“[Deuel] Ross will join what remains a small group of Black attorneys to have argued before the Court. The Supreme Court bar is largely white and male. And arguments are dominated by veteran attorneys who have repeatedly argued before the justices.Last term, veterans outnumbered first timers, 80-45. Women appeared in just 24% of arguments and attorneys of color even fewer. And other measures of diversity—LGBTQ attorneys, those with disabilities, or military veterans—barely counted.
“It’s important, certainly in civil rights cases, but really in all cases, that people of color and women and other minority groups have the opportunity to represent their clients and in some ways their country in the Supreme Court,” said Ross.”Civil Rights Lawyer Takes Lead in High Stakes Voting Rights Case
Homer Plessy: Pardon for ‘separate but equal’ civil rights figure – BBC News
Homer Plessy’s arrest 130 years ago led to one of the most criticised Supreme Court decisions in US history.
Source: Homer Plessy: Pardon for ‘separate but equal’ civil rights figure – BBC News
Texas voting rights saga suggests Dems are playing a losing game | Reuters
Changing demographics and partisanship are in a battle for democracy. What can we learn from Texas?
Source: Texas voting rights saga suggests Dems are playing a losing game | Reuters
This day in history, Thurgood Marshall was appointed to the United States Supreme Court.
On this day in history, Thurgood Marshall was appointed to the United States Supreme Court. Thurgood Marshall was appointed by President Lyndon B. Johnson and sat as the first African American to serve on the highest court in the country. Thurgood Marshall’s appointment exemplifies the importance of exercising one’s right to vote and the power that the President has in appointing Supreme Court Justices. Read more about Marshall’s appointment here.
Texas, minority groups agree on temporary remedy for voter ID – San Antonio Express-News
Texas has agreed to significantly dilute it’s voter ID law for November’s election, according to a joint filing with minority groups. A federal judge still has to approve the proposed fixes.
Source: Texas, minority groups agree on temporary remedy for voter ID – San Antonio Express-News
Courts Are Recognizing that the Intent of Many New Voter Laws Is Not to Improve Democracy but to Discriminate – The Atlantic
Courts are recognizing that the intent of many new voter laws is not to improve democracy but to discriminate.
Source: Courts Are Recognizing that the Intent of Many New Voter Laws Is Not to Improve Democracy but to Discriminate – The Atlantic
Rev. William Barber On DNC Speech, Morality, And The Future Of Civil Rights In America | WGBH News
This is an interesting interview. Rev. Barber led the “Moral Mondays” in North Carolina, years before folks started paying attention to the way that the legislature was disenfranchising its citizens.
Source: Rev. William Barber On DNC Speech, Morality, And The Future Of Civil Rights In America | WGBH News
Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down Texas Voter ID Law
This decision allows more than 600,000 citizens, who were shut out, the opportunity to cast a ballot in 2016. #restoreVRA #voterid #Texas
A majority of the full U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that the heavily litigated and controversial Texas voter ID law does have the effect of discriminating against minority voters, and ordered the state to devise a remedy to that problem before the November elections. “We conclude that the district court did not clearly err in determining that SB 14 has a discriminatory effect on minorities’ voting rights in violation of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act,” the court majority wrote.The unexpected ruling against the Republican-backed voter ID law by the conservative appeals court came as it faced a Supreme-Court-imposed deadline of Wednesday to rule in the case.
Source: Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down Texas Voter ID Law
U.S. Supreme Court Decides 3 Cases Involving Race : The Two-Way : NPR
Supreme Court issued three important decisions yesterday that deal with race: criminal justice, redistricting and employment.
The justices ruled against a white jury in a Georgia murder case; for minority plaintiffs who challenged voting districts in Virginia; and for a postal employee who said he lost his job due to race.
Source: U.S. Supreme Court Decides 3 Cases Involving Race : The Two-Way : NPR