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Press Statement April 5, 2023

NAACP Celebrates Historic Supreme Court Win in Wisconsin

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April 5, 2023

Contact: Jonah Bryson,

Milwaukee, WI –The NAACP applauds the historic victory in Wisconsin, setting up a new state Supreme Court poised to make critical rulings on voting rights, healthcare, and reproductive rights. 

The NAACP supported Black turnout by reaching our targeted voters with consistent messaging through radio, digital, direct mail, SMS/Texting, phone banking, and in-state partner and coalition engagement. We were also excited to partner with former Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes, who voiced a GOTV radio spot, urging Black voters to turn out in the final days. 

"The NAACP proudly congratulates Judge Protasiewicz on this major victory for the state of Wisconsin. The historic turnout and win in the Wisconsin Supreme Court is a clear indicator that when we invest in turning out voters, we win. Janet Protasiewicz's victory will have a lasting impact on the state for years to come and it is thanks to Black voters that the victory was in favor of the people," said Wendell Harris, NAACP Wisconsin State Conference President. "Voting rights, affordable healthcare, and reproductive rights have been at stake for some time now and voters showed up to defend those very rights," said Derrick Johnson, NAACP President and CEO. "The campaigns we coordinated last year in Shelby County, Tennessee and in swing states like Arizona, Georgia, and Pennsylvania during the midterm elections shows the key to turning out voters is by investing in GOTV efforts early and heavily."

Since 2020, the NAACP, in partnership with GSSA as its data analytics and strategic ally, has supported turnout efforts for Black voters in over 20 different states through targeted campaigns on television, radio, digital, mail, and SMS/Texting, leveraging the power of NAACP members and volunteers through relational organizing. Through the efforts and success of the NAACP/GSSA Black voter engagement program, we have been most pleased to share in the progressive wins in the Shelby County District Attorney race, Georgia U.S. Senate runoff, and now the Wisconsin State Supreme Court. The NAACP's work is making the case that if you invest in voters, they invest in our mutual success.  



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.