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The state of Alabama has told the NAACP Legal Defense Fund that public housing Identification will not be accepted as a form of photo ID to vote at the polls. LDF has written the Secretary of State’s office requesting that this form of ID, which for many people of color is their only form of ID, be accepted under their new Photo ID law. In an email, from the Secretary of State’s Chief Legal Advisor, that request was denied.
LDF lawyers will be teaming up with local grassroots and legal partners to ensure maximum participation by voters of color in the midterm elections of November 2014.
On April 16, 2014, the American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas (ACLU) brought a lawsuit in Arkansas state court challenging the validity of Arkansas’s new voter photo ID law under the Arkansas Constitution. At the same time, LDF and the Arkansas NAACP were in communication with the Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin about the significant burdens that the photo ID law had placed on Black voters in the state, and requesting that his office work to ease those burdens.
National Civil and Human Rights Groups Urge Administration to Release Strong Gainful Employment Rule10/29/14
For decades, LDF has advocated for equal educational opportunities. However, too many African American and other students of color and low-income students are being targeted for recruitment by for-profit institutions, encouraged to incur high amounts of debt, and left without the credentials to obtain gainful employment - which undermines the very essence of equal educational opportunity. This has long-term implications for those students at for-profit institutions, including compromised credit scores, credentials that are not recognized in their fields, and limited o