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  • Civil Rights groups want in on prison gerrymandering suit

    5/18/11

    The State of New York filed a very perfunctory rebuttal to the Senate GOP’s legal challenge to “prison gerrymandering,” and now a group of outside organizations — including the NAACP, Common Cause and VOCAL-NY — wants to intervene on the state’s behalf.

    From a court filing yesterday:

  • Civil Rights Organizations File Motion to Defend Law Ending Prison-Based Gerrymandering

    5/17/11

    Voters and Community Groups Intervening in Suit to Ensure that All New Yorkers Are Equally Represented in State and Local Legislatures

    Albany, NY – Today, top civil rights organizations filed a motion in New York Supreme Court asking to intervene to help defend New York’s new law allocating people in prison to their home communities for redistricting and reapportionment. 

  • LDF Reflects: 57 Years After Brown

    5/17/11

    Today marks the fifty-seventh anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Brown v.

  • Advocates Hope Prison-based Gerrymandering Will Be Addressed

    5/16/11

    A bill that would have forced the state to count prisoners in the cities or towns they lived in before they were incarcerated was not called for a vote by the Judiciary Committee, but some lawmakers, like Sen. Eric Coleman, believe there’s a chance it could be resurrected.

    Coleman, co-chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said the committee has spent the session grappling with substantial issues like the death penalty and transgender identification. It was also questionable whether the measure had enough support to clear the committee, he said.

  • La. sued for disenfranchising minority and low-income voters

    5/16/11

    Louisiana is being sued for alleged non-compliance with the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) by the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Inc. (LDF), Project Vote and several private persons.

    The lawsuit, filed on April 19, alleges Louisiana has failed to give ample opportunity for low-income and minority voters to register by failing to follow the required procedures outlined in the NVRA.