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Zenzele Scott

Friday, March 30, 2018 | staff

Zahra Mion

Monday, August 26, 2019 | staff

Zahra is a Policy and Research Associate for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF). Prior to joining LDF, Zahra served as a Policy and Outreach Coordinator for the Poverty to Prosperity Team at the Center for American Progress. At the Center for American Progress, she worked on a diverse portfolio of issues […]

Zachery Morris

Sunday, October 21, 2018 | staff

Zachery Morris joins LDF’s New York Office as an Assistant Counsel. He previously worked at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP as a Litigation Associate. Zachery also served as a Bertha Fellow at the Center for Constitutional Rights. Zachery received a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy from Stanford University and his J.D. from Stanford Law […]

Yvette Fields

Friday, March 30, 2018 | staff

Your Take: Getting Back the Right to Vote

Wednesday, September 22, 2010 | news

  The most fundamental political right in our society is the right to vote. Today (Sept. 21) the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit in San Francisco will hear arguments in a case (Farrakhan v. Gregoire) that accuses the state of Washington of stripping that fundamental political right from citizens in a racially […]

Your Take: Bill a Threat to Poor Students

Thursday, August 4, 2011 | news

While some of the gridlock among policymakers today can be chalked up to principled differences in political philosophy, some political stalemates are the result of policies that defy common sense. This most often happens when politicians ignore basic realities in order to further their own ideologies. This behavior is frustrating in any instance but is […]

Your Search Results

Sunday, April 12, 2020 | page

You’re on Your Own: DOJ Done Providing Guidance Clarifying Federal Law

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 | ldf-perspectives

By Todd A. Cox, LDF Policy Director On Friday, November 17th, Attorney General Jeff Sessions released a memo prohibiting the Department of Justice (DOJ) from issuing guidance documents that “have the effect of adopting new regulatory requirements or amending the law.” The memo added that in the past, DOJ and other agencies have failed to make the […]

Yes Magazine Marks Progress Against Discriminatory Voter ID Laws

Thursday, August 18, 2016 | news

Voting Rights Victories Piling Up “In a moment when this country is becoming more diverse, in which more communities of color participated in the 2008 and 2012 elections, legislatures enacted these discriminatory laws, and luckily courts stepped in to stop them more and more,” said Leah Aden, senior counsel at the Legal Defense Fund (LDF) […]

Wrongfully Convicted Former LDF Client, Richard Rosario, Finally Released From Prison After 20 Years

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 | news

Richard Rosario Released From Prison After 20 Years After serving 20 years in prison for a crime he did not commit, Richard Rosario, a former client of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF), was freed last week, returning to his family, including his wife and children, now living in Orlando, Florida. Bronx […]

Wright v. Stern: NYC Parks Case

Friday, February 16, 2018 | case-issue

In court papers filed in 2001, current and former employees of the New York City Parks Department alleged that African-American and Latino employees Parks workers had been denied equal employment opportunities. As a result of long-term, systemic discrimination throughout the Parks Department and rising to its highest levels, minority employees experienced widespread discrimination in pay […]

Working to End Tax Lien Sales

Friday, March 14, 2014 | news

LDF recently sent a letter to local officials in Cuyahoga County, Ohio urging them to implement a temporary moratorium on tax lien sales until after an investigation can be done and reforms made to the system. Recently, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported on our efforts:  “The NAACP Legal Defense Fund has called for Cuyahoga County to […]

WNYC: State’s second highest court hears arguments in prisoner redistricting case

Wednesday, October 5, 2011 | news

The New York Supreme Court heard oral arguments today in the lawsuit to overturn a law passed by the 2010 Democratic legislative majority that would count prison inmates in the communities they are from, instead of in the towns and counties where they’re incarcerated. The lawsuit was brought by six Senate Republicans–many of whom would […]

With Big Data Comes Big Responsibility: Facebook Announces Changes to “Ethnic Affinity” Ad Targeting

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 | news

Deputy Director of Litigation Coty Montag and Harvard Public Interest Fellow Elizabeth Reese wrote a piece discussing Facebook’s actions to implement policies to deter discriminatory ethnic affinity advertisements. They note: “Regrettably, there has always been a market for discrimination in this country. The United States has a long history of targeting racial minorities with products […]

With Big Data Comes Big Responsibility:

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 | ldf-perspectives

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 […]

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