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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.”
Read the full article here.
Sherrilyn Ifill Gives Detailed Examination of Jeff Sessions Hearings on Diane Rehm’s Inaugural Podcast1/13/17
LDF President and Director-Counsel Sherrilyn Ifill joins the first episode of Diane Rehm’s podcast for a lengthy conversation on the confirmation hearings for Senator Jeff Sessions as he seeks to be the Attorney General of the United States. Segment begins at minute 9:40.
Stinging DOJ Report Details Entrenched Racial Bias in Chicago Police Department, Systematic Violation of Residents’ Constitutional Rights1/13/17
Read the PDF version of our statement here.
Heed Coretta Scott King's warning on Sessions
Civil rights laws -- from the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to the Lily Ledbetter Equal Pay Act of 2009 -- have been instrumental in bending the arc of this country. Among the most important of these civil rights laws is the Civil Rights Act of 1957, which created the Civil Rights division of the Department of Justice and made the attorney general the chief enforcer of the nation's civil rights laws.