Today the Institute of the Black World brought together a panel of coalition partners working on finding solutions to this never ending war on communities of color. Featured speakers included Hilary Shelton of the NAACP, Jasmine Tyler of the Drug Policy Alliance, Deborah Small of Break the Chains, Neill Franklin of LEAP, and Rev. Jesse Jackson as the keynote speaker. “The current “tough on crime” policies are expensive and ineffective. We need to be “smart on crime” instead,” explained Shelton. “That means we need to stop locking up non-violent drug abusers and the mentally ill, and start treating them.”
For years, the NAACP has monitored the telecommunications industry and its commitment to workplace diversity
Thirty years ago, on June 5, 1981, CDC published the first report of cases of what is now known as acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). The article in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) reported on Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia in five previously healthy young men in Los Angeles, California. These cases were later recognized as the first reported cases of AIDS in the United States.
Watch the powerful testimony of NAACP Dupage County Illinois Branch President Reverend Theresa Dear on EPA Mercury and Air Toxics Standards
African American women continue to face significant barriers due to gender discrimination in the labor market leading to major income disparities and chronically high unemployment, coupled with few limited opportunities for asset building and wealth generation.
This Black Music Month celebration honoring the exceptional achievements of African American musical directors overlaps perfectly with the focus of the Beverly Hills/Hollywood NAACP which is to provide equal opportunity and civil rights to African Americans in the entertainment industry and to provide a positive representation of the African American community.
On Wednesday, June 8, 2011, NAACP activist Clara Luper passed away at her home in Oklahoma, she was 88. Mrs. Luper was a school educator that served as Advisor to the NAACP Oklahoma City Youth Council for over 50 years.
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Last May, the NAACP filed a lawsuit on behalf of New York City’s public schoolchildren and their parents. The lawsuit was filed for the most common reasons we have sued boards of education across the decades: students are being mistreated, parents are being disrespected and the entire community stands to suffer. On June 8, 2011, we sat down for a Twitterview with NAACP Education Director Beth Glenn to answer your questions about why the NAACP is suing the New York Department of Education.
General Counsel Kim Keenan appeared on MSNBC on June 6th to discuss inequities in NYC public schools and why the NAACP has filed suit.
In some NYC schools, classrooms with peeling paint and insufficient resources sit on one side, while new computers, smartboards and up-to-date textbooks live on the other. One group of students will be taught in hallways and basements while others under the same roof make use of fully functional classrooms.
Gateway to Leadership: National Youth and College Director talks with young financiers on Leadership
Stefanie Brown, National Director of the Youth & College Division spoke with young people about youth leadership and civil rights at the "Gateway to Leadership" Internship Retreat, June 3rd 2011.
In the United States, African Americans still face a higher risk of HIV infection than any other racial or ethnic group as evidenced by AIDSVu.org (hyper link on Monday), an online mapping tool that provides a visual display of the prevalence of HIV. Black men and women of all ages and sexual orientations are less likely than other Americans to know they are infected, are diagnosed late and are less likely to be receiving treatment. We cannot continue to tolerate these disparities
What does it mean to be "tough on crime"? Does "toughness" depend on how many people we imprison? Or should the indicator be whether our society combats crime at its root? Current policies point directly at the former option, but we need to be smarter on crime.
This year, the honorees included Richard Trumka, Shirley Sherrod, and Joe Solmonese.