Last updated on: 4/18/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF) Biography

Position:
Pro to the question "Should Felons Who Have Completed Their Sentence (Incarceration, Probation, and Parole) Be Allowed to Vote?"
Reasoning:

“Felon disfranchisement laws combine with bias in the criminal justice system to strip voting rights from a disproportionate number of African Americans, crippling efforts to diversify our judicial and legislative branches of government at the local, state and federal levels.”

NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund Annual Report, 2004-2005

Description:

“The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) was founded in 1940 under the leadership of Thurgood Marshall. Although LDF’s primary purpose was to provide legal assistance to poor African Americans, its work over the years has brought greater justice to all Americans.”

NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, accessed Apr. 27, 2007

Mission:

“The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund is America’s legal counsel on issues of race. Through advocacy and litigation, LDF focuses on issues of education, voter protection, economic justice and criminal justice. We encourage students to embark on careers in the public interest through scholarship and internship programs. LDF pursues racial justice to move our nation toward a society that fulfills the promise of equality for all Americans.”

NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, accessed Apr. 27, 2007

Other:
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