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  • LDF and NAACP Release Report on Confronting Modern Barriers to Voting Rights

    The NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) and the NAACP have been tracking the rising tide of legislative measures designed to block access to the polls for voters of color. What our research has uncovered is a cause for grave concern: a coordinated and comprehensive assault has been launched against our voting rights.
  • LDF Welcomes New Federal Guidance on Diversity in K-12 and Higher Education


    Today the United States Department of Education and the Department of Justice issued policy guidance that provides greater clarity and encouragement to school districts and higher education institutions as they seek to explore available options for promoting and maintaining meaningful diversity.  Released in two parts —one for K-12 school districts and the other for higher education institutions — the guidance provides concrete and creative examples of programs that comply with constitutional mandates in the Supreme Court’s decisions in two recent cases, Grutter v.Bollinger (2

  • Albany Judge Upholds Law Ending Prison-Based Gerrymandering


    Victory for Civil Rights, Fair Representation Removes Any Doubt That Redistricting Body Can Proceed Under New Law

  • Racially biased testimony should not stand


    In January 2009, when Harris County District Attorney Pat Lykos took office, she lost no time in making good on her campaign promise to restore that department's integrity, left in tatters by her disgraced immediate predecessor.

  • Harris death penalties show racial pattern


    The last white man to join death row from Harris County was a convicted serial killer in 2004. Since then, 12 of the last 13 men newly condemned to die have been black, a Houston Chronicle analysis of prison and prosecution records shows.

    The latest death sentence was handed down in October to a Hispanic.