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  • Court ruling victory for African American firefighters

    5/25/11

    CHICAGO - It was a long time in coming and a major blow against discrimination in hiring practices here. The 7th US Court of Appeals ordered the Chicago Fire Department (CFD) to hire 111 African Americans who had passed a qualifying exam to become fire fighters in 1995, but then weren't considered after the qualifying criteria was changed.

  • Civil Rights groups want in on prison gerrymandering suit

    5/18/11

    The State of New York filed a very perfunctory rebuttal to the Senate GOP’s legal challenge to “prison gerrymandering,” and now a group of outside organizations — including the NAACP, Common Cause and VOCAL-NY — wants to intervene on the state’s behalf.

    From a court filing yesterday:

  • LDF Reflects: 57 Years After Brown

    5/17/11

    Today marks the fifty-seventh anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Brown v.

  • Civil Rights Organizations File Motion to Defend Law Ending Prison-Based Gerrymandering

    5/17/11

    Voters and Community Groups Intervening in Suit to Ensure that All New Yorkers Are Equally Represented in State and Local Legislatures

    Albany, NY – Today, top civil rights organizations filed a motion in New York Supreme Court asking to intervene to help defend New York’s new law allocating people in prison to their home communities for redistricting and reapportionment. 

  • La. sued for disenfranchising minority and low-income voters

    5/16/11

    Louisiana is being sued for alleged non-compliance with the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) by the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Inc. (LDF), Project Vote and several private persons.

    The lawsuit, filed on April 19, alleges Louisiana has failed to give ample opportunity for low-income and minority voters to register by failing to follow the required procedures outlined in the NVRA.