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Lambda Legal files diversity-based suit against Trump executive order
2020-11-18

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On Nov. 16, Lambda Legal urged a federal district court to bar the Trump administration from implementing its recent executive order that prohibits federal contractors and grantees from conducting workplace diversity trainings or engaging in grant-funded work that explicitly acknowledges and confronts the existence of structural racism and sexism in our society.

Lambda Legal, on Nov. 2, filed a lawsuit challenging the ban in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on behalf of six organizational plaintiffs, including AIDS Foundation of Chicago.

"The Trump administration has been characterized by its disdain of everyone it considers an other, and its efforts to squash the truth. Even as the sun sets on it, this administration seeks to suppress the truth about the harms of systemic racism and sexism, and implicit bias," said Lambda Legal Senior Attorney Omar Gonzalez-Pagan in a statement. "We are under no illusions as to the long-term damage the Trump administration can inflict on its way out the door.

"Cutting federal funding now for organizations on the front line combatting COVID-19, HIV/AIDS, and the violence perpetrated on Black and Brown people by law enforcement—epidemics linked by their disproportionate impact on communities of color—would severely restrict their ability to protect people from harm and deliver critical services at a time when those services are needed more than ever."

The lawsuit is The Diversity Center v. Trump. Read the brief and more about the case here: www.lambdalegal.org/in-court/cases/the-diversity-center-v-trump .


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