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Call for Federal Voter Protections and a Common Commitment to Voting Rights

Written by Featured Organization on Wednesday, 12 March 2014 15:56.

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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.

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Statement of Voting Rights to UN Human Rights Committee

Written by Featured Organization on Tuesday, 11 March 2014 15:35.

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(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.

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Defeat Voter Suppression

Written by Featured Organization on Monday, 10 March 2014 22:54.

Time To Panic?

Written by Peter Grear, Esq. on Thursday, 06 March 2014 15:41.

Educate, organize and mobilize: When a community is facing a political disaster should it push the panic button?  Many of you know that I’ve been monitoring and writing commentaries on voter suppression and the North Carolina Voter Suppression Act of 2013 since early August 2013.  Since August I’ve watched the growth of voter suppression activities and the evolution of under supported campaigns to defeat voter suppression.  In deciding whether or not to push the panic button, several important evaluations must be made.  Continue Reading

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Miseducation Negro/African American Public Schools Policies Evaluated By Congress

Written by Ben Haith on Monday, 10 March 2014 15:50.

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After completing the sixth grade in Stamford, Connecticut, I was promoted to Cloonan Junior High School and for the remainder of my public school career my education deteriorated. When I look back, I realize that many of my teachers in Junior and High School were inferior educators because of their policies toward people of color. Their policies kept them from preparing their Negro/African American students for good positions in our society.

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America's Poverty Crisis Cries Out For Sixties Style Direct Action

Written by Sherwood Ross on Monday, 10 March 2014 15:06.

David Simon, the Baltimore Sun crime reporter who created the HBO series, "The Wire," (2002-2008), in a recent interview said of African-Americans: "They're the last…(on) the economic ladder. And if you look at…Baltimore, Md., half of the adult male African American-residents have no work. That's not an economic system that is having a bad go of it, that's something that doesn't actually work." 

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7 Free Help Lines Available To Help African-American Families With Money Troubles

Written by Featured Organization on Monday, 03 March 2014 16:10.

John Travis Holt commentary 150X150 As a public benefit, CareConnect USA has published several toll-free help lines for families seeking financial assistance. -- WAXHAW, NC – When a household relies on two paychecks, budgets are strained if one job is lost. In cases like this, a family can tread water for a time. But as they struggle to find work, many will fall into troubling debt. Fortunately, more households are finding lifelines for help. Since 2009, phone calls to financial help lines have risen 10% per year. As a public benefit, CareConnect USA publishes help lines for families seeking financial assistance. According to national director David Moakler, awareness is the key. 

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NAACP Files Comments In Opposition to Proposed IRS Regulations Restricting Civic Engagement

Written by NAACP on Monday, 03 March 2014 15:53.

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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.”

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Overcoming the Racism Game

Written by Gregory B. Dean on Monday, 03 March 2014 15:44.

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.  

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In a Great Victory for Public School Supporters, a Wake County Judge Issues Temporary Injunction Against the North Carolina Voucher Program

Written by Featured Organization on Tuesday, 25 February 2014 12:47.

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RALEIGH - Judge Robert H. Hobgood issued a temporary injunction Friday stopping efforts by extremists to undermine North Carolina's public schools by diverting $11.7 million from the general school fund into a voucher program that would send taxpayer money to any of the state's 700 private schools. In a full courtroom at the old Wake County courthouse, plaintiff attorneys emphasized that the NC Constitution prohibits discrimination based on race and religion and mandates that taxpayer funds be used "exclusively" for the public school system. After hearing a few hours of arguments, the judge read a short order granting our request for a temporary injunction that stops any further activity on the so-called opportunity scholarships -- a program devised by a national ideological coalition to undermine public school systems.

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NAACP Applauds Attorney General Holder for Speaking Out Against Felony Disenfranchisement

Written by Featured Organization on Tuesday, 25 February 2014 12:42.

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(Washington, DC)-- The NAACP commends Attorney General of the United States Eric Holder for speaking out against laws prohibiting people with felony convictions from voting even after they have served the terms of their sentences. The NAACP has been actively engaged in campaigns in Florida, Iowa, Virginia, Delaware and other states to bring the practice to an end. "By perpetuating the stigma and isolation imposed on formerly incarcerated individuals, these laws increase the likelihood they will commit future crimes," Holder said at a Washington, DC, symposium on sentencing laws. Florida, Iowa, and Kentucky are the only states that continue to disenfranchise persons convicted of felonies even after they have completed all of the terms of their sentences. There are an estimated 1.5 million disenfranchised citizens in Florida alone.

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