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Ralph Northam
I support City of Charlottesville's decision to remove the Robert E. Lee statue. I believe these statutes should be taken down and moved into museums. As governor, I am going to be a vocal advocate for that approach and work with localities on this issue. We should also do more to elevate the parts of our history that have all too often been underrepresented. That means memorializing civil rights advocates like Barbara Johns and Oliver Hill, who helped move our Commonwealth closer towards equality.feedback
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Aug 16 2017
Kristen Clarke, Jeff Sessions, Hillary Clinton and Ben Jealous, are the people who have been quoted the greatest number of times about Civil Rights. You can find them on this page and an additional total of 141 people who have something to say about this topic. All the 168 quotes on this page are sorted by date and by name. You can also have access to the articles to get the context of the quotes. The most recent quote from Kristen Clarke is: “This is especially troubling as communities continue to be hit hard by issues such as voter suppression, hate crimes, police shootings of unarmed civilians and other problems that call for a strong and robust civil rights enforcement agenda.”.
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Dennis Parker

The idea that the Justice Department would sue colleges over their inclusive policies is an affront to fairness and sends a dangerous signal that it will no longer work to protect the most vulnerable. It would mark an alarming shift in direction that threatens the hard-fought progress made by civil rights advocates and the department itself over the past decades. The Supreme Court has made it clear that it is constitutional to appropriately consider race as one of many factors in college admissions. We will be monitoring closely.feedback

Vanita Gupta

Yet again, the [Jeff] Sessions Justice Department, led by the political leadership and marginalizing the career employees, is changing course on a key civil rights issue. Longstanding Supreme Court precedent has upheld the constitutionality and compelling state interest of these policies, and generations of Americans have benefited from richer, more inclusive institutions of higher education.feedback

Roger Clegg

The civil rights laws were deliberately written to protect everyone from discrimination, and it is frequently the case that not only are whites discriminated against now, but frequently Asian-Americans are as well.feedback

Ricky Caya

The great social movements of the 1960s, the American civil rights movement, flower power, the big trade union movements - people today don't have that.feedback

Jacob Hacker - Yale

Every major breakthrough from Civil Rights to Social Security to what happened on the right under Ronald Reagan were driven by significant mobilization behind an idea that was much more extreme than what actually happened.feedback

Ron Wyden

You really strengthen the exchanges and probably provide another path for people actually advocating single-payer...to make the transition work. I've said before, this is a civil rights issue and it'll take a movement on the scale of the one Dr. King led. I'm glad we're here – it shows we're making progress – but my goal isn't a certain number of co-sponsors, it's passing a bill that makes every American Medicare-eligible.feedback

Marla Kilfoyle

We are quite disgusted with what looks like an attempt to dismantle the civil rights department of the department of education. I think she believes, along with Trump, that there should be no department of education. I would not be surprised if, in the next year, they try to get rid of it.feedback

Anita Cameron

We are just ordinary people who joined the movement to fight for our civil rights, our human rights, our right to live and exist and have liberty and life just like everyone else.feedback

Betsy DeVos

The Department today is returning [the Office of Civil Rights] to its role as a neutral, impartial investigative agency.feedback

Joshua Matz

The odds that the Supreme Court grants review of this question in the near future are high. It is no exaggeration to say that Title VII's application to gays and lesbians now ranks among the most important open questions in U.S. civil rights law.feedback

Michèle Solá

For a man who started out the son of an Episcopal minister in the Main Line section of Philadelphia and who was not a happy camper at private school there, he became someone who embodied the values of the civil rights movement and racial justice.feedback

Jean Tobin - National Center for Transgender Equality

Students and their families have a right to go to court to have their rights vindicated, but they shouldn't have to. The Office of Civil Rights is tasked with handling these complaints precisely to avoid costly and time-consuming litigation, but if it refuses to do it's job, the courts will be the backstop.feedback

Michael Moody

The emergence of environmentalism in the '60s, civil rights and the women's movement meant that the younger generation was more interested in giving to them rather than to the Junior League.feedback

JoDee Winterhof - Human Rights Campaign

Sessions' alarming comments proved what LGBTQ and civil rights leaders know to be true – that he cannot be trusted. A month ago, he vowed to protect transgender women from violent attacks and now we find him promoting license to discriminate laws. This is another predictable step for the anti-LGBTQ Trump-Pence Administration.feedback

Mara Keisling

Here he goes again. It appears [what] the Attorney General is saying is that he will only enforce a 'civil rights' law that is meant as an excuse to discriminate; but he won't enforce longstanding, real civil rights laws like Title IX, Title IX and Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act.feedback

Daniel Cornfield

Some of the issues I gather in the Nissan plant are similar to the issues in Chattanooga and elsewhere. But in the case of Mississippi, they are being framed in terms of respect and disrespect for workers, and linking that to a civil rights orientation.feedback

Douglas Barker

We're the only organization in America who are fighting for white civil rights.feedback

Cecelia Hayden Smith

Our generation did so much [for LGBTQ and civil rights], we shouldn't just be thrown away. It's sad, but so many of us feel invisible as we get older. If we don't take care of ourselves, we're going to get lost in the sauce.feedback

Martin Lee

Xi doesn't understand Hong Kong people. The Communist party's solution to the world's problems is money, because that is all they have. The Communists don't have core values and principles to stand on, but we cherish our freedoms, civil rights and the rule of law.feedback

Al Gore

During some of the bleakest days of the civil rights movement, Dr Martin Luther King Junior was asked by one of his fellow advocates how long is this going to take and he famously answered, not long because no lie can live for ever.feedback

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

If you're going to wait for a convenient time to do the social activism, you won't get anything done because these issues have a life of their own and you have to deal with them. You can't wait until it's convenient. It was very interesting to hear [Congressman] John Lewis talk about these things. Things he went through when he was a civil rights activists being beaten up and he still come out with a positive attitude. He said unless you put your life on the line, you're not fully committed. This is worth risking your life for and you might possibly die. You have to make a commitment.feedback

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

I started paying attention to what was going on in the Civil Rights Movement when I was in grade school. Before I got out of high school, I got the opportunity to see what Jim Crow racism was all about. Black Americans who had aspirations of a better life wanted to see some change. I was one of those people.feedback

Ronald Swanson

SXSW was born in Austin. The event is steeped in the city and the city is our home. We stand behind the City and Mayor Adler, and we intend to stay and fight discriminatory legislation that hinders civil rights, while continuing to work to make our events inclusive and safe for all who attend.feedback

Bruno Rodriguez

Cuba conceded political asylum or refuge to U.S. fighters for civil rights. These persons will not be returned to the United States.feedback

William Floyd - Google

This is living, breathing, active thing. It's not like Mount Rushmore or a physical natural thing of beauty, it's civil rights. We thought it was really important that we could provide money and technology to capture those voices and help amplify them.feedback

Catherine E. Lhamon

If we want to have assembly-line justice, and I say 'justice' in quotes, then that's the direction that we should go. It's really a way of curtailing the way civil rights enforcement should be handled. It's literally a stick your head in the sand approach.feedback

Brian Coy

We are pleased to put Mr. Plowman's needless, wasteful and currently moot lawsuit to rest. Nothing about the old database relates to the governor's current individualized process, which the Virginia Supreme Court has upheld, and which has successfully restored over 156,000 ex-felons' rights. The governor remains committed to restoration of civil rights and hopes that Republicans will finally accept that giving people who have served their time a voice in their society is the right thing to do.feedback

Karen Jenkins-Johnson

History is repeating itself. The current tensions surrounding civil rights around the world are reminiscent of past conditions.feedback

Stephen Macias

This was not the year for parades. This was the year to take to the streets and march. The march is still about celebrating our community but it's also about recognizing the climate we live in and the delicate balance around civil rights.feedback

George Chauncey

Instead of asking to be admitted into American society and be granted civil rights, this was initially a much more radical celebration – a celebration not on the nation's birthday but on the birthday of gay liberation. The arc of the gay movement in the 1960s followed the arc of the civil rights movement, moving from a very significant demand at its time of black civil rights in the '50s and '60s to a more militant demand of black power.feedback

Hillary Clinton

Now, I wish I had flown in from the White House, but I'm just as happy to be here anyway. You are an inspiring group. You come from 94 countries, speak 44 languages – you embody what makes New York and America great already. I'm certainly glad he wasn't banned from America. We all – not just our nation's leaders, but all of us – must recommit ourselves to the urgent work of protecting the safety and civil rights of all our people. But even that pales in comparison to what Myrlie went through, and frankly what a lot of people go through every day.feedback

Mary Frances Berry

People in the civil rights movement are still annoyed with Bill for some of the comments Bill made baout the responsibiity of the community as opposed to enforcement. I happen to disagree about that, too, but for me, it's beside the point.feedback

Rosa DeLauro

This administration is looking at civil rights broadly and undercutting these offices and dismantling anti-bias offices. You got a whole lot of efforts being made well under the radar.feedback

Ben Jealous

Our party is the party of FDR, JFK, MLK, RFK and LBJ. When you're that party, of course you have to stand up for civil rights. But if we're honest, each of those folks were as committed, if not more so, to ending poverty and expanding opportunity. Dr. King died planing the Poor Peoples' campaign. FDR's greatest legacy is what he did to lift us out of the Great Depression.feedback

Hillary Clinton

We didn't trust government, authority figures, or really anyone over 30. In large part thanks to years of heavy casualties and dishonest official statements about Vietnam, and deep differences over civil rights and poverty here at home. We were asking urgent questions about whether women, people of color, religious minorities, immigrants, would ever be treated with dignity and respect.feedback

Ben Jealous

We have fought and won against the odds before. We have the opportunity to move forward on the economy and on education as quickly as we moved forward on civil rights a few years ago.feedback

James Blake

I think in our country, in the States, there's good reason why our two biggest naming honors are for people who fought for equality, fought for civil rights: Arthur Ashe Stadium and the Billie Jean King Tennis Center. Both of them were fighting for equality and got courts named after them.feedback

Vanita Gupta

They can call it a course correction, but there's little question that it's a rollback of civil rights across the board.feedback

Elizabeth Hill

Each civil rights complaint received by OCR is given due care and attention, with OCR serving as a fair and impartial investigative office.feedback

Kelly Love

The Trump administration has an unwavering commitment to the civil rights of all Americans.feedback

Hillary Clinton

We didn't trust government, authority figures, or really anyone over 30. In large part thanks to years of heavy casualties and dishonest official statements about Vietnam, and deep differences over civil rights and poverty here at home. We were asking urgent questions about whether women, people of color, religious minorities, immigrants, would ever be treated with dignity and respect. Today has some important differences.feedback

Dennis W. Shedd

Today's decision may be celebrated by some as a victory for individual civil rights and justice, and by others as a political defeat for this President. Yet, it is shortsighted to ignore the larger ramifications of this decision. Regrettably, at the end of the day, the real losers in this case are the millions of individual Americans whose security is threatened on a daily basis by those who seek to do us harm.feedback

Jeff Sessions

I deeply understand the history of civil rights and the horrendous impact that relentless and systemic discrimination and the denial of voting rights has had on our African-American brothers and sisters. I have witnessed it. I understand the demands for justice and fairness made by the L.G.B.T. community. I understand the lifelong scars born by women who are victims of assault and abuse.feedback

Kristen Clarke

This is especially troubling as communities continue to be hit hard by issues such as voter suppression, hate crimes, police shootings of unarmed civilians and other problems that call for a strong and robust civil rights enforcement agenda.feedback

Elizabeth Gooding

I am speaking out for women who have been shamed, degraded, harassed, or otherwise prevented from nurturing their children by breastfeeding. Following the extremely upsetting incidents of breastfeeding discrimination at the YMCA, I made a choice that I would take a stand in hopes of enacting effective change in support of one of our most natural civil rights. I encourage women who face breastfeeding discrimination not to be silenced but to raise your voice.feedback

Cornell Brooks

It's been two years and 11 months and in that time the NAACP has been unrelenting in our challenge to this administration and other opponents of civil rights.feedback

Charles W. McNeill Jr

The church has been the power for our communities. It has been the information center and where we have been taught justice. We have to watch everything. It's no longer just civil rights.feedback

Neelima Vanguri

Other courts will look to this decision. I'm hopeful we will be able to expand civil rights for transgender people just a little.feedback

Julia Galyamina

This was not something abstract like civil rights, like freedom of speech. If you have an apartment and someone wants to confiscate it, that is awful. They are afraid.feedback

Jeff Sessions

The Department of Justice agrees with the need to rebuild public confidence in law enforcement through common-sense reforms, such as de-escalation training, and we will punish any police conduct that violates civil rights. But such reforms must promote public safety and avoid harmful federal intrusion in the daily work of local police.feedback

Kristen Clarke

It will be important for the Senate to carefully review his record if he indeed is the nominee because he has been on both sides of civil rights matters. His experience handling some civil rights matters does not answer key questions about his views on voting rights, policing reform and other core aspects of the division's work.feedback

Marquez Claxton

The difference between the Sessions administration and prior administrations, under Obama or whoever else, is the communication of the message. There's no shame to his game about how he feels about policing and how they should be protected. It's not a smoke signal for him, he's yelled it in everyone's ear. You're brave, you're warriors.' His messaging is clear. He's looking not only to communicate that, but he's looking to undo whatever progress was made in the past. He's looking to decimate the Civil Rights Division.feedback

Ricardo Rossello

The American citizens of Puerto Rico deserve to be treated fairly. Health and civil rights are not partisan issues.feedback

Randi Weingarten - American Federation of Teachers

What the new law doesn't do is abandon the requirement for the federal government to protect the civil rights of our students, even if those rights run counter to what states and districts want to do.feedback

Bettina Aptheker

[In] 1964 we were coming off the persecutions of the McCarthy era, speaker bans and the Civil Rights movement.feedback

Clint Cooper - Free Press

She continued its pro-civil rights stance, a stance that didn't endear her to everyone here at the time.feedback

Margaret Atwood

It seemed preposterous even to me. But I don't mean to say it was preposterous. I didn't think it was going to happen in that moment. When politically inclined people say they want to do such and such, I always believe them, so why be surprised? Then the 2016 U.S. election happened and all this became much more immediate. It's always a terrible idea for women when civil rights themselves get smashed, unless you take the view that women aren't human beings.feedback

Margaret Atwood

People have forgotten that civil rights themselves had to be hard fought for and have to be fought to maintain because someone is going to take them away from you if they get the chance... I think whole generations came along who didn't have to fight for those things, and weren't too worried. It was, did I do that?!feedback

James Forman Jr.

African-Americans have always viewed the protection of black lives as a civil rights issue, whether the threat comes from police officers or street criminals. Far from ignoring the issue of crime by blacks against other blacks, African-American officials and their constituents have been consumed by it.feedback

Jeffrey Lord

Think of Donald Trump as the Martin Luther King of health care. When I was a kid, President Kennedy did not want to introduce the civil rights bill because he said it wasn't popular and he didn't have the votes for it, et cetera. Dr. King kept putting people in the streets in harm's way to put the pressure on so the bill would be introduced.feedback

Jake Sussman

The court has become a much friendlier forum in civil rights cases, and it appears that criminal defendants have found a more open ear.feedback

Brian Johnson

A generation's time and place is defined by the debates they have. So, for example, we have civil rights and human rights and marriage rights and abortion rights. I think the coming discussion for our society will be evolution rights. I think we will see the same thing happen as we gain more powerful forms of enhancements in genetics and neurological enhancement and physical augmentation.feedback

Daniel Haqiqatjou

There has been this tendency to racialize Muslims, for Muslims to adopt this civil rights discourse for themselves and clearly that has moral traction because if you can think of yourself as the newest group that's been stigmatized then you can use the language of civil rights, which has a lot of currency. But that has theological implications because Muslim is not a race, it's a set of beliefs that you subscribe to.feedback

Elizabeth Wydra

With a Justice Garland, the right for women to choose an abortion and exercise equal citizenship would have been comfortably protected. The ability of agencies to safeguard clean air and water, civil rights and workplace safety would be less threatened. Gay men and lesbians would rest secure in their marriages and not feel vulnerable to discrimination based on who they love.feedback

Jackie Evancho

If I had the chance to sit down with (Trump), I would want to talk about how it's more of a civil rights issue and there needs to be some sort of legislation or federal law that ensures the protection and safety of my sister and other transgenders. It is a super dangerous concept to be in a restroom that you do not identify with and it's scary and I don't think anyone should have to deal with that.feedback

Neera Tanden

It's a false choice to say we have to decide between economic issues and civil rights. They're all part of the larger problem of inequality that we should be fighting against. There's no easy answers, and we're still at the very beginning of the ideas process.feedback

Fatima Goss Graves

When you put these appointments together, people have reason to pay close attention to this civil rights agenda.feedback

Dale Carpenter

In a major decision breaking with every other federal appeals court to rule on the issue, the en banc Seventh Circuit held today that sexual orientation discrimination is a form of sex discrimination forbidden by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The vote was 8-3. The opinion in Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College, by Judge Diane Wood, reasoned that sexual orientation discrimination is essentially indistinguishable from sex discrimination because the former relies on stereotyped concepts about how men and women should behave sexually and about with whom they should associate in their intimate lives. Because the decision creates a circuit split on the issue of anti-gay employment discrimination for the first time, the matter could now go to the Supreme Court as soon as next Term.feedback

Bill Cassidy

It is my understanding that never has there been one filibustered. We can see that those things that have happened, like civil rights, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, that have had an enduring positive effect on our country, have been done in a bipartisan fashion. When it's done with one party jamming it through, much like Obamacare, it leads into years of divisiveness. I think it's another place if we're going to find something that works across the nation, we need to have both parties involved.feedback

Richard Branson - Virgin Group

Dreaming is one of humanity's greatest gifts; it champions aspiration, spurs innovation, leads to change, and propels the world forward. In a world without dreams there would be no art, no adventure, no moon landing, no female CEOs, and no civil rights. . The benefits of dreaming far outweigh the perceived risks, because the value of dreaming isn't just measured by the outcome, but the inspiration that comes from journey of achieving the dream. I've been thinking a lot about the meaning of life and about the things that I want to teach them so that they live the best life possible.feedback

Kristen Clarke

In a 163 page report, the Justice Department laid out extensive evidence of unconstitutional policing practices including unlawful stops, searches, and arrests; racial disparities in the rates of stops, searches and arrests; and use of excessive force. The mayor, the community and the police department all support reform, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions is the obstacle standing in the way. This administration is making clear its intent to delay and obstruct federal civil rights enforcement across our country.feedback

Ben Jealous

It's easy to say you're the party of FDR and MLK and LBJ and talk about civil rights. If you want to build the party, you have to be equally on fire about ending poverty. That wasn't about race; that was about a campaign. If we are at our best we can beat Larry Hogan.feedback

Mara Keisling

There is a moratorium on civil rights. Local governments can no longer protect people, and that's never OK. Any moratorium on civil rights is always disgraceful in the United States.feedback

William Barber

This is a bait and switch. Any moratorium on civil rights is not a compromise, it is a contradiction with the principle of equal protection under the law and our moral values. We call on all those who stand for justice to vote no on compromise and pass a clean, full repeal of HB2.feedback

Mara Keisling

Enforcing federal laws like Title IX and other civil rights laws are not state-by-state options. They are the responsibility of the federal government.feedback

Chris Sgro

It doesn't matter if you are a Democrat or a Republican, if you vote for this bill, you are not a friend of the LGBT community. You are not standing on the right side of the moral arc of history or with the civil rights community.feedback

Clive James

The most threatening thing about her, from the American viewpoint, is that she refuses to treat the arts as an instrument of civil rights. Without talent, no entitlement.feedback

Ibrahim Hooper

It's part of being the nation's most prominent, active American-Muslim Civil rights and advocacy organization. We get it every day, particularly from the right wing of the political spectrum.feedback

Kristen Clarke

It took years for the civil rights division to be rebuilt and for it to return to its core focus of enforcing civil rights in an objective matter. At the end of the day, this was all conduct that played out under Mr. Acosta's watch.feedback

Preet Bharara

I am honored to join the NYU School of Law, one of the great educational institutions in America, and I welcome the chance to contribute in such a thoughtful setting. I am thrilled for this opportunity to continue addressing the issues I so deeply care about – criminal and social justice, honest government, national security, civil rights, and corporate accountability, to name a few. This is one way I plan to keep working hard on important issues I care about @nyu.feedback

John Crew

This is a problem not just for San Francisco. It's a problem around the country of local police assigning officers to the FBI under arrangements that have not been scrutinized in the past, where local civil rights and racial profiling policies are going to be reevaluated in the era of the Trump administration.feedback

Michael Knowles

It took a very long time to research this book. I've been observing the Democratic Party for at least 10 years now and when I observed their record and reasons to vote for them – on reasons of economics or foreign policy or homeland security or civil rights and so on – I realised it was probably best to just leave all the pages blank.feedback

Huang Xihua

You can't turn people's willingness to have babies on and off like a water tap. Once having fewer children becomes a trend, it's hard to reverse. Females reach sexual maturity at around 14 years old, and males at 16. That means Chinese people are sexually mature for six years before being allowed to marry. Lowering the legal marriage age is a way to protect civil rights and preserve social harmony.feedback

Jonathan Capehart

If an enduring face of the pain and promise of the Civil Rights movement is Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), then Peggy Wallace Kennedy has become a symbol of racial reconciliation. In speeches and interviews over the past few years, the diminutive daughter of segregationist Alabama governor George Wallace looms large as an authoritative voice in acknowledging a painful past as part of a larger effort to move our nation forward together.feedback

Morris Mock

It's empowering to see so many leaders, both here and abroad, offering their support to us as we speak out against Nissan's attacks on our civil rights at the plant. I have two daughters, and I want them to grow up in a community where they will have a real shot at a good future and a decent living. That's why I'm going to keep fighting for good jobs at Nissan's plant, no matter what it takes.feedback

Radley Balko

Seven Baltimore police officers have been indicted on federal racketeering charges, including “shaking down citizens, filing false court paperwork and making fraudulent overtime claims.” This all went on as the Justice Department was investigating the department for systemic civil rights violations - an investigation Attorney General Jeff Sessions suggested was unnecessary and demoralizing to police officers.feedback

Max Vernon

All those people were facing very real oppression, but they were still figuring out how to be colorful and connected as a community. They were at the birth of a political movement, and now we are experiencing a resurgence of that militant civil rights activism. I wanted to write a show that inspired people to learn from the past and pick up the torch and move forward.feedback

Richard Branson - Virgin Group

Dreaming is one of humanity's greatest gifts; it champions aspiration, spurs innovation, leads to change, and propels the world forward. In a world without dreams there would be no art, no adventure, no moon landing, no female CEOs, and no civil rights.feedback

Brandon Johnson

I don't know if it's through cutting of use of funding or civil rights lawsuits, since a lot of these universities do engage in organized conspiracies to suppress assembly by conservative groups. If professors are saying 'Trump is Hitler' in class, if they want to use their teaching pulpit to bully their students, they should be willing to deal with the consequences. Change the tenure system.feedback

Rachel Tiven

Enforcement of federal civil rights law is not a states' rights issue. Full stop.feedback

Jeff Sessions

There's a perception, not altogether unjustified, that the Civil Rights Division, goes beyond fair and balanced treatment.feedback

Ali Vitali - National Broadcasting Company

Acosta served as assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division under President George W. Bush, selected by the president in August 2003. Acosta was a member of the National Labor Relations Board and also served as Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Rights Division. Most recently, he was the dean of Florida International University College of Law.feedback

Kristen Clarke

This egregious conduct played out under Mr. Acosta's watch and undermined the integrity of the Civil Rights Division. It is hard to believe that Mr. Acosta would now be nominated to lead a federal agency tasked with promoting lawful hiring practices and safe workplaces.feedback

Glenn McCoy - Belleville News-Democrat

My cartoon was about how, in this day and age, decades beyond the civil rights protests, it's sad that people are still being denied the right to speak freely or do their jobs or enter public buildings because others disagree with who they are or how they think.feedback

Alan Milstein

I do not believe the lawsuit has merit. The argument that this was a 'private' Twitter feed makes no sense. Whether one is a journalist, athlete, politician, or any public figure, your Twitter account is part of your public persona. No one follows Mr. Hubbuch because of his private life; they follow him because he is a Post writer. The Post can fire an at will employee for any reason, even the wrong reason, as long as it does not violate some law like the cited NY Labor Law or the Civil Rights Act. I just don't think a Twitter feed is recreational under the Labor Law.feedback

Coretta Scott King

Civil rights leaders, including my husband and Albert Turner, have fought long and hard to achieve free and unfettered access to the ballot box. Mr. Sessions has used the awesome power of his office to chill the free exercise of the vote by black citizens in the district he now seeks to serve as federal judge.feedback

Arthur Hellman

The reputation is certainly deserved based on the history of the last 40 years or so. It's been more liberal, by which we mean more sympathetic to habeas petitioners, civil rights plaintiffs, anti-trust cases, immigration cases. But it's less of an outlier now than it was.feedback

Ashleigh Hansberger

Both generations have a sensitivity to important social and political causes. Optimistic boomers marched for civil rights in the sixties, while millennials were at the front of the Occupy movement and at the center of the Obama campaigns. Both generations showed up for the Women's March on Washington to stand up for the same ideals, and both generations are ambitious, achievement-oriented, community-centered and opportunistic, and share a desire to make the world a better place.feedback

John Conyers

Rosa was a true giant of the civil rights movement. There are very few people who can say their actions and conduct changed the face of the nation, and Rosa Parks is one of those individuals.feedback

Betsy DeVos

Opening a complaint for investigation in no way implies that the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has made a determination about the merits of the complaint.feedback

Lee Gelernt

The community support from everyone in New York and around the country is absolutely critical. Any successful civil rights movement needs the technical lawyering in court and the enormous support from the public.feedback

Laura Dern

I feel hopeful with the daily reminder that we peacefully protest, that we believe in our own internal revolution, that we honour our constitution and human rights which are women's rights and civil rights.feedback

Ted Lieu

Trump -- who lost the popular vote -- has made a series of racist, sexist and bigoted statements. In addition, he has attacked Gold Star parents, veterans such as John McCain and now civil rights icon John Lewis.feedback

Mike Pence

Donald Trump has every right to defend himself. When you have someone like John Lewis … for someone of his stature not only in the civil rights movement but in the voting rights movement to make the comment is deeply disappointing.feedback

Mike Pence

While I have great respect for John Lewis and for his contributions, particularly to the civil rights movement, I was deeply disappointed to see someone of his stature question the legitimacy of Donald Trump's presidency and to hear him say he was not attending the inauguration. I hope he reconsiders.feedback

Rand Paul

John Lewis is a partisan. I have a great deal of respect for him, but he's a partisan and I disagree with him on issues. I should be able to honestly disagree with him and not have it all come back to I have no appreciation for a civil rights icon because of this.feedback

Terri Sewell

Today, Birmingham takes its rightful place as the epicenter of the fight for Civil Rights in America. It is such a great tribute to the people of the City of Birmingham that President Obama would make this designation as one of his last actions before leaving the White House. President Obama's executive order will ensure that the fight for equal rights in the City of Birmingham will forever be cemented in the annals of our democracy.feedback

Corey Booker

I believe like perhaps all of my colleagues that in the choice between standing with Senate norms or standing up for what my conscience tells me is best for our country, I will always choose conscience and country. If one is to be attorney general, they must be willing to continue the hallowed tradition in our country of fighting for justice for all, for equal justice, for civil rights.feedback

Jeff Sessions

I was accused in 1986 of failing to protect the voting rights of African-Americans […] and of condemning civil rights advocates and organizations and even harbouring, amazingly, sympathies for the KKK. These are damnably false charges. I abhor the Klan and what it represents and its hateful ideology.feedback

Jeff Sessions

I deeply understand the history of civil rights and the horrendous impact that relentless and systemic discrimination and the denial of voting rights has had on our African-American brothers and sisters. I have witnessed it. I understand the demands for justice and fairness made by the LGBT community. I understand the lifelong scars borne by women who are victims of assault and abuse.feedback

Cornell William Brooks

As a matter of conscience and conviction, we can neither be mute nor mumble our opposition to Senator Jefferson Beauregard Sessions becoming Attorney General of the United States. Senator Sessions has callously ignored the reality of voter suppression but zealously prosecuted innocent civil rights leaders on trumped-up charges of voter fraud.feedback

Simone Bell

LGBT rights aren't a bargaining chip. Charlotte shouldn't have had to repeal its ordinance in exchange for H.B. 2 to be repealed. LGBT people in North Carolina still need protection from discrimination. The right action is for the North Carolina Legislature to pass a statewide comprehensive civil rights bill that includes full protections for LGBT people.feedback

Rizwan Jaka

I believe our nation must come together in unity and healing. I believe we must continue to advocate for religious freedom, better race relations, women's rights, national security, civil rights and counter bigotry in all forms.feedback

Bill Gates - Microsoft

Nate is a great example of what it takes to be an effective teacher. He works hard at his craft, always searching for ways to make a subject relevant for his students. For example, he uses 'Star Wars' to help explain Civil Rights. It's pretty amazing.feedback

Carolyn White

This was a pure power grab. I got arrested two years ago. Did it make any difference? No. But just like the civil rights movement, it's forward together. You just have to keep going forward.feedback

Darnell Hunt

The criticism of Hollywood has been in the past that if you are making a black film, it's either going to be about slavery or civil rights.feedback

Tim Cook - Apple

We put our weight behind lots of things in the civil rights area. Similarly, I think it's key that people think about what they stand for and help their communities. We always say that we want to leave the world better than we found it. So, we try to thoughtfully decide how we can do that.feedback

John B. King Jr.

The final rules give states more time and flexibility to provide every student with a high-quality, well-rounded education while ensuring that states and districts keep the focus on improving outcomes and maintaining civil rights protections for all of our children, particularly those who need our support the most.feedback

John B. King Jr.

The practice has been clearly and repeatedly linked to negative health and academic outcomes for students. It is opposed by parent organizations, teachers unions, medical and mental health professionals and civil rights advocates as a wholly inappropriate means of school discipline. There are better, smarter ways to achieve safe and supportive school environment.feedback

Gianni Pittella

Turkey under Mr Erdogan is more and more drifting towards an authoritarian regime. Our political message towards Turkey is that human rights, civil rights, democracy are non-negotiable if you want to be part of the EU.feedback

Marc Morial - National Urban League

We expect the Senate Judiciary Committee will conduct a thorough and complete examination to determine if he is fit to serve as the nation's chief enforcer of civil rights law. Every American should be concerned about the direction of the U.S. Department of Justice and oppose any nominee who threatens to turn back the clock on civil rights by 50 years.feedback

Kristen Clarke

Our nation deserves an attorney general who will be committed to enforcement of our nation's civil rights laws and who will not turn the clock back on progress that has been made.feedback

Thomas Figures

I believe that the statements and actions of Mr. Sessions regarding race, and regarding civil rights, impact tremendously on whether he is decent.feedback

LeBron James

Every professional athlete, regardless of race and gender, owes a huge debt of gratitude to Muhammad Ali. His legacy deserves to be studied and revered by every generation. I am honored to partner with the Smithsonian to celebrate one of the most influential figures in our nation's history who, along with Jackie Robinson and Jesse Owens, used the power of sports to advance our civil rights.feedback

Carl Icahn

Donald is going to surround himself with some very good people. He'll be a guy to do what you need to build consensus. He'll do it like Lyndon Johnson did it. Who would have thought Lyndon Johnson could get the Civil Rights Act through? There are so many unhappy people around, and the reason they're unhappy is the stagnation. That's why I think, even those that really don't like Trump personally, should give him a shot.feedback

Shonda Rhimes

These women have fundamentally altered the course of civil rights in America. I believe (they) are patriots in the strongest sense of the word, for they are trying to form a more perfect union.feedback

Brett Carr - FBI

The FBI Jackson Division is aware of the situation in Greenville, and we are working with our local, state and federal law enforcement partners to determine if any civil rights crimes were committed.feedback

Lili Bernard

He is paralleling my holding him accountable for his drugging and raping me, and the other 60 of us holding him accountable for drugging and raping us ... to his being a victim of racism, to him being a victim of a modern-day lynching. What that does is it denigrates the souls of the real heroes of the civil rights movement.feedback

Charles Upchurch

Jobs for one, but right now justice. ... Civil rights for everybody. We want justices whenever we go to our courts, justice when we go downtown to the police station.feedback

Earl Ofari Hutchinson

They openly espoused confrontations with police agencies, that as we know resulted in well-publicized attacks, shoot-outs and deaths. And, they seemed to present a violence-tinged alternative to the non-violent, legalistic, work-within-the-system approach that was the ethos of the Civil Rights Movement.feedback

Phil Harris - Geofeedia

That said, we understand, given the ever-changing nature of digital technology, that we must continue to work to build on these critical protections of civil rights.feedback

Henry Claypool

There are some people who are just so isolated that it really compromises their ability to enjoy their basic civil rights.feedback

Terry McAuliffe

Restoring these Virginians' civil rights is morally the right thing to do.feedback

Terry McAuliffe

Restoring the rights of Virginians who have served their time and live, work and pay taxes in our communities is one of the pressing civil rights issues of our day. I have met these men and women and know how sincerely they want to contribute to our society as full citizens again.feedback

Vanita Gupta

USERRA ensures that service members like Lt. Col. Fandrei who answer our nation's call to duty don't return to civilian life and find their employment benefits denied and their civil rights violated.feedback

Lee Wesley

We urge the Justice Department to conduct an investigation beyond just a civil rights violation because perhaps some other laws, both state and local laws, were violated, and they need to be investigated as well.feedback

Craig DeLuz

The California Legislature showed their true faces today. They abused the legislative process to enact their depraved anti-civil rights agenda.feedback

Mike Fichter

Today a federal judge denied the civil rights of unborn children, then proceeded to equate aborted children to common medical waste by blocking dignified disposal. This ruling is an appalling human rights injustice.feedback

Eric Swalwell

This was a historic, breakthrough moment. This isn't just noise. As Congressman John Lewis, the civil rights icon who led us onto the floor Wednesday, has said, it's good trouble, necessary trouble. ... Decades-old House rules from the pre-internet era shouldn't blind our nation to what their elected representatives are doing, or what they're refusing to do.feedback

Edward Blum

As long as universities like the University of Texas continue to treat applicants differently by race and ethnicity, the social fabric that holds us together as a nation will be weakened. Today's decision is a sad step backward for the original, color blind principles to our civil rights laws.feedback

Bill Owens

It is not a civil rights issue. I don't want my daughter in the restroom with a man. I don't want my wife in the restroom with a man. It is sick.feedback

Mac Thornberry

My understanding is that the provision that the gentleman refers to is a restatement of the religious liberties from the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Not what that tells me, if he opposes the bill based on that, is that there are members of looking for some excuse to vote against this bill. And you could always find one. I could find one myself. I don't think that's the right thing to do, however, for the men and women who serve our nation.feedback

Jocelyn Samuels

This case sends an important message that OCR [the HHS Office for Civil Rights] will not permit covered entities to compromise their patients' privacy by allowing news or television crews to film the patients without their authorization. And then I see, even with the blurred picture, you could tell it was him. You could hear his speech pattern. I hear my husband say, Does my wife know I'm here?feedback

Frederick Harris

The Black Lives Matter movement has been able to accomplish within two years where the civil rights establishment, President Obama and the Congressional Black Caucus haven't been able to do in six years. The question is: Will it be sustained, after Clinton has pretty much locked up the Black vote?feedback

Annemarie Jacir

My family is from Bethlehem, which was occupied in 1967. I was interested in doing something about this time period that was a tragedy for the Palestinians, but also a time of great hope. All over the world, not just in Palestine, but everywhere, young people were trying to do something to change their lives: student movements, anti-colonial movements, civil rights; there was something very special happening.feedback

Barack Obama

The report's narrative was woefully familiar. It evoked the kind of abuse and disregard for citizens that spawned the Civil Rights Movement. But I rejected the notion that nothing's changed. What happened in Ferguson may not be unique, but it's no longer endemic, or sanctioned by law and custom; and before the Civil Rights Movement, it most surely was.feedback

Chadwick Boseman

Around the same time that I heard of Martin Luther King, I heard of Jackie Robinson. They kind of just go together when you're talking about civil rights.feedback

Harrison Ford

We overcame that. We changed that. We recognized that it was a wrong thing and by (the) power of the commitment of these two men, things changed. And there's more to be done. There's more change to be wrought. But without what happened in baseball, I think the civil rights movement would have been years on down the line, compared to when it did happen.feedback

Dmitry Medvedev

The 30th of October is the date to commemorate the millions of broken destinies, people who had been executed without any trial or process. Those people who had been sent to the concentration camps, deprived of their civil rights just because they have chosen a wrong profession or because of their social origin.feedback

Jesse Jackson

The vote made us feel good about ourselves. But there was another element that felt very threatened and they should not have. The south should not feel threatened by our progress. Civil rights have made the new south prosper. I mean, you could not have had the investment of Honda, Mitsubishi, Toyota, all of them have invested in the south, the new professional athletics teams in the south, the Olympics in the south – the new south has been born again because of the civil rights laws. And so the irony is those who would benefit the most become oftentimes the most mean or the most frightened.feedback

Maxim Leo

I tried to write a book about how I remembered the former German Democratic Republic. Most books and movies about this subject deal with people in the Stasi or in the opposition movement for civil rights. There is nothing between these two subjects. Apparently one has to be a fighter for civil rights or a traitor. I tried to write about the fact that there was also normal life, family life, I wrote about people who were sad, happy, in love or not in love, about the fact that everything was possible. Because I do know myself very well and I know my family, I told a story about my family.feedback

Bill Nighty

If you ask me, or anyone of my generation 'What are the most important developments in your lifetime?' Like myself, many people would point to the emancipation of gay men and women in our lifetime. And the Civil Rights movement in America, perhaps. Those are the things that make you obscurely proud to have been around, for them. And the film concerns itself with that to a degree in a highly, as I emphasise, entertaining way. And also the miners' strike, about which there was not a lot of reliable information at the time, and so you get a bit of the truth.feedback

Vladimir Putin

In Ukraine, as you can see, our compatriots, Russian people and people of other nationalities, saw their language, culture and civil rights threatened. What kind of reaction did our partners expect from us after how events unfolded in Ukraine? We certainly had no right to leave the Crimean people and Sevastopol citizens at the hands of militant nationalists and radicals.feedback

Raul Grijalva

It is a split decision and I am very disappointed in the section that was found constitutional. I think it opens the door for increased violation of civil rights and discrimination.feedback

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