The NAACP filed comments in opposition to proposed IRS regulations that would redefine political activity for 501(c)(4) organizations. “In a rush to combat legitimate abuses of 501(c)(4) status, the IRS has proposed overbroad regulations that throw the proverbial baby out with the bath water,” stated NAACP Interim President and CEO Lorraine C. Miller. “For more than a century, the NAACP has fought tirelessly to protect the rights of everyday Americans to participate in the political process – a process based on one man, one vote. The proposed regulations undermine that effort and the efforts of other organizations to secure unfettered access to the ballot box. For the NAACP, it is not about political campaigns nor a political candidate, it is about the American right to vote.”
Over 450 years ago, Native and African Peoples became the victims of European expansionism in the New World. The British colonists, after gaining independence from the Crown, needed cheap labor to develop the vast lands and natural resources they'd stolen. Their solution: establish African Slavery, an innovative labor system engineered and powered by the "Racism Game". This European self-attribution of racial superiority, when combined with Euro-inspired Capitalism, Religionism, and Militarism, served to justify European enslavement of millions of Africans in the name of building a secure and profitable American empire.
Educate, organize and mobilize: This past Saturday I attended a meeting entitled Operation Jumpstart the Vote Leadership Training. I found it very compelling and informative. You should have been there. In my column last week I noted that since August 2013 I've continued to ask myself "what would an effective campaign to defeat voter suppression look like?” I indicated that I found my answer when discussing the planned participation in the campaign to defeat voter suppression by the North Carolina Alliance of Black Elected Officials, (the Alliance). That column is posted at www.facebook.com/votersuppression and archived on greaterdiversity.com.
The NC NAACP Exposes the Racial Discrimination at the Heart of North Carolina's Vouchers Program and Voter Suppression Law
DURHAM - The NC NAACP, its legal team and litigation partners challenged two of the extremist initiatives pushed by Gov. Pat McCrory, Speaker Thom Tillis, Senate Leader Phil Berger, Budget Director Art Pope and other Tea Party legislators who claim their proposals are not targeting racial minorities and the poor. "These two issues are connected," said Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, president of the NC NAACP. "The people that are trying to keep minorities and the poor from voting are the same people that want to prevent our children from receiving a quality public education and the economic opportunities that such an education makes possible. We must be conscious of the racialized legacy of voter suppression and vouchers in North Carolina."
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