Defending Rights & Dissent joined with 60 other civil society organizations in urging the Senate to vote against confirming Kenneth Marcus to serve as Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education. The letter was initiated by the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.
The letter builds on one sent in January by 31 civil rights organizations, and a letter DRAD sent in December and reflects growing opposition to the controversial nominee.
The signatories urge the Senate to vote against his confirmation because Marcus “has not demonstrated a willingness and ability to enforce civil rights law and protect all students in our country from discrimination.” The letter includes examples of the ways in which Marcus’ “own record of anti-civil rights positions and his failure to articulate clear support for robust civil rights enforcement during his confirmation hearing are all the more troubling given the anti-civil rights actions of Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and President Trump.”
The letter can be read in its entirety here.
Read more about our opposition to this nominee here.