THREAD: Civil rights advocates have been ringing the alarm on this since the pandemic struck. Here’s the @southerncenter appealing to the DOJ in Sept about the desperate conditions in Georgia jails:…
Our litigation filed in April challenging COVID conditions in Arkansas jails is ongoing: @NAACP_LDF…
Lots of attention on the rise of COVID in South Dakota where the irresponsible Governor has stoked COVID-denial and eschewed mask mandates. Not enough attention to what this means for prisoners in South Dakota.…
Civil rights advocates in New Mexico have been fighting since spring for COVID protections in prisons:…
Civil rights advocates sound the alarm about COVID in Texas prisons in March:…
Advocates led by @JusticesPromise beseeched Louisiana Gov. Bel Edwards to address the outbreak of COVID and looming catastrophe in that state’s prisons:…
SCOTUS has had the opportunity to deal w/this crisis. But just last wk the Court refused to vacate the 5th Cir’s stay of a district ct injunction requiring TX officials to undertake minimal safety precautions against COVID in a prison w/geriatric inmates.…

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20 Nov
UPDATE on Barr’s illegal Law Enforcement Commn. Oct 1 a fed ct found the Commn violated FACA. This week the ct issued a ltd use injunction allowing Barr to release the Commn’s report but only w/a printed disclaimer indicating that the Commn violated law. The disclaimer must read:
My statement about the potential release of a report marked w/a scarlet D (disclaimer) indicating that the Commn that authored the document was convened illegally:…
Meanwhile, yesterday yet another prosecutor resigned from participation on Barr’s embarrassing Commission, saying that the work had been “smothered by a pernicious political agenda.”…
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8 Nov
With respect, this not the time for healing. We have not properly diagnosed the sickness or cleaned the wound. We have not begun to investigate why the illness it was allowed to fester so long or identified those who withheld early treatment.
We have not addressed the fundamental and systemic weaknesses that made our democracy so vulnerable. We have not agreed on a course of medicine or the proper dosage or length of treatment.
We have not determined whether we have in place the specialists needed to course correct should we find the treatment requires refinement and deeper study. We have not ensured that there is a circle of support for our ailing democracy w/i our institutions.
Read 4 tweets
7 Nov
I know that so many of us are riveted by the vote count. But is there anything stopping McConnell from moving forward the COVID relief package passed by the House in May? Cause you know who’s not watching Kornacki? Ppl packing up their belongings b/c they’re facing eviction.
Instead of spinning tales abt voter fraud on Fox, perhaps Sen @tedcruz could apply himself to addressing the desperate needs in his own state & move his Senate colleagues to pass the COVID relief bill passed by Dems in the House in MAY.…
I know @SenCoryGardner will be out in Jan, but he’s still a Senator now. And ppl living in the Ramada Hotel in Englewood, CO are facing homelessness b/c the eviction moratorium doesn’t apply to ppl living in hotels. We need to pass the COVID relief bill.…
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5 Nov
It’s back to court in the #USPS suit today. @NAACP_LDF’s @SamSpital & @Public_Citizen at the helm. But first, let me share some of what we’re learning abt the meaning of the data sets we’ve received (including whether there are “300,000 lost ballots”).
The 300,000 reflects ballots that had origin scans but not destination scans. Doesn’t mean they weren’t delivered. B/c of the judicial orders requiring the USPS move faster, we learned that the destination scan process was omitted in order to speed up delivery for some mail.
On the troubling ballot processing score in places like Philly (70%). It’s doesn’t actually mean that 30% of mail was not delivered. It DOES mean that only 70% was timely - delivered (w/i the svc standard -2 days for local mail usually). So 30% was delayed. Which is a problem.
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19 Oct
I’m so glad. Justice Murphy gets no shine in historical discussions of SCOTUS justices and Justice Jackson’s dissent in Korematsu receives more attention for its powerful, predictive metaphor about the danger of the Court’s holding (“it sits about like a loaded weapon....”).
But as among the most powerful, direct anti-racism dissents ever written, Justice Murphy’s dissent in Korematsu stands near the very top. “I dissent from this legalization of racism.” That sentence alone still gives me chills. What our country might be if more justices said this.
Among the most, moving powerful passages ever written by a SCOTUS justice. Every judicial nominee should be able to point to a professional experience or decision in which they demonstrated adherence to the belief espoused by Justice Murphy here.…
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18 Oct
1. Continue to discredit absentee voting by suggesting that absentee ballots are as a lesser, illegitimate form of ballot not worthy of being counted & tying absentee voting to COVID denialism.
2. Encourage opposition to counting absentee and provisional ballots. Counting ballots is now to be considered evidence of cheating. As I have said, we should expect opposition to counting & attempts to physically intimidate vote counters.
Trump will declare himself the winner on Nov 3 no matter what. “Set the predicate on Nov 3rd.”
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