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Legal Defense Fund Boosts Grants in Law Student Scholarship Program
"The boost in dollar amount represents “a big leap forward,” said Joon Bang, [LDF] manager for programs. “We recognize that education costs are rising, and we want to make sure our scholars are on the path to pursue racial justice. We want to support the next generation of civil rights leaders.”
6/01/15Related Case or Issue:
Today the United States Supreme Court reaffirmed the right of job seekers to be free of discrimination in hiring. Declaring that “[a]n employer may not make an applicant’s religious practice, confirmed or otherwise, a factor in [an] employment decision,” the Supreme Court rejected apparel chain Abercrombie & Fitch’s claim that it had the right to deny employment to an otherwise qualified Muslim applicant because she wore a hijab. In this case, EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch, Abercrombie & Fitch claimed that the head scarf violated its dress code.
What Obama's New Military-Equipment Rules Mean for K-12 School Police
"I definitely think it's a step in the right direction," Janel George, senior education policy council at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund tells Rolling Stone. "It does show that the administration, particularly the local law enforcement equipment working group, heard our concerns."
Janai Nelson Gives Keynote Address at the International Social Movements Gathering on Water and Affordable Housing in Detroit5/29/15Related Case or Issue:
LDF Statement on Agreement Reached by Justice Department and City of Cleveland to Reform Cleveland Division of Police5/26/15
The NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. (“LDF”) is encouraged by the agreement announced today by the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and the City of Cleveland on plans to reform the Cleveland Division of Police following the DOJ’s finding of a pattern or practice of excessive force. The court-enforceable agreement requires the Division of Police to adopt a number of reforms including de-escalation techniques; bias-free principles for policing; and improved officer training.