A thoughtful look at American history reveals that the nation's laws were never meant to serve Black Americans. But we strive to make the laws work for us through litigation at the national and local levels.
Through affirmative litigation, we aim to further our mission to ensure equitable treatment and opportunities when it comes to voting rights, education, economic empowerment, criminal justice, and health, including environmental justice. We initiate lawsuits and join as plaintiffs in state and federal cases.
We have, and will continue to, file cases that fight:
Unjust federal, state local statutes regulations
Discriminatory policies, practices procedures
Unlawful misconduct by public officers, private individuals, and companies that threaten civil rights
We don't do this work alone. We may partner with other civil rights organizations, law firms, and law schools to secure the resources necessary to assess and prosecute cases.
On January 7, 2022, the United States District Court for the District of Columba held a hearing on Motions to Dismiss filed by Defendants, Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, and the Oath Keepers in Thompson v. Trump. The lawsuit alleges violation of 42 USC § 1985(1), originally enacted in 1871 as part of the Ku Klux Klan Act, which protects "against conspiracies, through violence and intimidation," that seek to prevent officers of the United States, such as members of Congress, from discharging their official duties.
On January 12, 2022, the Ohio Supreme Court invalidated the state legislative maps for violation of the Ohio Constitution. The Ohio NAACP submitted an amicus brief in this case, arguing that the Commission impermissibly manipulated Black populations in the redistricting process in order to achieve partisan ends.
The Office of General Counsel has been working closely with NAACP Chief of Strategy Yumeka Rushing, and other leaders in the national office on an emerging healthcare issue: whether a group health plan has the ability to avoid the statutory guidelines Congress has created to protect End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) patients through subtle (and not-so-subtle) plan design choices.
The Indiana NAACP, along with the League of Women Voters of Indiana, challenged Acts 442 and 334 in court and won protection for the state's voters. The two voter purge laws aimed to allow Indiana election officials to cancel voter registrations without communication or compliance with the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) process.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled that Acts 442 and 334 violate the NVRA, which prohibits states from removing voters unless voters opted for removal or by going through the established process of the NVRA.
The coalition filed a suit in YEAR to stop Act 442, which allowed election officials to obtain data from a third-party database to determine voter eligibility in Indiana without notice to the voter. Similarly, Act 334 aimed to use the Indiana Data Enhancement Association (IDEA) to identify duplicate voter registrations and allow election officials to remove a voter from Indiana's voter rolls without proper notification or consent.
Donald Trump needs to be held accountable for deliberately inciting and colluding with white supremacists to stage a coup, in his continuing efforts to disenfranchise African-American voters. The insurrection was the culmination of a carefully orchestrated, months-long plan to destroy democracy, to block the results of a fair and democratic election, and to disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of African-American voters who cast valid ballots.- Derrick Johnson, NAACP President and CEO