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  • Georgia Allowed To Continue Voter Verification


    The Justice Department recently approved Georgia's voter verification law, which requires voters to prove they are U.S. citizens. Federal officials had blocked the law since 2008 but accepted the policy last month.

  • LDF Launches New On-Line Presence


    NEW YORK, Sept. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF), announced the official launch of its redesigned website,

  • Jefferson Thomas, American Hero 1942 -- 2010


    Jefferson Thomas, one of the Little Rock Nine, died Sunday. In 1957 he and eight other black teenagers in Little Rock, Arkansas, risked their lives to go to the high school they were entitled to in order to prove the greatest declaration of American idealism had meaning. 

  • The Seattle Times: Washington's discriminatory system should not deny convicted felons right to vote


    FOLLOWING the release in 1980 of a groundbreaking study titled, "Legal Implications of Racially Disproportionate Incarceration Rates," Washington state officials asked themselves a hard question about why the state led the nation in the disproportionate incarceration of African Americans. Shortly afterward, the Legislature commissioned its own study of the effect of race in its criminal-justice system.

  • LDF Statement Commemorating 5th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina


    (New York) – “Today, we honor the memory of those whose lives were lost during and after Hurricane Katrina, and stand steadfastly beside those who continue their struggle to reclaim and revitalize their communities.  Though a half decade has passed, there is much more to do to support restoration and renewal in the Gulf, even as the region faces new challenges,” said John Payton, LDF President and Director-Counsel.