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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 […]

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 […]