LDF mourns the passing of George Barrett, our cherished cooperating attorney in Nashville, Tennessee. At age 86, George was still practicing law at his firm, Barrett, Johnston, Martin & Garrison, at the time of his death.
On Andrea Mitchell Reports, Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and the National Urban League's Marc Morial talked with Chris Matthews (who filled in for Andrea Mitchell) about the makeup of the grand jury and the partiality of head prosecutor in the trial of the police officer who killed unarmed teenager Michael Brown.
In multiple appearances on national media over the past few days, LDF leaders continue to press for action and answers on the police shooting of Michael Brown, and on the larger issue of overly militarized police forces that acculturate officers to devalue and dehumanize people and communities of color.
A group of alumni of eight prestigious public high schools in New York Cityissued a statement on Tuesday in support of keeping a test as the sole criterion for entry, inserting themselves in a long-running debate over the admissions process and its impact on the schools’ racial makeup.