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  • Debo Adegbile Among "The Root 100 Honorees for 2012"


    Debo P. Adegbile

    LDF is proud to announce that our very own Acting President and Director-Counsel, Debo Adegbile, is named among "The Root 100 Honorees for 2012."  These 100 black achievers and influencers are recognized for their work and achievements in representing the ideals of the The Root this year.  

  • Civil rights under threat as states plan assault on anti-discrimination laws


    Activists cry foul as Republican-led legislatures plan showdown with US government over key provision of Voting Rights Act

    A rash of legal challenges to a core piece of US civil rights legislation is threatening the foundations of nearly half a century of laws to combat racial discrimination.

  • Federal Court Strikes Down Texas Voter ID Law in Ruling That Could Help Decide 2012 Election


    In a major ruling on [August 30, 2012,] a federal court blocked a controversial Texas law that would require voters to show photo identification before casting ballots. The court said the law could curtail the ability of hundreds of thousands of minorities to vote. It cited evidence that showed the law did the most harm to African Americans and Hispanics, who are more likely to live in poverty. 

  • Federal Court Blocks Discriminatory Texas Voter ID Law


    Statement of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, which represents the Texas League of Young Voters Education Fund and Black college students at Prairie View A&M and Texas Southern Universities who have intervened in the case:

    Ryan Haygood, Director of Political Participation Group at NAACP Legal Defense Fund, said:

  • Texas Denied Implementation of Proposed Photo Voter ID Law


    On August 30, a federal three-judge panel in Washington, DC denied Texas's ability to implement its proposed photo voter ID law, under the core provision of the Voting Rights Act that LDF successfully defended in the Supreme Court in 2009.