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  • New York Takes Swing at Prison Gerrymandering


    Earlier this summer, Miller-McCune highlighted a report from the NAACP Legal Defense Fund on the controversial practice of “prison-based gerrymandering.” The census accounting trick — by which prisoners are tallied in the districts where they are incarcerated, not where they permanently reside — dilutes the voting power of minority communities.

  • Legal Defense Fund Applauds Legislation Ending Prison-Based Gerrymandering in New York


    (New York) --The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) congratulates the New York State Senate for passing legislation to end prison-based gerrymandering in New York.  Their courageous decision will bring New York’s redistricting process in line with basic principles of democracy, and will serve as a model for other states in the effort to count incarcerated populations correctly in the next round of redistricting.

  • Trying to work with, not against, President Obama on education


    Ruth Marcus has misunderstood the position of the civil rights groups that are helping to shape education reform ["Picking the wrong fight with Obama," op-ed, July 30].

  • LDF Files Motion to Intervene in Georgia Lawsuit In Defense of Voting Rights Act


    (New York, NY) – Today, the District Court granted the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.’s (LDF) motion to intervene in a lawsuit initiated by the State of Georgia.  LDF seeks to defend and enforce Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act on behalf of organizations committed to the registration of African-American and other minority voters in Georgia, as well as African-American registered voters whose voting rights are directly impacted by this registration change and constitutional challenge.

  • University of Texas' use of race in admissions goes before court


    [NEW ORLEANS] Three federal appeals court judges gave no clear signal Tuesday of how they might rule in a case challenging the University of Texas' consideration of race and ethnicity in undergraduate admissions.

    The judges with the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in New Orleans by lawyers defending UT's practice and a lawyer contesting it on behalf of two white students who were denied admission.

    The three-judge panel is not expected to rule for several months.