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Damon Hewitt, Director of LDF’s Education Practice Group, was featured in a WNYC radio/www.Schoolbook.com story about LDF’s challenge to the admissions process for New York City’s elite Specialized High Schools.
“Last year almost 1000 students were offered admission to Stuyvesant, only 19 of those offers were to African American students,” said Damon Hewitt . . . “I don’t believe there are only 19 brilliant African-American students rising from 8th to 9th grade.”
LDF Director-Counsel Sherrilyn Ifill called on school districts today to reject harsh practices in schools that push children who pose disciplinary problems into the criminal justice system. Recently LDF filed a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights for the Department of Education challenging the practices of the Bryan Independent School District in Texas, where school police issue Class C Misdemeanor tickets for students accused of using profanity.
LDF Director-Counsel Sherrilyn Ifill and Special Counsel Debo Adegbile were interviewed on MSNBC at the foot of the Edmund Pettus bridge, the site where marchers were beaten by Alabama police in 1965 while protesting for voting rights.
Spiritual Leaders of Diverse Faiths Call for New, Fair Sentencing Hearing in Duane Buck Death Penalty Case3/11/13
On March 7, 2013, Rev. William A. "Bill" Lawson, Archbishop Emeritus Joseph A. Fiorenza, and Rabbi Emeritus Samuel Karff eloquently explained how and why their commitments to faith and justice motivated them to speak out and publicly ask the Harris County District Attorney to ensure that Duane Buck -- who was sentenced to death in 1997 after a prosecutor elicited testimony indicating that he posed a future danger because he was Black — receives a new, fair sentencing hearing.
LDF Special Counsel on The Cycle: "We should be trying to figure out how we can bring more people into the democracy," not trying to shut them out3/10/13
On March 8, LDF Special Counsel, Debo Adegbile, talked with The Cycle hosts on MSNBC about Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder, the current challenge to Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. According to Mr. Adegbile, Section 5, the heart of the Voting Rights Act, helps ensure a more inclusive democracy. With Mr. Adegbile defending the constitutionality of Section 5 on behalf of six African-American voters, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in the case on February 27.