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Rev. Sharpton, Melanie Campbell, Kirsten Clarke, Damon Hewitt, Sherrilyn Ifill, Derrick Johnson, Marc Morial, NAN & Leaders Of Other Civil Rights Groups to Hold Virtual News Conference Opposing Nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court—
New York, NY (October 14, 2020) — Civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton, Founder and President of National Action Network (NAN) will join the leaders of National Urban League, NAACP, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, and Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law to urge Senators against nominating Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court after Republicans hijacked the judicial process.
They will discuss Judge Barrett’s failed civil rights record, the flaws in the nomination process, and the risk to voting rights, the Affordable Care Act and Roe v Wade. Rev. Sharpton and other leaders will argue that she will no doubt undo the decades of progress NAN and other civil rights groups have done to level the playing field for marginalized groups.
Rev. Al Sharpton, Founder and President of National Action Network
Melanie Campbell, President and CEO of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation
Kirsten Clarke, President and Executive Director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Damon Hewitt, Executive Vice President of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.
Derrick Johnson, CEO of the NAACP
Marc Morial, President of the National Urban League
Thursday, October 15, 2020
11:15AM EST – 12:00PM EST
Join by Zoom (for media only)
About the National Action Network
National Action Network is one of the leading civil rights organizations in the nation with chapters throughout the entire United States. Founded in 1991 by Reverend Al Sharpton, NAN works within the spirit and tradition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to promote a modern civil rights agenda that includes the fight for one standard of justice, decency and equal opportunities for all people regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, citizenship, criminal record, economic status, gender, gender expression, or sexuality.
Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s largest and foremost grassroots civil rights organization. The mission of the NAACP is to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons. Members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights and social justice in their communities. You can read more about the NAACP’s work by visiting naacp.org.
About NAACP LDF
Founded in 1940, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) is the nation’s first civil and human rights law organization. LDF has been completely separate from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) since 1957—although LDF was originally founded by the NAACP and shares its commitment to equal rights. LDF’s Thurgood Marshall Institute (TMI) is a multi-disciplinary and collaborative hub within LDF that launches targeted campaigns and undertakes innovative research to shape the civil rights narrative. In media attributions, please refer to us as the NAACP Legal Defense Fund or LDF. Follow LDF and TMI on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
About National Urban League
The National Urban League is a historic civil rights organization dedicated to economic empowerment in order to elevate the standard of living in historically underserved urban communities. The National Urban League spearheads the efforts of its 90 local affiliates through the development of programs, public policy research and advocacy, providing direct services that impact and improve the lives of more than 2 million people annually nationwide. Visit www.nul.org and follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @NatUrbanLeague.
About Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, was formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to involve the private bar in providing legal services to address racial discrimination. Now in its 57th year, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is continuing its quest to “Move America Toward Justice.” The principal mission of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is to secure, through the rule of law, equal justice for all, particularly in the areas of criminal justice, fair housing and community development, economic justice, educational opportunities, and voting rights.
About National Coalition on Black Civic Participation
The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP), founded in 1976, is one of the most active civil rights and social justice organizations in the nation “dedicated to increasing civic engagement, economic and voter empowerment in Black America.” The Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR) is the women and girls empowerment arm of the NCBCP. At the forefront of championing just and equitable public policy on behalf of Black women, BWR promotes their health and wellness, economic security & prosperity, education and global empowerment as key elements for success. Visit www.ncbcp.org and follow us on Twitter @ncbcp and Instagram @thenationalcoalition.