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Links 1 through 10 of 11 by Latoya Peterson tagged naacp

"Yesterday the first ever LGBT Town Hall meeting was held at the 102nd annual NAACP Convention in Los Angeles. But instead of a groundbreaking event that would have been a watershed moment for the entire African descended rainbow community, it's left hurt feelings in the bi and trans sectors of it and the sense that once again, transpeople don't matter..

"That message is even harder to swallow in the wake of a transwoman being killed in Washington D.C.days before the convention started in the historic back yard of the NAACP and her vigil being held the first day of the convention.

"When a trans free panel happens, one of the things that we transpeeps are most concerned about is when there are no transpeople at the table, it equals jacked up misinformation about transpeople around and emanating from the table

"And that happened at yesterday's NNACP panel.

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"Behind the polite, Southern veneer of this city of nearly 270,000, voters' angry voices rise up in the City Council chamber, linking modern political and budgetary issues to racial divides. "'You would think racial issues would be the last thing to cause tension because people would have learned from racial inequality through the years,' said Sharon Hightower, local NAACP board treasurer and a Greensboro resident since 1986. 'It's like we're going backwards.'"

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"His work as a regional booster behind the scenes and in front of the camera has garnered him many accolades, including a Spirit of Detroit award at his 40th birthday bash in January. So recognition from the local branch of the NAACP should come as no surprise — except that Kid Rock, a longtime aficionado of Southern rock, also is known for using the Confederate flag in his on-stage act."

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"The NAACP is 102 years old right now. And for 102 years, it's been fighting white supremacy. It's done it in different ways at different times. Almost all of these years, it's spent litigating against segregation. It still does that today, or against discrimination. It's spent all of these years making sure that barriers to [voter] registration are removed. It's still doing that today. So though it's hard to imagine, the role of the NAACP today is not very different from the role of the NAACP in 1909, when it was founded.

"Of course circumstances are different. Of course this is a different country. But still, its mission is almost exactly the same. And to believe that because a black man is president, or we have a black woman as head of Xerox [Ursula M. Burns], that we don't need this organization is a serious mistake."

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"Beck continued: "There's enough there that makes you say 'hmm,' but it's the only tape that I have seen on her. The only one." He added that the NAACP made a statement saying that they plan to talk to Sherrod and and watch the video before making a further statement. "When was the last time the NAACP didn't give someone the benefit of the doubt right away who was African-American?"

"Now if she is relating a story from1986 to make a point about how her racial perceptions have changed, this woman deserves her job back. Again, me at AA. Something is definitely wrong here," Beck said. "

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This one is from Nadra. “Why would the state NAACP advocate for blacks to stay high?” asked Bishop Ron Allen during a news conference at the state Capitol in which he and members of his International Faith-Based Coalition demanded Huffman’s resignation.

Allen, however, misses the point. The goal here isn’t to encourage blacks to abuse marijuana but to strip law enforcement of additional opportunities to target young blacks, pot smokers or not. Studies show that the authorities arrest young people for marijuana possession much more than other age groups. In California, for example, 70% to 80% of people arrested for marijuana possession are 29 and younger, according to the Drug Policy Alliance. Moreover, police arrest blacks for pot possession at much higher rates than whites.

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[NAACP] president Benjamin Todd Jealous said the 101-year-old civil rights organization is moving in a new direction to draw younger members and to go beyond black issues. Indeed for the first time in NAACP's history, more than a dozen large chapters nationwide have presidents who are white, Latino, Native American or Asian. And two weeks ago, the NAACP joined the legal battle against Arizona's controversial immigration law, which some view as discriminatory against Hispanics.

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"Roslyn M. Brock, 44, the board’s current vice chairwoman, will become chairwoman of the board, taking the reins from Julian Bond, who last year, on the eve of the organization’s centennial celebration, announced his decision to step down. The 64-member board is the policymaking arm of the organization."

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"The president of Georgetown University’s chapter of the NAACP is thoughtful and determined. Also, she is white." And she has an "unmistakably 'urban'" accent, apparently.

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"Andrews was convicted in October 2003 of bribery, fraud, money laundering and false-statement charges and sentenced to 2{ years in prison. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Andrews' conviction in May. "

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