Voting Rights at the 103rd NAACP National Convention: Your Power, Your Decision—Vote

This year’s convention takes place less than four months before the pivotal 2012 elections. Convention sessions, summits, and workshops will focus on broader issues encompassing our economic and social mobility, while prepping attendees and potential voters with the knowledge needed to cast informed ballots on Election Day.

Today, the NAACP Voting Rights Initiative will host a mini summit on voter suppression, “Confronting the Attack on Voting Rights: Stopping Voter Suppression, Breaking Down Barriers, and Expanding our Rights.” Reverend Dr. William Barber, President of the North Carolina State Conference and NAACP Political Action and Legislative Committee Chair, will lead panelists in a discussion on contemporary tactics used to restrict voting rights and new measures needed to combat suppressive efforts. The summit will feature Jotaka Eaddy, Special Assistant to the NAACP President & CEO and Senior Director of Voting Rights, and Jessica Pierce, NAACP National Training Director; along with Barbara Arwine of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Judd Legum of Thinkprogress.org, and Councilman Brian Rowlan of Prairie View, Texas.

The convention will also feature two workshops, hosted by the Voting Rights Initiative and Civic Engagement team for the Youth & College Division—“Voter Suppression: The Attack on Young Voters” and “2012 Matters: The Black Youth Vote.” The workshops will inform attendees of voter suppression tactics aimed at one of the fastest growing electorates, voters 18-30 years old, and prepare them for mobilizing the community to vote through Election Day.

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