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Colorado NAACP Explosion Could Be Domestic Terrorism

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 01.08.2015 | Black Voices

The FBI says it is investigating the possibility that an explosion on Tuesday outside of the Colorado Springs, Colorado, chapter of the National Assoc...

FBI Seeks Man After Explosion Near Colorado Springs NAACP

AP | Posted 01.07.2015 | Black Voices

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Authorities are looking for a man who may have information about a homemade explosive that someone set off near the C...

FBI Probes Explosion Near NAACP Chapter In Colorado Springs

AP | SADIE GURMAN | Posted 03.08.2015 | Crime

DENVER (AP) — The FBI is investigating the possibility that a homemade explosive set off near a Colorado NAACP office was a case of domestic terrori...

FBI Respond To Blast Near Colorado Springs NAACP Chapter

Reuters | Posted 01.06.2015 | Black Voices

DENVER, Jan 6 (Reuters) - Authorities on Tuesday investigated an explosion near a building housing a chapter of the NAACP civil rights group in Colora...

South Carolina Belles

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 03.07.2015 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

In this blog, we'll learn about the contributions to our culture and economy from women with ties to South Carolina. Match the woman with her accomplishment.

Race Relations in the Catskills: A Letter to Sandra Cuellar Oxford

Steven Kurlander | Posted 02.28.2015 | New York
Steven Kurlander

As we discussed last week, I am writing this letter (ok, its really an op-ed) to not only congratulate you on becoming the new Sullivan County NAACP president, but also to offer you some of my insights on race relations here in Sullivan County.

Dealing With the Racial Nature of Wrongful Convictions

David A. Love | Posted 02.22.2015 | Black Voices
David A. Love

The wrongful convictions data coming from the Innocence Project provide all the proof we need that all things are not equal in the application of American justice. Justice is color coded, and truly a matter of black and white. Now is the time to change that.

Ella Baker, Ferguson, and 'Black Mothers' Sons'

Peter Dreier | Posted 02.21.2015 | Politics
Peter Dreier

In 1964, at the height of the civil rights movement, the great organizer Ella Baker said: "Until the killing of black men, black mothers' sons, becomes as important to the rest of the country as the killing of a white mother's sons, we who believe in freedom cannot rest."

Wanted: African American Leadership

Victor Burt | Posted 02.14.2015 | Black Voices
Victor Burt

We waited. Trayvon Martin. Mike Brown. Eric Garner. Nothing.

Why I Make the Movies I Make

Gina Prince-Bythewood | Posted 02.02.2015 | Black Voices
Gina Prince-Bythewood

Movies have power. Power to impact society and the choices we make. I want to entertain, but I also want to say something to the world. I want us to look up on screen and be inspired to want more for ourselves, to want to love, and to love ourselves.

HIV/AIDS: A Fight We Must Win

Roslyn M. Brock | Posted 01.31.2015 | Black Voices
Roslyn M. Brock

We at the NAACP are focused on infusing social justice within public health and disease prevention. HIV/AIDS is a fight that we cannot afford to lose. Too much is at stake. Silence is not an option. Our collective message of social justice, HIV prevention, and frequent testing must ring throughout our homes and schools and in our barbershops, hair salons and churches.

Thankful for Our Power: A Thankful Discourse in a Time of Reckoning

Cornell William Brooks | Posted 01.27.2015 | Black Voices
Cornell William Brooks

Today, as we celebrate Thanksgiving, be encouraged that even in the midst of such profound sadness and darkness, there are still glimmers of hope and things worthy of gratitude: We can be grateful for the young activists of yesterday and today, our country's ability to transform for the better and our own capacity to effect meaningful change.

Windy City She-roes

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 01.26.2015 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

Growing up on the south side of Chicago, Gwendolyn Brooks read and wrote as a child. Her first poem was published when she was 14 years old. She attended college but could not find suitable work during the Depression

Does the UN See US "Institutionalized Discrimination" in the Wake of Ferguson?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 01.25.2015 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

The Ferguson grand jury decision not to criminally prosecute a police officer in the shooting of an unarmed young black man has reached the Geneva HQ of the UN Office of Human Rights Chief Prince Zeid, but the consequences will be felt globally and probably with indefinite impact.

NAACP Blasts Nevada Speaker-Elect's Racial Comments

AP | SCOTT SONNER | Posted 11.20.2014 | Politics

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The Reno-Sparks NAACP called on Republicans in the Nevada Assembly on Thursday to reconsider their recent choice of Assemblyman Ir...

50 Years Later: How the Civil Rights Act and the Wilderness Act Changed the U.S.

Dan Chu | Posted 01.13.2015 | Green
Dan Chu

Fifty years ago, Congress passed two landmark pieces of legislation. Enacted just months apart, the Civil Rights Act and the Wilderness Act changed the American story. Through them both runs the thread of freedom and diversity that makes America great.

Fighting to Preserve CHIP for Future Generations

Roslyn M. Brock | Posted 01.12.2015 | Black Voices
Roslyn M. Brock

There is no population that we have a greater responsibility to protect than our nation's children. Standing on the sidelines while the health care coverage of millions of low income children is put in jeopardy is something that we at the NAACP just won't do.

Samantha Lachman

Georgia Court Ruling May 'Wreak Havoc' On Election Day

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Voting rights advocates are considering legal options after a Georgia judge denied their lawsuit that would have compelled the state to ...

Chinese, GOP Agree Non-Rich Shouldn't Vote

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 12.27.2014 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Speaking just like an American Republican, the Communist Chinese-appointed leader of Hong Kong, Leung Chun-ying, said last week that if the state granted democratic rights to its poor and working class, they could dominate elections and choose leaders who would meet their needs.

Judge Weighs Whether To Get Involved In Fight Over Georgia Voter Registration

AP | BILL BARROW | Posted 12.24.2014 | Politics

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia state judge is weighing whether it's appropriate for him to intervene in a dispute over more than 50,000 voter registration...

Don't Mess with CHIP: 17 Years of Success

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 12.03.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Please join us in urging Congress to take action now in 2014 when they return to Washington for the lame duck legislative session. Ask Congress to extend funding now for Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for four more years. We must not allow children to lose ground.

GOP Defrauds Voters

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 11.22.2014 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

The GOP is working desperately to deny the right to vote to citizens it doesn't like. You know, poor people, black people, Hispanic people, old people, female people, especially people it believes are inclined to vote for Democrats.

National Domestic Violence Organizations Silent in Wake of Ray Rice Abuse

Tanya Young Williams | Posted 11.09.2014 | Women
Tanya Young Williams

Where is the outcry from our leading domestic violence organizations in the wake of the latest Ray Rice elevator video, wherein he punches his fiance in the face?

This Is No Ordinary Time in American History for the NAACP

Cornell William Brooks | Posted 11.08.2014 | Black Voices
Cornell William Brooks

In this season between anniversaries from Brown v. Board of Education to Freedom Summer to the Civil Rights Act, some pose an unsettling question. They ask if the NAACP is relevant. Though the question is wearisome not worrisome, it must be answered.

Preserve Our Democracy: Protect Voters' Rights

Keith Mestrich | Posted 11.04.2014 | Politics
Keith Mestrich

Though slow and unsteady, the gradual expansion of voting rights in the United States has been one of our country's most significant achievements. But now, groups of politicians and their supporters, seeking to steer outcomes of elections in their favor, are working to restrict access to voting.