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March On The Justice Department

November 12, 2007

"The Justice Department has prosecuted the fewest hate crimes in 10 years…"

So says USA Today’s Marisol Bello.

And with this apathetic approach to justice has come the insidious resurgence of the NOOSE as a symbol of fear and hate across the nation.  To date there have been between 40 and 50 suspected hate crimes involving nooses. Yet this Justice Department goes silent.  We have endured the injustice of the Jena 6 and the brutal hate motivated kidnapping and assault of Megan Williams in West Virginia, but this Justice Department goes silent, and it’s silence is deafening. 

The truth, brothers and sisters, is that the federal government has gone derelict in its duty to provide equal justice and equal protection to it’s citizenry of African-American descent.  It has become apparent that the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department has a new face and possibly mandate. The kinds of cases the Civil Rights Division is bringing have undergone
a shift, the division is bringing fewer voting rights and employment
cases involving systematic discrimination against African-Americans,
and more alleging reverse discrimination against whites and religious
discrimination against Christians.

"There has been a sea change in the types of cases brought by the
division, and that is not likely to change in a new administration
because they are hiring people who don’t have an expressed interest in
traditional civil rights enforcement," said Richard Ugelow, a 29-year
career veteran who left the division in 2002." – The Boston Globe

The New Civil Rights Cases
After the Bush administration changed hiring rules,
the Civil Rights Division has been bringing in more conservative
lawyers. Here are three recent cases worked on by some of the new
hires, along with information about their backgrounds:

Year: 2006

Issue: The
university offered paid fellowships for minorities and women. The Civil
Rights Division sued the university for discriminating against white
men. To avoid a court battle, the university dropped the program.

Attorney: The
case was handled by a graduate of Indiana University Law School who was
hired in February 2004. He is a member of the Federalist Society and
the Republican National Lawyers Association. Previously, he worked for
the Center for Individual Rights, a nonprofit group that has filed many
lawsuits opposing affirmative action in higher education.

Case: Georgia photo ID voting law

Year: 2005

Issue: Georgia
enacted a law requiring voters to present a photo ID card, charging $20
for voters who didn’t already have a driver’s license or a passport.
Five career Justice Department officials reviewed the law to see
whether it discriminated against blacks. According to an internal memo
that was later leaked, four of the five recommended objecting to the
law because blacks were less likely to own licenses or passports, but
the Civil Rights Division cleared it anyway. A judge later blocked the
law, comparing it to a Jim Crow-era poll tax.

Attorney: The
lone member of the review committee who favored the law was hired in
May 2005. He is a graduate of the University of Mississippi Law School
and a member of both the Federalist Society and the Christian Legal
Society.

Case: Faith Center Church Evangelistic Ministries v. Glover

Year: 2006

Issue: A
Christian group sued a public library for preventing religious
organizations from using its facilities to hold worship services. The
division filed a “friend-of-the-court" brief saying that the library
policy violates the Christian group’s civil rights.

Attorney: The
brief was written by a Notre Dame University Law School graduate who
was hired in November 2004. He is a member of two groups that seek to
integrate Catholic faith in law and society. He also clerked for
then-appeals court Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr., a conservative whom
President Bush recently elevated to the Supreme Court.

We cannot allow this blatant and wanton change in focus in this vital cog in the Federal Justice Department to go unchallenged. We must let our voices be heard in the halls of justice. We must let it be known that we will not sign off on this countries return to Jim Crow and segregationist law. 

Get into Action:
Join Rev. Al Sharpton, Martin Luther King III and other civil rights leaders as they march on the Justice Department in Washington, DC.

When: Friday, November 16th
Where: United States Department of Justice (950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW)
Time: Noon to 2:00 PM

 

 

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One Comment leave one →
  1. November 13, 2007 3:27 PM

    I’ve surmised that the Justice Departments does nothing because these acts are in line with the Bush’s administrations own policy of terror and torture: http://www.blackperspective.net/index.php/blogging-for-justice-lets-protect-our-women/

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