Kristen Clarke

Kristen Clarke

@KristenClarkeJD

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Pres & Exec Dir., national Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (@LawyersComm). We lead @866OURVOTE. Donate: http://bit.ly/2Rvj6gz

Joined on October 24 2009
2019-09-17 13:35:51

Happy #ConstitutionDay! My unforgettable #ConstitutionalMoment involves being live with @CNN on #SCOTUS plaza as Jim Obergefell got his congratulatory call from @BarackObama #LoveWins cc @PamelaBrownCNN @brianstelter @Arianedevogue

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2019-09-17 19:00:00

Today, @LawyersComm’s @KristenClarkeJD shares her unforgettable #ConstitutionalMoment—the ratification of the #13thAmendment, which abolished the institution of slavery—as part of CAC’s virtual #ConstitutionDay rally. Join the conversation by sharing your own! #LegalTwitter

Today, @LawyersComm’s @KristenClarkeJD shares her unforgettable #ConstitutionalMoment—the ratification of the #13thAmendment, which abolished the institution of slavery—as part of CAC’s virtual #ConstitutionDay rally. Join the conversation by sharing your own! #LegalTwitter https://t.co/0nFRVTFiBg
2019-09-15 22:26:16

Because her case has been in the news again recently, I wanted to re-share this story about Crystal Mason, who was sentenced to 5 years in prison last year for casting a provisional ballot in the 2016 election when she was ineligible to vote:

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We Won! The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the debtors’ prison scheme run by the Orleans Parish Criminal District Court (OPCDC), where indigent people are jailed for being unable to pay court debts violates their constitutional rights. cc: @CivRightsCorps

We Won! The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the debtors’ prison scheme run by the Orleans Parish Criminal District Court (OPCDC), where indigent people are jailed for being unable to pay court debts violates their constitutional rights.

cc: @CivRightsCorps https://t.co/sTAFeVO810
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The Thirteenth Amendment was adopted in December 1865 after ratification by 3/4 of the then-36 states. 148 years later, Mississippi finally took the steps necessary to also ratify the 13th Amendment. #ConstitutionDay

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NEW: The #FreetoDrive coalition released a series of interactive maps showing which states suspend driver's licenses for unpaid fines and fees. Despite recent reforms, 44 states still suspend driver’s licenses for failure to pay. Explore the maps: http://www.freetodrive.org

NEW: The #FreetoDrive coalition released a series of interactive maps showing which states suspend driver's licenses for unpaid fines and fees.

Despite recent reforms, 44 states still suspend driver’s licenses for failure to pay.

Explore the maps: https://t.co/dLxbt5IBhH https://t.co/VEUDKp02gx
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2019-09-16 12:32:25

Another example of two systems of justice

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ICYMI, A federal court granted our request for an injunction BLOCKING #Tennessee officials from imposing a law intended to discourage groups from registering people to vote. The law imposes Jim Crow-style criminal penalties and fines. We’ll keep fighting ugly #VoterSuppression.

ICYMI, A federal court granted our request for an injunction BLOCKING #Tennessee officials from imposing a law intended to discourage groups from registering people to vote. The law imposes Jim Crow-style criminal penalties and fines. 

We’ll keep fighting ugly #VoterSuppression. https://t.co/3rEaaTz5a3
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2019-09-16 16:38:55

#ELB: “Colorado becomes first state to ban barcodes for counting votes over security concerns”

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NEW: People detained in jails and prisons who are awaiting trial and have not been convicted of a disqualifying crime, deserve the right to vote in Mississippi. We are fighting to ensure that detained voters in MS are given access to the ballot box now. #ProtectTheVote

NEW: People detained in jails and prisons who are awaiting trial and have not been convicted of a disqualifying crime, deserve the right to vote in Mississippi.

We are fighting to ensure that detained voters in MS are given access to the ballot box now. #ProtectTheVote https://t.co/p5EnN8VkVm
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"Numerous state election offices aren’t patching their computer systems against known digital attacks and rely heavily on outdated, weak software." Thank you @senatemajldr for FAILING to move any election security bills through the Senate.

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Today, #EricGarner should be celebrating his 49th birthday Instead, his family mourns his unjustified death; his friend, Ramsey Orta, who filmed his death remains incarcerated; and the cop who killed him was never criminally prosecuted and lost his job only after yrs of activism

Today, #EricGarner should be celebrating his 49th birthday

Instead, his family mourns his unjustified death; his friend, Ramsey Orta, who filmed his death remains incarcerated; and the cop who killed him was never criminally prosecuted and lost his job only after yrs of activism https://t.co/JvE9Lg9RRx
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A cop with the Muskegon Police Dept. in Michigan who hoarded KKK material and Confederate memorabilia has been fired. White supremacists must be smoked out.

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415 days until #2020Election Time to: ☑️ End #Gerrymandering ☑️ Provide Automatic Voter Registration ☑️ Ensure rights restoration for the formerly incarcerated ☑️ Implement Early Voting ☑️ Block Purge Programs ☑️ Promote Election Protection: 866-OUR-VOTE

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OTD 1963, 4 little Black girls are killed after a dozen sticks of dynamic exploded inside the 16th Street Baptist Church in #Birmingham Alabama. This tragic bombing was carried out by racist Klansmen. Today, white supremacy remains a threat and houses of worship are under attack

OTD 1963, 4 little Black girls are killed after a dozen sticks of dynamic exploded inside the 16th Street Baptist Church in #Birmingham Alabama.

This tragic bombing was carried out by racist Klansmen. Today, white supremacy remains a threat and houses of worship are under attack https://t.co/AnXVgZvToy
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2019-09-14 16:52:07

Back in 2012, I interviewed black mothers who were being criminally prosecuted for sending their children to schools in districts where they didn’t live. “If I had to do it again 10 times over, I would,” one mother told me. Thinking about them today.

Back in 2012, I interviewed black mothers who were being criminally prosecuted for sending their children to schools in districts where they didn’t live. “If I had to do it again 10 times over, I would,” one mother told me. Thinking about them today. https://t.co/qRBhTPXuLj
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2019-09-13 22:09:30

Civil rights figure Juanita Abernathy has died. Behind the scenes, she wrote the plan for the 1955 bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama. She was 88 years old.

Civil rights figure Juanita Abernathy has died. Behind the scenes, she wrote the plan for the 1955 bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama. She was 88 years old. https://t.co/gDjnrTtYEo
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NEW: Federal judge issues INJUNCTION blocking Tennessee's law seeking to impose criminal penalties and fines on groups that register people to vote. This is a victory for hard-working grassroots activists in TN. Will keep fighting #VoterSuppression!

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“There was no justification for the comprehensive burdens placed on the third-party organizations that are focused on addressing the staggeringly low registration rates across the state." @KristenClarkeJD Read more from the @WSJ:

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2019-09-13 19:41:01

Bet she doesn’t do all 14 days

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2019-09-13 22:39:29

This, in a nutshell, is why we need comprehensive criminal justice reform. Not just a First Steps Act that isn't fully funded.

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Felicity Huffman: 14 DAYS for her role in a federal conspiracy and financial fraud higher ed scandal. Kaleif Browder: 3 YEARS at Reikers after being accused of stealing a backpack. He spent much of that time in solitary. He committed suicide after release. #FelicityHuffman

Felicity Huffman: 14 DAYS for her role in a federal conspiracy and financial fraud higher ed scandal.

Kaleif Browder: 3 YEARS at Reikers after being accused of stealing a backpack. He spent much of that time in solitary. He committed suicide after release.
#FelicityHuffman https://t.co/VjPcumtY73
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2019-09-13 16:33:49

At criminal justice panel, @KristenClarkeJD of @LawyersComm said one Alabama school not only asked whether applicants had served time, but whether they had ever been arrested or stopped by police: We have to address the barriers to reentry. #CBCALC2019, #BobbyScottCBC,

At criminal justice panel, @KristenClarkeJD of @LawyersComm said one Alabama school not only asked whether applicants had served time, but whether they had ever been arrested or stopped by police: We have to address the barriers to reentry. #CBCALC2019, #BobbyScottCBC, https://t.co/fA6BzNMqH2

"We have a big problem with the school to prison pipeline in this country." @KristenClarkeJD We often think of most first encounters with police being in the streets, but its increasingly happening in schools, disporpotionately impacting Black and Brown students.

"We have a big problem with the school to prison pipeline in this country." @KristenClarkeJD

We often think of most first encounters with police being in the streets, but its increasingly happening in schools, disporpotionately impacting Black and Brown students. https://t.co/iWMriO8Xlh

Joined by @LouislReed, @KhaCumberbatch, @FonzBentley, @LawProfButler, & more, our Pres. & ED @KristenClarkeJD discusses Criminal Justice Reform with @BobbyScott. We must all fight to challenge racial disparities within the criminal justice system

Joined by @LouislReed, @KhaCumberbatch, @FonzBentley, @LawProfButler, & more, our Pres. & ED @KristenClarkeJD discusses Criminal Justice Reform with @BobbyScott.

We must all fight to challenge racial disparities within the criminal justice system https://t.co/TVfKoqXp4X

Virginia Theological Seminary creates 1.7M reparations fund. The fund will be used to provide support for Black seminarians and Black worshippers who experienced discrimination. Time for other institutions that profited from slave labor to make amends.

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NEW: Court grants INJUNCTION blocking implementation of #Tennessee's Jim-Crow style voter suppression law. This is a victory for the people, and for the groups humbly working to register low-income people across the state. @LawyersComm

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There are 17K people wrongfully incarcerated in the United States. We need to fight for clemency for people imprisoned who deserve freedom and liberty now. - @CoryBooker #DemocraticDebate

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2019-09-12 21:00:01

Texas, a state where 39 percent of the population is Latino and 12 percent is African American, closed 750 polling places since the Voting Rights Act was gutted. RT and demand Congress restore the Voting Rights Act!

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More than 1600 polling places have been shuttered since the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act. via @civilrightsorg

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