NAACP Passes Michigan Affirmative Action Resolution during 96th Annual Convention

Affirmative Action IS necessary for realizing democracy in our nation

Milwaukee ? Delegates to the 96th Annual NAACP convention voted to support the efforts of civil rights groups and organizations in Michigan to oppose efforts to amend the Michigan Constitution to end Affirmative Action.

Delegates approved the resolution calling on the NAACP Michigan State Conference with its 27 adult branches and 14 youth and college chapters to use all resources to defeat the fraudulent proposals as presented by the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative (MCRI). The Michigan Board of Canvassers scheduled a hearing July 19th to determine the validity of petitions submitted by the MCRI, led by California businessman Wardell Connerly.

Connerly, who is African American, has led efforts across the country aimed at outlawing Affirmative Action. The consequences of the campaign are broad and will irreparably harm the ability of all Michigan residents to enjoy a fair chance in education and employment. Eliminating Michigan's Affirmative Action law will cripple efforts to create diversity in key areas including health care, education and law enforcement.

The NAACP has forged an alliance with One United Michigan to defend and preserve Affirmative Action in Michigan. The coalition encompasses over 200 organizations and corporations, including: United Auto Workers (UAW), AARP of Michigan, Detroit Renaissance, Council of Baptist Pastors of Detroit and Vicinity, Michigan ACLU, Michigan Education Association, Detroit Regional Chamber, National Women's Political Caucus, Michigan Catholic Conference and Leadership Conference on Civil Rights.

The Association will continue to work to identify resources in all states and defend Affirmative Action and to defeat such fraudulent proposals like MCRI wherever and whenever they occur.

Founded in 1909, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its half-million adult and youth members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities and monitor equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.

CONTACT: NAACP Office of Communications 410.580.5125

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