Tell your Senator to confirm Debo Adegbile to run the Justice Department Civil Rights Division

On January 8, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on the nomination of Debo Adegbile to be Assistant Attorney General, heading the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. Mr. Adegbile is a tireless advocate, a skilled litigator, and a well-respected member of the legal community who is extraordinarily qualified for and suited to this position. The nomination is expected to come before the full Senate for a vote this week.

Mr. Adegbile is one of the preeminent civil rights litigators of his generation. The son of immigrants who worked his way from poverty to the top of the legal profession, Mr. Adegbile is a steadfast voice for equality and opportunity for all Americans. He has argued before the Supreme Court twice, and has served for a decade in various leadership positions at the nation’s first civil rights law firm, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

Mr. Adegbile is exceptionally qualified to lead the Civil Rights Division at this time in history. He has litigated cases across civil rights subject areas, from voting rights to fair housing to employment discrimination to equal educational opportunity. He has practiced law at all levels, from the trial court to the Supreme Court, and has appeared in courts throughout the country. He twice defended the Voting Rights Act before the U.S. Supreme Court.

But, of course, the prospect of a champion of civil rights leading the Civil Rights division has upset the far right, and they’ll do everything they can to stop Mr. Adegbile from being confirmed. So we need to fight back. Tell your Senator to vote to confirm Debo Adegbile!


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