Civil Rights Lawyer. Former President & Director-Counsel of LDF (NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund). Sr Fellow, Ford Foundation. Tweets are my own.

Joined June 2013
This is the one thing of which I am certain. We fight on. @60Minutes
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"I don’t know of anything in the history of Black people in this country in which I’ve read some account in which it ended with, “and then they gave up.” That’s just not what we do. I know we work for the future of our children and our grandchildren and their children."
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New Interview: I talked to the investigative journalist Beth Shelburne about the work stoppage at Alabama prisons, the horrific conditions that led to the strike, and how Alabama politicians allowed things to get this bad. newyorker.com/news/q-and-a/t…
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Third: We classify marijuana at the same level as heroin – and more serious than fentanyl. It makes no sense. I’m asking @SecBecerra and the Attorney General to initiate the process of reviewing how marijuana is scheduled under federal law.
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Absolutely true.
CONGRATULATIONS to the @DrugPolicyOrg, @Kassandra_Fred, @MaritzaCPerez, @QueenAdesuyi &the OGs @ethannadelmann & @billjpiper for working to make this a reality for countless folks caught up in the failed war on drugs. cnn.com/2022/10/06/politics/…
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Brilliant and well done @POTUS. This is a huge and important step. Frankly, it’s extraordinary. #Leadership
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First: I’m pardoning all prior federal offenses of simple marijuana possession. There are thousands of people who were previously convicted of simple possession who may be denied employment, housing, or educational opportunities as a result. My pardon will remove this burden.
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For African American families, road trips meant packed meals, carefully planned rest stops, limited lodging, and the fear that car problems could delay them in a "sundown town" where Blacks were in grave danger after dark. The Green Book, like this 1941 copy in @NMAAHC, helped.
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This photo is of #FannieLouHamer, one of my idols, and one of the most remarkable civil rights leaders we have ever known in this country, speaking at @NAACP_LDF’s annual Civil Rights Training Institute in 1971.
Happy 105th Birthday, Fannie Lou Hamer (October 6, 1917 – March 14, 1977)!🎈 Hamer was a community organizer, voting rights activist, and a leader in the civil rights movement. #blackwomenradicals
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For over 2 weeks, thousands of Alabama prisoners have been striking. Their asks? Essentially, better living conditions & less harsh criminal laws. At 1 facility alone, 5 — yes, five — prisoners have died. This is a grossly unforgiving & vindictive system. rollingstone.com/politics/po…
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The story of the Thai massacre is just so devastating.
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Just horrifying. Gov. Ivey has had long enough & has done little to address the horrible conditions that precipitated this crisis. @TheJusticeDept, when do you go to the next level on the state of Alabama, which has allowed human beings in their custody to live in a nightmare.
On Friday, Gov. Ivey said Alabama prisons were "under control." Less than 24 hours later, prisoners w/contraband phones filmed a man apparently getting stabbed to death. It's almost hard to imagine less "under control" than ADOC rn. My latest: themarshallproject.org/2022/…
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So many explosive details in the @ODCA_DC's report on @DCPoliceDept officers who got their jobs back after they were fired—some of whom the auditor says are a "threat to safety." It's also incredibly significant that ODCA published officers' names:
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Again. A company is on “life support” b/c shareholders expect the same performance as when a company served as a lifeline for many during a national crisis. Like Netflix. And that’s why we can’t have nice things. B/c maximization of profits is seen as the coin of the realm.
"Peloton's on life support." Former pandemic breakout company Peloton announced it's cutting 500 *more* jobs — that's about 12% of the remaining workforce. This is Peloton's *fourth* round of layoffs this year.
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“The votes to reject the election results have become a badge of honor within the party, in some cases even a requirement for advancement, as doubts about the election have come to define what it means to be a Trump Republican” nytimes.com/2022/10/03/us/po…
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So unoriginal. We see you.
Marjorie Taylor Greene just called Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson “a communist” for defending the Voting Rights Act on her first day at the Supreme Court. Greene attacked Jackson for wanting to “give more, um, more rights to minorities.”
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Take three minutes to listen to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson give a history lesson on the foundations of racial equity in the 14th Amendment during oral arguments for Merrill v. Milligan.
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NEW: Using exclusive videos, eyewitness accounts and analyses from crowd experts, @washingtonpost reconstructed what happened inside Kanjuruhan stadium on Saturday night. The findings are clear: Police action led to deaths. washingtonpost.com/world/202…
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New: "Instead of boycotting, I hope to receive even more Yale applications from qualified men and women," 5th Circuit Judge Jerry Smith wrote in a posting to prospective clerks, as he called Trump-appointed Judge James Ho's Yale boycott "regrettable." reuters.com/legal/government…
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“[The State of] Alabama… still seemed to want to erode the foundation of the Voting Rights Act Section Two. And I hope that the Court will not follow Alabama down that very wrong path.” - @JNelsonLDF speaks with @WagnerTonight on Merrill v. Milligan
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“There is nothing race-neutral about Alabama’s map. Section 2 is not an intent test or about putting on racial blinders.” - @RossDeuel during oral arguments in Merrill v. Milligan theguardian.com/us-news/2022…
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Yup. Can’t wait for the affirmative action argument.
Justice Jackson's forceful refutation of the notion that the 14th amendment commands color-blindness in this morning's Voting Rights Act hearing. Three uninterrupted trancript pages.
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