On Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at 2 p.m., NAACP president, Derrick Johnson joined U.S. Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Kamala Harris (D-CA), Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II; U.S. Representative G.K. Butterfield (D-NC) for an event outside the U.S. Capitol urging the Trump administration to withdraw the nomination of Thomas Farr to serve a lifetime appointment as a federal district judge.
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San Antonio Express News: Volunteers prepare for NAACP national convention’s arrival next month
As San Antonio gears up to host the NAACP’s national convention for the first time, an estimated 100 to 150 volunteers turned out Saturday for an initial training session to prepare for the upcoming event. The civil rights organization expects 8,000 to 10,000 visitors will attend the 109th NAACP Annual Convention happening at the Convention Center on July 14-18.
The students have taken particular aim at the NRA and politicians who receive support from the organization, and gun control advocates have started the #votethemout movement to remove those politicians from office. The NRA did not immediately respond to a request for comment Monday. Groups including Rock the Vote, Headcount, NAACP and Mi Familia Vota will be working with the student bus tour to support digital and in-person voter registration.
The New York Times: Disability and Civil Rights Groups Sue DeVos Over Investigation Rollbacks
Three national civil rights organizations sued the Education Department on Thursday over new procedures that allow its Office for Civil Rights to dismiss complaints that it determines to be burdensome or a drain on the department’s resources. The National Federation of the Blind, the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People said that the department was “arbitrary and capricious” in making substantive revisions to its case-processing manual, which guides its handling of civil rights complaints, without giving the public notice, an explanation or a chance to comment.
For the past several years, the Education Department has received thousands of civil rights complaints: victims of alleged sexual assaults saying their universities mishandled their cases, blind students encountering inaccessible textbooks, girls basketball teams seeking equal access to gymnasiums. In an effort to reduce a backlog of cases, the Education Department under Secretary Betsy DeVos began dismissing complaints that placed “an unreasonable burden” on the department. And it dispensed with cases filed by the same person or group against multiple institutions — a tactic commonly used to show a pattern of violation
Civil rights groups sued the Education Department (DOE) on Thursday over a new manual allowing officials to start dismissing hundreds of civil rights complaints. The National Federation of the Blind, the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates and the NAACP filed the lawsuit against the department, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Acting Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Candice Jackson.
“Betsy DeVos and the Department of Education have determined that civil rights no longer matter. They’ve decided to abandon DOE’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) responsibility to investigate racial, gender or disability discrimination complaints,” said NAACP Spokesperson Malik Russell told The Root. The Education Department’s decision not to pursue complaints would negatively affect students of color, students with disabilities and students leaving college with student loans, the lawsuit states.
The NAACP has filed a federal lawsuit against Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and the Department of Education, according to The Root. The lawsuit accuses DeVos and her department of abandoning civil rights enforcement regulations and “dismissing hundreds of complaints.” The NAACP is filed the suit on Friday alongside the National Federation of the Blind and the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates to the U.S. District Court of Maryland. “Betsy DeVos and the Department of Education have determined that civil rights no longer matter. They’ve decided to abandon DOE’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) responsibility to investigate racial, gender or disability discrimination complaints,” said NAACP Spokesperson Malik Russell told The Root.
The NAACP works to advance the civil rights of all peoples of the African Diaspora. The Afro-Latinx community plays a critical role in our membership and in our legal and legislative agenda. For example, this year, we filed two critical lawsuits in federal court in response to the Trump Administration’s decision to terminate DACA. The second suit recently yielded a major victory, paving the way for the program’s reinstatement. We are [also] fighting to hold the Census Bureau accountable for adequately preparing for and funding the 2020 Census, so that Black and Brown communities are not undercounted and, as a result, underrepresented and underfunded. In short, our legal docket and civic engagement strategy reflect the diverse backgrounds and needs of our community.
The Crisis: NAACP Sues Trump Administration