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The Power of Now
12/17/14Related Case or Issue:
(New York, NY)—The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. applauds President Obama’s decision to commute the sentences of eight people currently serving harsh and inflated prison terms for nonviolent drug offenses. The individuals were the first to have their sentences commuted by the President since the announcement of the Clemency Initiative, which was created by the Department of Justice to provide relief to non-violent, low level offenders without significant criminal histories who had served at least 10 years in prison.
Ruling Could Bolster Lawsuits Against Police
In a recent piece in the National Law Journal, Director of Litigation Christina Swarns states that,
A coalition of young multi-racial activists led by Black organizers in New York has called for a Millions March to take place on Saturday, December 13, gathering in Washington Square Park at 2 PM. The mass rally will take place in Manhattan; tens of thousands have already confirmed their attendance on Facebook.
Kleinman Gives Testimony Before New York City City Council Hearing on Proposed School Diversity Measures12/11/14Related Case or Issue:
LDF Assistant Counsel Rachel Kleinman testifies before NYC City Council hearing on proposals to increase diversity in schools.
LDF Supports New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman’s Request to Investigate Cases Involving Unarmed Civilians Killed by Police Officers12/10/14
(New York, NY)—LDF joins a chorus of voices – comprised of civil rights organizations, community leaders, and elected officials – in support of a proposal advanced by New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman to investigate, and if necessary, prosecute cases involving killings of unarmed civilians by New York police officer.