FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Issues Statement in Response to Election of
President-Elect Donald Trump and Subsequent Protests in Several Cities Across U.S.
WASHINGTON, D.C., November 10, 2016 – Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, issued the following statement at the conclusion of the 2016 presidential election:
"We stand at a critical moment in American democracy. Events over the past year make clear that our nation is deeply divided. We must work together to bridge this divide to create the conditions necessary to achieve unity, promote cross-racial understanding and eliminate racial tensions.
The origins of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee) lie inside the White House. In 1963, President John F. Kennedy issued a call for lawyers across the country to mobilize to help combat discrimination and protect the rights of minorities. While some progress has been made, we know that this progress is fragile and can be easily unraveled. As we prepare for President-Elect Donald Trump’s tenure and a change in administration, the Lawyers’ Committee will continue to advocate for policies that ensure that every man, woman and child living in this nation is treated with dignity, fairness, respect and equality. In 2017, we will aggressively push the new administration, as we have consistently pushed every administration for decades, to take action to promote and ensure equality and justice under law for all.