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  • USA Today: Voting Rights Act: Do we still need it?

    2/22/13

    PHILADELPHIA, Miss. — The murders of three young civil rights workers bent on registering black voters during 1964's "Freedom Summer" still haunts this tiny town in central Mississippi.

    Jewel Rush McDonald shudders at the thought of the beatings her mother and brother endured at the hands of the Ku Klux Klan five days before the murders. Stanley Dearman bemoans the four decades it took to get even one manslaughter conviction, and only after he badgered state officials in his weekly newspaper.

  • Uneven Discipline Yields Civil Rights Complaint Against Texas District

    2/21/13

    LDF's complaint regarding a Texas school district's policy of issuing criminal misdemeanor tickets to students  was featured in Education Week. The article includes a quote from LDF attorney Rachel Kleinman, Assistant Counsel of the Education Group

    "Instead of 'policing' students, school districts should adopt proven alternatives to keep misbehavior in check without treating young people like criminals"

  • Civil Rights Complaint Filed Against Texas School District for Issuing Class C Misdemeanor Tickets at Higher Rate to African-American Students

    2/20/13

    The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (“LDF”) joined other advocates in filing a federal civil rights complaint challenging a Texas school district’s practice of using law enforcement officers to issue criminal misdemeanor tickets to students for minor behavioral infractions.  The complaint outlines discriminatory patterns in the ticketing practice.  Nearly half of all misdemeanor tickets issued are for non-criminal conduct such as “disruption of class” and using cuss words.  And African-American students are four times more likely than

  • PBS Launches Oral History Project on the Passage of the Voting Rights Act

    2/20/13

    In the wake of the Supreme Court's review of Shelby County v. Holder, a case challenging the constitutionality of the Voting Rights Act, the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) has launched an oral history project in which viewers are asked to share their memories about the passage of the Act and how it changed their lives or communities. Even those not old enough to remember passage of the Act are encouraged to share how the Voting Rights Act has affected their community. Viewers have only 3 minutes to share their story.

  • LDF Lawyer Demands Equal Relief for Minority Low-Income Sandy Victims

    2/17/13

    Don't let Sandy become another Katrina: Opinion

    The first allocations of the $50.5 billion in federal Hurricane Sandy relief aid, approved late last month, are headed the Northeast’s way. The announcements were welcome news to people still struggling in Sandy’s aftermath, but if policymakers aren’t careful, they could bungle relief efforts in ways we haven’t seen since Hurricane Katrina.