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NAACP News Clips June 15 2018

June 25, 2018


Assistant General Counsel Khyla Craine on the Implications of the Supreme Court Husted Decision

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NAACP in the News

This week, the United States Supreme Court decided in Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute that the State of Ohio can lawfully target for removal from its voting rolls people who have not voted in recent elections. The decision, its potential for disenfranchising voters of color, and the responses needed to counteract such disenfranchisement will be evaluated next month at the NAACP’s 109th annual convention in San Antonio, Texas.

CBS Boston: Boston NAACP President On Representation In Education, Politics

A recent report by the NAACP in Boston found the percentage of minority teachers in Boston schools is the same as it was a decade ago, and the percentage of black teachers, in particular, is down. President of the Boston Chapter of the NAACP Tanisha Sullivan sat with WBZ-TV’s Jon Keller to discuss.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor, in one of the Supreme Court’s dissenting opinions, agreed. “As one example, amici point to an investigation that revealed that in Hamilton County, ‘African-American-majority neighborhoods in downtown Cincinnati had 10% of their voters removed due to inactivity’ since 2012, as ‘compared to only 4% of voters in a suburban, majority-white neighborhood,’” Sotomayor wrote, citing a brief from the NAACP.
As one instance of the Supplemental Process’ racially disproportionate impact, Sotomayor cited figures compiled by the NAACP for Ohio’s Hamilton County. These showed that African American-majority neighborhoods in downtown Cincinnati have seen 10 percent of their voters removed due to inactivity since 2012, as compared to only 4 percent of voters in an adjacent suburban, majority-white neighborhood.
Because Georgia’s and Ohio’s policies are so similar, the Supreme Court’s decision in Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute “essentially disposes, unfavorably, of our NVRA claim,” said Emmet Bondurant, lead attorney for Common Cause Georgia, which had challenged the state’s voter roll maintenance efforts along with the Georgia NAACP.
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the nation’s foremost civil rights organization, has announced that the Honorable Willie L. Brown Jr., will be awarded the Spingarn Medal. Brown will receive the honor during the NAACP 109th Annual Convention taking place in San Antonio, Texas next month.

Airbnb partners with NAACP to encourage people of color to rent out homes, rooms for extra cash
Airbnb teamed up with the NAACP to encourage more people of color to use the service and their homes to earn extra income. “It has worked out great – better than expected. It’s met all expectations. I’ve had excellent tenants,” homeowner Ward Wesley said. “The extra money has been very tremendous.” That is how Wesley feels about using Airbnb to rent out a room of his home in Watts for the last four years.
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the nation’s foremost civil rights organization, has announced that the Honorable Willie L. Brown Jr., will be awarded the Spingarn Medal. Brown will receive the honor during the NAACP 109th Annual Convention taking place in San Antonio, Texas next month.
Last year, the NAACP, the country’s original and largest social justice organization and Airbnb, the world’s leading hospitality company, formed a national partnership to help spread the economic benefits of home sharing to more communities. On Wednesday, June 13th, the two organizations announced that the partnership would go live in Los Angeles, bringing the first-of-its-kind program to the city of Angels. “For too long, Black people and other communities of color have faced barriers to access new technology and innovations,” said Derrick Johnson, president and CEO of the NAACP. “This groundbreaking partnership with Airbnb will help bring new jobs and economic opportunities to our communities. ”
Florida’s midterm Senate election is a race to watch this November – and not just because it will be a tight match pitting a sitting governor, Republican Rick Scott, against a sitting senator, Democrat Bill Nelson. Black voters, who make up 16 percent of Florida’s population, will likely help tip the race in one candidate’s favor. Black Floridians have long been a swing constituency in the state and have played a key role in every close presidential race since 2000.
Get Creative San Antonio: NAACP Cinematic Shorts Competition

The NAACP and Ford have partnered to present the 2018 “Cinematic Shorts Competition” during the 109th NAACP Annual Convention in San Antonio, TX.

This exciting competition will give THREE young filmmakers the opportunity to tell their stories of Social Justice and Civic Engagement with a chance to win a $7,500budget to produce an extended version of their short. This dynamic competition is in line with FORD founder Henry Ford’s legacy of ‘moving humanity forward’. It also supports the ongoing work of The NAACP’s Hollywood Bureau and Civic Engagement programs within the NAACP and its Strategic Plan: Game Changers for the 21st Century Initiative.

Next month, for the first time, the convention will be held here in San Antonio. Over the weekend, a volunteer training session was held for those who will be helping during the event. About 200 people showed up for it, but the organization is still looking for more volunteers to help out during the event. About 8,000 people are expected to show up for the event.
As San Antonio gears up to host the NAACP’s national convention for the first time, an estimated 100 to 150 volunteers turned out Saturday for an initial training session to prepare for the upcoming event. The civil rights organization expects 8,000 to 10,000 visitors will attend the 109th NAACP Annual Convention happening at the Convention Center on July 14-18. The event is expected to bring $11 million in revenue to San Antonio.
New Jersey GOP House candidate Seth Grossman is receiving backlash from the NAACP for comments he made on diversity during a campaign forum in April. Grossman, 69, who is running for the 2nd Congressional District in South Jersey, said diversity was a “bunch of crap” and that it was “un-American.” The comments were caught on a two-minute video and reportedly released by progressive Super PAC American Bridge 21st Century.

East Village MagazineProposal cuts gay rights, Roe v. Wade, climate change, NAACP from public school standards: hearing Monday

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) is holding a series of nine meetings across the state seeking the public’s input about proposed revisions to the state’s social studies standards. References to gay rights, Roe v. Wade, climate change and ‘core democratic values’have been stripped from Michigan’s new proposed social studies standards, and the historic role of the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) downplayed,” according to a June 12 article in the online publication Bridge, by Ron French and Lindsay VanHulle.

St. Louis AmericanNAACP, religious leaders call for independent investigation of police shootings

The St. Louis City NAACP is joining with activists and faith leaders to call for independent investigations of police shootings in the city and, in an initial discussion, St. Louis’ city government seemed receptive. At a meeting of the Board of Alderman’s Ways and Means Committee on June 14, St. Louis NAACP President Adolphus M. Pruitt and Missouri Missionary Baptist State Convention President Lindon Bowis called on the committee to work with them on creating and funding an independent way of investigating police shootings. Pruitt said it was important to remove the investigations from any pressures that could come from a prosecutor’s relationship with the police department.

Tribune Star: NAACP meeting to explore combating homelessness

“Poverty has a significant impact on any community,” said A. Theressa Bynum of the NAACP Terre Haute Branch. “Studies show that almost anyone could find himself or herself in need of assistance for paying bills or finding food and housing or medical attention.”


The Keep Families Together Act—can stop the inhumane practice of taking children away from their parents who are trying to enter the United States—and the NAACP supports and urges its immediate enactment.

NAACP Committed to Countering Disenfranchisement of Voters in Wake of Husted Decision
The NAACP filed an amicus brief to the Court in this case, which was cited by Justice Sotomayor in her dissenting opinion, which states:  “In concluding that the Supplemental Process does not violate the NVRA, the majority does more than just misconstrue the statutory text. It entirely ignores the history of voter suppression against which the NVRA was enacted and upholds a program that appears to further the very disenfranchisement of minority and low-income voters that Congress set out to eradicate.”
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the nation’s foremost civil rights organization, has announced that the Honorable Willie L. Brown Jr., will be awarded the Spingarn Medal. Brown will receive the honor during the NAACP 109th Annual Convention taking place in San Antonio, Texas next month.
NAACP, the nation’s foremost civil rights organization, has announced its 109th convention, beginning Saturday, July 14 through Wednesday, July 18 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, 900 E Market St. “This year’s convention happens at a watershed moment in our history where civil rights we once considered permanent, are under attack like never before,” said Leon W. Russell, NAACP Chairman of the National Board of Directors. “We intend to organize, strategize and mobilize our members to defeat the hate and convention will be the gathering place for energizing our efforts over the next 365 days.”