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NAACP Legal Defense Fund Marks Second Anniversary of Policing-Shooting Death of Michael Brown and Current State of Affairs in Ferguson, Missouri8/09/16
Today, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) remembers Michael Brown, an unarmed African-American teenager whose death at the hands of police in Ferguson, Missouri served as the catalyst that sparked a nationwide movement against police violence in communities of color.
8/09/16Related Case or Issue:
The Crusade of a Democratic Superlawyer with Multimillion-Dollar Backing
Some who have worked on voting issues for years are wary of the optics. “I love Marc, but I want to be very clear about who we are and who he represents,” said Sherrilyn Ifill, [President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP LDF.] “I don’t want what we have been doing for years [protecting minority voting rights] to be dismissed as partisan.”
The NAACP Legal Defense Fund Marks the Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act as Threats to Equal Political Participation Remain8/06/16
This weekend marks the 51st anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the signature achievements of American democracy. This landmark piece of legislation is one of the most important and effective civil rights laws ever passed. But this anniversary is not merely a time to celebrate the VRA, it is a clarion call to restore this vital law to its full power.
Sherrilyn Ifill Examines Baltimore Policing Reform in the Aftermath of Freddie Gray's In-Custody Death8/05/16
After Freddie Gray: Looking to the Future
Last year as charges were announced against six Baltimore police officers for their role in the arrest and fatal injuries sustained by Freddie Gray, it seemed to many like a case in which police officers would finally be held accountable for the in-custody death of an unarmed black man.