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1/ At tomorrow’s Judiciary Comm. hearing on nominee to lead Civil
Rights Division, Senate must thoroughly explore Eric Dreiband’s record
2/ Dreiband devoted most of his career to defending civil rights
violations & opposing civil rights laws and their strong enforcement
3/ Senate must also question Dreiband on the Administration's devastating reversals & rollbacks on civil rights thus far.
4/ We are entitled to know if Dreiband will use leadership position to
further undermine civil rights. These are some of reversals so far:
5/ DOJ withdrew its claim in TX voting rights case that TX Legislature enacted
photo ID law w/discriminatory intent; court ruled it did
6/ DOJ changed position in Ohio voting rights case, from claiming
purging voters violated voting rights law to concluding purges were ok
7/ DOJ sent unprecedented letter to states regarding compliance with voting
rights law, signaling new effort to purge voters from rolls
8/ Admin established voter suppression commission to perpetuate
voting fraud myth, employ voter suppression tactics & intimidate voters
9/ DOJ will now direct its resources towards investigating & suing
universities w/race-conscious admissions policies
10/ DOJ argued that firing an employee based on sexual orientation doesn’t
violate Title VII, which is completely at odds w/EEOC position
11/ DOJ withdrew federal guidelines allowing transgender
students in public schools to use restrooms corresponding w/gender identity
12/ Administration adopted policy prohibiting transgender persons from
serving in the military
13/ DOJ dropped appeal of disability discrimination case on
behalf of Virginia deputy sheriff fired for developing heart condition
14/ DOJ lifted post-Ferguson restrictions on law enforcement access
to military gear like armored vehicles, grenades & assault weapons
15/ DOJ ordered a review of all its consent decrees on police
reform, saying police departments “feel forced to agree to consent decrees.”
16/ DOJ attempted to postpone Baltimore consent decree on police reform negotiated after Freddie Gray died in custody but judge refused.
17/ DOJ backed off efforts to pursue consent decree in
Chicago requiring police reform, leaving it to State of Illinois to enforce law.
18/ DOJ issued directive to federal prosecutors on charging that
will perpetuate rather than reduce racial disparities in sentencing
19/ DOJ rescinded guidance directing Bureau of Prisons to reduce
its reliance on private prisons
20/ In words and deeds post-Charlottesville, Administration
has endorsed white supremacists & other hate-filled organizations
21/ DOJ has failed to address the dramatic increase in hate crimes across the country, against many communities
22/ DOJ has threatened to cut funding from sanctuary cities
if their police departments do not aid in aggressive immigration enforcement
23/ Administration adopted a Muslim ban, which Fourth Circuit said “dripped
w/religious intolerance, animus & discrimination”
24/ Today, Admin shamelessly ended #DACA, which protects
undocumented youth from deportation, depriving them of only home they know
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