The National Campaign to Restore Civil Rights works to ensure that the courts protect and preserve justice, fairness, and opportunity for everyone. NCRCR focuses on public education and outreach, finding ways to get the message out about the impact of court rulings on our communities, our opportunities and our rights.
For the inaugural episode of the National Campaign to Restore Civil Rights interview series, we spoke with Alex Reinert, an Assistant Professor of Law at the Cardozo School of Law, who argued the recent case Ashcroft v. Iqbal before the Supreme Court. The Court’s 5-4 decision has several troubling civil rights implications, and made it significantly tougher for citizens to hold government officials responsible for misconduct. Listen in as Professor Reinert explains the full impact of the Court’s decision.
The Campaign spoke this week with Cesar Perales, Former President and General Counsel of LatinoJustice PRLDEF, about Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s historic confirmation. Mr. Perales served with Justice Sotomayor during her tenure as a member of PRLDEF’s board. He provides excellent insight into the hearing’s meaning for civil rights and the continuing politicization of the judiciary.
Tricia Perry of the National Campaign to Restore Civil Rights spoke with legal scholar Erwin Chemerinsky about the recent re-argument of the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission case in the Supreme Court. Listen in as Chemerinsky explains the potential impact of this ruling on our civil rights.
Tricia Perry spoke with ACLU attorneys Elizabeth Alexander and Amy Fettig about the recent ruling in the Nelson v. Norris Supreme Court case. Listen in as Alexander and Fettig discuss the fight to end the practice of shackling imprisoned women during childbirth.
Bruce Myers, Senior Attorney at the Environmental Law Institute, spoke with Tricia Perry about the recent decision in the Connecticut v. American Electric Power case. Listen in as Myers talks about how the court system is weighing in on issues of global warming.
Rachel Godsil, professor at Seton Hall School of Law and founding board member of the American Values Institute, spoke with Tricia Perry about how discrimination can persist in a society that seeks to treat all people equally. Listen in as Godsil explains the concept of implicit bias and the role it may play in the justice system going forward.
Jane Perkins, Legal Director at the National Health Law Program (NHeLP), spoke with Tricia Perry about the Salazar v. District of Columbia case regarding Medicaid provisions. Listen in as Perkins discusses the ongoing legal battle to ensure access to health care for children in low-income communities.
Josh Civin, Associate Counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, spoke with Tricia Perry about the Lewis v. City of Chicago case involving racial discrimination in the hiring of firefighters. Listen in as Civin talks about the upcoming Supreme Court ruling that will decide if a district court’s unappealed finding that an employer discriminated against over 6,000 African American job applicants can be dismissed on a procedural technicality about whether the applicants filed their lawsuit in time.
Doug Kendall, Founder and President of the Constitutional Accountability Center, spoke with Tricia Perry about recent legal challenges to health care reform. Listen in as Kendall talks about the concept of federalism and whether or not the new legislation is within the bounds of the US Constitution.
Victor Viramontes at MALDEF spoke with Tricia Perry about about his organization’s recent legal challenge to the controversial new Arizona immigration law, filed in conjunction with the ACLU and NILC. Listen in as Viramontes talks about the plaintiffs and legal issues involved in the case.