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  • LDF Statement on Indictment of Former South Carolina Officer Michael T. Slager


    Today’s indictment of former South Carolina police officer Michael T. Slager by a grand jury in the shooting death of Walter L. Scott brings the nation – which has seen a recent spike in police violence against unarmed African-American citizens – and the North Charleston community one step closer to justice. The NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, (Inc.) applauds the grand jury’s decision and looks forward to the type of open and transparent criminal justice proceedings that we should all expect when an innocent life is so tragically taken.

  • Janel George Weighs In on Federal Law in School Discipline at Capitol Hill Roundtable


    Can Federal Education Law be Used to Curb Harsh School Discipline?

     “Public school discipline practices are pushing children out of school,” said Janel George, senior education policy counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, which co-sponsored the event. “You cannot learn and you cannot achieve if you’re not in a classroom.”

  • Natasha Korgaonkar Emphasizes the Importance of the National Debate on Voting Rights


    Clinton Rips GOP On Voting Rights While Calling For Universal Voter Registration

    “The choice of location was really apt,” said Natasha Korgaonkar,  [Assistant Counsel] at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund who is involved in the lawsuit against Texas' voter ID law. “It’s really important that issues of voting rights and expanding the right to vote as well as blocking restrictive voter laws are part of the national dialogue.”

  • Sherrilyn Ifill Talks on Suits to Roll Back Voting Restriction Laws


    Fight for the right to vote

    Democrats are suing to roll back Republican voting restriction laws, filing suits in Wisconsin, Ohio and other key 2016 states. Marc Elias, campaign attorney for Hillary for America, and NAACP Legal Defense Fund [President and Director-Counsel] Sherrilyn Ifill have more.

  • LDF Revamps Law Student Scholarship Program with Grant Boost


    Legal Defense Fund Boosts Grants in Law Student Scholarship Program

    "The boost in dollar amount represents “a big leap forward,” said Joon Bang, [LDF] manager for programs. “We recognize that education costs are rising, and we want to make sure our scholars are on the path to pursue racial justice. We want to support the next generation of civil rights leaders.”