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


    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


    (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.

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


    [New York]--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.

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


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

  • In New Orleans, Many Have Yet to Travel the Road Home


    Everyone knows that the Road Home Program, though well intentioned, has been deeply flawed since its inception. In 2007, working with the National Fair Housing Alliance, my staff at the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Center and I set out to right at least one of the major program flaws.