Our deadline poet, Skip Tenczar, notes the chaos in Florida
During the pandemic there was a spring break,
A southern flight of students going on the make.
They reveled at parties,
Now some of these smarties
Will return to their homes with a Covid mistake.
We chat with Kadeem Cooper, Policy Counsel for the Public Policy Project at the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Senate Introduction of the For the People Act Puts the Spotlight on Voting Rights https://lawyerscommittee.org/senate-introduction-of-the-for-the-people-act-puts-the-spotlight-on-voting-rights/
Redistricting Engagement Campaign Will Mobilize College Campuses and Community Leaders https://lawyerscommittee.org/redistricting-engagement-campaign-will-mobilize-college-campuses-and-community-leaders/
Aside: Republican pushback:
GOP warns HR 1 could be 'absolutely devastating for Republicans'
Some openly fret that broader access to voting will harm the party's chances.https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/gop-warns-hr-absolutely-devastating-republicans/story?id=76555647&fbclid=IwAR2CBlKDWZkk4KuxmKFlOxVEugKjLU1rqTILmo_hFL0cZ6g_eZEevcL0ap8
About the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law" The Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers Committee), a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, was formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to involve the private bar in providing legal services to address racial discrimination. The principal mission of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is to secure, through the rule of law, equal justice for all, particularly in the areas of voting rights, criminal justice, fair housing and community development, economic justice, educational opportunities, and hate crimes. For more information, please visithttps://lawyerscommittee.org.
bio: Kadeem Cooper serves as Policy Counsel for the Public Policy Project at the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, focusing primarily on the advancement and protection of voting rights in federal elections.
Prior to joining the Lawyers Committee, Kadeem served as Counsel to the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis. Cooper previously worked as a litigation associate at Covington & Burling LLP and Paul, Weiss LLP. Kadeem received his J.D. from New York University School of Law, where he was an Arthur Garfield Hays Fellow. He received his B.A. from the University of Virginia.
We chat with Kadeem about the provisions of HR 1, which would guarantee voter rights, provide for finance reform, and stop the revolving door, in addition to other reforms.
The provisions of HR 1 has many other effects on federal elections. We discuss them in detail.
We chat with Pedro Gerson, director of the Immigration Law Clinic at the Louisiana State University Law Center.
Immigration Is Not a Crisis What would our laws look like if we stopped treating migration as a problem to be solved
bio: Pedro Gerson directs and teaches the LSU Immigration Clinic. Before joining the LSU Law Center he served as an immigration Staff Attorney at The Bronx Defenders in New York City, a public defender nonprofit. He previously held several positions in Mexico City. Most recently, he was a researcher and project manager working on anti-corruption and police accountability at the Instituto Mexicano para la Competitividad (IMCO), a think tank. He also worked in government, serving as a director for a data analytics team in the National Digital Strategy Unit of the Office of the President of Mexico. While in Mexico, he was an adjunct professor in the economics and law departments at Instituto Tecnolgico Autnomo de Mexico and Universidad Iberoamericana, where he taught courses on History of Economic Thought, Law and Economics, and Anti-Corruption Law.
President Biden's mistake at U.S. southern border isn't what clueless pundits, GOP think it is | (Will Bunch) As critics use a border refugee surge to score cheap political points, Biden must stay the course on human rights over optics. https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/biden-border-surge-refugees-human-rights-20210321.html
We talk about the current state of immigration activity. Pedro chooses to view immigration not as a threat, but as an opportunity. We discuss what would happen if the borders were permanently closed, and if they were opened to more immigrants, who might not necessarily be looking for permanent status in the US, but for ability to move in/out. To believe in the US is to believe in the strength of immigrants' contributions.