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Happy Birthday, LDF! 5 Things You May Not Know About the Nation’s Oldest Civil Rights Legal Organization

By LDF Archives Today, March 20th 2017, we celebrate the 77th anniversary of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF). To many, LDF is best known for ending school segregation through the landmark 1954 Supreme Court decision Brown v. Board of Education. LDF is also well-known for the pivotal work of its founder and first Director-Counsel, Thurgood Marshall, who subsequently

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How to Identify Fake Information? The CRAAP Test

By Marcelo Rodriguez Archives Associate Fake news and bad information are sadly nothing new to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc (LDF). In the wake of the landmark LDF victory in Brown v. Board of Education, supporters of segregation fed communities with lies about the motives of Black parents, and the so-called “dangers of integration” for Black and white

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Hearing Underscores Betsy DeVos Unqualified to Lead Department of Education

By Elizabeth Olsson Senior Policy Associate The confirmation hearing of Education Secretary nominee Betsy DeVos did little to assuage our concerns about her fitness to serve. In fact, her testimony raised new apprehensions. It seems clear from her responses to questions presented by senators, Ms. DeVos is unaware of her legal obligations under critical federal education laws. When asked if

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We’re Not Out of the Woods Yet: Why Disbanding the #ShamCommission Isn’t the End of the Fight

by Melanie Newman, NAACP Legal Defense Fund Chief Public Engagement and Communications Strategist President Trump has disbanded his sham voter fraud commission, citing lawsuits like the one LDF filed along with MALDEF and LatinoJustice/PRLDEF as an overwhelming reason. This is certainly a victory, but it’s important to know that we are not out of the woods yet. In our complaint, we

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Sessions Unchanged: The same hostility toward civil rights advocacy that cost Jeff Sessions a judgeship in the 1980s has been a central theme of his entire Senate career

By Kyle Barry Policy Counsel NAACP Legal Defense Fund With Senator Jeff Sessions’s Attorney General nomination set for a confirmation hearing next month, he and President-elect Trump’s transition team have tried to rebrand his image into one of civil rights hero, asserting, without evidence, that Sessions has a “strong civil rights record.” Yet throughout his entire career, Sessions has been openly

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The Senate Judiciary Questionnaire and Confirmation Hearings: Nominee Sessions Differs from Senator Sessions

By Kyle Barry Policy Counsel NAACP Legal Defense Fund A memo released today by a number of organizations, including the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF), revealed gaping holes in Attorney General nominee Jeff Sessions’s response to his Senate Judiciary Questionnaire (SJQ) that preclude the Judiciary Committee from holding a thorough and complete hearing on his nomination. This finding also revealed that, as

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With Big Data Comes Big Responsibility:

Facebook Announces Changes to “Ethnic Affinity” Ad Targeting Coty Montag, Deputy Director of Litigation Elizabeth Reese, Harvard Public Interest Fellow Last week, Facebook announced that it is taking several actions to deter and disable advertisements that may discriminate based on ethnic affinity. Why is this so important? Imagine two people, both 18 and from Washington, DC, who log onto their Facebook pages

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