Professor Spencer Overton Is The Right Choice To Lead Joint Center

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February 11, 2013                                                                                         

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Statement from Advancement Project

Professor Spencer Overton Is The Right Choice To Lead Joint Center

In response to George Washington University Professor Spencer Overton’s appointment as the new Interim President & CEO of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, Advancement Project Co-Director Judith Browne Dianis issued the following statement.

“A longtime champion for justice and equality, Professor Spencer Overton is perfectly equipped to lead the Joint Center as the organization taps new strategies and solutions for empowering and improving the socioeconomic status of people of color,” said Advancement Project Co-Director Judith Browne Dianis. “Particularly in the arena of voting rights, Overton has been a defender of a just democracy in which all voices have an opportunity to be heard. During his tenure at the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Policy, he played a key role in creating and implementing policies to strengthen election laws, including the National Voter Registration Act and the Voting Rights Act, while his academic work persistently urges policymakers to work harder to ensure that elections are free, fair and accessible for all Americans.

“Given the wave of voter suppression sweeping the country, making the right to vote an increasingly urgent civil rights issue, Overton’s standing as one of the nation’s leading academics on election law will be a tremendous benefit to the Joint Center. I applaud his appointment and look forward to seeing the organization continue to provide groundbreaking research that can shape policies to advance equity and opportunity.”

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