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Civil Rights and Race Relations in America and Their Impact on the Lives of African Americans
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2/08/13Related Case or Issue:
The NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) today applauds the issuance of final regulations by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that endorse use of the “disparate impact” standard under the Fair Housing Act of 1968.
When I heard that University of Maryland law school professor Sherrilyn Ifill had taken the reins of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, I was deep into the reading a new book about the early life of Thurgood Marshall.
2/01/13Related Case or Issue:
Broad Range of Briefs Urge the United States Supreme Court to Uphold a
Landmark Voting Rights Protection
Today, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee began a series of hearings on legislative proposals to prevent or reduce gun violence, in the aftermath of the tragic Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in December. The hearing was entitled, "What Should America Do About Gun Violence." Among the featured witnesses were former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, herself a victim of gun violence.
Sherrilyn Ifill insists that this is the time to play offense, not defense.
Ifill, the new president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, said that organizations working to protect and expand the rights of African-Americans must forcefully push a proactive agenda instead of only react to legal decisions that affect minority Americans.