For Immediate Release
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Reacts To The Departure Of Steve Bannon From The White House
WASHINGTON - Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, issued the following statement Friday on the departure of White House chief strategist Steve Bannon:
“Steve Bannon has unquestionably been a driving force behind the racial turmoil that threatens to tear this country apart. Such a divisive figure has no place in the White House. While it is appropriate that Steve Bannon go, his departure is not enough. The Trump administration must end its pursuit of policies that promote the marginalization of minority communities which emboldens the very white nationalists who descended on Charlottesville last weekend.
“As one of the oldest and largest racial justice organizations in our country, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law will continue to press this administration to do its job to combat the growing wave of hate now gripping the nation.”
Ahead of a white supremacist rally in Boston this weekend, the national Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and the Boston-based Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice partnered together to release a “Know Your Rights” guideline for those who wish to speak out against messages of hate. For more information on Massachusetts law and additional resources, visit our special 8449nohate.org page here.
The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, a Communities Against Hate partner, leads the Stop Hate Project. The Stop Hate Project works to strengthen the capacity of community leaders, local government, law enforcement, and organizations around the country to combat hate by connecting these groups with legal and social services resources and creating new ones in response to identified needs. The Project’s resource and reporting hotline for hate incidents, 1-844-9-NO-HATE (1-844-966-4283), connects people and organizations combating hate with the resources and support they need.
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The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, was formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to involve the private bar in providing legal services to address racial discrimination. The principal mission of the Lawyers' Committee is to secure, through the rule of law, equal justice under law.