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The Rollback of Civil Rights in the Courts and the Potential Impact of the Civil Rights Act of 2008

By Cristóbal Joshua Alex

Amid growing poverty and inequality, advocates’ ability to use the courts to enforce civil rights has been limited. In a series of decisions denying rights and remedies, the U.S. Supreme Court has chipped away at the reach of our civil rights acts. The new president must act to restore those civil rights that have been lost and to protect them from further attack. The Civil Rights Act of 2008, introduced by Sen. Edward Kennedy, can strengthen the foundation of civil rights and racial justice and ensure individual rights and liberties.

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