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  • WNYC: State’s second highest court hears arguments in prisoner redistricting case


    The New York Supreme Court heard oral arguments today in the lawsuit to overturn a law passed by the 2010 Democratic legislative majority that would count prison inmates in the communities they are from, instead of in the towns and counties where they’re incarcerated.

    The lawsuit was brought by six Senate Republicans–many of whom would be affected by the law–who are claiming, among other things, that the prisoners must be counted where the US Census counts them (in predominately upstate prisons).

  • Civil Rights Groups to Defend Law Ending Prison-Based Gerrymandering in Supreme Court Hearing


    Albany, NY – Tomorrow, attorneys from New York’s leading civil rights and social justice organizations will present oral argument in Little v. LATFOR in defense of the State’s law ending prison-based gerrymandering.

  • 'We are by no means there yet' Group will meet to discuss local progress in civil rights.


    Nearly 40 years ago, a group of N.C. blacks met in Charlotte to take stock of where African-Americans were statewide in education, housing and jobs.

    Despite the 1960s civil rights victories, blacks still lived in a segregated world - many clustered in public housing. Their schools were still largely separate and ill-equipped. The rise of blacks in corporate America was slow.

  • LDF Kicks Off Conference on School Discipline


    Race, Gender, Discipline and Justice: Students Locked Out of a Quality Education

    (Savannah, GA) – Today the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) along with the African American Male Achievement Group, Inc. (AMA) began a three-day multi-stakeholder convening to address issues surrounding race, gender and school discipline. The convening brings together policy, legal and community advocates, researchers, educators and public officials from across the country who share a commitment in addressing these critical issues.

  • Judge tosses Ala. challenge to election monitoring


    WASHINGTON — A federal judge on Wednesday dismissed a challenge to election monitoring required under the Voting Rights Act to ensure mostly southern states are no longer disenfranchising black voters and found that discrimination continues in modern-day polling.