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LDF Supports Petition Requesting the President and Congress End Lending of Military Weapons to K-12 Public Schools12/19/14
LDF has worked for decades to advance educational equal educational opportunity for all students. Central to that work has been addressing overly punitive discipline policies that disproportionately push students of color out of school, increasing their involvement with the juvenile justice system and fueling the School-to-Prison Pipeline. The increased presence of police in schools has worsened discipline disparities for students of color, as school police are often used to
12/17/14Related Case or Issue:
(New York, NY)—The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. applauds President Obama’s decision to commute the sentences of eight people currently serving harsh and inflated prison terms for nonviolent drug offenses. The individuals were the first to have their sentences commuted by the President since the announcement of the Clemency Initiative, which was created by the Department of Justice to provide relief to non-violent, low level offenders without significant criminal histories who had served at least 10 years in prison.
Ruling Could Bolster Lawsuits Against Police
In a recent piece in the National Law Journal, Director of Litigation Christina Swarns states that,
A coalition of young multi-racial activists led by Black organizers in New York has called for a Millions March to take place on Saturday, December 13, gathering in Washington Square Park at 2 PM. The mass rally will take place in Manhattan; tens of thousands have already confirmed their attendance on Facebook.
Kleinman Gives Testimony Before New York City City Council Hearing on Proposed School Diversity Measures12/11/14Related Case or Issue:
LDF Assistant Counsel Rachel Kleinman testifies before NYC City Council hearing on proposals to increase diversity in schools.