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Michigan State Conference NAACP

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Wisconsin State Conference NAACP


BALTIMORE—African American voters mobilized in part by the NAACP, turned out in huge numbers and played a decisive role in a special election, which elected the first Democratic Senator in Alabama in decades. 

“The African-American community played a major role in this most-crucial special election,” said Derrick Johnson, NAACP President and CEO. “Our vote is reflective of the values of a nation refusing to exchange its integrity and character for the sake of selfish partisan politics. As a native Alabamian said, Black Folks saved the soul of Alabama. This vote shows that coalition building and inspirational rhetoric can win in the South. 

Alabama State Conference and Branches working with the NAACP’s national office and partners throughout the nation, were able to make over 40,000 calls to voters throughout the state and persuade them to exercise their right to vote.  The Alabama State Conference and partners conducted an unprecedented texting campaign that reached nearly 160,000 African-Americans and women throughout the state.   Of the voters reached, over 90 percent informed the NAACP that they would go to the polls and vote. 

“We knew it would be a hard fight to mobilize voters, but we also had an idea of the consequences if the Black voters in Alabama stayed silent,” said NAACP Alabama State President Benard Simelton. “Those of us who know the history of Alabama with its Jim Crow and segregationist attitude, understand the importance of the vote and why not only have we got to ensure that we use it, but that we continue to protect it from any attempts at suppression,” added Simelton. 

In the special election, Democrat Doug Jones garnered a reported 49.9 percent of the vote compared to 48.4 percent for Republican challenger Roy Moore to win the seat vacated by former Senator and current U.S. Attorney General Jefferson Sessions. 

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54 years ago Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson & Carol Denise McNair killed by KKK in Birmingham Church Bombing

Today Alabama sent the man who prosecuted their killers to the Senate

The vote has power

“54 years ago Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson & Carol Denise McNair killed by KKK in Birmingham Church Bombing Today Alabama sent the man who prosecuted their killers to the Senate The vote has power”


Senate Bill Would Eliminate Healthcare for 13 Million, Handcuff State and Local Government

 BALTIMORE (December 6, 2017)—The NAACP unequivocally stands in opposition to the recent Senate Tax Plan that passed in the early hours of Saturday, which recklessly reclassifies our tax system to the benefit of the nation’s wealthiest and to the detriment of hardworking low and middle income communities, women and children.

“This tax plan promotes the old fable of trickle-down economics where politicians promote the myth that over a trillion dollars in deficit-generating tax giveaways will somehow pay for themselves because the wealthy will invest that money in the economy,” said Derrick Johnson, NAACP President and CEO. “In reality, we know from previous experience that their unfair financial windfall will never trickle down to the average American.

“What will trickle down to our communities, especially young children and families, senior citizens, disabled Americans, students and low and middle-income working families, are cuts to the programs that average Americans need to survive, including Medicaid, SNAP, housing assistance, public education, Social Security, and Medicare.

“In addition to a permanent tax giveaway for corporations, one of the most sickening parts of this huge tax plan is that it will remove the safety net of health insurance from nearly 13 million individuals and a disproportionate number of low-income communities of color.

“This proposal contradicts the core American values of shared responsibility and compassion through its attempt to make inequality permanent. It handcuffs local and state government’s ability to cover education and other critical services by repealing the federal deduction for state and local income and sales taxes and capping the deduction for state property taxes.

“The Senate proposal also leaves out children in hard working families earning low wages from an expansion of the Child Tax Credit (CTC).  While the Senate plan expands the credit to higher-income households – including those earning up to $500,000 a year – millions of children would receive little or no benefit. Moreover, the Senate plan excludes a million immigrant children who currently qualify for the CTC.

“While the tax code should be used as a mechanism to promote equity and the fair sharing of our nation’s services and commitments, it has instead been co-opted in a partisan way that takes even more from those who have less to make life even more favored for the 1 percent.

“The NAACP strongly urges House members and senators to work together and craft a tax bill that will actually benefit all Americans,” said President Johnson.


Understaffing and Underfunding Put Voting Rights, Federal Programs in Jeopardy

NEW HAVEN, CT., —Today, the NAACP, the NAACP Connecticut State Conference, and the NAACP Boston Branch (“NAACP”) filed a federal lawsuit under the Freedom of Information Act to compel the Commerce Department to produce records it has unlawfully withheld about preparations for the 2020 Census. Planning for the census has been disrupted by President Trump’s hiring freeze, the abrupt resignation of the head of the Census Bureau, and huge budgetary shortfalls. These developments prompted the Government Accountability Office to label the 2020 Census a “high risk program.”

In June, the NAACP requested documents relating to the Census Bureau’s plans to mitigate these risks. After having failed to produce a single record for months, the Bureau responded this week with a wholly inadequate production that did not address the majority of the NAACP’s requests.

The Constitution requires the federal government to conduct a decennial census. The government uses Census data to apportion seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, draw legislative districts, enforce voting rights, build schools, and allocate more than $400 billion in federal funds.



BALTIMORE (September 5, 2017) – The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), America’s premier civil rights organization, released the following statement in response to President Trump’s decision to revoke an Obama Administration-era executive action designed to prevent young, undocumented immigrants from deportation and to keep families intact.

“Today, President Trump made one of the cruelest and most racially-motivated decisions in modern American history: Ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, known as the DACA program. The NAACP strongly condemns Donald Trump’s latest decision to disregard the hundreds of thousands of DREAMers and families, while he continues to embrace a white nationalist agenda,” said Derrick Johnson, NAACP interim president and CEO.

“Trump’s words, actions and policies send a message to the world that the White House and the current administration have abdicated any moral authority associated with the United States in favor of policies designed to promote white supremacy, shrink our democracy and divide our nation. It’s simply un-American. At a time when Houston is still under water, where a DREAMer died trying to save flood victims, and California is on fire, the President decides to focus on unrelated policies and threaten the livelihoods of innocent children. Now, Congress has to deal with two national tragedies: The aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, and this one created by the President.

“The Trump administration appears hell bent on being the most destructive Presidential administration in the history of this nation. Policy after policy seems to be crafted with the intent of doing the most harm possible. The decision to destroy DACA is the latest move by this administration to hurt as many families as possible and to disrupt the lives of hard working people in the United States as quickly as possible, without any thought to consequences on individuals or the economic impact on the nation as a whole. This move is as egregious as the effort to eliminate access to affordable health care for millions of people without regard to the same considerations.

“The NAACP remains steadfast in our resolve to eliminate the impact of white supremacy from every aspect of public life in this nation. The NAACP has an obligation to organize the resistance to this administration’s efforts to take our nation back to an uglier time in our history, and that’s exactly what we’ll continue to do.”


Lawsuit Says SB 442 Violates National Voter Registration Act

BALTIMORE (August 11, 2017) – The Indiana State Conference of the NAACP and the League of Women Voters of Indiana have filed a lawsuitagainst the Indiana Secretary of State and the Indiana Election Division to prevent the unlawful removal of voters from the registration rolls. The lawsuit challenges SB 442, a law that was passed in April 2017 and eliminates the requirement for Indiana state officials to comply with safeguards when removing certain voters from registration rolls.

Under this law, officials can immediately remove voters who purportedly registered in another state without notifying or verifying the move with the voter. Indiana officials screen such voters with the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck, a system which has been shown to be unreliable as the sole method for identifying and removing voters who may have moved from one state to another.

“The disingenuous act of using the idea of voter fraud as a means to disenfranchise communities violates the core ideals of our democracy,” said Derrick Johnson, Interim President and CEO of the NAACP. “The NAACP will fight tooth and nail against any attempt to suppress the vote of communities of color.”

Plaintiffs in the case contest that SB 442 violates the National Voter Registration Act of 1993. The NVRA ensures that a voter who changes residences cannot be removed from the rolls unless the voter (a) confirms the move, or (b) receives a mailed notice of their impending removal, fails to respond to the notice, and fails to vote in two consecutive federal elections. SB 442 overlooks these provisions and would allow state officials to purge names from registration rolls without due diligence.

“No Hoosier should be silenced on Election Day,” said Barbara Bolling-Williams, President of the Indiana State Conference of the NAACP. “Yet, under this new law, that will happen. It’s vital that Indiana follow federal law and ensure that voters are not wrongfully removed from the rolls.”

As an advocate for voting rights, the NAACP will continue to pursue legal action to challenge all voter suppression schemes, whether they take the form of flagrant voter purging or any other malicious guises. Earlier this month, the NAACP continued this stance by denouncing yet another attempt at voter suppression – President Trump’s Advisory Commission on Election Integrity.

NEWS / MAY 19, 2017

When the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was founded in 1909, there were a number of undeniably stark realities facing black Americans that the creation of the NAACP sought to overcome.

Leon W. Russell, Elected Chairman, National Board of Directors NAACP , Feb. 18, 2017
Leon Russell, FL, speaks to Region III delegates at NAACP 107th Annual Convention, Cincinnati, OH. (Standing l-r Vice Chair Russell, Michael Turner, Member, National Board of Directors, MI. (Seated l-r, Raoul Cunningham, President, KY, Teresa Haley, President, IL, Owens Brown, President, WV, Estrella Simpkins, Secretary, MI, Attorney Barbara Bolling, President, IN, Sybil McNabb, President, OH, Yvonne White, President, MI, Frank Humphrey, President, WI.

Derrick Johnson, Elected

Interim President & CEO st 108th NAACP National Convention, Baltimore, 2017

Roslyn M. Brock, voted 

Chairman Emeritus, 

National Board of Directors, 

NAACP Feb. 18, 2017

Roslyn M. Brock speaks to NAACP delegates at NAACP 107th Annual Convention, Cincinnati, OH. 


For more than a century the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has worked to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination. Inspired by the force and commitment of The Call of 1909, which denounced the growing oppression of people of color and mobilized thousands to work to bring this discrimination to an end, the NAACP seeks to establish a strategic direction as it embarks on developing The New Call for the 21st Century.

In the fall of 2011, the NAACP launched a process to develop its strategic direction and plan, creating a powerful vision for the future, and setting organizational goals that would focus its work for the 21st Century.

The six NAACP Game Changers below address the major areas of inequality facing African Americans that are the focus of the NAACP’s work.


#Restore the Voting Rights Act!

Marchers cross Edmund Pettus Bridge, Selma, AL March 7, 2015. President Barack Obama and family were joined by Cornell William Brooks, President & CEO NAACP and Roslyn M. Brock, Chairman, National Board of Directors, NAACP. They commemorated the 50th anniversary of the historic voting rights march in Selma, in the wake of the gutting of the Voting Rights Act, and increased voter suppression laws.

The right to vote is one of the most valuable, and many would argue even sacred constitutional rights granted to most Americans. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA) was enacted to insure that those Constitution 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, no one, including federal, state or local government may in any way impede people from registering to vote or voting because of their race or ethnicity. Most provisions in the VRA, and specifically the portions that guarantee that no one may be denied the right to vote because of his or her race or color, are permanent.

We must tell Congress – both the House and the Senate – that the time to act is now! We must not delay and allow one more American to face unnecessary, unconstitutional, and undemocratic obstacles as they try to vote. Please see the attached Issue Alert for details.


The NAACP Washington Bureau has produced an annual Civil Rights Legislative Report Card since 1914. This resource is designed to provide NAACP members with insight into the general voting patterns of their congressional representatives over the course of the year. The NAACP Civil Rights Legislative Report Card demonstrates how every Member of Congress voted on the bread and butter civil rights issues and priorities important to the NAACP.

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The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination. 

Vision Statement
The vision of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure a society in which all individuals have equal rights without discrimination based on race. 

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