Trump’s pick to head division of Civil Rights at DOJ has failed to protect rights in the past – he’s fought against them! 

Trump’s pick to head division of Civil Rights at DOJ has failed to protect rights in the past – he’s fought against them!

Trump’s pick to lead DOJ civil rights will do the exact opposite of protecting people’s equality.  

Trump has tapped Eric S. Dreiband to lead the civil rights unit of the Justice Department. If confirmed by the Senate, he will be in charge of overseeing cases involving voting rights, policing and discrimination.

Vanita Gupta, former leader of the civil rights division under the Obama administration said:

“Whoever leads the ‘crown jewel’ of the Justice Department must have deep relationships with stakeholders and marginalized communities, and have a deep, abiding faith in our nation’s civil rights laws…”

“They must respect the laws that touch everyone, rights that people have literally died for. They must respect the role of what has been called the conscience of the federal government. In all those regards, Eric Dreiband is woefully unqualified to lead the Civil Rights Division.”

Dreiband has quite a record of representing organizations—mainly those that actively fought for their right to discriminate against certain groups. It also appears that he also has little to no experience in advocating for civil rights laws.
Jesselyn McCurdy, a director in the American Civil Liberties Union Washington office said:

“As a private attorney, Dreiband represented organizations seeking religious exemptions to avoid providing contraceptive coverage for women in the workplace.   He also argued on behalf of the University of North Carolina in support of a law that discriminates against trans people.” 

More on this story from The Daily Kos here.  

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Education Secretary Nominee Betsy DeVos may have plagiarized Obama administration official’s press release. 

Education Secretary Nominee Betsy DeVos may have plagiarized Obama administration official's press release.
Education Secretary Nominee Betsy DeVos may have plagiarized Obama administration official’s press release.

Education Secretary Nominee Betsy DeVos may have plagiarized Obama administration official’s press release.

Democrats have submitted hundreds of questions to Education Secretary Nominee Betsy DeVos. In response to a question from Sen. Patty Murray, the top Democrat on the committee, on bullying of LGBT students, DeVos almost directly — and uncited — quoted Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta, head of Obama’s Civil Rights Division at the Justice Department.

The questions — which totaled over 1,000 — were answered in DeVos’ name, but it’s unclear what role aides and staffers played in answering the queries.

“Every child deserves to attend school in a safe, supportive environment where they can learn, thrive, and grow.”

Gupta was credited with nearly the same quotes in a May 2016 press release on ensuring the civil rights of transgender students.

Gupta wrote:

“Every child deserves to attend school in a safe, supportive environment that allows them to thrive and grow.” 

CNN has more details here.