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Celebrating 75 Years of LDF
In The Houston Chronicle, Sherrilyn Ifill argues that the Supreme Court's recent ruling in McCutcheon vs. Federal Election Commission, in which the Court gives even greater influence to wealthy donors in elections, cheapens the act of voting. She cites the opening sentence of Chief Justice Roberts' majority opinion in which he writes:
In a column for The Washington Post's popular "Wonkblog," Emily Badger covers Sherrilyn Ifill's remarks at a recent discussion at the Economic Policy Institute on housing and poverty.
"The most important fact we rarely admit in talking about segregation and poverty" highlights Sherrilyn's thesis that "when it comes to housing and race, there really is no such thing as chance or accident."
Recently, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that businesses and other organizations can continue to consider credit scores in employment. As Johnathan Smith explains in an interview to Inside Counsel, this practice discriminates against job-seekers of color who are more likely than whites to face hardships, like student debt or medical loans, that lead to poor credit scores.
LDF Assistant Counsel Ria Tabacco Mar appeared in front of New York’s City Hall in support of the Stop Credit Discrimination in Employment Act, which would ban the use of credit checks in employment. “Poor credit is more often the result of hardships, not personal irresponsibility, and blacks are more likely to face the kind of hardships – like medical bills, unemployment, and divorce –
As the nation commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, Sherrilyn Ifill talks to Andrea Mitchell on the importance of civil rights, which is the real democracy-maintenance work. She also discusses the urgent necessity of the Voting Rights Amendment Act.
Learn more about the proposed Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014 (VRAA).