On October 26th, the NAACP filed a joint amicus brief in partnership with the North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP, along with Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and other civil rights organizations, in the U.S. Supreme Court in Harper v. Moore. The amicus brief advocates to protect voting rights and ensure that state courts remain available to protect Black voters and other voters of color from discriminatory voting laws.
On, November 15th, the South Carolina State Conference of the NAACP filed its opposition to a stay of discovery in SC NAACP v. Kohn in the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina. The case involves the state conference's First Amendment challenge to South Carolina Court Administration's prohibition on scraping the public index.
On November 18th, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the City of Jackson announced that the EPA would maintain a long-term presence in Jackson, Mississippi to oversee and help Jackson fix and run its water treatment facilities. The NAACP is continuing to work with the EPA to ensure a just outcome for Jackson's residents and to make sure that the state is held accountable for its longstanding pattern of denying Jackson access to critical funding.
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