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Court Decisions Affect Our Lives.

The National Campaign to Restore Civil Rights works to ensure that the courts protect and preserve justice, fairness, and opportunity for everyone. NCRCR focuses on public education and outreach, finding ways to get the message out about the impact of court rulings on our communities, our opportunities and our rights. Learn more.


On Friday April 15th, NCRCR will be having a fundraising event -- please join us!

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NCRCR Recognizes the Next Generation of Civil Rights Leaders

What Does Equality Mean to You?The National Campaign to Restore Civil Rights has announced the winners of its 2010 Written Essay and Visual Image Contest. The contest entitled "What Does Equality Mean to You?" asked youth ages 14-18 across the United States to define equality from their unique perspectives by submitting either a written entry or a visual image such as a drawing, cartoon or photograph. Winners were selected by a panel of high-profile judges, including singer and songwriter Alicia Keys, comedian Margaret Cho, Congressman Keith Ellison (MN), Congressman Gregory Meeks (NY) and NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous. Take a look at the winning entries.

Real People, Real Stories

pollutionSouth Camden, New Jersey, is home to more than 100 contaminated sites and hundreds of polluting industries. The city's drinking-water supply has been contaminated for decades, and its air pollution levels are among the highest in New Jersey.

In 2001, a court stopped a permit for a new cement factory because of the unfair polluting impact that this plant would have on its neighbors (there were already many toxic plants in the area). The court said that the people who lived in the area around the factory were being discriminated against because of their race, and made to bear more than their fair share of the problems of pollution. However, following the Supreme Court ruling in 2001's Sandoval case, it is no longer enough to prove that there is a discriminatory effect on a racial group. Instead, people have to prove that the discrimination was intentional, something almost impossible to do.

After several appeals, the people of South Camden finally lost their case in 2006.

Learn more about the court cases that have put our civil rights at risk.

Monthly Featured Partner: New York Lawyers for the Public Interest

New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI) is a nonprofit, civil rights law firm that strives for social justice through impact litigation, systemic reform community organizing and advocacy.

Civil Rights in the News

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Made by award-winning documentarian Stanley Nelson, this video exposes the negative consequences of a federal judiciary that is increasingly opposed to civil rights protections. Mr. Nelson puts a human face on what has come to be known as the rollback of civil rights. Watch the documentary here.

A civil rights glossary

And the role of the courts