Through litigation, advocacy and public education, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Inc. seeks structural changes to expand democracy, eliminate disparities and achieve racial justice in a society that fulfills the promise of equality for all Americans.+ Support Campaign
The impact of your support
With the 2020 elections, the census and redistricting just months away, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) is significantly enhancing its efforts to safeguard our democracy. LDF’s nonpartisan political participation work through 2022 will require increased resources for litigation, education, policy advocacy and communications.
With your support, we can:
Why this work is important
American democracy is at a perilous moment. Institutionalized racism and voter suppression tactics across the country are threatening the right to vote and the integrity of our elections. LDF’s active voting rights lawsuits and its findings from the 2016 and 2018 elections powerfully demonstrate the significant extent of ongoing voter suppression at every phase of the voting experience. The 2020 elections are not the only democratic process in jeopardy. Our country’s toxic political climate and deep racial bias are threatening the accuracy of the 2020 census. People of color have historically been undercounted in the census, and recent attempts to add a citizenship status question could further dampen participation. Because the census provides the data relied on for government funding allocations and redistricting at all levels, it is critical that Black communities participate fully in the 2020 census.
Our track record
For 80 years, LDF has protected and advanced racial equality and the civil rights of all Americans. Over the decades, the organization has been involved in milestone voting rights litigation and employed its expertise to ensure that major civil rights laws were passed, reauthorized, protected and expanded. The collective knowledge, experience and talent of LDF staff ensure that it is well positioned to build upon the illustrious accomplishments of its predecessors to move the needle of justice ever forward.