Civil Rights and Youth Organizations Send Letters to Texas School Districts Urging Them to Ensure Dress Codes Are Not Discriminatory

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Today, seventeen civil rights groups and youth organizations sent letters to every Texas school superintendent urging them to ensure their district’s dress codes and related polices are not fostering unlawful discrimination that unfairly denies students ...

LDF Calls for Advancing Alternatives to Police and Community-Based Services for Black People with Mental Illness

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Today, the Legal Defense Fund (LDF), in partnership with Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, released “Advancing An Alternative to Police: Community-Based Services for Black People with Mental Illness,” a brief examining the incarceration, institutionalization, and police violence that ...

LDF Sends Letter to Prattville, Alabama City Counsel Regarding Proposed Redistricting Map

Today, the Legal Defense Fund, the Elmore County Branch of the NAACP, the Elmore County Civic Improvement League, the American Civil Liberties Union (“ACLU”) of Alabama sent a letter to the Prattville, Alabama City Counsel ...

LDF Issues Statement on Video Footage of Police Shooting of Jayland Walker

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Today, the Akron, Ohio, police department released body camera footage of the fatal police shooting of Jayland Walker, a 25-year-old Black man who was stopped by law enforcement for an alleged traffic matter earlier in the week. The video footage raises more questions than it answers about the conduct of the ...

LDF Issues Statement on DOJ Pattern or Practice Investigation of NYPD’s Special Victims Division

Yesterday, Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke announced that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) will initiate an investigation of the New York City Police Department’s (NYPD) Special Victims Division to determine whether it engages in ...

LDF Celebrates Historic Swearing-In of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to U.S. Supreme Court

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Today, following the official retirement of former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson was sworn in as the newest Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, making her the first Black woman ...

On the 50th Anniversary of Landmark Supreme Court Decision, Furman v. Georgia, LDF Urges Biden Administration to Abolish Federal Death Penalty, Commute Persons on Federal Death Row

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Fifty years ago today, in Furman v. Georgia, a case successfully litigated by the Legal Defense Fund (LDF), the Supreme Court held the death penalty as administered in the United States violated the Constitution’s Eighth ...

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