"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere"
-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
NAACP Chairman Leon Russell stated during the 110th NAACP Convention opening news conference Saturday: "This year, once and for all, we hope to have a real conversation about racism in the United States of America. We want to talk about what part public policy plays in racism in the United States and we want to talk about what role the NAACP plays in trying once and for all to eliminating racism." NAACP President Derrick Johnson, said that Trump “has led one of the most racist and xenophobic” presidential administrations and pledged that the NAACP will be “at the forefront of pushing Congress to proceed with the impeachment process.”
MLive: Pelosi pledges to protect right to vote at Detroit NAACP Convention
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the right to vote faces a “serious sustained threat” during her remarks at the NAACP National Convention in Detroit.
Politico: NAACP leadership unanimously votes to support impeaching Trump
Delegates to the NAACP's annual convention voted unanimously on Tuesday to support the impeachment of President Donald Trump, with the group's president saying Trump is "unfit to serve this country.”
The Detroit News: Dem presidential hopefuls make their pitch in Detroit at NAACP convention
Detroit — Democratic presidential candidates — and one Republican — accused President Donald Trump of stoking racial tensions and used Wednesday's national NAACP forum to outline plans for investments in minority communities and criminal justice reforms.
NAACP Calls for the House of Representatives to Begin
Impeachment Proceedings Against Trump
On Tuesday, July 23rd, delegates to the NAACP annual convention, representing branches from across the country, welcomed D-Texas Representative, Al Green's resolution to impeach President Donald John Trump. Delegates to the group's 110th annual convention held in Detroit voted unanimously to move forward with the resolution.
“Having the NAACP behind this resolution gives us additional strength,” Green said on Tuesday. “I believe that we will impeach this president. ... His work is that of a bigot.”
DETROIT MI – During rousing remarks from Rep. Al Green (D-TX), the NAACP national delegation voted on a resolution for the U.S. House of Representatives to initiate Articles of Impeachment for Donald J. Trump during the 110th NAACP Annual Convention in Detroit.
“The pattern of Trump’s misconduct is unmistakable and has proven time and time again, that he is unfit to serve as the president of this country, said Derrick Johnson, President and CEO of NAACP. “From his attempts to curtail the scope of Robert Mueller’s investigation to calling out minority congresswomen and telling them to go back to their countries, to caging immigrant children without food or water to his numerous attempts to avert the Supreme Court’s decision to not add in the citizenship question to the 2020 Census – this president has led one of the most racist and xenophobic administrations since the Jim Crow era. Trump needs to know that he is not above the law and the crimes that he has committed and he must be prosecuted. We will make sure that the NAACP is at the forefront of pushing Congress to proceed with the impeachment process.”
We Must Override this Veto!
March 17, 2019
On 2-26-2019, the U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor of H. J. Res 46, a resolution to reject and nullify President Donald Trump’s declaration of an emergency so he could shift as much as $6.7 billion of previously appropriated monies away from their intended recipients and used instead to build a wall along the southern border of the United States. The resolution passed by a margin of 245 yeas to 182 nays.
Then, on Thursday, 3-14-2019, the U.S. Senate passed the same resolution by a margin of 59 yeas to 41 nays. 25 hours after the Senate action, on 3-15-2019, President Trump vetoed the bill. The House will hold a vote on overriding the veto on March 26, 2019, and we need to work very hard between ow and then to see that this veto is overridden.
To review the concerns and actions of the NAACP on this matter, as well as to learn how you can advocate, please review the attached Action Alert and take Fast Action here.
NAACP Condemns Video Captured by DeForest Village Police Chief
DEFOREST-- The DeForest Village Board will file a complaint with the Police Commission regarding Chief Daniel Furseth.
The board voted 4-2 late Tuesday after a regularly-scheduled meeting where they heard concerns from some members of the community.
The village board decided to file a complaint with the DeForest Police Commission after hearing from three people who asked members to send a message of inclusion and respect to minorities.
One of those who spoke was Greg Jones, the President of Dane County's chapter of the NAACP. He is also the co-chair for the "Law Enforcement and Leaders of Color Collaboration." During the meeting, Jones addressed the board, saying "The actions that the chief demonstrated do not demonstrate who and what this community is. The only responsible measure to that damage is termination of his employment with this municipality."
Jones, along with the Dane County Chiefs of Police Association, denounced Furseth's actions earlier in the day. The police chiefs association issued a press release it said was in response to the Furseth situation on Tuesday.
Jones told 27 News in an interview, "When you think about a police chief, you think about a person who is a face of the criminal justice system at that level in that municipality. And for that person to feel comfortable enough to engage in that kind of behavior, use those words, and really do a caricature of African American men, it's highly disappointing."
"That behavior is certainly disturbing and disappointing and certainly appalling to a lot of members and that's why the NAACP will be at the meeting this evening to share our expectations of a chief in Dane County." (Reported by: WKOW-TV)
NAACP Dane County Responds to...
...the Alec Cook Sentence
Is the “justice” we have witnessed, truly equal justice? Members of the NAACP Dane County don’t believe it to be. At the June 2018 general meeting, members expressed outrage over the sentence received by former UW-Madison Student, Alec Cook by Judge Stephen Ehlke.
Cook had been charged with 23 criminal counts involving 11 women, about half of which involved varying degrees of sexual assault. The prosecutors in the case sought the maximum allowable sentence of 19½ years in prison followed by 20 years of extended probation. Cook pleaded guilty to three counts of third-degree sexual assault, and one count each of strangulation and stalking. Instead, Judge Ehlke issued a sentence of just three years in prison followed by 8 years of probation.
For these reasons, NAACP Dane County joins with others in decrying Judge Ehlke’s decision and calling for:
1. An appellate review of the case.
2. An immediate examination of Judge Ehlke’s sentencing record by race and sentencing data; and for all other criminal judges broken down by race.
3. A meeting with Dane County criminal judges to discuss this and other community concerns.
Judges have broad discretion in the number of years of prison a defendant receives, and it is critical that more sunshine be shone on how the discretion is exercised.
Madison, WI (July 12, 2018)
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NAACP and the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court
After thorough research and evaluation the NAACP opposed Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in 2005, and we oppose his nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court now. Although we are still in the process of closely updating and scrutinizing his record, even the most cursory of reviews demonstrates that Judge Brett Kavanaugh does not empathize with the very real needs of most working middle-class Americans or with the unique concerns of racial and ethnic minority Americans.
This nomination is too important to rush. This nomination should only be considered by the Senate elected by the American people in November, 2018, when they are fully aware of the stakes and after the 116th Congress is sworn in.
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