FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 15, 2023
Contact: Alicia Mercedes, firstname.lastname@example.org
WASHINGTON – Today, the NAACP released a statement calling for international leaders to engage in diplomatic dialogue that addresses the rise in hate across global communities as violence and destruction continue to wreak havoc and claim innocent lives within the Middle East.
NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson reflected on the negative effects of the current conflict in the Middle East:
"As we watch the humanitarian crisis unfold in the Middle East, the NAACP recognizes the effects felt around the rest of the world. We know that hate anywhere is a threat to safety everywhere. Black America has, and will continue to stand in solidarity with the communities grieving innumerable loss, both in the Middle East and right here in the United States. Enough is enough. The violence must stop. The NAACP urges our global leaders to reach an agreement that respects all people's right to peace and security. We will not stop fighting for a world where we are all able to live free from the evils of hatred and violence."
The NAACP advocates, agitates, and litigates for the civil rights due to Black America. Our legacy is built on the foundation of grassroots activism by the biggest civil rights pioneers of the 20th century and is sustained by 21st century activists. From classrooms and courtrooms to city halls and Congress, our network of members across the country works to secure the social and political power that will end race-based discrimination. That work is rooted in racial equity, civic engagement, and supportive policies and institutions for all marginalized people. We are committed to a world without racism where Black people enjoy equitable opportunities in thriving communities.
NOTE: The Legal Defense Fund – also referred to as the NAACP-LDF - was founded in 1940 as a part of the NAACP, but now operates as a completely separate entity.