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Civil Rights and Race Relations in America and Their Impact on the Lives of African Americans
8/03/10Related Case or Issue:
(New York, NY) – Today, the District Court granted the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.’s (LDF) motion to intervene in a lawsuit initiated by the State of Georgia. LDF seeks to defend and enforce Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act on behalf of organizations committed to the registration of African-American and other minority voters in Georgia, as well as African-American registered voters whose voting rights are directly impacted by this registration change and constitutional challenge.
The funding formula used to provide grants to New Orleans residents whose homes were damaged or destroyed by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita very likely disadvantaged black homeowners because it was based on depressed property values that result from both current racial isolation and the city’s segregated past, a U.S. District Court judge has indicated.
Seven leading civil rights groups, including the NAACP and the National Urban League, called on U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today to dismantle core pieces of his education agenda, arguing that his emphases on expanding charter schools, closing low-performing schools, and using competitive rather than formula funding are detrimental to low-income and minority children.
(New York, NY) -- The ordeal that Shirley Sherrod has endured this week with such strength and grace should never have happened. No one should be so unfairly accused. And no one should lose their job without a fair chance to respond to the allegations against them. Of course, Shirley Sherrod should be reinstated to an appropriate position. Of course, she should receive an apology from those government officials who contributed to her ordeal.