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Supreme Court Rules that Arizona's Discriminatory Proof of Citizenship Measure is Blocked by Federal Law6/17/13
Washington, D.C.--Today, the United States Supreme Court blocked Arizona’s attempt to make eligible voters provide "evidence of citizenship" in order to register to vote. In the case, Arizona v. ITCA, the Supreme Court struck down Arizona's "Proposition 200" as pre-empted by the Federal Form provided by the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA).
Statement by NAACP Legal Defense Fund’s President and Director-Counsel Sherrilyn Ifill
Today, the Supreme Court agreed to hear Mount Holly v. Mount Holly Gardens Citizens in Action, Inc. We call on the Court to use this case as an opportunity to continue our nation’s progress to ensure that all families have a fair opportunity to find a good place to call home.
In Mount Holly, the Court will review a key provision of the Fair Housing Act, which is our nation’s key tool to eradicate housing discrimination and promote more inclusive neighborhoods. The Fair Housing Act was enacted in 1968 as a testament to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., in the wake of his tragic assassination. Since then, our nation has made progress toward eliminating racial segregation and discrimination in housing. Yet, as our recent economic crisis has starkly revealed, predatory lending and other discriminatory practices continue to deny housing opportunities to people of color and isolate minority communities. This case comes at a particularly critical time as African-American families struggle to overcome the devastating effects of the recession on homeownership and wealth.
LDF President and Director-Counsel Sherrilyn Ifill published an Op-Ed in the New York Times, explaining why recent calls by some to focus on “solely class” and abandon race-conscious admissions policies fail to address the realities of how race continues to define opportunity.
As Ifill notes, the policies that give us the best chance to meet today’s challenges, as well as those of the future, embrace both race and class, along with a host of other factors. She writes,
LDF Lawyer Discusses How Employer Background Checks Can Unfairly and Unlawfully Keep African American Jobseekers Out of Work6/14/13
Director of LDF's Economic Justice Group, ReNika Moore, appears on HuffPost Live with the EEOC's top lawyer and a community activist discussing how employer's use background checks can unfairly and unlawfully keep African American jobseekers out of work.
LDF's Director of Economic Justice, ReNika Moore, praises two new lawsuits filed by the EEOC as an important step against workplace discrimination. "People who are trying to work, trying to be productive citizens, are being blocked from jobs" on the basis of old convictions when they pose no more danger than other applicant. As the EEOC contends employers must tailor their background check policies to ensure they are not unfairly excluding qualified African Americans workers.