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Liberties Group Names New Head

October 12, 1999

WASHINGTON (AP) _ The civil liberties group People for the American Way named a new president Tuesday.

Ralph G. Neas, who led the Leadership Conference for Civil Rights for 14 years, will succeed Carole Shields, who has been president since 1996.

Neas, a native of Brookline, Mass., who now lives in Bethesda, Md., made an unsuccessful bid for Maryland’s 8th District congressional seat last year, running as a Democrat. A civil rights and civil liberties advocate for almost two decades, he drafted the first Women’s Economic Equity Act as a Senate staff member.

``Ralph Neas has led the way in many decisive fights to protect Americans’ rights and liberties _ helping win key battles that many people said were unwinnable,″ said David Altschul, chairman of People for the American Way.

He assumes the post in January.

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