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AJC Profiles “What’s at Stake in Fayette Voting Rights Fight”

Thursday, September 10, 2015 | news

The Atlanta Journal Constitution profiles “What’s at Stake in Fayette Voting Rights Fight.” In the piece, the AJC looks ahead to the week of November 16 when “U.S. District Judge Timothy Batten Sr. will revisit a case looking at how Fayette County elects its leaders. He’ll hear arguments for and against at-large voting. The NAACP Legal Defense […]

Ahead of Hearing, National Civil Rights Leaders Call for Intense Scrutiny of Secretary of Education Nominee Betsy DeVos

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 | news

Today, national civil rights leaders urged the Senate HELP Committee to review Secretary of Education nominee Betsy DeVos’ alarming past with respect to civil rights and hold her feet to the fire on critical issues of civil rights that are a central function of the U.S. Department of Education. A recording of today’s event is […]

Agreement Reached to Move Forward Important Work to Reduce Racial, Ethnic and Economic Isolation of Hartford School Children

Saturday, December 14, 2013 | news

HARTFORD – The Center for Children’s Advocacy, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., (LDF) and attorney Wesley Horton today signed another one year agreement with the Connecticut State Department of Education and the City of Hartford in Sheff v. O’Neill, Connecticut’s groundbreaking educational equity case.  The agreement […]

Agreement Reached in Ongoing Efforts to Integrate Schools in Hartford, Connecticut

Thursday, February 26, 2015 | case-update

HARTFORD, Conn. — A Superior Court judge has approved an agreement mandating the state of Connecticut and city of Hartford implement new initiatives aimed at eradicating the racial and ethnic segregation faced by Hartford students. The plan, which stems from the landmark Connecticut school desegregation case Sheff v. O’Neill, builds upon previous agreements that resulted in […]

Agreement Reached in Criminal History Screening Case

Friday, September 4, 2020 | news

The Fortune Society, Inc. (“Fortune”), a nonprofit community-based organization that supports successful community reentry for people with prior criminal justice involvement, and Macy’s, Inc. (“Macy’s”), have reached an agreement in The Fortune Society, Inc. v. Macy’s, Inc., a case brought under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Fair Chance Act […]

Agreement Reached in Connecticut School Desegregation Case

Friday, January 10, 2020 | news

On behalf of Elizabeth Horton Sheff and other Black, Latinx, and white families, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF), the Center for Children’s Advocacy, the American Civil Liberties Union, the National Center for Law and Economic Justice, and Horton, Dowd, Bartschi & Levesque, PC have reached a new landmark agreement in Sheff […]

Agency finds race bias at Wet Seal

Thursday, December 6, 2012 | news

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has found that the Foothill Ranch-based Wet Seal illegally discriminated against a former store manager after one of the company’s executives complained about too many black employees at a store in Pennsylvania, according to a New York Times report and an attorney involved in the case. Citing evidence of racial discrimination, the […]

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 […]