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  • The Elite Eight, on the Federal Radar

    11/11/12

    The civil rights office of the federal Department of Education has rightly decided to investigate a complaint filed in September by civil rights groups over the admissions policies of eight highly competitive “specialized” high schools in New York City, among which are Stuyvesant, the Bronx High School of Science and Brooklyn Technical High School.

  • Supreme Court Will Decide Whether to Strike Down the Heart of Voting Rights Act

    11/09/12

    NAACP Legal Defense Fund Warns of Clear and Persisting Threats to Minority Voter Access and Equality

    (Washington, D.C.) – Today, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear a case brought by Shelby County, Alabama that challenges the constitutionality of the heart of the Voting Rights Act. 

  • Three Strikes Made Fairer

    11/09/12

    California’s voters softened one of the nation’s most destructive and unfair sentencing policies this week when they approved a ballot initiative revising the infamous three-strikes law of 1994, which imposes a life sentence for any felony conviction — no matter how minor — if the defendant has two previous serious convictions.

  • NEJAD Video: Vigilance in the Defense of Liberty and Freedom

    11/01/12

    View LDF's video, "Vigilance in the Defense of Liberty and Freedom", presented at our 2012 National Equal Justice Award Dinner held in New York City on November 1, 2012.

     

  • Trespassing in Your Own Home

    10/22/12

    District attorney’s offices in New York City have generally supported the Police Department — or kept quiet about their reservations — during the escalating battle over the department’s stop-and-frisk program, under which hundreds of thousands of citizens are stopped every year, often for no reason.