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.”
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The USDA has a new rule for poultry plants, increasing processing line speeds, which will be harmful to poultry workers.
The NAACP addresses the new United States Senate rules that require a simple majority vote for judicial and executive appointments, avoiding filibuster.
A la carte was the really bad idea from several years ago which would have required cable and satellite companies to provide customers access to channels on a “price-per-channel” or a la carte basis.
Today NAACP Director of the Washington Bureau and Senior Vice President of Advocacy and Policy, Hilary O. Shelton sent out the following email to over 500 NAACP activists who shared emotionally gripping gun violence stories:
For too many years, senators have been using a more problematic version of the filibuster rule – a procedural tool meant to ensure the minority party could extend debate on a piece of legislation to obstruct Congress, create gridlock, and paralyze progress. We think it’s time to end this destructive practice.
NAACP Senior Vice President for Advocacy and Policy, Hilary Shelton talks about voter ID laws with Michael Eric Dyson on The Ed Show. Mr. Shelton discusses why requiring a state ID to vote, disenfranchises Black voters and is akin to a modern-day poll tax.
The NAACP Washington Bureau will join a conference call today with White House officials to discuss the NAACP legislative and public policy initiatives included in President Obama’s proposed 2013 budget.
The NAACP Washington Bureau invites members to engage in a conference call this afternoon with White House officials to discuss the American Jobs Act.
Last night President Obama presented his plan to create jobs and grow our economy during a nationally televised address to both U.S. Houses of Congress. Now it’s your turn to learn more and hear details - join the White House this afternoon as it hosts its Jobs Update conference call.
When a recording artist releases a great song or album, it will not be widely heard until the tune is played by our nation's DJs. DJs are responsible for getting music to the public, getting the crowd hyped at a party and promoting the work of recording artists. Without DJs, good music would be like a tree falling in the forest -- it really wouldn't matter if it made a sound. But I'm not writing to talk about what the music industry needs to do. I'm writing about what those of us who are working to ensure that our children live in a socially just, compassionate and equitable society need to do. We need to be DJs, mixmasters spinning the words of justice into a movement that creates the kind of world that will truly be livable for all Americans.
As we begin this new year, the NAACP finds ourselves back in the fight to support that which is now law: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Let me be clear: My objection to the House censure of Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) is not about race or politics. It’s about fairness.