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The Power of Now
"A discussion about unrest in Baltimore with Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund."
With Sherrilyn Ifill, Searching for solutions in Baltimore, Face the Nation (May 3, 2015)
Marrying Dignity and Equal Protection
"Yesterday, as the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments about whether states can exclude gays and lesbians from the benefits of marriage, the crisis in Baltimore flooded the airwaves and brought renewed attention to long-simmering issues of racial justice. While the two issues might seem worlds apart, the often-overlooked truth is that both come down to the fundamental question of whether we as a nation take seriously the responsibility to confer equal dignity upon every citizen."
Today, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational, Inc. (LDF) defends before the federal Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals its trial court win against SB 14, Texas’s intentionally discriminatory voter ID law and the strictest voter ID law in the nation. This week’s oral argument in the appellate court in Veasey v.
5th Circuit Hears Texas Voter ID Law Dispute
Natasha Korgaonkar, Assistant Counsel for the NAACP, said in an interview following the hearing that while Texas calls its state-issued voter registration cards "free," actually they are not free at all. She said that in order to get the cards voters must first have certain identification, such as a birth certificate, and that plaintiffs have had to pay up to $40 to obtain the document.