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Celebrating 75 Years of LDF
Arguing Against Use of Religious Beliefs to Justify Discrimination in Public Accommodations, LDF Files Brief in Support of Same-Sex Couple Denied Wedding Flowers in Washington State2/09/16
Milestones in LDF’s Fight for Voter Equality
LDF Calls on U.S. Justice Department to Launch, Complete, or Expand Civil Rights Investigations of Two Police Departments and Multiple Police Officers2/04/16
Focus on North Charleston, SC; Baltimore, MD; and New York City
For Black History Month 2016, LDF Launches a Weekly Exploration of “Civil Rights, Equality, and Justice: Then & Now”2/01/16
LDF Files “Friend-of-the-Court” Brief to Uphold Small Business Administration’s Section 8(a) Program1/29/16
James Cole, Jr., Former Board Member of LDF, to Become U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education, Leading My Brother’s Keeper Task Force1/28/16
On Wednesday, January 27, 2016, the City of Ferguson released a proposed consent decree with the Department of Justice (DOJ) resulting from a “pattern and practice” investigation undertaken by the DOJ in the wake of the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager, by Ferguson police office
LDF Applauds Supreme Court’s Montgomery v. Louisiana Decision to Apply Ban on Juvenile Life Sentences Retroactively, Affecting Thousands Who Were Imprisoned as Children1/25/161/21/16Related Case or Issue:
The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) represents African-American students enrolled in the St. Martin Parish school system in Thomas v. School Board of St. Martin Parish, a longstanding school desegregation case in Louisiana. LDF, along with the St. Martin Parish School Board and the United States Department of Justice, recently entered into an agreement regarding the assignment of students to the St. Martin Parish schools.
LDF Urges Systemic Reforms to Eliminate Police Sexual Misconduct Following Sentencing of Daniel Holtzclaw, Former Oklahoma Police Officer1/21/16
Today, former Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw received a sentence of 263 years for raping and sexually assaulting eight Black women while on duty.
LDF Urges Maryland Legislature To Override Governor Hogan’s Veto and Restore Voting Rights to People with Felony Convictions1/20/16Related Case or Issue:
Black Voters in Fayette County, Georgia Win Historic Opportunity to Elect Candidates of Choice and Settle Voting Rights Act Case1/20/16Related Case or Issue:
Janai Nelson Joins Roundtable Discussion at the WNYC & The Apollo Theater MLK Event “Race and Privilege: Exploring MLK’s Two Americas”1/19/16
LDF Supports New York State Court Decision in Gifford v. McCarthy Re-Affirming Ban on Discrimination in Public Accommodations1/19/16
Last week, a New York State appeals court unanimously held that the owners of an upstate New York wedding venue violated the state’s Human Rights Law by refusing to host a wedding because they objected to the sexual orientation of the couple getting married. The court upheld a decision of the New York State Division of Human Rights (SDHR), which found that the owners of the wedding venue unlawfully discriminated against Melisa and Jennifer McCarthy, even though the owners’ denial of services was based on a sincerely-held religious belief. The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.
On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, LDF Recalls Dr. King’s Courage and Sacrifice in the Fight for Equality1/17/161/12/16
Policy Wonks and Advocates Critique Obama’s State of the Union
Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund
On the Eve of President Obama’s Last State of the Union Address, LDF Celebrates Civil Rights Successes, But Urges President to Focus on Five Urgent Equality Issues1/11/161/08/16
ESSA Offers Opportunity to Combat School Pushout1/08/16
Fifty-five years ago, on January 9, 1961, when the University of Georgia (UGA) accepted its first two black students—Hamilton Holmes and Charlayne Hunter-Gault —America marked a key milestone in the battle for racial justice, equal rights, and an inclusive society. UGA’s integration eventually led to the desegregation of other universities throughout the South, and helped overcome barriers in higher education for people of color across the country.
Following Perjury Indictment of State Trooper Involved in Traffic Stop and Arrest of Sandra Bland, LDF Renews Call for Commonsense Reforms to Eliminate Racially-Biased Policing in Texas and Across the Nation1/07/161/06/1612/29/15
Remembering Amelia Boynton Robinson12/29/15
Outrage grows over fatal police shootings
LDF Statement on the Non-Indictment of Cleveland Police Officers in the Shooting Death of Tamir Rice12/28/15
Sherrilyn Ifill Discusses Ramifications of the Baltimore Red Line Cancellation on the Marc Steiner Show12/23/15
Sherrilyn Ifill on a Federal Complaint Against the Hogan Administration on the Red Line12/22/1512/22/15
No indictment issued in Sandra Bland case12/21/15
The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) applauds Friday’s announcement of President Barack Obama granting commutations of sentences to 95 individuals and pardons to two individuals. With Friday’s commutations, President Obama has granted a total of 184 commutations during his time in office, the most of any president since the Johnson Administration and more than the last five presidents combined. Of Friday’s 95 commutees, an overwhelming majority of these individuals were incarcerated for drug offenses.
Baltimore Residents and Civic Groups File Title VI Complaint with United States Department of Transportation over Maryland’s Discriminatory Decision to Strip Baltimore of Transportation Funding12/21/1512/16/1512/14/15
In her Dec. 11 opinion for Hamilton and Griffin on Rights, Janai Nelson, Associate Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF), asks and answers what is this country’s theory of democracy?12/12/15
What's different about the latest challenge to Affirmative Action?
Should race be a consideration in college admissions? For the second time in three years, the Supreme Court justices are considering the constitutionality of that question. Gwen Ifill examines the opposing viewpoints with Richard Kahlenberg of the Century Foundation and Janai Nelson of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.
On All In with Chris Hayes, Sherrilyn Ifill Looks to Baltimore's Future in the Aftermath of Freddie Gray's Death12/12/15
Back to Baltimore: What is next
Long-time resident Sherrilyn Ifill, President of the [NAACP Legal Defense Fund,] and author D. Watkins, who grew up in Baltimore, talk with Chris Hayes about how the city can move forward, even as the trials begin for the six police officers charged in connection with the death of Freddie Gray.
Rachel Kleinman Talks with Salon on the Affirmative Action Case before the Supreme Court for a Second Time12/11/15
“Extremely inappropriate”: The Supreme Court and the sneaky plot to kill affirmative action
Holding that diversity can be a compelling interest that a university can [constitutionally] pursue. That was very encouraging, and we thought that as far as this case went that would be the end of the road. The fact that it’s been taken up again is certainly alarming. It definitely indicates that [some on the Court believe] its work was not done first time around.12/10/15
President Obama Signs Into Law a Rewrite of No Child Left Behind12/10/1512/09/15Related Case or Issue:
Today, the Senate passed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) by a vote of 85 to 12, assuring the bill's advancement to President Obama for his signature.12/09/15
Supreme Court Weighs Turning Back Clock On Redistricting
A case before the Supreme Court this week has the potential to change equal access to political representation as we have known it for at least the last 50 years. In Evenwel v. Abbott, a case arising out of Texas, the court may decide whether apportioning legislative districts, from which state legislators are elected, based on total population satisfies the Constitution’s one person, one vote principle. History, practical realities and fairness reflect that it does.
U.S. Supreme Court Hears Strong Argument Today that Race Should Continue to Be Considered in College Admissions12/09/15
Civil Rights Organizations, Students, Former Military Leaders, LGBT Groups, Corporations Support Continuing Efforts to Achieve Diversity on Campuses12/09/15
U.S. Supreme Court Hears Case Today That Threatens to Fundamentally Alter Legislative Representation12/08/15
NAACP Legal Defense Fund Urges Court to Count All People in State Redistricting12/08/15
Iowa’s Felon Disfranchisement Law is One of the Worst in Nation, Time to Change, says LDF in Amicus Brief to State Supreme Court12/08/15Related Case or Issue:12/07/1512/07/15
Janai Nelson Joins Discussion of Affirmative Action Case before Supreme Court on Melissa Harris-Perry12/07/15
Supreme Court to hear affirmative action case12/04/15
On Tuesday, December 1, 2015, at the Time Warner Center, LDF hosted SHOWDOWN: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination That Changed America, a talk with Wil Haygood and Sherrilyn Ifill. SHOWDOWN was recently named one of the "best books of the year" by the Washington Post.12/03/15
Civil Rights Groups Sue Alabama Over Voter ID Law
Watch Roland Martin, Scott Douglas from Greater Birmingham Ministries and Bernard Simelton, President of the Alabama NAACP [with Deuel Ross, LDF Assistant Counsel] discuss the lawsuit against Alabama over their discriminatory Voter ID law in the video clip below.12/02/15
The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) has vigorously promoted educational equity over its seventy-five year existence. Since its passage in 1965, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) has served as our nation’s best promise for providing greater access to quality educational opportunities for all of our children. This federal civil rights law has helped to hold states accountable for ensuring that factors such as income or geography are not barriers to quality education.
Civil Rights Organizations File Brief Urging Appellate Court to Protect Students from Predatory For-Profit Colleges12/01/1512/01/15
It's often said that compromise gives something to everyone but leaves nobody happy. Case in point is the bipartisan effort to replace "No Child Left Behind" with a new, federal education reform called, "Every Child Succeeds." We hear where and how Republicans and Democrats agree to disagree.
Later on the program the despair and outrage of migrants trapped at the border between Greece and Macedonia now that Europe has changed the rules about who's allowed in and who's not.
LDF Pays Tribute to Rosa Parks on the Sixtieth Anniversary of Her Courageous Stand Against Segregation11/30/1511/25/15
Janai Nelson Talks with Andrea Mitchell on the Dashcam Video Released in the Laquan McDonald Shooting11/25/15
Civil Rights Organizations File Brief in Support of African-American Homebuyers Harmed by Morgan Stanley’s Predatory Lending Practices11/22/1511/20/15
LDF’s Senate Testimony Details Department of Justice Role in Ensuring Police Officers Comply with Civil Rights Laws11/17/1511/16/1511/13/1511/12/15Related Case or Issue:
The NAACP Legal Defense and Educations Fund, Inc. (LDF) strongly supports the bipartisan, bicameral legislative package on water rights introduced by Michigan legislators today. These bills would establish sanitary and affordable water as a human right and reform the process for terminating water service to ensure proper due process is given to all customers.
LDF Deeply Mourns the Passing of Former Associate Director-Counsel and Former EEOC Chair Jacqueline Berrien11/09/15
Updated on Nov. 13, 2015 with more obituaries and rememberances.11/09/15
Boggs Media, LLC, and Paula Boggs Band are thrilled to announce their involvement with My Brother's Keeper Alliance, which unites leaders across philanthropic, nonprofit, and private sectors to improve life outcomes of boys and men of color; as well as the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, the country's first and foremost civil rights firm.11/05/15
LDF Celebrates 75 Years of Visionary Civil Rights Leadership at Annual National Equal Justice Award Dinner11/05/15
LDF Statement on President Obama’s Actions to Promote Rehabilitation and Reintegration of Persons with Criminal Records11/03/15
LDF welcomes President Obama’s announcement of a series of actions designed to promote opportunities for successful reentry of persons impacted by the criminal justice system. These measures address many of the substantial barriers faced by persons with criminal records in seeking employment, education, housing, health care and public services, and include a range of policy changes, funding provisions, and education, training, and record-clearing opportunities.11/03/15
Use of force in city schools merits scrutiny
LDF Joins Outpouring of Support for Diversity in Higher Education in Supreme Court Briefs in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin11/03/15
LDF Relaunches "Prepared to Vote" Election Day Voter Education Initiative in Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, Louisiana and Texas11/03/15Related Case or Issue:
For Election Day 2015, the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, Inc. (LDF) continues its annual “Prepared to Vote” public education campaign, designed to empower voters.10/28/15
S. Carolina case lesson: Police shouldn't be doing school discipline10/26/15
(Washington, DC) - The NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund (LDF) deplores today's shocking video showing a police officer violently assaulting and removing a student from a public school classroom in Columbia, South Carolina. While more details emerge about this troubling video, what is clear is that it shows a disturbing and violent interaction between a white male school police officer and a young African-American female.
What is the price of voter suppression? "Voter ID foes stress legal cost in new tactic" in report from the Philadelphia Tribune10/26/15
The Philadelphia Tribune cites the high cost of implementing strict photo voter ID and fighting litigation brought under Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act in "Voter ID foes stress legal cost in new tactic." LDF's own10/26/15
In a letter to President Barack Obama calling for executive action for fair chance hiring, LDF encourages the White House and the federal government to "lead the way in adopting practices that allow for equal opportunity for all applicants, starting with 'banning the box' on job applications that ask about prior convictions."
LDF Congratulates Kristen Clarke, Named as New President and Executive Director of National Lawyers’ Committee10/24/1510/22/1510/20/1510/17/15
The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) acknowledges the passing of the Honorable Ralph Gingles, Jr., a veteran judge and voting rights pioneer from Gaston, North Carolina. He died on Tuesday at age 69.10/13/1510/12/1510/10/15
Some seek agreement before Fayette voting dispute heads to court
With the prospects of a costly trial looming, pressure is growing in Fayette County over whether to end the protracted legal fight over how the county elects its officials.
Two prominent businessmen recently weighed in with an ad in a local paper asking county leaders to settle the lawsuit with the NAACP and embrace district voting.10/08/1510/06/1510/05/1510/03/15Related Case or Issue:10/01/15
LDF Urges Supreme Court to Reaffirm that All People Deserve to Be Counted for Purposes of Political Representation9/25/15
LDF’s Win to Enjoin At-Large Voting in Fayette County Proves That District-Based Voting is a Fair Electoral Method9/17/15Related Case or Issue:
Fayette County, Georgia – On Tuesday, voters in District 5, a remedial majority-Black district, took to the polls in a special election to fill the seat vacated by the first Black County Commissioner, Pota Coston, elected in 2014 to represent District 5. The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF), congratulates Fayette County on a fair electoral outcome that affirms that district-based voting should be implemented as the method for electing candidates in all special and general elections for the County Commission and School Board in Fayette.9/17/15
Victorien Wu Pens Blog on Fulfilling the Promise of Equal Political Citizenship for Black Voters in Terrebonne9/16/15
As part of the ACSblog's 2015 Constitution Day Symposium, Victorien Wu wrote a blog post regarding LDF's efforts to vindicate the fundamental right to vote of Black voters in Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana.
Sherrilyn Ifill Joins a Discussion on Housing Discrimination, Segregation and Poverty on the Diane Rehm Show9/16/15
Housing Discrimination, Racial Segregation And Poverty In America9/15/159/12/159/10/15
Symposium: Diversity matters for all9/10/15
The Atlanta Journal Constitution profiles "What's at Stake in Fayette Voting Rights Fight." In the piece, the AJC looks ahead to the week of November 16 when "U.S. District Judge Timothy Batten Sr. will revisit a case looking at how Fayette County elects its leaders. He’ll hear arguments for and against at-large voting. The NAACP Legal Defense Fund, on behalf of 10 black Fayette residents, says district voting would be a better way to elect representatives. They say at-large elections dilute minority voting strength.9/05/15
Samantha Erskine joins the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF) in its New York office as Senior Director of Development.9/02/159/01/15
2015 National Fair Housing Conference, Residential Segregation
Housing policy experts talked about residential segregation and diversity in U.S. cities.
“The Problem We All Live With: Residential Segregation” was part of “A Call to Advance Housing Rights and Opportunities,” the 2015 National Fair Housing Training and Policy Conference, held at HUD’s national headquarters.8/28/15
In Louisiana parish, a fight for black voting rights
In Louisiana parish, a fight for black voting rights, MSNBC reports that Terrebonne Parish has never elected a black judge, even though one in five parish residents is African-American, and that the Parish re-elected a white parish judge who had been suspended for wearing black-face as part of a racist parody Halloween costume.8/27/15
Closing the Pipeline
A coalition of local and national organizations is calling for Virginia to place a moratorium on out-of-school suspensions, which disproportionately affect African-American students.8/26/15
The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF) has appointed Coty Montag, an experienced civil rights attorney, as Deputy Director of Litigation.8/26/158/26/158/19/15
JOINT STATEMENT ON CHARGES ISSUED BY ST. LOUIS COUNTY
AGAINST PROTESTERS ARRESTED LAST YEAR
St. Louis County is marking the one-year anniversary of the death of Michael Brown by charging hundreds of people arrested by the St. Louis County Police in protest actions that occurred since August of 2014. The State Prosecuting Attorney has refused to pursue these charges. The City of Ferguson, where most incidents occurred, has not pursued charges.8/16/15
LDF deeply mourns the passing of iconic civil rights leader Julian Bond, a leading and tireless social activist, institution-builder, and advocate for racial justice and human rights. Mr. Bond’s profound impact on the struggle for equality and racial justice in America spans generations. As a co-founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Georgia state legislator, and captivating narrator of the PBS series “Eyes on the Prize”, Mr.8/14/15
This week, Texas Appleseed, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.8/14/15
LDF Attorney Leah Aden Contributes to 'Interventions on the 50th Anniversaries of Events in the American Civil Rights Movement'8/13/15
In Interventions on the 50th anniversaries of events in the American Civil Rights Movement, LDF attorney
In This 50th VRA Anniversary Year, LDF Attorney Leah Aden Discusses Felon Disfranchisement -- The Next Civil Rights Battle8/13/158/13/15
Police Repression and Police Reform
School Police in McKinney, Texas, Arrest and Ticket African-American Students at Excessive and Unequal Rates8/12/15
School Resource Officers in Dallas Suburb Where Officer Used Extreme Force at
Pool Party Found to Receive No Special Training in Working with Children
LDF Statement on the One-Year Anniversary of the Police-Shooting Death of Michael Brown and the State of Policing Reform in Ferguson8/11/158/06/158/06/15
50 years on, does the Voting Rights Act offer adequate protection?
Fifty years ago, the Voting Rights Act outlawed discriminatory practices used to stop Americans from casting a ballot. President Obama marked the occasion with civil rights leaders, cautioning that those rights are still at risk. Gwen Ifill talks to Imani Clark, a student at Prairie View A&M University, voting rights scholar Kareem Crayton and Zoltan Hajnal of University of California, San Diego.8/06/158/05/15
Steps Congress must take to ensure true freedom
As 50th Anniversary of VRA Nears, LDF Attorney Natasha Korgaonkar Explains Connection Between Voter Suppression and Sandra Bland's Police Encounter8/04/15
Sleepy county's history of discrimination
It's a process that has become all too familiar for civil rights lawyers this past year -- sitting at a computer poring over yet another video showing a state official killing or injuring another unarmed Black person. But hearing of the death of Sandra Bland in a Waller County, Texas, jail was especially challenging for me.
Sherrilyn Ifill Discusses Univ. of Cincinnati Police Officer Raymond Tensing Indictment in Death of Samuel Dubose7/30/15
Ohio police officer charged with murder
Univ. of Cincinnati police officer Raymond Tensing has been charged with the murder of Samuel Dubose following a traffic stop. Lawrence is joined by the [NAACP Legal Defense Fund's President and Director-Counsel] Sherrilyn Ifill, fmr. NYPD Officer Eugene O'Donnell, and the Cincinnati Enquirer's Byron McCauley.7/30/15
V. Renée Cutting, Chief Development Officer of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Inc., is responsible for developing and implementing fundraising strategies to advance LDF’s mission.
LDF & Smithsonian National Museum of American History Commemorate Historic 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act7/23/157/23/15
Unanswered questions surround Sandra Bland death7/20/15
Op-Ed: Charleston Massacre is Pivotal Point for Profession
Those who have vowed to uphold the Constitution must take action to improve the justice system.7/17/15
Fayette Residents Continue Fight Against At-Large Voting
“The decision by Fayette County is really is a step backwards and is an affront to progress that has been made in Fayette County,” said Leah Aden, assistant counsel with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and an attorney for the residents.7/17/15
Today, the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc.7/17/15
Amid disturbing allegations of police abuse and use of excessive force, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) joins calls for a full and complete investigation into the in-custody death of Sandra Bland, who was found hanging in a cell at Waller County, TX Jail on July 13, 2015. She was only 28 years old. The medical examiner ruled her death a suicide.7/16/157/16/15
Senate passes No Child Left Behind rewrite, would shrink federal role
Leslie Proll, director of the Washington, D.C., office of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, said the bill undermines the intent of the original federal education law from 1965.7/16/157/15/15
As the Senate gives final consideration to reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), LDF speaks strongly about retaining the basic principles of the Act, originally passed in 1965 to ensure that all students are educated on an equal and equitable basis. LDF sent a letter to all Senators, emphasizing that the feder
LDF and South Carolina Leaders Ask U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch to Open Federal Investigations in the Aftermath of the Police Killing of Walter Scott and the Emanuel Nine Massacre7/13/15
LDF Congratulates Families and Advocates for the Designation of Special Prosecutor by Governor Cuomo7/09/15
The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund ("LDF") joins the families of New Yorkers killed by police as they celebrate a milestone victory - the Governor's signing of an executive order that requires the Attorney General to serve as a special prosecutor for New Yorkers killed by law enforcement. For years, LDF has had the pleasure of serving these families in their advocacy efforts and will continue to do so as the Attorney General's new Special Investigations and Prosecutions Unit, announced today, begins its work.7/08/15
Senator Al Franken will be offering an amendment to the Every Child Achieves Act which will help protect students who are lesbian, gay and transgender (LGBT) from harassment and bullying. LDF has signed on to a letter with nearly 100 advocacy organizations in support of the amendment:
July 7, 20157/08/15
LDF is the federal liaison for the Dignity in Schools Campaign, a coalition of 98 organizations from 25 states dedicated to ending school pushout due to overly punitive school discipline practices that push students out of school and undermine life outcomes (www.dignityinschools.org).7/08/15
Thurgood Marshall's Stirring Acceptance Speech After Receiving the Prestigious Liberty Award on July 4, 19927/02/15
Former Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
July 4, 1992
Caren Short, Liliana Zaragoza, Angel S. Harris, and Ajmel Quereshi. (Chris Kemmit not pictured)
LDF is pleased to welcome several new impressive hires to our team this summer. Caren Short, Ajmel Quereshi, Lily Zaragoza, Angel Harris, and Chris Kemmit bring a wide range of legal expertise critical to supporting LDF’ s work.6/29/156/26/15
See the following media accounts regarding the Supreme Court’s upcoming ruling on the Fair Housing Act in the case Texas v. Inclusive Communities Project.6/26/15Related Case or Issue:6/26/15
The Supreme Court's other big case
Chris Hayes talks to Sherrilyn Ifill, [President and Director-Counsel] of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund about why the court found the Texas Department of Housing guilty of housing discrimination.
Governor Cuomo Executive Order Designating Eric Schneiderman as Special Prosecutor Is A Step in the Right Direction6/25/15
For years, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF) has joined the families of victims in calls for accountability in investigations of deaths in police custody. Tuesday’s announcement of a tentative framework designating Attorney General Eric Schneiderman as an interim special prosecutor for such cases is a milestone and a step in the right direction.6/25/15
Today, the Supreme Court rejected a dangerous challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In King v.6/25/15
Supreme Court upholds key piece of Fair Housing Act
Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, talks to Andrea Mitchell about the Supreme Court’s decision Thursday to uphold the 1968 Fair Housing.
LDF Praises U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision to Uphold Disparate Impact Protections of the Fair Housing Act6/25/15
On The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell, Sherrilyn Ifill Talks on the Aftermath of the Emanuel A.M.E Church Massacre6/24/15
Sen. Scott: Nation's future has been changed6/24/15
Decision anxiously awaited in Supreme Court housing case6/24/15
The NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) strongly supports the Voting Rights Advancement Act (the Advancement Act), introduced today in the Senate and the House. The bill represents a welcome effort by Members of Congress to restore critical voting rights protections in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision that gutted a key provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act exactly two years ago in Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder.6/24/15
Janai Nelson, LDF Associate Director-Counsel, discusses the Confederate flag issue as it relates to the conversation surrounding the Emanuel A.M.E church shootings on KCRW.com, "To The Point" radio talk show.6/23/15
Emanuel AME: ‘we need to be in solidarity’
South Carolina responds to the Charleston Massacre with a powerful memorial and Gov. Nikki Haley calls for state lawmakers to remove the Confederate flag from the capitol grounds. Eugene Robinson, Mark Thompson, Janai Nelson, and Guy-Uriel Charles join Lawrence.
LDF Statement on Governor Haley’s Call to Remove the Confederate Flag from the South Carolina State Capitol6/23/15
Columbia Law School Graduate Liliana Zaragoza Joins NAACP Legal Defense Fund as Inaugural John Payton Appellate and Supreme Court Advocacy Fellow6/22/156/22/15
The Supreme Court should learn from a pool party in Texas
For four decades, this interpretation of the law — known in legal circles as “disparate impact” — has been used to punish banks for steering toxic loans to blacks and Latinos, and mortgage companies for charging higher fees. In 2011, the Justice Department relied on it to negotiate a $335 million settlement with Countywide Financial for charging higher rates to black and Latino borrowers who had the same credit risk as whites.6/21/15
Charleston: Warning signs in atmosphere of hate
NAACP Legal Defense Fund’s [President and Director-Counsel] Sherrilyn Ifill and former FBI profiler Mary Ellen O'Toole on warning signs of violence and creating a climate that encourages people to speak up about possible danger.6/21/15
SCOTUS to rule on housing discrimination
Janai Nelson, Adam Benforado, Nikole Hannah-Jones and Juan Cartagena discuss the Supreme Court's upcoming decision on the Fair Housing Act.6/18/156/13/15
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Hundreds protest police reaction to Texas pool party
Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel of the Legal Defense and Educational Fund, discusses the reactions in McKinney, Tx. after a video showing a white police officer wrestling a black teenage girl at a pool party to the ground was posted online.6/08/15
Today’s indictment of former South Carolina police officer Michael T. Slager by a grand jury in the shooting death of Walter L. Scott brings the nation – which has seen a recent spike in police violence against unarmed African-American citizens – and the North Charleston community one step closer to justice. The NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, (Inc.) applauds the grand jury’s decision and looks forward to the type of open and transparent criminal justice proceedings that we should all expect when an innocent life is so tragically taken.6/05/15
Can Federal Education Law be Used to Curb Harsh School Discipline?
“Public school discipline practices are pushing children out of school,” said Janel George, senior education policy counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, which co-sponsored the event. “You cannot learn and you cannot achieve if you’re not in a classroom.”6/05/15
Clinton Rips GOP On Voting Rights While Calling For Universal Voter Registration
“The choice of location was really apt,” said Natasha Korgaonkar, [Assistant Counsel] at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund who is involved in the lawsuit against Texas' voter ID law. “It’s really important that issues of voting rights and expanding the right to vote as well as blocking restrictive voter laws are part of the national dialogue.”6/03/15
Fight for the right to vote
Democrats are suing to roll back Republican voting restriction laws, filing suits in Wisconsin, Ohio and other key 2016 states. Marc Elias, campaign attorney for Hillary for America, and NAACP Legal Defense Fund [President and Director-Counsel] Sherrilyn Ifill have more.6/02/15
Legal Defense Fund Boosts Grants in Law Student Scholarship Program
"The boost in dollar amount represents “a big leap forward,” said Joon Bang, [LDF] manager for programs. “We recognize that education costs are rising, and we want to make sure our scholars are on the path to pursue racial justice. We want to support the next generation of civil rights leaders.”6/01/15Related Case or Issue:
Today the United States Supreme Court reaffirmed the right of job seekers to be free of discrimination in hiring. Declaring that “[a]n employer may not make an applicant’s religious practice, confirmed or otherwise, a factor in [an] employment decision,” the Supreme Court rejected apparel chain Abercrombie & Fitch’s claim that it had the right to deny employment to an otherwise qualified Muslim applicant because she wore a hijab. In this case, EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch, Abercrombie & Fitch claimed that the head scarf violated its dress code.5/29/15
What Obama's New Military-Equipment Rules Mean for K-12 School Police
"I definitely think it's a step in the right direction," Janel George, senior education policy council at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund tells Rolling Stone. "It does show that the administration, particularly the local law enforcement equipment working group, heard our concerns."
Janai Nelson Gives Keynote Address at the International Social Movements Gathering on Water and Affordable Housing in Detroit5/29/15Related Case or Issue:
LDF Statement on Agreement Reached by Justice Department and City of Cleveland to Reform Cleveland Division of Police5/26/15
The NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. (“LDF”) is encouraged by the agreement announced today by the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and the City of Cleveland on plans to reform the Cleveland Division of Police following the DOJ’s finding of a pattern or practice of excessive force. The court-enforceable agreement requires the Division of Police to adopt a number of reforms including de-escalation techniques; bias-free principles for policing; and improved officer training.5/23/15
Bard College held its 155th commencement on Saturday, May 23, 2015.5/22/15
The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (“LDF”) applauds the decision made by a Baltimore grand jury to indict the six police officers charged in connection with the death of Freddie Gray.
LDF Submits Statement to the United States House Judiciary Committee Hearing on "Policing Strategies for the 21st Century"5/22/15
On May 19, LDF submitted a statement containing recommendations on police strategies for the House Judiciary Committee hearing on "Policing Strategies for the 21st Century," to address the waning public trust in the police (mostly within communities of color).5/21/15
On May 20th, LDF President and Director-Counsel Sherrilyn Ifill gave New York University's 183rd Commencement speech at Yankee Stadium in front of an audience of approximately 8,000 people. Ms. Ifill also received a Doctor of Laws degree, honoris causa, at the ceremony, along with Lang Lang, internationally renowened pianist, Peter D. Lax, Abel Prize-winning mathematician and Graca Simbine Machel, political leader and humanitarian, amongst others.
NAACP-LDF: New $30,000 Racial Justice Scholarship for Law Students and Revamped Scholarship for Undergraduates5/18/155/18/155/18/15
The NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. (“LDF”) is encouraged by the initiatives announced today by President Obama to improve the deeply frayed relationship between police and communities of color. The announcement includes the Law Enforcement Equipment Working Group Report, the final report by the President’s Task Force on 21St Century Policing and accompanying initiatives and plans for their implementation.5/18/15
With episodes of police violence against unarmed African-American citizens occurring at a frequency that has raised the national consciousness to an unprecedented level, the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) and The Executive Leadership Council (ELC) have jointly called for immediate reforms to end police misconduct.5/18/15
61 Years After Brown v. Board, Segregation Continues
Janel George of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund on the continued struggle for equal access, six decades after the groundbreaking case that desegregated schools5/15/15Related Case or Issue: