ADVISORY: Civil Rights Leaders to Meet with Attorney General Sessions to Set Forth Agenda, Condemn Civil Rights Rollbacks

March 06 2017

In-Person Media Availability Outside Department of Justice Following Meeting

WASHINGTON, DC (March 6, 2017) – Six national civil rights leaders will meet Tuesday, March 7 with Attorney General Jeff Sessions to outline their civil rights enforcement agenda for the Department of Justice and to express grave concern for several troubling actions by the Department of Justice and the Trump administration.

The meeting is scheduled for 2:30 PM ET at the Department of  Justice main building.  The civil rights leaders will hold an in-person media availability outside DOJ immediately after the meeting. Details are below.

Meeting participants include: Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights; Marc Morial, president and CEO, the National Urban League; Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law; Rev. Al Sharpton, founder and president, National Action Network; Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund; and Melanie L. Campbell, president and CEO, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation and Convener, Black Women's Roundtable. 

This will be the first in-person meeting between these organizational leaders and Attorney General Sessions.

The leaders intend to raise a number of issues, including the Muslim travel ban and cutback on refugees announced Monday, voting discrimination and ballot access, oversight of troubled police departments through consent decrees, the Violence Against Women Act, the protection of LGBTQ individuals, Smart on Crime initiative and sentencing reform, and increases in hate violence across the country.

What:    Media Availability Following Civil Rights Leaders Meeting with Attorney General Sessions

Who:    Wade Henderson, president and CEO, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights; Marc Morial, president and CEO, National Urban League; Kristen Clarke, president & executive director, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law; Rev. Al Sharpton, founder and president, National Action Network; Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund; and Melanie L. Campbell, president and CEO, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation and Convener, Black Women's Roundtable

When:    Tuesday, March 7, following the conclusion of the meeting (Expected around 3:45 PM ET) 

Where: Constitution Avenue between 9th and 10th Streets, NW, Washington, DC

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Kezmiché “Kim” Atterbury, National Urban League, 202.629.5750, katterbury@nul.org 
Shin Inouye, The Leadership Conference, 202.869.0398,  Inouye@civilrights.org
Nikki Thompson, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, 202.662-8382, nthompson@lawyerscommittee.org 
Rachel Noerdlinger, National Action Network, 212.681.1380, rnoerdlinger@mercuryllc.com
Phoebe Plagens, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, 917.965.2235, pplagens@naacpldf.org    
Lon Walls, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, 301.966.1669, Lwalls@wallscomm.com