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EMILY’s List Celebrates the 55th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act

For Immediate Release
July 2, 2019

EMILY’s List Celebrates the 55th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In honor of the 55th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act, Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY’s List, released the following statement:

“Fifty five years ago today, the Civil Rights Act was signed into law and helped bring an end to discrimination in public places and the Jim Crow era; outlawed segregation in our schools and discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. Unfortunately, under the Trump administration, the civil rights of women, people of color, and immigrants have been under constant fire by the GOP’s dangerous and discriminatory policies intended to turn back the clock. 

"No one should live in fear of being stripped of their rights — Republicans must be held accountable. EMILY’s List is proud to support pro-choice Democratic women who have stood up for their communities and fought against discrimination since day one. They're needed now more than ever. In the face of countless attacks on progress, we're forever reminded of the struggles — and hard won fights — of those before us, but today we're also reminded of what's at stake come 2020. The fight for progress is far from over. ”  

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