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  • The Elite Eight, on the Federal Radar

    11/11/12

    The civil rights office of the federal Department of Education has rightly decided to investigate a complaint filed in September by civil rights groups over the admissions policies of eight highly competitive “specialized” high schools in New York City, among which are Stuyvesant, the Bronx High School of Science and Brooklyn Technical High School.

  • Three Strikes Made Fairer

    11/09/12

    California’s voters softened one of the nation’s most destructive and unfair sentencing policies this week when they approved a ballot initiative revising the infamous three-strikes law of 1994, which imposes a life sentence for any felony conviction — no matter how minor — if the defendant has two previous serious convictions.

  • Supreme Court Will Decide Whether to Strike Down the Heart of Voting Rights Act

    11/09/12

    NAACP Legal Defense Fund Warns of Clear and Persisting Threats to Minority Voter Access and Equality

    (Washington, D.C.) – Today, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear a case brought by Shelby County, Alabama that challenges the constitutionality of the heart of the Voting Rights Act. 

  • NEJAD Video: Vigilance in the Defense of Liberty and Freedom

    11/01/12

    View LDF's video, "Vigilance in the Defense of Liberty and Freedom", presented at our 2012 National Equal Justice Award Dinner held in New York City on November 1, 2012.

     

  • Why Diversity Counts in National Security

    10/22/12

    The reality of demographics mandates a sharp focus on creating leaders from the burgeoning Hispanic and Asian American communities.  The history of Vietnam tells us we need to keep that same focus on the African American community. Leaders are created, not born, and a particular responsibility lies with higher education to ensure a sustained flow of leaders to meet this county’s national security needs.