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  • LDF Testifies At New York Redistricting Hearing

    9/07/11

    (New York, NY) -- Today, Natasha Korgaonkar, Assistant Counsel with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) testified at a redistricting hearing before New York’s Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment (LATFOR). 

  • Legal Defense Fund Applauds Legislation Ending Prison-Based Gerrymandering in California

    8/30/11

    (New York) -- The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) applauds the California State Legislature for passing legislation to end prison-based gerrymandering in California, and Assembly Member Mike Davis, who sponsored the bill. 

  • Lawmaker wants prisoners to be counted in redistricting

    8/24/11

    According to U.S. Census data, Morgan County has 14,000 people and 600 of them are African-American. But that’s a bit misleading because 581 of them are incarcerated, among the 1,800 prisoners housed in the county.

    Rep. Darryl Owens, D-Louisville, and Dale Ho, Assistant Counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, think those 1,800 prisoners, including the 581 African-Americans, should be counted for purposes of drawing legislative districts in the county where they lived before they were jailed.

  • Dale Ho and Peter Wagner: Let's get redistricting right next time

    8/22/11

    This month, the Citizens Redistricting Commission released preliminary final maps that are expected to become the statewide redistricting plans for Congressional and state legislative districts in California.

  • Chicago to pay $30 million, hire 111 black firefighters

    8/17/11

    Chicago will hire 111 bypassed black firefighters by March 2012 and pay at least $30 million in damages to some 6,000 others who will never get that chance, under a court order expected to be approved Wednesday by a federal judge.

    Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously agreed that African-American candidates did not wait too long before filing a lawsuit that accused the city of discriminating against them for the way it handled a 1995 firefighter’s entrance exam.