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3 state judges on a #NorthCarolina trial court just did what a majority on the Supreme Court said was impossible only a few months ago — apply well-established legal standards to strike down some of the most egregious partisan gerrymanders in the country.
In response to hate crimes & hate incidents, @LawyersComm & @TheIACP partnered to launch the Enhancing the Response to Hate Crimes Advisory Committee. This April we released our Joint Action Agenda for Enhancing the Response to Hate Crimes. Learn more: http://buff.ly/31Jx3gN
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
In Arkansas, the poorest people pay the most when imprisoned. Indigent individuals are required to pay an installment fee for the opportunity to make monthly payments when they can't afford to pay their fines & costs immediately and in full. Read more: https://bit.ly/2mkE1Zx
Ohio is set to purge nearly a quarter-million people from its voter rolls despite journalists and voting rights groups finding repeated mistakes on the state’s list. This is clearly #VoterSuppression More from @Salon:
The Supreme Court's Shelby County v. Holder decision gutting the Voting Rights Act has meant democracy denied for far too many eligible voters in America. It's time for Congress to help: We need the Voting Rights Advancement Act to #RestoreTheVOTE! #VRA54
Former U.S. District Court for DC Judge James Robertson, who served as president of the @DC_Bar from 1991 to 1992 and advocated for increased diversity in the legal profession, passed away on Saturday, September 7, at the age of 81. Read more: http://bit.ly/2mc8OaV
Our client Crystal Mason was one of nearly 4,000 voters in Tarrant County whose provisional ballots weren’t even counted, but she was the only one who was prosecuted for it. We’re fighting to appeal Crystal’s sentence.
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.
People seeking a marriage license in Virginia will no longer have to disclose their race, the state's attorney general said, announcing that he is eliminating the requirement that sparked three couples to file a lawsuit. More from @NBCNews:
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 receive calls to our 844-9-NO-HATE hotline and hear directly from targeted communities. We hear fear, trauma, and pain. We also hear courage, strength, and resilience. Every day we see first hand that LOVE > Hate. #LoveIsGreaterThanHate cc:@StopHateProj
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:
The average life expectancy of a transgender woman of color is 35 years old. @SarahEMcBride from the @HRC joins @AliVelshi and @SRuhle to look into what the American Medical Association is calling “an epidemic.”
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
Last week, Judge Aleta Trauger issued an opinion granting a preliminary injunction suspending a law that would have had a “Chilling Effect” on groups helping people register to vote. Tennessee has some of the lowest voter turnout in the nation.
On Friday, civil rights groups filed the first lawsuit challenging the administration's executive order instructing the Census Bureau to collect citizenship data using administrative records. This is “motivated by a racially discriminatory scheme.”
Help protect our neighborhoods from discrimination! Everyone should have a place to call home that connects them to the opportunities they need to thrive. Learn more: http://bit.ly/2z7aCoT cc: @natfairhouse @ACLU @civilrightsorg @PRRAC_DC & many more. #DefendCivilRights
📌Podcast: Fighting Back Against Hate Crimes . . . in Court @KristenClarkeJD joined the Good Law| Bad Law Podcast to discuss the recent rise in hate crimes, discrimination & the intensifying activities of white-supremacist. Listen Now:
Last Thursday 60 leading NC advocates turned out for the launch of the Lawyers' Committee's Regional Office. Much love was expressed for @MarkDorosin and Elizabeth Haddix. We are excited to be part of this great community!
United States District Court Judge Amy Totenberg issued a preliminary injunction preventing Georgia election officials from using the state’s current electronic DRE voting machines and system in any election after 2019. #HandMarked Read more:
"A criminal justice system that is influenced by race is corrupt and a corrupt justice system is a threat to all of us in NC," said Jim Coleman, a Duke Law Professor. "I think the community should be extremely concerned."
It's not just a question of paper ballots. The offices charged with administering elections across the country are falling short on a slew of basic cybersecurity measures that could make the 2020 contest far more vulnerable to hacking.