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Neomi Rao Showed Us Who She Was in College – Believe Her

Neomi Rao Showed Us Who She Was in College – Believe Her By Todd A. Cox, Policy Director at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. Given the sexual assault allegations that dominated Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings, it’s not surprising that the conversation surrounding the woman nominated to replace him on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has

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LDF Remembers Jean Fairfax

LDF Remembers Jean Fairfax Click here for a pdf of this tribute.  Ms. Jean Fairfax, who for twenty years, was widely regarded as one of among the most influential and innovative visionaries on the LDF staff, passed away last week in Phoenix, Arizona. She was 98 years old. Fairfax founded and served as the Director of LDF’s Division of Legal

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The Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

  The enduring image of Dr. King for most Americans is of the great leader standing before a microphone and speaking soul-shaking, transformational words of truth.  His speeches—whether “Give Us the Ballot” or “I Have a Dream”—powerfully examine the state of American democracy and call this nation to its highest self.  His “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” is among the most powerful messages of social justice

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The Nomination of William P. Barr to Serve as Attorney General

The Position of Extraordinary Public Trust and Commitment to the Constitutional Principles of Fairness, Equality, and the Rule of Law On December 7, 2018, President Trump announced William P. Barr as his nominee for Attorney General of the United States, following the forced resignation of Jefferson (“Jeff”) Beauregard Sessions III. As head of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and

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Why is LDF opposing Thomas Farr?

President Trump nominated Thomas Farr to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina in 2017. Since his nomination and re-nomination, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., alongside other national civil rights groups, has vigorously opposed him because we believe he is not fit to serve on the federal bench. Here’s why:  Farr has dedicated

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The Justice Department’s cynical stand against police reform in Chicago

It’s No Secret That Trust Between the CPD and the City’s Residents is Broken by Monique Dixon, LDF Deputy Director of Policy and Senior Counsel             It is no secret that trust between the Chicago Police Department (CPD) and the city’s residents, especially residents of color, is broken. The U.S. Department of Justice shared this

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The Kavanaugh Paper Company

Senators Must Have Opportunity to Review Judge Kavanaugh’s Extensive Judicial Record Over the last few weeks, Senators have begun meeting with Judge Brett Kavanaugh to discuss his judicial record and Supreme Court nomination. The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) believes Congress must take seriously its responsibility to ‘advise and consent’ on judicial nominations but holding these meetings

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Amicus Filing: 25 Harvard Student and Alumni Organizations In Support of College Admissions That Foster Diversity

UPDATE August 30, 2018: Twenty-five Harvard student and alumni organizations, represented by the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF), filed an amicus brief August 30 in a Massachusetts federal court condemning a divisive lawsuit that seeks to eliminate the consideration of race in admissions, thereby threatening diversity at the college. The brief, filed on behalf of 25 organizations representing diverse

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