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Civil Rights and Race Relations in America and Their Impact on the Lives of African Americans
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Brentin Mock writes for Demos about our case in Terrebonne Parish challenging the discriminatory at-large system of voting. He highlights the state's long history of voter discrimination and argues that "vestiges of that Louisiana-styled white supremacy can be found today in Terrebonne Parish (county), where African Americans have been unable to serve as judges in their district’s court system since it was founded in 1822."
In a conversation with Senator Elizabeth Warren, Alliance for Justice president Nan Aron, and retired federal judge Nancy Gertner about professional diversity on federal courts, Sherrilyn Ifill highlighted the importance of racial diversity in particular.
Josh Civin, Counsel to the Director of Litigation, recently presented oral argument to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in Fisher vs. University of Texas on remand. In this article, he talks about barriers to educational opportunities for students of color and the importance of college diversity.
LDF applauded today’s vote by the Senate Judiciary Committee to report favorably the nomination of Debo Adegbile to be the next Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights.
LDF Applauds the DC Council’s Introduction of a Proposed Resolution on WMATA’s Criminal Records Policy2/05/14Related Case or Issue:
In January 2014, DC Councilwoman Muriel Bowser introduced a Proposed Resolution that calls on the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (“WMATA”) to revise its criminal records policy. In the Proposed Resolution, Councilwoman Bowser, who also serves as a member of WMATA’s Board of Directors, calls on WMATA to take additional steps to employ people with criminal records, noting that WMATA’s criminal records policy could be revised in a manner that “would in no way endanger the safety and security of its riders and employees.” The Proposed Resolution also acknowledges the