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The Power of Now
On Free Speech Radio News, LDF attorney Leah Aden commented on the Alabama redistricting case pending before the Supreme Court, noting that Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act did not require Alabama to maintain exact percentages of Black voters in legislative districts to preserve Black voters' ability to elect their preferred candidates of choice.
The NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc., (LDF) welcomed today's historic votes by the U.S. Senate to confirm the first African-American female judges ever to serve on Georgia's federal judiciary.
The Senate confirmed Leslie Abrams to the Middle District of Georgia and Eleanor Ross to the Northern District of Georgia. President Obama had previously nominated two African-American females to the Northern District of Georgia, but the Senate refused to act and the nominations were withdrawn.
LDF mourns the passing of iconic civil rights lawyer, John Doar. Mr. Doar was a fearless advocate of racial justice, who served alongside LDF in the most significant civil rights struggles of the 1960's.
Janai Nelson on the Supreme Court's consideration of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) case before it:
"There are already 20 million people that have registered for health care under the ACA, and so to reverse course at this point and say that these federal subsidies cannot support those federal exchanges would be a great harm to those 20 million and the 32 million who anticipate looking for health care and are without health care now."
Today, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. deeply mourns the loss of William Scheide, mentor and friend to successive Director-Counsels, longstanding member of the board, and the organization's most generous individual donor.