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  • William Taylor, Vigorous Rights Defender, Dies at 78


    William L. Taylor, who as a lawyer, lobbyist and government official for more than a half century had significant roles in pressing important civil rights cases and in drafting and defending civil rights legislation, died Monday in Bethesda, Md. He was 78 and lived in Washington. 

  • Statement from NAACP LDF on Senate Attacks on Thurgood Marshall


    (Washington, DC) – During the Senate confirmation hearings of Elena Kagan to be Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, several Senators have disparaged Justice Thurgood Marshall, his judicial philosophy, and his connection to Elena Kagan, who once clerked for Justice Marshall. In response to these attacks, NAACP LDF President and Director-Counsel John Payton issues the following statement: 

  • NAACP Legal Defense Fund Supports the Nomination of Elena Kagan to Supreme Court


    (Washington, DC) – With only days until Senate confirmation hearings begin on the nomination of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF) has released a report examining the nominee’s civil rights record.

  • John Payton's Letter to the Editor


    Re "Felons can't vote, and that's fair," Opinion, June 13

    This September, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral argument in Farrakhan vs. Gregoire, a case challenging the validity of Washington state's felon disfranchisement law under the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965.
  • New Report Calls for Elimination of 'Prison-Based Gerrymandering'


    The explosion of the prison population in recent decades is enabling towns where the prisons are located to unjustly increase their political power by counting inmates as legal residents, according to "Captive Constituents," a new report by the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF).