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

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 11.25.2014 | 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 11.13.2014 | 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 11.12.2014 | 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 10.27.2014 | 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 10.24.2014 | 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 10.03.2014 | 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.

Samantha Lachman

Moral Monday Movement Expands To 12 States For Week Of Protests

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 08.20.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Nearly 51 years ago this week, Martin Luther King, Jr. exhorted the 250,000-strong March on Washington audience to "go back to Mississip...

Time to Fix the Real "Broken Windows"

Alan Singer | Posted 10.19.2014 | New York
Alan Singer

I actually like the "broken window" theory, which is one reason I am marching on August 23, I just think the theory is being seriously misapplied. It is long past time to fix the real broken windows in our society that have victimized many but especially African American men.

NAACP'S Net Failure in Ferguson

Dr. Jason Johnson | Posted 10.17.2014 | Politics
Dr. Jason Johnson

If the NAACP and other civil rights organizations really care about justice, accountability and activism, they'll change their bizarre stance on net neutrality. We would never know what was going on in Ferguson without a free and open Internet.

Jesus Christ in Ferguson

Edward J. Blum | Posted 10.14.2014 | Religion
Edward J. Blum

These are not new questions for American communities. African Americans have been calling for justice in this land of injustice for more than 400 years.

August 11

Maurice Tracy | Posted 10.12.2014 | Black Voices
Maurice Tracy

The call for change was loud. But, it was lost on me because I had heard this all before. I had seen online and heard in conversations the focus shift away from Michael Brown to the ills of black St. Louis. I wanted to know about Michael Brown.

Black Leaders Worry Low Voter Turnout Could Lead To More Voter ID Laws

AP | Posted 09.21.2014 | Politics

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Civil rights leaders at the NAACP annual convention in Las Vegas on Tuesday worried that dwindling African-American turnout in Nove...

The Black Church and HIV: A Divine Prescription

Roslyn M. Brock | Posted 09.18.2014 | Black Voices
Roslyn M. Brock

On July 20, the NAACP will recognize the Day of Unity, to combat the disparate impact that HIV has on Black America. As an ordained minister, I know the power that faith communities can wield by providing life saving education and advocacy. This is not the time to be quiet. This is the time to speak.

American Money: 529s a Higher Education Tool

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 09.15.2014 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

A 529 is an IRA-like education investment account that allows consumers to invest in mutual funds, withdrawing the money later to cover tuition, books and other educational fees.

Toward a Fairer Admissions Process

William Lynch III | Posted 09.07.2014 | New York
William Lynch III

New York City's specialized high schools, all unionized public schools, are some of the leading academic institutions of their kind anywhere. However, the current admissions process is shortchanging people of color, among others.

NAACP Wants Thad Cochran To 'Show Some Reciprocity'

The Huffington Post | Sam Levine | Posted 06.26.2014 | Politics

Black voters played a huge role in helping Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) fend off tea party challenger Chris McDaniel in a runoff election Tuesday, and ...

Congress, Banking and the Politics of Diversity

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 08.19.2014 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

There is plenty of evidence that the subprime crash from which we are still recovering stemmed in large part from predatory loans marketed to communities of color, while regulators simply weren't paying attention to what happened in those communities.

Messing with Success

Elissa Stein | Posted 08.16.2014 | Education
Elissa Stein

For many within the system, as well as to those looking in from the outside, New York City's specialized high schools represent the very best of what the city has to offer students and families.

Zach Carter

How House Democrats Are Caving On Key Mortgage Rules

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 06.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Republican leaders Eric Cantor and John Boehner are about to secure the passage of a bill that chips away at consumer mortgage pro...