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  • MSNBC: Hundreds of millions in Katrina funds still unspent


    NEW ORLEANS — Five years after Hurricane Katrina destroyed more than 200,000 Louisiana homes, the state program established to help families rebuild still hasn’t paid out more than three-quarters of a billion dollars and has come under fire from a federal judge for discriminating against black homeowners.

  • Clyde E. Murphy, 1948-2010


    Civil rights attorney sued Chicago for discriminating against African-American firefighter applicants

  • Judge blocks formula for dividing Katrina recovery money


    The NAACP Legal Defense Fund scored a victory Monday when Judge Henry Kennedy Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia granted a preliminary injunction to stop new distributions of money from the Road Home Program.

  • LDF Wins Relief for Victims of Post- Katrina/Rita Housing Discrimination


    (New York) – Today a federal court in Washington, DC, prevented Louisiana from continuing to utilize a discriminatory formula as part of the federally-funded “Road Home” Program, which was designed by the Louisiana Recovery Authority and approved by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”) to aid homeowners in their efforts to rebuild in the wake of devastating damage resulting from Hurricanes Rita and Katrina.

  • Repealing the 14th Amendment is wrong for America


    For well over a century, children born on American soil have been American citizens.  Changing that guarantee is not a new idea, but Arizona Senator Jon Kyl’s proposed hearings on the subject have given it new life.  A close look at the history and purpose of the citizenship provision makes clear why changing it would harm us all.