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American Civil Rights Project

The American Civil Rights Project knows that Americans’ civil rights are individual rights, equally held by all (regardless of whether those rights are understood as a positive enactment of centuries of ratifiers or as the common endowment of all children from nature and nature’s God). The ACR Project exists to protect and, where necessary, restore the primacy of all Americans’ shared civil rights. And we need your help!

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The American Civil Rights Project, a public-interest law firm, seeks to assure that American law equally protects all Americans. The ACR Project needs your help to pay for its efforts seeking to accomplish that goal. The ACR Project is a tax-exempt public charity, under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, so all contributions to the ACR Project may be tax deductible under Section 170 of the Code.

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Mistaken Heritage: How a Statutory Misreading Has Denied Congress’s Intended Beneficiaries Protection for Half a Century

August 23rd, 2021|Blog|

When the Voting Rights Act came up for renewal of its pre-clearance mechanism for the second time in 1975, Congress didn't just update its coverage formula and leave the statute in place. It amended the core provisions of the VRA, in relevant part, by adding provisions protecting "language minorities," including "persons who are ... of Spanish heritage." What did that mean in 1975? That question yields a clear answer upon consideration of the historical context, the text itself (supported by contemporaneous usage), Congress's enacted legislative findings, and the relevant legislative history -- those whose native language is Spanish, a disadvantaged group that is not identical with all Hispanics. But the courts have never applied this clear answer. The population Congress sought to protect through the 1975 amendments still largely suffers from the same problems Congress enacted the 1975 amendments to address. Instead, a misreading of the language of the amendments has yielded irrelevant relief to other groups for generations. This piece originally ran in The Federalist Society Review, Vol. 22.

Open Letter to Lowe’s Concerning Illegal Provisions of Making It … with Lowe’s Promotion

August 12th, 2021|Submissions|

In its current form, the "Making It ... with Lowe's" promotion discriminates based on race, ethnicity, sex, and gender, in violation of both state and Federal law. This threatens the company with potentially serious liability to America's small businesses and the company's officers and directors with potentially serious liability to their shareholders.

Comment on Department of Education’s Potential New Guidance on Nondiscriminatory Administration of School Discipline

July 23rd, 2021|Blog, Submissions|

Today, the ACR Project submitted a comment in response to the Department of Education’s Request for Information in support of an anticipated change in the Department's guidance on the "nondiscriminatory administration of school discipline." The Department's version of the relevant history was tellingly incomplete, omitting facts important to a proper assessment of both the relevant social science and the state of the law.  As the omissions are material, we briefly detail what OCR declined to include in the telling of this story, before turning to the legal infirmities of the guidance the Department seems driven to issue.

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