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LDF Supports Petition Requesting the President and Congress End Lending of Military Weapons to K-12 Public Schools12/19/14
LDF has worked for decades to advance educational equal educational opportunity for all students. Central to that work has been addressing overly punitive discipline policies that disproportionately push students of color out of school, increasing their involvement with the juvenile justice system and fueling the School-to-Prison Pipeline. The increased presence of police in schools has worsened discipline disparities for students of color, as school police are often used to
Lumumba Akinwole-Bandele Interviews With Canadian Broadcast Channel During NYC Protest to Stop Police Violence12/19/14
On the Canadian Broadcast Channel (CBC), LDF Senior Community Organizer Lumumba Akinwole-Bandele reports live from the "NYC Millions March" on December 13, 2014 in Manhattan as part of a mass community demonstration to go peacefully into the streets all over the country to demand justice for victims of police violence and institutionalized racism.
Today, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) announced the appointments of Jin Hee Lee and Ryan Haygood as Deputy Directors of Litigation. Jin had previously served as Senior Counsel in LDF’s work focused on economic justice, education, political participation and criminal justice.
12/17/14Related Case or Issue:
(New York, NY)—The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. applauds President Obama’s decision to commute the sentences of eight people currently serving harsh and inflated prison terms for nonviolent drug offenses. The individuals were the first to have their sentences commuted by the President since the announcement of the Clemency Initiative, which was created by the Department of Justice to provide relief to non-violent, low level offenders without significant criminal histories who had served at least 10 years in prison.
Ruling Could Bolster Lawsuits Against Police
In a recent piece in the National Law Journal, Director of Litigation Christina Swarns states that,