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  • Federal Judge Rules that Lawsuit against the State of Louisiana Over Failure to Offer Voter Registration Services May Continue


    (New Orleans, LA) – Today, a federal court rejected the State of Louisiana's effort to dismiss a lawsuit regarding the State’s failure to offer public assistance recipients the opportunity to register vote.  The court’s ruling means that public assistance clients and the Louisiana State Conference of the NAACP can proceed with a lawsuit claiming that the Louisiana Secretary of State, the Department of Children and Family Services, and the Department of Health & Hospitals are disenfranchising minority and low-income voters by failing to offer them the opportunity to register to vote

  • LDF Commends U.S. Departments of Education and Justice on Efforts to Address the School to Prison Pipeline


    (Washington, DC) -- LDF commends Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Attorney General Eric Holder on their announcement of the "Supportive School Discipline Initiative". This is a collaboration between the Department of Education and Department of Justice is designed to address the “School-to-Prison Pipeline.”

  • Leave no Road Home homeowner behind: An editorial


    The Road Home travails of Edward Randolph and Almarie Ford illustrate why government officials need to find additional ways to help homeowners wronged by the program.

    The two eastern New Orleans homeowners were among the lead plaintiffs in a lawsuit alleging discrimination in the Road Home's formula that paid applicants based on a home's pre-storm value, not the actual cost of rebuilding. A federal judge agreed, and a recent settlement will pay $62 million in rebuilding aid to 1,460 households in metro New Orleans and in Cameron Parish.

  • Texas Schools’ Study Questions Reliance on Harsh Disciplinary Policies


    Today, the Council of State Governments released a new report that helps to raise awareness about the importance of dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline.  Entitled Breaking Schools’ Rules: A Statewide Study of How School Discipline Relates to Students’ Success and Juvenile Justice Involvement, the report is the most in-depth of its kind, exam

  • Class Action Against New York City Over NYPD Checkpoints Allowed To Continue


     MANHATTAN (CN) - Public housing residents can proceed with a class action lawsuit claiming that New York City and the New York City Housing Authority allowed the police to set up "checkpoints" that routinely violated tenants' rights in front of their homes, a federal judge ruled.      

    A lawyer for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund praised the decision in an email.