights that are a central function of the U.S. Department of Education.
A recording of today’s event is available here.
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.
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
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.