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8/27/13Related Case or Issue:
Corpus Christi, Texas—The NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund (LDF) and its co-counsel law firm Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale and Dorr LLP (WilmerHale) filed a motion to join the U.S.
Along with Attorney General Eric Holder, Rev. Al Sharpton, Rep. John Lewis, and other civil rights leaders, Sherrilyn Ifill spoke to tens of thousands of Americans at the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington. The marchers stretched from the Lincoln Memorial down the length of the Mall's reflecting pool and beyond. Although we marched for myriad reasons -- to honor our history, to call for more jobs and a living wage, to end mass incarceration and racial profiling -- the March was first and foremost a call to action.
Two days before the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington, in which she will be a featured speaker, Sherrilyn Ifill writes an op-ed in the Baltimore Sun "Why we still march."
LDF Applauds New York City Council's Decision to Override Mayor Bloomberg's Veto of Community Safety Act8/22/13Related Case or Issue:
The Passage of the Act Is Another Major Step Towards Ending Discriminatory Stop-And-Frisk Practices
New York -- Today, the City Council of New York overturned Mayor Bloomberg's veto of the Community Safety Act. The Act includes two bills which establish more oversight over the New York City Police Department (NYPD) and reign in its unlawful practices.
Harry Belafonte, a renowned activist and musician, released a statement on his Facebook page calling for a new, fair sentencing hearing for LDF's client, Duane Buck. Mr. Buck was sentenced to death by a jury that was told that he was more likely to be dangerous because he is Black."