Sharpton Presses Sessions On Travel Ban, Garner, Scott and Voting Rights

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Rev. Sharpton. Photo: MercuryLLC

Civil Rights leader and National Action Network (NAN) President and founder Rev. Al Sharpton met with Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday, March 7, 2017, along with other leading civil rights group principals. In the meeting, Rev. Sharpton and Attorney General Sessions discussed objections to the current travel ban, the weakening of voting rights and the TX Voter ID case, the Walter Scott and Eric Garner cases, and the Civil Rights Division not interfering with the use of consent decrees.

In addition, Rev. Sharpton and Attorney General Sessions spoke about the lack of outrage from the Attorney General’s office around the current hate crimes against various citizens. According to Rev. Sharpton: “We were not hostile, but we showed holy indignation.”

Attending the meeting along with Rev. Al Sharpton were Marc Morial, CEO of the National Urban League, Wade Henderson, President and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Melanie L. Campbell, President and CEO of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation and convener of the Black Women’s Roundtable Public Policy Network, Sherilynn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, and Kristen Clarke, President of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

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