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It is with great sadness that LDF mourns the passing of Chokwe Lumumba, the mayor of Jackson, Mississippi. Mayor Lumumba was a revered civil rights lawyer, a human rights activist, and, as the co-founder of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, a true revolutionary. He devoted himself completely to principles of freedom and self-determination for black people.
This year, Christina Swarns, Director of LDF's Criminal Justice Practice and Interim Director of Litigation has been chosen as an Honorary Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, from which she is an alum.
Cut to Early Voting Decreases Access to the
Polls and Weakens Georgia’s Democracy
In the wake of the disappointing verdict in the Michael Dunn trial, Sherrilyn Ifill and Philip Goff, argue that "[w]ithout an honest effort to engage the realities of race and perception, we will continue to see sanitized prosecutions in cases involving shootings laden with racial implications.
This week, Ria Tabacco Mar testified at a public hearing before the DC Council's Committee on Economic Development, urging the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) to adopt fairer hiring practices.