Reasons Why You Should Give to Howard Law’s Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Center for #GivingTuesday

The Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Center invites you to join ourGiving Tuesday campaign by helping us reach our goal of raising $10,000 today. Your donation will help us sponsor two Howard University law student internships at civil rights and human rights organizations beginning in the summer of 2020.

In addition, your tax-deductible Giving Tuesday donation will also support our center's ongoing work in extending the legacy of Howard University by advancing freedom, dignity, and equal justice under law.  This past year, our center and our affiliated Human & Civil Rights Law Clinic, Human and Civil Rights LawReview, and community organizing collaborative celebrated many accomplishments in the fields of human and civil rights litigation, including:

•Being a recipient of the 2019 Outstanding Achievement Award,courtesy of the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, along with attorneys at Arnold & Porter and Willkie Farr, for our clinic’s work on Casa de Maryland v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security, in which the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled that the Trump Administration’s recession of the DACA program should be vacated because it was arbitrary and capricious.

• Filing an amicus brief with the United States Supreme Court inGamble v. United States, along with Howard Law Professor Adam Kurland, defending the continued potency of federal civil rights statutes in light of a possible change in the separate sovereigns rule which may have made federal prosecutions of police officers for civil rights violations unsustainable.  The viability of these civil rights prosecutions was upheld in a 7-2 majority opinion.

• Launching a campaign, along with the ACLU of Michigan and Howard’s University’s Policing Inside Out prison education program, to challenge the unconstitutionally broad practice of banning books in prison libraries on civil rights issues and issues related to racial justice and criminal justice reform.  Our students helped to draft a demand letter to the Michigan Department of Corrections. Our center also plans to release its report detailing prison book banning practices in all 50 states later this year.

From reconstruction to the civil rights movement to the present-day era of BlackLivesMatter, Howard University has always been a sparkplug for social change and a thought leader in the movement for racial justice.  The Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Center is extending that legacy. With your support, we will continue to foster collaboration between community organizers, lawyers, and scholars at the forefront of the struggle for human rights and racial justice.

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Best Wishes,

Justin Hansford, Esq.
Professor of Law
Executive Director, Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Center