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Civil Rights and Race Relations in America and Their Impact on the Lives of African Americans
Welcome to the Publications section of our website where you can browse through publications of various types. You can narrow down your search by a publication's name or its type using the search options above.
Read our Spring 2011 planned giving newsletter, The Defender's Circle - A Promise to the Future, to learn how to use your will to become a voice in our nation’s long struggle to bring lasting equality to all Americans.
Read the Winter 2011 "The Defender" newsletter including a special message from President Director-Counsel John Payton on the 70th anniversary of LDF.
70 years is a significant amount of time in America’s nearly 400-year continuing struggle for racial justice and equality before the law. In those seven decades, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) has helped change the world.
Because of LDF, no one can get away with saying that black people—or any people—have “no rights under the Constitution,” as the Supreme Court did in its 1857 Dred Scott decision.
Read this Fall 201o "The Defender" newsletter including updates on LDF's win in the Chicago Firefighters case.
The process called “redistricting” will determine how our local school board, city council, state legislative and congressional districts are drawn. How can our communities participate? How can we ensure that our interests are being heard and represented by our elected officials? How can we ensure that the voting strength of our communities is not weakened? What are the important factors to consider in redistricting?This handbook will answer these questions by laying out the importance of getting involved with the redistricting process,and providing resources and contact information.
LDF Voting Rights Act 45th Anniversary Commemorative Poster.
Most state and local governments count incarcerated persons as residents of the prison communities where they are incarcerated when drawing election district lines, despite the fact that prisoners are not integrated into those communities and are not residents there.
The Next Phase of the Voting Rights Movement: Freeing the Vote for People with Felony Convictions
Securing the right to vote for the disfranchised—persons who have lost their voting rights as a result of a felony conviction—is widely recognized as the next phase of the voting rights movement. Nationwide, more than 5.3 million Americans who have been convicted of a felony are denied access to the one fundamental right that is the foundation of all other rights. Only Maine and Vermont do not restrict voting on the basis of a felony conviction, and allow inmates to vote from prison by absentee ballot.
Shortly after the 2010 Census, states throughout the country will redraw the lines that determine how to divide the population of each state into electoral districts—a process called redistricting. The composition of a district affects election outcomes and determines representation at the federal, state, and local levels. In most states, redistricting is carried out by members of the legislature. But on the eve of the quickly approaching 2010 redistricting cycle, voters and elected officials in a number of states across the country are considering a range of proposals that aim to alter the redistricting process. One such proposal is to create Independent Redistricting Commissions (IRCs). An IRC is a committee composed of appointed officials who assume responsibility for redistricting within a state.