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Celebrating 75 Years of LDF
In Rolling Stone, Leticia Smith-Evans, Interim Director of the Education Practice at LDF, is featured in "Can We Fix the Race Problem in America's School Discipline?" in which she talks about the DOJ and DOE's recently issued guidance on school discipline:
On Friday, Ryan Haygood, Director of the Political Participation Group, talked with Chris Matthews on Hardball about Voter ID laws. "Voter ID laws are really a modern iteration of the bygone era of poll taxes and other impediments to the ballot box," Haygood said. He explained that Pennsylvania's photo ID expansion doesn't remedy voter fraud. "The only example of fraud is the photo ID measure itself," Haygood said.
NYU's Furman Center for Real Estate & Urban Policy is hosting a debate on the role that segregation in neighborhoods and schools plays in hindering economic and racial equality. The latest installment of The Dream Revisited series asks "Why Integration?" Sherrilyn Ifill responds that we must "Focus on the Costs of Segregation for All."
On Monday, Monique Lin-Luse, Special Counsel to the Education Group at LDF, spoke at the annual MLK-day memorial luncheon hosted by the Salt Lake City branch of the NAACP. She spoke about the school-to-prison pipeline and barriers to educational equality.
Amid nationwide agitation to increase federal and state minimum wages and successful efforts to "ban the box" that requires job applicants to describe their criminal history, Johnathan Smith, Assistant Counsel of the Economic Justice Practice, and Madeline Neighly of National Employment Law Project pen an op-ed for msnbc.com.