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  • George Pens Argument for ESEA Reauthorization

    1/31/15

    LDF Senior Education Policy Counsel Janel George, along with Joseph Bishop and Dwanna Nicole , writes in a Huffington Post blog why it is imperative for Congress to quickly improve and reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA):

  • Deuel Ross Gives 29th Annual MLK Commemorative Event Keynote at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

    1/30/15

    LDF's Fried Frank Fellow Deuel Ross was the keynote speaker for the 29th Annual MLK Commemorative event at the University of Wisconsin on January 28th.  Ross spoke on "The Voting Rights Act: Historical and Contemporary Developments."

    Ross' work includes promoting the equal and active participation of all African-American voters in the democratic process.

  • Proll Adds Voice to Lynch's Nomination

    1/30/15

    Loretta Lynch Embraces Eric Holder's Legacy on Civil Rights

    President Barack Obama’s nominee to head the Justice Department appeared poised for Senate confirmation after two days of hearings in which Loretta Lynch earned the confidence of top Republicans on the Judiciary Committee – sometimes by distancing herself from outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder.

    But, to the relief of civil rights advocates, Lynch also pointed to areas of Holder's legacy – particularly involving race – that she plans to continue.

  • Ifill Discusses Loretta Lynch Senate Confirmation Hearings on The Reid Report

    1/29/15

    LDF President and Director-Counsel Sherrilyn Ifill joined MSNBC's The Reid Report today with host Joy-Ann Reid to discuss Loretta Lynch's Senate confirmation hearings. Up for discussion were Loretta Lynch's stance on voter ID laws, waterboarding and the current state of law enforcement.

  • LDF Supports Loretta Lynch Nomination for U. S. Attorney General

    1/28/15

    Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on the nomination of Loretta Lynch to be the nation’s 83rd Attorney General.  Currently, Ms. Lynch is the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.  If confirmed, Lynch would be the nation’s first African-American female, and second African American, to serve as Attorney General.