Wednesday, August 23, 2017

PRESS CALL: Lawyers’ Committee Announces Settlement of Major Voting Rights Lawsuit in NC

Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

August 23, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Tomorrow, August 24th at 12:00 p.m. ET, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee), will hold a press call to announce the settlement of our major voting rights lawsuit in North Carolina which Challenged a Discriminatory Voting System Which Denied African American Voters a Fair Opportunity to Elect Candidates of Choice in Jones County for More than Two Decades.

Due to racially polarized voting in Jones County, no African-American candidate has been elected to the Jones County Board of Commissioners since 1994. White voters consistently vote as a bloc to defeat candidates supported by the Black community. The lawsuit alleged that the lack of African-American representation resulted in “systemic neglect” of the needs and concerns of African Americans in the county.

WHO: Kristen Clarke - President and executive director, Lawyers' Committee for civil  rights Under Law
Additional speakers TBA
WHEN: Thursday, August 24th, 2017 12:00 p.m. ET

WHERE: Participant Dial In Number(s): 866-952-8559 Conference ID: VOTER


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