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Civil Rights and Race Relations in America and Their Impact on the Lives of African Americans
9/08/11Related Case or Issue:
LDF Presents Testimony to Congress Regarding State Laws That Threaten to Undermine Minority Voting Rights
(Washington, D.C.) — Today, Ryan Haygood, Director of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund’s Political Participation Group, offered testimony at a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights that addressed a wave of laws that erect barriers to the ballot box.
LDF Moves to Intervene on behalf of Florida NAACP and African-American Voters in Florida Voting Rights Case9/07/11Related Case or Issue:
Yesterday, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF) filed a motion seeking to intervene in a lawsuit on behalf of the Florida State Conference of the NAACP and African-American voters to prevent the State of Florida from implementing discriminatory voting laws.
In the lawsuit, Florida v. United States, Florida asks a federal court to approve, under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, voting measures that would significantly alter Florida’s voting process.
9/07/11Related Case or Issue:
(New York, NY) -- Today, Natasha Korgaonkar, Assistant Counsel with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) testified at a redistricting hearing before New York’s Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment (LATFOR).
8/30/11Related Case or Issue:
(New York) -- The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) applauds the California State Legislature for passing legislation to end prison-based gerrymandering in California, and Assembly Member Mike Davis, who sponsored the bill.
According to U.S. Census data, Morgan County has 14,000 people and 600 of them are African-American. But that’s a bit misleading because 581 of them are incarcerated, among the 1,800 prisoners housed in the county.
Rep. Darryl Owens, D-Louisville, and Dale Ho, Assistant Counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, think those 1,800 prisoners, including the 581 African-Americans, should be counted for purposes of drawing legislative districts in the county where they lived before they were jailed.