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The Power of Now
Hundreds protest police reaction to Texas pool party
Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel of the Legal Defense and Educational Fund, discusses the reactions in McKinney, Tx. after a video showing a white police officer wrestling a black teenage girl at a pool party to the ground was posted online.
Today’s indictment of former South Carolina police officer Michael T. Slager by a grand jury in the shooting death of Walter L. Scott brings the nation – which has seen a recent spike in police violence against unarmed African-American citizens – and the North Charleston community one step closer to justice. The NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, (Inc.) applauds the grand jury’s decision and looks forward to the type of open and transparent criminal justice proceedings that we should all expect when an innocent life is so tragically taken.
Can Federal Education Law be Used to Curb Harsh School Discipline?
“Public school discipline practices are pushing children out of school,” said Janel George, senior education policy counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, which co-sponsored the event. “You cannot learn and you cannot achieve if you’re not in a classroom.”
Clinton Rips GOP On Voting Rights While Calling For Universal Voter Registration
“The choice of location was really apt,” said Natasha Korgaonkar, [Assistant Counsel] at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund who is involved in the lawsuit against Texas' voter ID law. “It’s really important that issues of voting rights and expanding the right to vote as well as blocking restrictive voter laws are part of the national dialogue.”
Fight for the right to vote
Democrats are suing to roll back Republican voting restriction laws, filing suits in Wisconsin, Ohio and other key 2016 states. Marc Elias, campaign attorney for Hillary for America, and NAACP Legal Defense Fund [President and Director-Counsel] Sherrilyn Ifill have more.