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Why Diversity Counts in National Security

Monday, October 22, 2012 | news

The reality of demographics mandates a sharp focus on creating leaders from the burgeoning Hispanic and Asian American communities.  The history of Vietnam tells us we need to keep that same focus on the African American community. Leaders are created, not born, and a particular responsibility lies with higher education to ensure a sustained flow […]

White Supremacy Has No Place on the Federal Bench

Thursday, October 12, 2017 | ldf-perspectives

By Leslie Proll, Former Policy Director, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) Jesse Helms’ ghost looms large in President Trump’s nomination of Thomas Farr to the Eastern District of North Carolina. Helms, a staunch segregationist who served as North Carolina’s Senator for three decades until retiring in 2003, was notorious for his unabashed racism […]

White House Convening

Monday, March 12, 2018 | case-issue

On May 7, 2012, LDF participated in a White House event addressing the vacancy crisis in the federal judiciary and the corresponding need to confirm nominees to the federal bench.  The event included over 150 advocates, lawyers and community leaders from 27 states and many national organizations.  The convening was designed to connect senior Obama […]

Where’s justice in the execution process?

Monday, February 18, 2013 | news

Dr. Death. It was a fitting nickname for the tall gentleman with a spectral complexion who haunted the corridors of the Dallas County Courthouse in the 1980s. Summoned by prosecutors to testify in more than 100 capital murder cases, Dr. James Grigson delivered his diagnosis with creepy Marcus Welby-ish solemnity. Sometimes without having met a defendant, he’d confirm what prosecutors […]

What’s at Stake: Judge Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court Nomination

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 | news

By: NAACP LDF Source: Medium   For over 30 years, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) has conducted a full and thorough analysis of the civil rights record of each nominee to the United States Supreme Court. Following our review, we issue a comprehensive report setting forth our analysis of that record […]

What’s at Stake: Judge Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court Nomination

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 | ldf-perspectives

For over 30 years, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) has conducted a full and thorough analysis of the civil rights record of each nominee to the United States Supreme Court. Following our review, we issue a comprehensive report setting forth our analysis of that record and indicating our view of the […]

What You Need to Know About Sen. Jeff Sessions

Friday, November 18, 2016 | news

NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. Overview of the Civil Rights Record of Reported Attorney General Nominee Jeff Sessions On November 18, 2016, President-Elect Donald Trump announced that Republican Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions will be his nominee for Attorney General of the United States. Sen. Sessions has been a member of the Senate since […]

What You Need to Know About President Trump’s Pick to Lead the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division

Friday, June 30, 2017 | ldf-perspectives

by Kyle Barry, LDF Policy Counsel On June 29, President Donald Trump nominated Eric S. Dreiband to be the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights in the Department of Justice. Created by the Civil Rights Act of 1957, the Civil Rights Division is charged with upholding “the civil and constitutional rights of all Americans, particularly some of the […]

What You Need to Know About President Trump’s Pick to Lead DOJ’s Civil Rights Division

Thursday, June 29, 2017 | news

On June 29, President Donald Trump nominated Eric S. Dreiband to be the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights in the Department of Justice. Created by the Civil Rights Act of 1957, the Civil Rights Division is charged with upholding “the civil and constitutional rights of all Americans, particularly some of the most vulnerable members of our […]

What is the price of voter suppression? “Voter ID foes stress legal cost in new tactic” in report from the Philadelphia Tribune

Monday, October 26, 2015 | news

The Philadelphia Tribune cites the high cost of implementing strict photo voter ID and fighting litigation brought under Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act in “Voter ID foes stress legal cost in new tactic.”  LDF’s own white paper examines the high cost (in time, money and burden) of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act […]

What is at Stake for Core Civil Rights Protections?

Monday, October 12, 2020 | page

The stakes of this nomination could not be higher for racial equality and civil rights in this country. The Supreme Court is already far more conservative than it has been at any point in modern history. The Court is bitterly divided on key issues, and we have already witnessed a substantial erosion in the Court’s […]

Wet Seal discriminated against former black manager, EEOC says

Tuesday, December 4, 2012 | news

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has found that retailer Wet Seal Inc.discriminated against a former African American store manager. It’s just the latest problem plaguing the struggling Foothill Ranch company, which in the space of five months has fired its chief executive, overseen a board overhaul and revamped its strategy to bolster flagging sales. Read the full […]

WET SEAL Clothing Store Chain Executives Fire African-American Employees For Sake of “Diversity” and “Brand Image” Shocking Allegations in Federal Discrimination Class Action Filed Today

Thursday, July 12, 2012 | case-update

LDF’s Economic Justice Program has filed a national class action lawsuit, Cogdell v. Wet Seal, alleging that top executives at Wet Seal directed senior managers to get rid of African American store management employees for the sake of its “brand image,” and to hire more white employees.

WET SEAL Clothing Store Chain Executives Fire African-American Employees For Sake of “Diversity” and “Brand Image” Shocking Allegations in Federal Discrimination Class Action Filed Today

Thursday, July 12, 2012 | news

(New York, NY)  A national class action lawsuit filed today charges that top executives at Wet Seal directed senior managers to get rid of African American store management employees for the sake of its “brand image,” and to hire more white employees. The lawsuit filed in federal court in Orange County, California, alleges that since […]

Westchester County Fails to Comply with Court Order and End Housing Segregation

Friday, July 11, 2014 | news

LDF, along with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and the Poverty & Race Research Action Council (PRRAC), strongly urge Westchester County to comply with a consent decree in which the county agreed to take specific actions to eradicate housing discrimination and expand equal housing opportunity within its boundaries. Despite the promise of […]

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