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 September 7th, the Texas State Conference ("Texas NAACP") filed a lawsuit in Texas state court against the Governor of Texas, challenging SB1, a voting law that would severely impede the right to vote and, if put into effect, would have a detrimental impact on communities of color in Texas.
On September 7th, the Florida State Conference ("Florida NAACP"), Florida Student Power Network, and several medically vulnerable families across Florida filed a petition before the Florida Division of Administrative Hearings to invalidate an Emergency Rule that prohibits mask requirements in public schools across Florida.
On September 9th, the Ohio State Conference of the NAACP, State Senator Cecil Thomas, State Representative Stephanie Howse, and the Ohio Organizing Collaborative filed a first of its kind state constitutional challenge to "Stand Your Ground" legislation passed during the lame-duck legislative session, claiming the measure's backers violated the Ohio Constitution.
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