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  • LDF Kicks Off Conference on School Discipline


    Race, Gender, Discipline and Justice: Students Locked Out of a Quality Education

    (Savannah, GA) – Today the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) along with the African American Male Achievement Group, Inc. (AMA) began a three-day multi-stakeholder convening to address issues surrounding race, gender and school discipline. The convening brings together policy, legal and community advocates, researchers, educators and public officials from across the country who share a commitment in addressing these critical issues.

  • Judge tosses Ala. challenge to election monitoring


    WASHINGTON — A federal judge on Wednesday dismissed a challenge to election monitoring required under the Voting Rights Act to ensure mostly southern states are no longer disenfranchising black voters and found that discrimination continues in modern-day polling.

  • LDF Commends Court Decision Upholding Constitutionality of the Heart of the Voting Rights Act


    (New York, NY) -- Today, for the second time, a federal court in Washington, D.C. upheld the constitutionality of the heart of the 2006 reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act.  

  • Fairness in the justice system


    Once again, the most avid supporters of capital punishment in Texas should be pleased that a scheduled execution has been stopped, at least temporarily.

    The U.S. Supreme Court halted the execution Thursday of Duane Buck, the kind of person who, if you believe in capital punishment, fits the description of who should receive this most final of penalties.

  • Stay of Execution


    After granting a stay of execution to Duane Buck just hours before he was to be put to death in Texas on Thursday, the Supreme Court must now review the case or, at the very least, order a lower federal court to consider Mr. Buck’s plea for a new sentencing hearing. It cannot allow a terrible injustice to stand.