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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.

CURRENT LITIGATION

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Education in South Carolina

On June 10th, the Office of General Counsel submitted a complaint to the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights on behalf of the Florence Branch of the NAACP and the South Carolina State Conference. The Complaint asks the Office of Civil Rights to launch an investigation into the practices of Florence School District One, specifically its use of a zero-tolerance policy and the disparate impact such policies have on Black children in Florence.

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Juvenile Justice in South Carolina

On June 14th, members of the Office of General Counsel and its co-counsel, Jenner & Block, the Wyche law firm, and ACLU of South Carolina, completed the briefing on the motion for the preliminary injunction on behalf of the South Carolina State Conference of the NAACP, Disability Rights SC, and Justice 360 in South Carolina NAACP et al v. Hendricks (D.S.C.). The preliminary injunction motion seeks immediate and urgent relief to help protect the 200+ children in the custody of the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice, end punitive uses of isolation, and allow detained children to access necessary and legally mandated rehabilitative services.

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MAKING LAWS WORK FOR US

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

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
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