It was a familiar scene at the U.S. Supreme Court: states argued that allowing certain couples to marry would impose long-term harms upon children, families and social institutions. They contended that it is not the judiciary’s place to scrutinize restrictions upon the freedom to marry. And they fell back upon the claim that the definition of marriage is a longstanding tradition.
As we approach the 61st Anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark decision in Brown v. Board of Education, which invalidated racial apartheid in our nation's public schools, Sherrilyn Ifill urges Congress to preserve the federal role of holding states accountable for promoting equal access to educational opportunity in Education Week op-ed.
"More than 100 years of housing policy -- from segregation laws to restrictive covenants to urban renewal to the subprime mortgage crisis -- have created a Baltimore that is segregated and deeply unequal to this day. MHP and her guests [including Janai Nelson] discuss."
Today, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF) commends the Department of Justice (DOJ) for launching a federal investigation of the Baltimore Police Department (BPD) to determine whether BPD has engaged in a “pattern or practice” of violations of the Constitution and federal civil rights laws. The decision comes after Baltimore's young people, clergy, elected officials, and civil rights leaders, including LDF, asked U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch to initiate such an investigation earlier this week.