Facing the Assault on Civil Rights


Facing the Assault on Civil Rights
  1. Facing the Assault on Civil Rights
    By Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. The Trump administration has launched an unprecedented rollback of civil rights and voting rights. Those who care about building a more perfect union face harsh headwinds. We’ve gone from an administration seeking to fulfill these rights to one seeking to repeal these rights. Instead of a reconstruction, we are faced […
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By Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.

Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.

The Trump administration has launched an unprecedented rollback of civil rights and voting rights. Those who care about building a more perfect union face harsh headwinds. We’ve gone from an administration seeking to fulfill these rights to one seeking to repeal these rights.

Instead of a reconstruction, we are faced with a retrenchment, an effort to radically reverse the gains that have been made by women, people of color and the LGBTQ community. Instead of understanding that expanding civil rights is a vital therapy to heal this nation, the Trump administration views it as a threat to its rule.

The rollback is government wide. The Labor Department has announced plans to disband the division that polices discrimination among federal contractors as a “cost cutting measure.” The Environmental Protection Agency plans to eliminate the environmental justice program that focuses on the environmental threats to minority communities. The Education Department is decimating staffing of its Office of Civil Rights. The Department of Housing and Urban Development has revoked guidance on a rule that allows transgender people to stay in sex-segregated shelters matching their gender identity.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, formerly a senator representing Alabama, has led the rollback. The DOJ has reversed its opposition to a Texas discriminatory voter ID law. Sessions has announced that he would review consent decrees that the Obama Justice Department made to reform police departments. Sessions has ordered U.S. prosecutors to seek the maximum sentences, while moving to revive private prisons. The administration is gearing up for a national assault on voting rights, pushing measures that will make voting more difficult.

Women, people of color, the poor and the LGBTQ are the targets and the direct victims of this assault. But the entire country will suffer, as basic rights are denied, prisons are expanded, and hopes and dreams are stuffed out.

In Chicago this week, leaders from across the country will gather for the annual Rainbow Push National Summit. We will use this time to map out our response to this assault on all that we have fought for. Now is the time for citizens of conscience to join together to defend and expand basic civil rights.

We will work to defend voting rights, building the movement to add the federal right to vote to the U.S. Constitution. As some move to constrict voting, we will move to expand it. Illinois is about to become the ninth state to pass automatic voter registration, with the potential addition of an estimated 1 million voters to the voting rolls. We will push to pass automatic voter regis…

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    Wxpr.org - Wisconsin (WI)
    07.20 / 14:09 wxpr.org
    A Baltimore man was held in jail for months after police found a stash of drugs — but the officer who found the drugs also seems to be the one who hid them in that spot, according to footage from his body camera. The public defender's office says the man is now free; it also questions the officer's involvement in 53 active cases. The officer has been suspended and two of his colleagues are on administrative duty, Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said, as the agency's internal a…
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    Wisconsinrapidstribune.com - Wisconsin (WI)
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    Merrillfotonews.com - Merrill
    07.20 / 13:46 merrillfotonews.com
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    Chippewa.com - Wisconsin (WI)
    07.20 / 13:35 chippewa.com
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    Fox6now.com-WI
    07.20 / 13:32 fox6now.com
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    Haywardwi.com-WI
    07.20 / 13:32 www.haywardwi.com
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    Wxpr.org - Wisconsin (WI)
    07.20 / 13:05 wxpr.org
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  12. Public Record

    Shawanoleader.com - Wisconsin (WI)
    07.20 / 12:51 shawanoleader.com
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    Shawanoleader.com - Wisconsin (WI)
    07.20 / 12:51 shawanoleader.com
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    Shawanoleader.com - Wisconsin (WI)
    07.20 / 12:51 shawanoleader.com
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    Shawanoleader.com - Wisconsin (WI)
    07.20 / 12:51 shawanoleader.com
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    Oklahoma.watchdog.org - Wisconsin (WI)
    07.20 / 12:47 oklahoma.watchdog.org
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    Haywardwi.com-WI
    07.20 / 12:29 www.haywardwi.com
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    Wxpr.org - Wisconsin (WI)
    07.20 / 12:06 wxpr.org
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    Wisconsinrapidstribune.com - Wisconsin (WI)
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