Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

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.

Releases by this organization

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Wednesday, May 05, 2021
Facebook Oversight Board Punts on Trump Ban Decision, Ignores His Long History of Hate and Disinformation
The Facebook Oversight Board announced Wednesday that it has upheld former President Trump’s temporary suspension, but has pushed the decision for a permanent ban back to Facebook to be reconsidered within six months. The Board rendered its decision without accounting for Trump’s full history of...
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Friday, April 30, 2021
Florida Becomes the Next Stop for Jim Crow with Passage of Anti-Voter, Anti-Democracy Bill
The Florida State Legislature passed SB90 late Thursday night, a bill that makes voting by mail significantly more difficult, places unnecessary limits on ballot drop boxes, makes it harder to register to vote, and gives partisan poll watchers more power to challenge ballots. Governor Ron Desantis...
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Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Senate Confirmation of Vanita Gupta as Associate Attorney General Is Historic, Vital for Our Nation
In a historic bipartisan vote today, the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Vanita Gupta to the role of associate attorney general, the third highest-ranking position in the U.S. Department of Justice. Gupta is now the first woman of color ever to be confirmed to the role and the first civil rights...
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Tuesday, April 20, 2021
FTC Declares Racially Biased Algorithms in Artificial Intelligence Unfair and Deceptive, Prohibited by Law
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) published guidance to businesses Monday that states definitively that if a business uses a discriminatory algorithm to make automated decisions, they may be violating federal law. The U.S. Senate Commerce Committee is conducting an FTC oversight hearing Tuesday...
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Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Biden’s Moves on Anti-Asian Violence Applauded
President Joseph R. Biden and Attorney General Merrick Garland announced on Tuesday afternoon, actions to respond to anti-Asian violence with the Department of Justice launching a 30-day expedited review into how the agency can bolster its efforts to respond to hate crimes and hate incidents and...
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Wednesday, March 17, 2021
Virginia Expands Access to Democracy by Restoring Voting Rights to Returning Citizens
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam on Tuesday used executive action to restore voting rights and other civil rights to formerly incarcerated people when they finish their prison terms. Gov. Northam’s actions will apply to more than 69,000 formerly incarcerated Virginians. The following is a statement from...
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Wednesday, March 03, 2021
H.R.1 Expands Access to the Ballot Box and Strengthens Our Democracy in the Process
The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to pass H.R.1 , the ‘For the People Act,’ tonight in what is an important first step towards expanding access to the ballot box. Numerous provisions in the bill, such as requiring states to allow same-day voter registration and place early voting...
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Tuesday, March 02, 2021
Vernon Jordan Was a Champion for Civil Rights and Justice for All
Vernon Jordan, civil rights leader and former president of the National Urban League passed away Monday evening. The following is a statement from Damon Hewitt , acting president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law : “Vernon Jordan was a giant in the civil...
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Thursday, February 25, 2021
Passage of the Equality Act in the House of Representatives Brings the Nation One Step Closer to Rooting Out Systemic Discrimination
The House of Representatives passed the Equality Act, H.R.5, today, landmark legislation that would explicitly clarify LGBTQ+ people are covered under federal civil rights laws and strengthen public accommodation laws. The following is a statement from Damon Hewitt, acting president and executive...
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Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Joins Lawsuit on Behalf of Black Man in Violent Attack by White West Va. Officers
Two white police officers pulled a Black West Virginian man from his home and beat him for half a minute causing serious and permanent injuries in the early morning of New Year’s Day 2019, according to a lawsuit the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law joined last Friday. In joining the...
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