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Aden Argues Against At-Large Voting in Op-Ed

Monday, February 9, 2015 | news

Fair opportunity eludes black voters “Because at-large voting erects a barrier to black voters’ electoral opportunities, plaintiffs to the lawsuit seek a remedial district in which black voters are the majority of the voters in one of the five districts, which will elect one of the five judges for the 32nd JDC. Without this district-based […]

Adebayo Ogunlesi

Friday, March 30, 2018 | board-of-directors

ACLU and LDF Call on Flint City Council to Impose Moratorium on Property Liens for Unpaid Water Bills

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 | news

ACLU of Michigan and NAACP Legal Defense Fund Call on Flint City Council to Impose Moratorium on Property Liens for Unpaid Water Bills The ACLU of Michigan and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc (LDF)  today urged the Flint City Council to suspend local efforts to impose property liens on thousands of Flint […]

Accomplished Advocates Adegbile, Llahmon Named to Civil Rights Commission

Friday, December 16, 2016 | news

Accomplished Advocates Adegbile, Llahmon Named to Civil Rights Commission Statement of NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund on Appointments to United States Commission on Civil Rights: We commend President Obama’s appointment of two extremely accomplished and dedicated civil rights advocates to serve on the United States Commission on Civil Rights at this critical time in […]

Access to Courts

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 | case-issue

Much of our nation’s progress toward the Constitutional aspiration of a “more perfect Union” occurred because ordinary people have had ready access to litigate worthy but often novel or difficult-to-prove cases in our courts.  Recently, however, a pair of Supreme Court decisions has skewed the balance away from access to courts.  In Bell Atlantic Corp. v. Twombly (2007) […]

Abu-Jamal v. Beard

Saturday, February 24, 2018 | case-issue

Mumia Abu-Jamal is currently serving a life sentence for the 1981 murder of a policeman in Philadelphia. The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) submitted a friend of the court brief, and presented oral argument, in support of Mr. Abu-Jamal’s claim of discrimination in jury selection when his case was first before the […]

About Us

Monday, May 7, 2018 | page

The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. is America’s premier legal organization fighting for racial justice. Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, LDF seeks structural changes to expand democracy, eliminate disparities, and achieve racial justice in a society that fulfills the promise of equality for all Americans. LDF also defends the gains and protections […]

Abercrombie & Fitch Employment Discrimination

Friday, February 16, 2018 | case-issue

In June 2003, LDF filed a class action lawsuit, Gonzalez v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, against national clothing retailer, Abercrombie & Fitch. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, charged that in addition to selling so-called “classic” looks, Abercrombie also practiced a classic form of discrimination against African-American, Latino and Asian American applicants […]

ABA-LDF Joint Statement on Eliminating Bias in the Criminal Justice System

Thursday, July 16, 2015 | news

Read the PDF of our joint statement here. The American Bar Association and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. have long and proud traditions of fighting for civil rights, human rights and equal justice.  Although, over the years, we have celebrated much progress in these arenas, we are now confronted by a troubling and […]

ABA Task Force Report Comes at Critical Time for Criminal Justice Reform

Friday, February 3, 2017 | news

Read the PDF of our statement here Release of ABA Building Public Trust Task Force Report Comes at Critical Time for Criminal Justice Reform Statement of NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. Today, the American Bar Association approved the report of its Task Force on Building Public Trust in the American Justice System, which […]

ABA lawyers conference to confront post-racial ‘myth’

Friday, October 22, 2010 | news

Many Americans believed the election of Barack Obama as the first African-American president heralded the zenith of the civil rights movement and ushered in a color-blind society. Two years later that assumption is being questioned.    John Payton “We need to get past the euphoria of November 2008 and see the problems we still have,” […]

A Year in Review: 2014

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 | news

2014 has been a year of challenges and opportunities in the battle for racial justice.  In the courts and in community meetings, on panels and in convenings, through media and reports, and before Congress, LDF has been on the front lines pushing for change. We also celebrated the 60th Anniversary of LDF’s iconic victory in […]

A Victim’s Vlea for Clemency for Duane Buck

Monday, February 18, 2013 | news

Over fifteen years ago, I survived a tragic shooting in which I lost a dear friend. I now find myself pleading to spare the life of another beloved friend – Duane Buck, the person responsible for nearly taking my life. Duane is scheduled to be put to death in Texas in a matter of days despite appeals […]

A Unified Statement of Action to Promote Reform and Stop Police Abuse

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 | news

African American leaders join in promoting a series of recommendations to address the fatal shooting of Michael Brown and to prevent future fatal shootings of unarmed African American teenagers  Media Teleconference Tuesday, August 19th, 2 p.m. EST Call in:  866-952-1907 Conference ID: Ferguson– RSVP Encouraged WASHINGTON, D.C., August 19, 2014 — National civil and human […]

A True Education

Friday, October 5, 2012 | news

I’ve always believed that the sign of a truly educated person is exhibited by their ability to synthesize seemingly unrelated events and come up with a perceptive insight. Allow me to try and add one based on recent events in New York’s education system. Read the full article on the Huffington Post.

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