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Advocacy And Litigation

Advocacy & Litigation

The path to justice requires that we challenge federal, state, and local laws, statutes, and policies to ensure equal protection.

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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.

Recent Filings

We're using the court system to fight efforts to disenfranchise Black voters, hold public officials accountable in the January 6 insurrection, and ensure civil rights. Read more about current cases.

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Voting Rights Victory

On Monday, July 19, 2021, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ("7th Circuit) ruled in the Indiana NAACP's favor, deciding that two voter purge laws violated the National Voter Registration Act ("NVRA") in an attempt to immediately purge voter registrations for those who appear to be registered in another state.

The Indiana NAACP, represented by the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, challenged Acts 442 and 334, two voter purge laws in Indiana which aimed to allow Indiana election officials to cancel voter registrations without communication or compliance with the NVRA process.

The Indiana NAACP, along with the League of Women Voters of Indiana, defeated 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.

Act 334, under the same sentiment as Act 442, proposed 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.

The 7th circuit concluded and confirmed that both 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.

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
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