NAACP Strongly Supports Attorney General Eric Holder and the Work of The U.S. Department of Justice

NAACP Strongly Supports Attorney General Eric Holder And The Crucial Work Of The U.S. Department Of Justice To Protect And Enhance The Civil, Labor And Voting Rights Of All Americans

NATIONAL NAACP CONVENTION CALLS ON MEMBERS TO EXPRESS OUTRAGE OVER EXTREME MEASURES TAKEN BY HOUSE AND SENATE MEMBERS TO ATTACK THE A.G. AND THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT’S CIVIL, LABOR AND VOTING RIGHTS ENFORCEMENT INITIATIVES

On June 28, 2012, the United States House of Representatives voted, by a margin of 255 yeas to 67 nays, with 1 member voting “present” and 109 Members not voting, to cite Attorney General Eric holder in contempt of Congress over documents in the “Fast and Furious” debacle.  To protest the vote, 108 members of Congress, led by Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Emmanuel Cleaver (MO), the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, the Congressional Asian and Pacific Islander Caucus, the Congressional Progressive Caucus and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (CA), walked out of the chamber in protest and did not vote.  Attorney General Holder is now not only the first African American Attorney General of the United States, he is also the first sitting Attorney General to be found in contempt of Congress by the full U.S. House of Representatives.

The contempt citation referred the case to the U.S. Department of Justice.  On June 29, 2012, the Justice Department announced that it would not prosecute the contempt finding because, it found, that no crime had been committed.

On July 10, 2012, delegates to the NAACP’s 103rd Annual Convention, in Houston, TX., voted unanimously in favor of an emergency resolution expressing our strong support for the Attorney General and the job that he is doing to protect and enhance the civil, labor, and voting rights of all Americans.  The resolution further called on Congress to stop these hurtful, distracting partisan political games and begin to address many of the very real problems facing our nation which require national leadership.

The NAACP strongly opposes the contempt of Congress citation, as it appears to be another attempt by extremist Members of Congress to distract and derail the Attorney General and the U.S. Department of Justice from pursuing the protection our voting, labor, and civil rights.  Earlier this year, the very same extremist members passed a bill which, if enacted, would bar the US Department of Justice from supporting law suits to stop racial profiling by state law enforcement agents; to oppose racially discriminatory photo IDs when voting; in support of health care reform; or to enforce a recent guidance by the EEOC which would stop employers from conducting criminal background checks on potential employees.

Furthermore, while the NAACP believes that while the Congress has every right, and indeed a responsibility, to oversee and investigate programs such as the mis-guided “Fast and Furious” fiasco, it also has an obligation to address the nation’s pressing social justice challenges.

THE NAACP STRONGLY SUPPORTS ATTORNEY GENERAL HOLDER AND THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AS THEY PURSUE THEIR CRUCIAL WORK IN PROTECTING THE CIVIL RIGHTS AND VOTING RIGHTS OF ALL AMERICANS.

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