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After Ifill Lambastes Lack of Political Leadership in Missouri, Gov. Nixon Changes Course

Thursday, August 14, 2014 | news

Last night on MSNBC’s The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell, Sherrilyn Ifill lambasted Missouri officials for their silence, absence, and lack of political leadership in Ferguson. Forty minutes later, Gov. Jay Nixon announced he would not go to the state fair and instead travel to Ferguson today. 

After Ferguson Attempts to Unilaterally Modify its Consent Decree with the U.S. Department of Justice, LDF Advocates Taking All Legal Steps Necessary to Ensure Constitutional Policing and Court Practices in Ferguson

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 | news

After last night’s Ferguson City Council hearing, during which Ferguson’s mayor and city council members made all-too-familiar and unverified claims that implementation of its proposed police and court reform consent decree would be too costly, the city voted to reject the consent decree and attach new, unilateral conditions to an agreement it had already spent […]

African-American Civil Rights Leaders Strongly Urge Attorney General Sessions to Include Civil Rights in DOJ’s Priorities

Monday, March 12, 2018 | news

Read a PDF of our statement here.  African-American Civil Rights Leaders Strongly Urge Attorney General Sessions to Include Civil Rights in DOJ’s Priorities African-American civil rights leaders sent a joint letter strongly urging U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions not to alter the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) historic commitment to the civil rights laws that Congress tasked it […]

African-American Business Leaders Partner with Paramount Pictures to Offer Free Admission to Golden Globe-Nominated Film “Selma” for New York City Middle School Students

Wednesday, January 7, 2015 | news

Nearly 30,000 New York City middle school students will have the opportunity to see the Golden Globe-nominated film SELMA free of charge, starting this Thursday January 8th thru Monday, January 19th –Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  This free admission program was the brainchild of 27 African-American business leaders who were inspired by the film’s message […]

African-American Business Leaders Contribute $1 Million to LDF’s Policing Reform Campaign

Thursday, July 16, 2015 | news

Nearly two dozen prominent African-American business leaders announced the donation of $1,000,000 to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) to launch a campaign for policing reform. The business group, which designated several spokespersons but whose members choose to remain anonymous, expressed their growing and urgent concern over the rash of police-involved killings […]

African American Business Executives Join LDF to Enact Police Reforms, Strengthen Accountability

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 | news

With episodes of police violence against unarmed African-American citizens occurring at a frequency that has raised the national consciousness to an unprecedented level, the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) and The Executive Leadership Council (ELC) have jointly called for immediate reforms to end police misconduct. This collaboration between The ELC and LDF […]

Advocates Hope Prison-based Gerrymandering Will Be Addressed

Tuesday, May 17, 2011 | news

A bill that would have forced the state to count prisoners in the cities or towns they lived in before they were incarcerated was not called for a vote by the Judiciary Committee, but some lawmakers, like Sen. Eric Coleman, believe there’s a chance it could be resurrected. Coleman, co-chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said […]

Advocates Highlight Need to Fill Vacancies on DC Circuit

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 | news

The U.S. Circuit Court for the District of Columbia is the second most important court in the country. It has special jurisdiction for reviewing the actions of federal agencies. Additionally, under the Voting Rights Act, one of its members is required to sit on three-judge panels that decide whether to preclear voting changes by jurisdictions […]

Advocates for Civil and Reproductive Rights Call for Vitter’s Withdrawal

Friday, April 20, 2018 | news

A coalition of leaders in the reproductive rights and civil rights fields called today for the withdrawal of Wendy Vitter’s nomination for a seat on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. The groups note that Vitter’s repeated demonstrations of poor judgment and questionable integrity, including her refusal to clearly answer a […]

Advocates Convey Support for Civil Rights and School Safety to Secretary DeVos

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 | news

Today, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF), The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and AAUW attended the School Safety and Climate Summit hosted by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.   During their roundtable discussion with Secretary DeVos, civil rights advocates expressed their frustration about the absence of […]

Advocates Call on Mayor and Police Commissioner to Remove Barriers to Police Accountability

Thursday, July 21, 2016 | news

In a letter to Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Police Commissioner Kevin Davis, a citywide coalition of advocates urge city leaders to ensure that progress towards police accountability adopted during the 2016 Maryland General Assembly is upheld during the city’s ongoing contract negotiations with the Baltimore City Fraternal Order of Police Union. Members of […]

Advocates and Parents of Baltimore City School Students Urge Maryland Officials to Provide Adequate Funding for Baltimore City Schools

Tuesday, December 15, 2020 | news

Today, advocates and parents of Baltimore City Schools students sent a letter to Maryland officials urging them to take specific steps to support the students’ right to an education and fulfill the State’s responsibility under the Maryland Constitution and binding court orders. The letter details how the fiscal year 2022 budget and the legislative session […]

Advocacy Organizations Call on Senate to Halt Judicial Confirmations Process

Tuesday, January 7, 2020 | news

Washington, D.C.— A coalition of 29 advocacy organizations today sent a joint letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham, calling on them to halt the confirmation process for Donald Trump’s federal judicial nominees now that the president has been impeached and faces a trial in the Senate. Organizations signing the letter […]

Admissions Figures at NYC’s Specialized High Schools Show Persistence of Acute Racial Disparities

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 | news

Admissions offers issued for New York City’s Specialized High Schools demonstrate that a trend of unfairness and acute racial disparities in admissions has persisted. Out of the 952 eighth grade students who received offers to matriculate into Stuyvesant High School this year, 7 are Black and 21 are Hispanic. Of the 968 eighth graders who […]

Aden Reports LDF Return to Court to Defend Victory in Fayette County, Georgia Case

Thursday, December 4, 2014 | case-update

In The Root, LDF Assistant Counsel Leah Aden announces LDF’s return to court due to Fayette County’s continued defense of racially biased voting plans in federal court appeal: “Despite this progress, Fayette County continues to defend its racially discriminatory method of election, having appealed the federal court’s ruling and continuing to impose on Fayette taxpayers the costs (so far […]