January 2012 Edition of The Angle: Our Twist on Economic Justice Issues

The Angle is a monthly publication that provides an overview of the National Economic Department’s work around key Economic Justice issues. It is unique in that it captures the Economic Department’s most up-to-date information in a fun and colorful way! Go to the resources section of the NAACP Economics Programs Department's webpage ( to view the January 15th Edition!

NAACP Supports White House Initiative to Increase Summer Jobs for Youth

Earlier this month, Dedrick Muhammad, Senior Director of Economic Programs, along with Benjamin Todd Jealous, President & CEO of NAACP and Hilary Shelton, V.P. of Policy and Advocacy, participated in an all day summit on youth jobs at the White House.

Rekindling the Fire

Dr. King once said that voting is the foundation stone for political action. In this election year, it is more critical than ever that the work of African American & Latino communities begins with that foundation – our right to vote

The Lives of Young Black Gay Men Matter

When new [HIV] infections in young Black gay men increase by nearly 50 percent in 3 years we need to do more to show them that their lives matter." -President Barack Obama, December 1, 2011

NAACP Economics Department partners with Bank of America to present “Train the Trainer” Series

The Economic Department is pleased to announce that we are partnering with Bank of America to host a “Train the Trainer” series starting on January 17, 2012 and ending on February 16, 2012.

Prevent Insanity and Stop Being Stupid – Change What You Do

I have been a part of the fight to end AIDS for over 27 years, and in the words of the NAACP, “Much has changed, much has not!” Our people still act as if the AIDS epidemic belongs to someone else.

Forgotten Epidemic Symposium Reflection

Being a firm believer in the Adinkra concept of Sankofa, I believe it is absolutely necessary to get the support, encouragement and guidance that come with working alongside those who are more experienced, as well as paying homage to those who paved the way so that we can have a present day platform on which to stand

Empowered to Impact

This year, two-thirds of state legislatures have introduced laws that undermine the right to vote. December 10, at the Stand for Freedom Rally, we launched a year-long civic engagement campaign that will protect the right to vote for more than 5 million Americans.

Share, Connect, Interact!

The NAACP launched NAACPConnect, the official social networking hub for members of the NAACP Youth & College Division and participants in the Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) Program. NAACPConnect is an online hub for youth leaders to connect with each other and network with NAACP alumni.

Work for Tomorrow

Childhood obesity is at all-time high. The number of obese African–American children is disproportionately higher than that of other American children. If we do not take action, the work we do today could be lost to this disease. There is still work for tomorrow.

Location, Location, Location!

Local units fuel the national work of the NAACP. We remain a champion for civil rights because of the successful work of the local membership of the NAACP.

Determined to ‘Get to Zero’

To increase awareness of the disproportionate number of African Americans impacted by HIV/AIDS, the NAACP worked tirelessly throughout 2011 to mobilize community members and local units on this issue through education and engagement.

Top Talent, Top Dollar

In 2011 the NAACP continued to work successfully to empower all people of color by presenting career opportunities and scholarship information.

Until the Fight to End the Death Penalty is Won

For 20 years, Troy Davis had been on Death Row for the murder of Savannah, GA police officer Mark McPhail, despite serious doubts to his guilt. Through our widespread social media campaign, #TooMuchDoubt, and our on the ground efforts, the NAACP fought hard for the commutation of Troy Davis' sentence.

Moving the Needle on Capitol Hill

Since 1941, the NAACP’s Washington Bureau has been the hub of the organization’s federal advocacy. Now in its 70th year, the Washington Bureau has achieved numerous Congressional victories that have moved the needle on America’s civil rights agenda.

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