Friday, September 21, 2012

CBC Annual Legislative Conference – Protecting the Right to Vote

Chairman John Conyers Judiciary Braintrust: Advancing the Civil Rights Agenda

(DETROIT) – Tomorrow, Friday September 21st, Representative John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) will be hosting a Judiciary Braintrust on Advancing the Civil Rights Agenda. The third braintrust panel will be discussing how efforts  are underway across the country which  make it more difficult to cast a ballot. While couched in terms of voter fraud, these laws appear to  have their greatest impact by limiting participation of minorities, seniors and the young. Some of the new laws, notably those limiting the number of days for early voting, have little plausible connection to battling fraud. This braintrust will explore nationwide voter suppression efforts and continue the dialogue on how to defend access to the ballot box.
WHAT:                 Judiciary Braintrust Panel on Protecting the Right to Vote

WHERE:               Washington Convention Center
                                Room 145-A
WHEN:                 Friday, September 21, 2012
                                3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

WHO:                   The Honorable John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.)

                                Benjamin Todd Jealous, President and CEO of the NAACP

Roland Martin, CNN Analyst

Barbara R. Arnwine, Executive Director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights

                                Deborah J. Vagins, Senior Legislative Counsel for the ACLU Washington Legislative Office

                                Nicole M. Austin-Hillery, Director and Counsel in the Washington Office of the Brennan Center for Justice

                                Tova Andrea Wang, Senior Democratic Fellow at Demos

                                Rashad Robinson, Executive Director of Color of Change

                                Greg Moore, Executive Director of Operation Fair Vote Ohio

                                Adam Lioz, Counsel for the Democracy Program at Demos

                                Erin Hustings, Senior Policy Analyst at the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials

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