New Video Highlights Jeff Sessions’ War on Voting Rights in Alabama

Categories: Nominations, Press Releases, Voting Rights

For Immediate Release
Contact: Shin Inouye, 202.869.0398, inouye@civilrights.org

WASHINGTON – Today, The Leadership Conference on Human and Civil Rights released a video highlighting Sessions’ attempt to jail Alabama civil rights workers who were registering black voters in 1985.

The video features one of Sessions’ victims, Evelyn Turner, discussing how she was targeted for wrongful prosecution for helping elderly Black voters. In the video, she declares that “Jeff Sessions has not changed one bit.” The video includes Alabama State Senator Hank Sanders and Congressman John Lewis each testifying about Sessions’ career as an opponent of civil rights and exhorts viewers to call their senator to oppose his nomination for Attorney General. . 

“Senator Sessions is unfit to be the attorney general,” said Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference. “This video focuses on voting rights.  We wanted to feature his whole record against immigrants, Muslims, women, refugees, people of color, and the LGBT community, but we only had one minute.”

The video can be viewed here.

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the rights of all persons in the United States. The Leadership Conference works toward an America as good as its ideals. For more information on The Leadership Conference, visit www.civilrights.org.

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