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  • Court ruling victory for African American firefighters

    5/25/11

    CHICAGO - It was a long time in coming and a major blow against discrimination in hiring practices here. The 7th US Court of Appeals ordered the Chicago Fire Department (CFD) to hire 111 African Americans who had passed a qualifying exam to become fire fighters in 1995, but then weren't considered after the qualifying criteria was changed.

  • Civil Rights groups want in on prison gerrymandering suit

    5/18/11

    The State of New York filed a very perfunctory rebuttal to the Senate GOP’s legal challenge to “prison gerrymandering,” and now a group of outside organizations — including the NAACP, Common Cause and VOCAL-NY — wants to intervene on the state’s behalf.

    From a court filing yesterday:

  • LDF Reflects: 57 Years After Brown

    5/17/11

    Today marks the fifty-seventh anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Brown v.

  • Civil Rights Organizations File Motion to Defend Law Ending Prison-Based Gerrymandering

    5/17/11

    Voters and Community Groups Intervening in Suit to Ensure that All New Yorkers Are Equally Represented in State and Local Legislatures

    Albany, NY – Today, top civil rights organizations filed a motion in New York Supreme Court asking to intervene to help defend New York’s new law allocating people in prison to their home communities for redistricting and reapportionment. 

  • Louisiana Redistricting Plan Gets Negative National Attention

    5/16/11

    The redistricting plan adopted by the Legislature  for its state House districts has gained national attention – and not in a good way.

    A broad coalition is urging the U.S. Justice Department to reject the plan, calling it discriminatory.

    The NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund (LDF), the National Urban League, the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus, and the NAACP State Conference of Louisiana issued a joint letter urging the U.S. Attorney General to reject the redistricting plan for the Louisiana House of Representatives.