"Winners lose much more often than losers. So if you keep losing but you’re still trying, keep it up! You’re right on track.” – Matthew Keith Groves Have you ever had an “ah-ha moment,” where you wished you could go back and have a do-over because of the mistakes that you made? If you are anything like myself, I am certain that you have had plenty of times where you wished you could just blink and magically cause your mistakes to be a mere memory in the wind.
Educate, Organize and Mobilize: This past Saturday, March 8, 2014, I was invited to present and overview on voter suppression to the Pitt County African American Caucus of the Democratic Party. I was pleased to accept the invitation and make a presentation. There were several very important revelations that I came away with. I was joined by Patricia Ferguson, my co-leader of the campaign to defeat voter suppression and chair of the Bertie County African American Caucus. Patricia addressed our campaign’s Resolution to Defeat Voter Suppression and, in an aside, offered an insightful observation to our small attentive audience. She said it is not the size of the audience that is important, but the size of networks that the audience represents. It is important that we are all mindful of this observation as we grow our campaign.
The North Carolina NAACP and the Forward Together Movement Joined the Alabama-Based Saving OurSelves Coalition Today in Raleigh Yesterday
RALEIGH - The North Carolina NAACP and the Forward Together Moral Movement joined together with the Alabama-based Saving OurSelves Coalition to hold a rally and press conference yesterday in Raleigh calling upon Congress to restore the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to its full strength. The Forward Together Movement welcomed the SOS Coalition yesterday afternoon as its Caravan for Democracy makes its way from Selma, Ala. to Washington DC, leaving 49 years almost to the day after civil rights leaders were beaten for daring to organize for voting rights in the Jim Crow South. Many of the assembled carried signs that memorialized the efforts and sacrifices made at Bloody Sunday in March 1965, sacrifices that spurred Congress to act on the mass disenfranchisement of African Americans by passing the Voting Rights Act later that summer.
(GENEVA, Switzerland) – The NAACP issued the following statement read before a hearing of the United Nations Human Rights Committee ahead of the US ICCPR review: This statement is made on behalf of The ACLU of Florida, The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, The Navajo Nation, FSU Center for the Advancement of Human Rights, and The NAACP. As detailed in the shadow reports submitted by numerous U.S.-based organizations, we are deeply concerned by continuing efforts across the country to restrict access to the ballot.