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Vigilance in the Defense of Liberty and Freedom
The New York City Council voted on Monday to require the Police and Education Departments to produce regular reports on arrests, summonses and suspensions of public school students, a victory for civil liberties advocates who say that the school police have sometimes been too aggressive in trying to keep order.
The measure, which was introduced in August 2008, was approved unanimously after compromises were made to satisfy the police and education officials.
Hear Kristen Clarke, Co-Director of LDF's Political Participation Group, discuss the importance of Section 5 of the VRA with Mimi Rosenberg on "Wake Up Call."
Listen here. (Interview begins at 25:00)
The Birmingham News: Voting Rights Act still vital, representatives of Shelby County blacks tell judge11/26/10
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Justice Department and civil rights advocates representing black voters in Shelby County have asked a federal judge to uphold the historic Voting Rights Act as a fair and still-necessary deterrent to bias at the ballot box.
Through educational efforts, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund launched a website and campaign geared toward encouraging minority citizens to get involved in their local redistricting processes.