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Time Magazine Names NAACP President to “40 Under 40” List

Time Magazine has selected NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous on its list of rising stars in US Politics.

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Take Action: Justice for the Scott Sisters

15 years ago Jamie and Gladys Scott were sentenced to double life sentences for a robbery that yielded just $11. Sign the NAACP petition today.

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One Nation Spoken Word Showcase

The NAACP has teamed up with Starbucks to launch the One Nation Spoken Word Showcase, a youth empowerment tour traveling to six cities across the country.

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Five Years After Katrina: Lessons Still Not Learned

On the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, we are still failing to absorb the lessons that this and the multiple subsequent disasters should be teaching us, and we've only seen the beginning of the impact.

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The NAACP’s Role in “Restoring Honor” to the Tea Party Movement

A month ago, we called for the Tea Party to repudiate the racist elements within its organization. While some members of the Tea Party initially decried the resolution, a number of its leaders have taken steps to isolate and eliminate its extremist elements:

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NAACP Joins Civil and Human Rights Groups to Advance Vision, Legacy of 1963 March on Washington

NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous will join the National Action Network (NAN) and other civil and human rights organizations, unions and clergy in a rally and march in Washington, DC on Saturday, August 28, 2010 to celebrate and commemorate the memory and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The date marks the 47th anniversary of King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech and other notable orations delivered at the 1963 March on Washington.

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NAACP Deeply Disappointed in Ruling in the Evidentiary Hearing of Troy Davis

The NAACP is deeply disappointed in the decision by a Georgia federal district judge who ruled Tuesday that death row inmate Troy Anthony Davis did not prove his innocence in an evidentiary hearing held earlier this summer.

 

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Reclaim the Dream: 8/28 in Washington

On Saturday, August 28th the NAACP will join the National Action Network and many others for a rally and march in Washington, DC to commemorate the 47th Anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington.

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Open Letter from Shirley Sherrod: You and I can’t yield—not now, not ever

Not long ago, I sat here in my living room in Albany, Georgia for an afternoon of deep conversation with NAACP President Benjamin Jealous. As he has done in public, Ben movingly apologized for the fact that the NAACP was initially hoodwinked by Breitbart and Fox into supporting my removal. I told him what I want to tell you.

 

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Victory: President Obama Signs Law to Reduce Sentencing Disparities

Congress moves to reduce 100:1 disparity between crack cocaine and powder cocaine sentencing. Send a letter to thank your Member of Congress.

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CNN Video: NAACP Forces Tea Party To Address Racist Elements

Mark Williams and the Tea Party Express expelled from larger Tea Party umbrella group over letter mocking the NAACP President with explicitly racist language.

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Video: Watch the Shirley Sherrod Speech in Full

The video of Shirley Sherrod aired by Fox News and conservative bloggers did not tell the full story. It was selectively edited to cast her in a negative light. Watch the full video here:

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Slideshow: Offensive Tea Party Signs

A collection of some of the racist, violent or otherwise offensive signs from Tea Party protests around the country.

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NAACP Mourns the Passing of Vernon Baker

The NAACP mourns the passing of Vernon Baker, former United States military officer and recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor.

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Video: Speeches from the 101st Convention

Keynote speeches from First Lady Michelle Obama, Chairman Roslyn Brock and President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous.

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NAACP Delegates Vote to Repudiate Racist Elements Within Tea Party

Today, NAACP delegates passed a resolution to condemn extremist elements within the Tea Party, calling on Tea Party leaders to repudiate those in their ranks who use racist language in their signs and speeches.

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NAACP Denounces Verdict of Oscar Grant Case

The NAACP opposes the jury’s verdict of involuntary manslaughter regarding the 2009 New Year’s Eve shooting of a 22 year old young man by BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) police officer in Oakland, CA.

While standing at a metro/BART stop on New Years’ Eve 2009, 22-year old Oscar Grant was mercilessly shot in the back by BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) police officer Johannes Mehserle. Despite committing no crime nor carrying a weapon, Mehserle proceeded to shoot Grant in the back as he lay on the floor of the platform.

The disaster was filmed by witnesses on cell phone cameras and later uploaded to YouTube, documenting the severity and the stark reality of police brutality in the United States.

“We are outraged that the jury did not find guilty of murder in a case that is so egregiously excessive and mishandled," said NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous. "The most tragic aspect of this case is that the cost of this police misconduct was a 22-year old father, son, and brother – an unarmed man killed because he allegedly scuffled on a train. The lack of accountability in law enforcement undermines the safety of the community and the integrity of law enforcement."

Police brutality is no new concept in California or in the African American community. The Department of Justice released a survey that says African Americans (4.4%) and Hispanics (2.3%) were more likely than whites (1.2%) to have experienced use of force by police and African American counted for 1 out of 10 cases with the police with 1 of 4 of those cases resulting in excessive force.

"The fact that justice was not upheld for the Grant family underscores a serious problem that needs to be addressed concerning the justice system and its devaluation of young African American males," said NAACP State Conference of California President Alice Huffman.

The NAACP is encouraging supporters of the Grant family to remain patient despite the unsatisfactory verdict. The NAACP National leadership and California State Conference have agreed to work diligently to hold law enforcement accountable for their actions, and pursue justice in instances of excessive police force.

"We will continue to work to ensure that justice is served for the Grant family, and these cases of police brutality as prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law," said NAACP Oakland Branch President George Holland.

Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.

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First Lady Michelle Obama to Address NAACP 101st Convention in Kansas City

First Lady Michelle Obama will address the NAACP's 101st Annual Convention on Monday, July 12, 2010 to discuss steps to combat childhood obesity and her efforts to create a healthier generation of kids through the Let's Move! campaign.

 

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Troy Davis Gets His Day in Court

After 19 years, death row inmate Troy Davis finally had the opportunity to air his defense in a court of law on Wednesday, June 23rd.

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NAACP Files Legal Challenge To Arizona Racial Profiling Law

The NAACP and other civil rights groups filed a class action lawsuit challenging Arizona's new law requiring police to demand "papers" from people they stop who they suspect are not authorized to be in the U.S.

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