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    New State Voter Identification Laws

    Civil rights experts talked about the current status and impact of new state voter identification laws. Hans Von Spakovsky said the laws do not suppress voter turnout and help address…

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    State Voting Law Changes and Voters' Rights

    House Democratic members held a forum on recent voter identification requirements in Kansas, Tennessee, and Wisconsin, which had passed voter identification measures requiring a photo ID to…

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    Rally Against NSA Surveillance

    Stop Watching Us, a coalition of groups against mass surveillance, held a rally on the National Mall in front of the Capitol. Speakers included a former NSA employee, former…

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    The 14th Amendment and Race

    Civil rights scholars and leaders talked about the historical significance of the 14th Amendment and recent proposals to repeal it. They also responded to questions from the…

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    Criminal Justice System

    Panelists talked about race and the criminal justice system. Much of the discussion focused on the Trayvon Martin case in Florida in which a white neighborhood watchman shot and killed…

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    Book Discussion on Lobbyists at Work

    Beth Leech talked about her book, Lobbyists at Work, in which she profiles various lobbyists working in Washington, DC, to highlight the role they play in our political system. During…

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    Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Jesse Jackson

    Professor and author Michael Eric Dyson hosted a symposium on the life and legacy of Jesse Jackson. Al Sharpton and Frederick Haynes spoke about Reverend Jackson’s contributions…

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    Airport Body Scanners

    Laura Murphy talked about the new Transporation Security Administration body scanners, and he responded to telephone calls and electronic communications. The ACLU has expressed…

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    Women in the Civil Rights Movement

    Women civil rights leaders honored attorney Barbara Arnwine for her achievements in racial justice and civil rights. Then they discussed the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington…

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    Effects of Campaign Contribution Limits

    Participants discussed campaign finance reform. They claimed that although the original 1974 law had accomplished much to combat political corruption, decisions since then, including…

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    Privacy in the Digital Age

    Panelists talked about how new technologies have outpaced traditional privacy safeguards and what the possibilities are for updating the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) and…

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    Civil Liberties and National Security Post-September 11

    Laura Murphy and Cliff May talked about civil liberties versus security since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. They also responded to telephone calls and electronic…

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    The Communicators with Grover Norquist and Laura Murphy

    Grover Norquist and Laura Murphy talked about potential changes to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), which governs government access to information stored on the…

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    Muslim American Civil Rights

    Rep. Conyers, House Judiciary Committee ranking member, and other civil rights advocates held a citizens' hearing on the status of civil rights and civil liberties after the September…

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    New Voter Identification Laws

    Laura Murphy talked about ways the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Justice Department plan to challenge new voter identification laws in several states. She also…

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    Privacy, Domestic Intelligence, and Information Sharing

    A panel discussion was held on protecting individual privacy when intelligence agencies share information. Lisa Graves moderated.



    “The Way Forward: Privacy and Domestic…

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    Anti-Terrorism Legislation

    The participants announced the formation of a new organization, Patriots to Restore Checks and Balances, to seek congressional review of the most intrusive provisions of the Patriot…

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    Police Misconduct: Attorneys Panel

    Attorneys talked about the problem of police brutality. Among the topics they addressed were racial profiling, treatment of minorities by police departments, recent tensions over…

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    Police Brutality in Minority Communities

    Caucus members met to address the issue of police brutality. They heard testimonial accounts of brutality from a number of persons, and concluded with recommendations for solutions.

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    M.L. King Remembrance and Honors Ceremony

    Through a variety of presentations and performances, participants honored the memory of Martin Luther King and talked about the state of civil rights and race relations.

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