On September 6th, the Santa Fe County First Judicial District Court for the State of New Mexico ordered a county commissioner removed from office because the commissioner had participated in the January 6 Insurrection, making him ineligible to hold office. The New Mexico NAACP and Otero County Branch had filed an amicus brief, in which the court rejected the defendant's argument that his conduct on January 6 was constitutionally-protected protest activity; rejected his attempt to compare the conduct of the insurrectionists to that of Black Lives Matter protesters, and found that the defendant's conduct on January 6 sought to subvert the results of a free and fair election and to disenfranchise millions of voters.
On September 8th, the Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights announced that it is launching an investigation into the Florence School District One's zero-tolerance policy. On June 10th, the Office of General Counsel filed a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights on behalf of the South Carolina State Conference and the Florence Branch of the NAACP in response to the Florence School District One's passage and enforcement of a zero-tolerance policy.
On September 14th, the South Carolina State Conference of the NAACP, Justice 360, and Disability Rights South Carolina filed their opposition to the Magistrate Judge's report and recommendation in SC NAACP v. DJJ (D.S.C.), a case involving constitutional and statutory challenges to the conditions of confinement in South Carolina's juvenile detention system.
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.
Calling all legal professionals! If you're interested in serving with the NAACP as a poll monitor, legal liaison, or through rapid response, litigation assistance, or hotline support, we can help you utilize your power this election season.
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