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  • Sherrilyn Ifill will lead the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund

    1/23/13

    The presence of Thurgood Marshall is almost palpable as Sherrilyn Ifill surveys the stately wood paneling, the brown leather chairs in this classroom at the University of Maryland law school. Ifill has been a law professor at the Baltimore campus for 20 years — an achievement made possible by the late Supreme Court justice’s work.

    As a young lawyer, Marshall, who lived just blocks away, sued the law school for denying entry to students of color. He prevailed, paving the way for generations of African American lawyers such as Ifill.

  • Lobbyists on President Obama's Gun-Control Proposals

    1/22/13

    Groups not typically associated with the debate over gun rights have taken a strong interest in the proposals that the White House put forward. Civil rights activists, mayors, psychiatrists, scientists and teachers are among those who plan to dispatch lobbyists to try and shape the debate. 
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  • Lobbyists of all stripes swarm President Obama’s gun-control proposals

    1/22/13

    President Obama’s gun-control recommendations have created a lobbying free-for-all on Capitol Hill.

    Groups not typically associated with the debate over gun rights have taken a strong interest in the proposals that the White House put forward. Civil rights activists, mayors, psychiatrists, scientists and teachers are among those who plan to dispatch lobbyists to try and shape the debate. 

  • Black and Brown Schools Already Over-Policed

    1/22/13

    “When we look at whose schools are policed and which students have to go through metal detectors, get pad-downs, get drug-searched on a routine basis, it’s our students of color and our communities of color across this country,” said Matthew Cregor, of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund. "The Newtown, Connecticut, massacre has led to renewed calls for an increased police presence in schools.

  • NAACP Legal Defense Fund Responds to Administration Proposals on Gun Violence: Suggests Schools Decline to Increase Police Presence

    1/16/13

    Today, President Obama announced his proposals in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut.  They contain many positive elements for addressing the root causes of violence in communities and also acknowledged the importance of positive interventions for ensuring school safety long advocated by the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.  Unfortunately, the proposals also allow schools to use federal funding to increase the presence of police.