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The Director of the Political Participation Group at NAACP Legal Defense Fund Ryan Haygood joined the Melissa Harris Perry Show to discuss the serious threat to voting rights facing African Americans. LDF defended the Voting Rights Act before the U.S. Supreme Court, but last month they issued an outrageous ruling to take it out of commission. LDF is urging Congress to step in and asking the public to notify us of any discriminatory voting changes in their communities by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org .
President and Director-Counsel Sherrilyn Ifill appears on Hardball with Chris Matthews after President Obama’s surprise speech about race in America after the verdict. She discusses the difference between the communication style of Rachel’s Jeantel’s testimony and whether the jurors found her testimony to be compelling and credible, and that relates to the fateful night and Zimmerman’s inability to see Travvon Martin as a child.
LDF President and Director-Counsel Sherrilyn Ifill discusses with Tamron Hall the events taking place in the trial's aftermath.
Christina Swarns, Director of LDF's Criminal Justice Practice and Interim Director of Litigation, writes in the New York Times about why the pursuit of justice requires a federal investigation into the killing of Trayvon Martin. Recounting the history of federal intervention in cases where "innocent African-Americans were hunted, shot and killed because of their race, Ms. Swarns argues that the continued pervasiveness of racial bias in today's criminal justice system requires continued federal action.
Listen to LDF President and Director-Counsel Sherrilyn Ifill discuss the Zimmerman trial for the killing of Trayvon Martin. The conversation concerns racial profiling and the need for Americans to grapple seriously with issues of race.