July 10, 2017 (BALTIMORE) – Leon W. Russell, Chair of the
NAACP Board, issued the following statement today in response to President
Trump’s nomination of Eric Dreiband to serve as the U.S. Department of
Justice’s Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights.
“There is no question that our nation has made tremendous
progress toward advancing equality and opportunity for every single American.
Yet, despite these many steps forward, there continue to be far too many daily
steps back – on issues from voting rights to police reform.
that remind us of the importance of institutions like the Department of
Justice’s Civil Rights Division – and today, they also serve as proof that
President Trump’s nomination of Eric Dreiband to head this office is exactly
the wrong choice for this moment.
been on the wrong side of issues pertaining to housing, hate crimes and the
many other critical areas that the Civil Rights Division oversees as part of
its core mission.
Box’ policies, brought cases challenging the Affordable Care Act’s
contraceptive mandate and defended the North Carolina bathroom bill – all which
are policies that protect Americans.
Opportunity Commission and the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs –
which would severely limit the powers of both agencies – as well as an
administration that unapologetically sows division, our country needs a true
advocate for civil rights in the Department of Justice. And that is not Eric
the face of this dangerous choice, we are prepared to use every resource at our
disposal to keep the United States on a path toward greater justice.”