NAACP Statement on Maryland Election Ballot Question 7

(Baltimore, MD) The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) announced today that the organization has taken no official position on the 2012 Maryland Presidential General Election Ballot Question 7, which would allow gaming to be expanded in the state.

While both the National office and Maryland State Conference support livable wage jobs and increased funding for Maryland Schools, the expansion of gaming is not a civil right, and as such we do not take a position in support or opposition to Question 7.

This statement was issued after an ad by gaming proponents ran implying that the National NAACP endorsed Question 7. At the request of the NAACP, the ad has since been removed from the air.

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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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