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  • Chicago Ordered to Hire 111 Black Firefighters

    5/13/11

    CHICAGO — The City of Chicago must hire 111 black firefighter applicants who were passed over for jobs years ago and pay tens of millions of dollars in damages to about 6,000 other black candidates under a ruling issued on Friday by a federal appeals court.

  • Broad Coalition Urges Justice Department to Reject Discriminatory Louisiana Redistricting Plan

    5/13/11

    Today, the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. (“LDF”), the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus, the National Urban League, and the NAACP State Conference of Louisiana issued a joint letter urging the Attorney General to reject a proposed redistricting plan for the Louisiana State House of Representatives.  The organizations argue that Louisiana has failed to meet its burden of showing that the redistricting plan was not adopted with a discriminatory purpose as required under the Section 5 preclearance provision of the Voting Rights Act.

  • City must hire 111 bypassed black firefighter candidates, court rules

    5/13/11

    The Chicago Fire Department must hire 111 bypassed black firefighter candidates — and distribute “tens of millions of dollars” in damages to 6,000 others who will never get that chance — a federal appeals court ruled Friday, upholding a landmark ruling.

    Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled, in a 9-to-0 decision, that, contrary to the city’s contention, African-American candidates hadn’t waited too long before filing a lawsuit that accused the city of discriminating against them for the way it handled a 1995 firefighter’s entrance exam.

  • Court of Appeals Victory in Chicago Firefighter Discrimination Case

    5/13/11

    (New York, New York) – This morning, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled in favor of a class of over 6,000 qualified African-American firefighter applicants who were unfairly denied the opportunity to work for the Chicago Fire Department.  Last Spring, after over a decade of litigation, the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc.

  • New Studies Show an FDA Menthol Ban Would Benefit Public Health, Garner Broad Public Support

    5/12/11

    Leading Public Health Experts Agree: Menthol Ban Could Save Hundreds of Thousands of Lives