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Ben Jealous

We Can Make the Future Come Faster in the South

Ben Jealous | Posted 06.19.2014 | Black Voices
Ben Jealous

Doing the work to register voters in the South will take our collective time, treasure and dedication. But it is crucial, and it can make the future come faster than many people think.

Fighting for Their Families

Ben Jealous | Posted 07.08.2014 | Black Voices
Ben Jealous

According to a 2012 report by the Center for American Progress, one out of three U.S. citizen children of immigrants live in mixed-status families, and tens of thousands of parents are deported each year. This has a devastating impact on families.

Memo to Allen West: Have a Coke and a Smile

Ben Jealous | Posted 04.06.2014 | Black Voices
Ben Jealous

Yes, Mr. West, America will look very different in 2043. That America, too, will be beautiful. Let us "work for the elevation" of every American and reap the national prosperity that the realization of their individual promise will bring.

We Can Make the Future Come Faster

Ben Jealous | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Ben Jealous

In a democracy, the people can win every time -- but only if we are organized. Today, when I reflect back on my half-decade at the helm of the NAACP, I am deeply proud of what we have accomplished together as we organized our communities.

St. Paul's College and the Future of HBCUs

Ben Jealous | Posted 11.20.2013 | Black Voices
Ben Jealous

Saint Paul's demise should serve as a wake-up call to those who care about the future of HBCUs. For more than 175 years, the institutions have played a crucial role in African-American advancement. However, even the wealthier HBCUs are struggling financially.

Saluting a Friend to Justice

Deepak Bhargava | Posted 11.11.2013 | Politics
Deepak Bhargava

I have had the great fortune to work closely with Ben on many of those issues. He is soulful, brilliant, and strategic -- a gem in the movement for human rights and social justice in the U.S.

NAACP President To Step Down Later This Year

AP | Posted 11.08.2013 | Black Voices

WASHINGTON — Benjamin Jealous, the president and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, says he plans to step do...

Reflections on This Week

Ben Jealous | Posted 10.30.2013 | Black Voices
Ben Jealous

We gathered half a mile from the White House, where an African-American president and African-American attorney general have held office for five years.

Jermaine Spradley

Here's What Became Of The Organizations That Organized The March On Washington

HuffingtonPost.com | Jermaine Spradley | Posted 08.28.2013 | Black Voices

On Sunday, August 28, 1963, more than 250,000 people crowded the National Mall in Washington, D.C., to stake their claim for jobs and freedom in a tur...

NAACP Continues Pursuit In George Zimmerman Case

AP | SUZANNE GAMBOA | Posted 08.26.2013 | Black Voices

WASHINGTON -- NAACP President Ben Jealous says he plans to turn over petitions with more than 1.7 million signatures calling on the Department of Just...

Potential Obama Nomination Would Face 'Fiercest Opposition'

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 08.20.2013 | Politics

New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly would face strong opposition from the civil rights community if nominated by President Barack Obama to lea...

Racial Profiling in America

Ben Jealous | Posted 10.19.2013 | Black Voices
Ben Jealous

There are a number of concrete steps that are being taken to help fight racial profiling in New York City, across the federal government, and on the state level.

Why We Need to March... Again

Ben Jealous | Posted 10.09.2013 | Black Voices
Ben Jealous

Remember the March on Washington? August 28, 1963. Tens of thousands of activists on the National Mall. A preacher's son from Atlanta talking about his dream for the country. We don't need to watch a rerun of that fateful day. We need a sequel.

We Are Trayvon

Ben Jealous | Posted 09.17.2013 | Black Voices
Ben Jealous

When a teenager's life is taken, and there is no accountability for the man who killed him, nothing seems right in the world. But we cannot let these emotions rule us.

Building on Our Greatest Strength: Diversity

Ben Jealous | Posted 09.02.2013 | Black Voices
Ben Jealous

For decades, American leaders in business, education and economics have lamented the wide racial and ethnic gaps in our education system. Last week's Supreme Court ruling on affirmative action reminded us that we have a long way to go.

Touching Our Netroots: African-Americans Create Place and Space at Annual Progressive Conference

Lauren Brown Jarvis | Posted 08.26.2013 | Politics
Lauren Brown Jarvis

"If we do not go out of our way to make ourselves visible we will not be." Progressivism at all times should be about ideas, coalition building and ...

Moral Mondays: A Model Grassroots Movement

Ben Jealous | Posted 08.14.2013 | Black Voices
Ben Jealous

On April 29, 17 dedicated activists were arrested for civil disobedience at the North Carolina General Assembly as they protested attacks on education, health care, voting rights and the poor. Six "Moral Mondays" later, nearly 400 people have been locked up, and the nation is watching.

The Grapes of Ross

Peter Dreier | Posted 04.27.2013 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Many Americans know that Barack Obama spent three years as a community organizer in Chicago, but hardly any Americans know about Fred Ross Sr., perhaps the most influential community organizer in American history.

Want To Supercharge Our LGBT Inclusion? Call The NAACP

Scout, Ph.D. | Posted 09.29.2012 | Gay Voices
Scout, Ph.D.

I have seen firsthand the power of collaborating with racial and ethnic civil rights leaders, but even I was surprised by how a small conversation with the head of the NAACP mushroomed into a milestone for LGBT health.

Gene Demby

Black Pastors Protest NAACP On Gay Marriage

HuffingtonPost.com | Gene Demby | Posted 07.12.2012 | Black Voices

An organization of black clergy members traveled to the NAACP's annual convention in Houston to protest the civil rights group's recent decision to en...

Elise Foley

Civil Rights Groups Keep Up Legal Fight Against SB 1070

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 07.02.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In 1994, Thomas Saenz was just a few years out of Yale Law School when one of the most high-profile immigration law fights erupted in Ca...

Lila Shapiro

Gay And Civil Rights Groups Band Together To Protest Stop-And-Frisk Practice

HuffingtonPost.com | Lila Shapiro | Posted 06.06.2012 | Gay Voices

On Tuesday, more than a dozen progressive groups, ranging from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People to Empire State Pride Ag...

NAACP Board Supports Marriage Equality and Opposes Discrimination

Akilah Bolden-Monifa | Posted 07.23.2012 | Black Voices
Akilah Bolden-Monifa

The NAACP's support of marriage equality further debunks the myth that black folks are more homophobic than anyone else. Perhaps the key to this battle is to position the issue as supporting equality and the constitution versus any interpretation of religion.

Raise Your Voice For Trayvon

Ben Jealous | Posted 05.26.2012 | Black Voices
Ben Jealous

All of last week, I was in Sanford, Florida, pursuing justice for Trayvon Martin. I listened to community concerns about the Sanford Police Department, and stood with Trayvon's parents and 30,000 others in Sanford, a town with only 50,000 residents.

George Clooney, Congressmen To Protest At Sudan Embassy

AP | BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 05.16.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON — George Clooney and his father were arrested Friday during a protest outside the Sudanese Embassy, and the actor said he has asked P...