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A Timeline of LGBT Supreme Court Cases

By Cindy Chen On October 8th, the LGBT community waited in suspense as the Supreme Court of the United States heard cases on an issue that has lasting implications for millions of Americans: whether it was legal to fire a person based on their gender identity or sexual orientation. This isn’t the first time the rights of the LGBT community have been called into question. The Supreme Court has weighed in on similar cases in the past. Each case had major implications for the

Deconstructing the Discourse Surrounding Domestic Terrorism and White Supremacy

By Kevin Vo Over the past few years, white supremacists have increased in numbers in the United States. In fact, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, the amount of active white nationalist groups grew by nearly 50 percent last year alone, expanding from 100 chapters in 2017 to 148 in 2018. White supremacists and white nationalists bring with them a surge of hate crimes, with federal data indicating that the annual number of police-reported hate crimes increased each year from 2014 to 2017. Many

The Khalid Jabara and Heather Heyer NO HATE Act

By Kevin Vo On June 28, 2019, the Khalid Jabara and Heather Heyer NO HATE Act was introduced by Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Dick Durbin (D-IL), and its House companion was introduced by Representatives Donald Beyer (D-VA) and Pete Olson (R-TX). This bill aims to promote more accurate hate crime data collection and assist individuals impacted by a hate crime. In response to the increasing surge in hate crimes over the past few years, this bill also strives

Letter in Support of Chairman Bennie Thompson’s Domestic Terrorism DATA Act

On June 5th, Chairman Thompson introduced H.R. 3106, the Domestic Terrorism Documentation and Analysis of Threats in America Act, or Domestic Terrorism DATA Act. This legislation that would provide transparency surrounding domestic terrorism investigations. The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law supports efforts to improve data collection around hate crimes and domestic terrorism investigations. Read more here.

Today Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and LEAD Fund Release Report on College Campus Hate Crimes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 22, 2019 Washington, DC – According to government data, hate crimes on college campuses have increased 25% from 2015 – 2016. Hate groups have taken to recruiting members on college campuses – spreading messages of hate intended to provoke fear and division. The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and the Fund for Leadership, Equity, Access and Diversity (LEAD) Fund partnered to conduct a study to better understand what is unfolding on college and university campuses. Through a survey of higher education equal opportunity professionals,

Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Sends Letter to Roosevelt Union Free School District Regarding Noose Incident

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 12, 2019 Washington, D.C. – Today, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law sent a letter to Roosevelt Union Free School District responding to a recent incident in which pictures of nooses were displayed on school property. The letter called for a swift response and clarified the school district’s obligations under federal civil rights law to provide an environment that allows for equal educational opportunities for all students. Late last week, the public learned that a collage showing a set of nooses was

The Unspoken Conversation around the Liam Neeson Controversy

By: Rebecca Amadi After a friend was sexual assaulted, Liam Neeson admitted that he spent a week looking for any Black man to provoke him into a fight to justify killing him. Many can understand the desire for revenge in honor of a loved one. Indeed, Neeson has built a career on such stories, thrilling audiences as they cheer on his character’s righteous rage. However, this real-to-life story is seeded in a more insidious thought process that captures a

Five things you can do to support your community and combat hate.

The past two weeks have been devastating. From Kentucky to Pennsylvania, we saw a tremendous loss of life fueled by hate-motivated violence that demonstrates what we know all too well — hate hurts. From a grandfather shopping with his grandson to worshipers spending their Saturday morning at their neighborhood Synagogue — lives were tragically and violently cut short, all because of the color of their skin or the religion they practice. These violent acts of racism and anti-Semitism come at a time when we