National Initiatives

The local unit strives to keep in step with issues affecting our local community.  We advocate alongside our national and state associations on topics that impact the freedom and rights of a diverse group of people.

Our first areas of concern are the civil rights of those in the community we serve.  We rely on position statements directed by our national office, and consider the approach for defending these issues in the community where we serve.

Here you will find information about Initiatives that are directed and supported by our national office.  We support these initiatives as a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)

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5/8/2017

On May 4, 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives voted by a margin of 217 yeas – 213 nays to pass the mis-named American Health Care Act, H.R. 1628, which repeals the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. “ACA” or “Obamacare”); eliminates all federal funding for Planned Parenthood Clinics throughout the U.S.; reduces special education services in schools; and cuts federal spending on Medicaid by over $800 billion, or almost 25% less than under current law.  This last element is especially cruel and will deprive millions of Americans, especially low- and middle-income, seniors, children, parents, and people with disabilities from receiving the health care they need and deserve.  Perhaps the cruelest twist of this bill is that it will use most of the $1 trillion over ten years which would have gone to provide health care and health coverage to low- and middle-income Americans to provide tax cuts for the wealthiest among us.

As a result of the bill which passed the House, more than 20 million Americans will lose their health insurance; millions more will pay an average of almost $4,000 more each year for less coverage.   Furthermore, the version of H.R. 1628 which passed also sharply weakens protections for people with pre-existing conditions; eliminates the national requirement that health plans cover basic benefits like prescription drugs, mental health treatment, and maternity care; and allows employers and insurers to again impose lifetime limits on coverage for important services for most people covered by employer-based health care plans.  Instead of spending money on health care and coverage for low- and middle-income Americans, the legislation provides tax cuts to people who make more than $1 million a year.   And the wealthiest 400 Americans — whose average incomes exceed $300 million a year — would get an average tax cut of $7 million a year each.

For more information on this bill, as well as how you can advocate against it and to see how every Member voted, please see the attached Issue Update / Action Alert.

(See link below)

Thank you!

 

Hilary

ACA REPEAL PASSES HOUSE 5-8 17

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2/25/17

NAACP NATIONAL PRESIDENT CORNELL WILLIAM BROOKS AND NC STATE PRESIDENT AND NATIONAL BOARD MEMBER REV. DR. WILLIAM BARBER TO ANNOUNCE BOYCOTT TODAY AT PRESS CONFERENCE AT NC STATEHOUSE

NAACP BOARD CITES RACIALLY-DISCRIMINATORY GERRYMANDERING AND VOTER SUPPRESSION LAWS AS KEY REASONS FOR ECONOMIC BOYCOTT

RALEIGH, NC—The NAACP Board of Directors announced a resolution calling for an international economic boycott of the state of North Carolina in response to actions of an all-white legislative caucus, which unconstitutionally designed racially-discriminatory gerrymandered districts, enacted a monster voter suppression law, passed Senate Bill 4 stripping the incoming Governor of power and passed House Bill 2. HB 2 is anti-transgender, anti-worker and anti-access to the state court for employment discrimination.

NAACP National President/CEO Cornell William Brooks and North Carolina State President and National Board Member Rev. Dr. William Barber II, will hold a press conference today (Friday, Feb. 24th @ 11:00 am) at the NC General Assembly to discuss the economic boycott and rally supporters for direct actions against the legislators.

“The federal court has declared and North Carolina citizens have discovered that partisan legislators are discriminating in the voting booth, school bathrooms, the workplace and across the state.  Seldom has such a poisonously partisan few violated the rights of a nonpartisan many: workers rights, LGBTQ rights, civil rights, and voting rights. Therefore, the NAACP must use the power of the purse to demonstrate the power of our democracy.  We will use economic leverage, moral persuasion, civil disobedience and litigation in North Carolina and across the nation--as needed and now. Unrelenting resistance is the order of the day,” said NAACP CEO and President Cornell William Brooks.   Read the full Press Release by clicking:  IMMEDIATE RELEASE-NC Resolution Press Release 2 24 17

2/25/17

Action Alert

The End Racial and Religious Profiling Act was introduced in the U.S. Senate by Senator Ben Cardin (MD) (S. 411) and 27 of his Senate colleagues on February 16, 2017.  Companion legislation, the End Racial Profiling Act, will be introduced in the U.S. House in early March, 2017, by Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (MI).  We need this crucial legislation to stop this discriminatory, insidious, and too often painful or fatal practice and to help begin to restore the confidence of communities throughout the United States in federal, state and local law enforcement and thus restore the trust and integrity necessary to be effective.   The NAACP has long advocated for enactment of the End Racial Profiling Act, highlighting the need for this legislation during the 2015 America’s Journey for Justice and calling for it at the grassroots level every time another person is stopped, hurt, or even killed because of his or her race, ethnicity, or other defining feature.

For more information on how to be an effective advocate with your House and Senate members, as well as for more information on the problem as well as the solution, the End Racial and Religious Profiling Act, please see the attached Action Alert.

(Please contact your local President or Secretary for copies of the "suggested letters.  An email can be sent to you)

1/30/17

NAACP STATEMENT ON EXECUTIVE ORDERS TARGETING MUSLIMS, LEGAL IMMIGRANTS

JANUARY 30, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. –NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks issued the following statement in response to multiple executive orders issued in the first week of the Trump Administration, including orders banning refugees, targeting visitors from Muslim countries and detaining people with legal permits to visit, live and work in the United States:

“President Trump’s recent executive orders indicate a callous disregard for civil liberties and the basic values of a nation born of immigrants. The President’s decision to enact a ban on refugees from seven Muslim nations and to sever funding for sanctuary communities places our nation on slippery slope fueled more by paranoia than fact.

Not only are immigrant sanctuary communities contributing solidly to local economies, but they have significantly less crime than other communities. In the initial actions of this new administration, we see are seeing a clear pattern that threatens our communities and our democracy.

There is a direct link between fostering an unnecessary enmity between police and immigrant communities and nationalizing “stop and frisk” policies, while building walls of exclusion and seeking to name Senator Jeff Sessions, an enemy of both police accountability and the vote, as attorney general.

When we connect these dots, we realize the collective threat posed to our democracy and the need to unite.”

The remarks were part of a joint statement on the first week of the Trump presidency’s impact on communities of color issued by the NAACP and 11 other civil and human rights groups in conjunction with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s “America Healing Racial Equity Anchor Collaborative,” a unique partnership of 12 leading national organizations dedicated to racial equity and racial healing.

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Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities. You can read more about the NAACP’s work and our six “Game Changer” issue areas here.

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ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY

The NAACP Economic Department recognizes the importance of the economy and economic issues in advancing an equal opportunity society and aims to address the challenging economic realities facing our country including poverty, lack of jobs and disproportionate high unemployment, lack of affordable housing, foreclosures, etc. The NAACP Economic Department’s work enhances the capacity of African Americans and other under-served groups through financial economic education; individual and community asset building initiatives; diversity and inclusion in business hiring, career advancement and procurement; and monitoring financial banking practices.  Read more.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE  

The NAACP advocates for smarter, results-based criminal justice policies to keep our communities safe, including treatment for addiction and mental health problems, judicial discretion in sentencing, and an end to racial disparities at all levels of the system.  Read more.