In one of the most consequential elections, the NAACP is uplifting its official policy positions to help state and local activists, organizers, and members combat systemic racism. From civil rights to criminal justice and health care to education, the NAACP has laid out the framework on several positions that can help Black Americans as they head to the polls this election.
"To advance the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons, we must inform the greater public on the issues that create barriers to access for many and then actively work to tear them down, said Derrick Johnson, president and CEO, NAACP. "Our policy positions chart a pathway forward for a nation that has struggled, far too long, to realize it is stronger together — free from tyranny, racism, and inequality."
A global health pandemic, racialism, market volatility, and an inadequate federal response bring into focus the need for guidance on issues that matter. We are witnessing the ever-growing threat of a country on the precipice of turmoil and despair due to a coordinated attempt to divide citizens and put forth a narrative that is neither factual nor responsive to the current state of affairs. The NAACP is deliberate in providing evidence-based policy solutions to combat confusion and misinformation for members, activists, and countless voters.
To learn more about the NAACP's official policy positions during this pivotal year, please visit the links below:
- CIVIL RIGHTS
- Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
- CRIMINAL JUSTICE
- Mandatory Minimum Incarceration Sentences
- Money Bail Bonds
- Stand Your Ground Use of Deadly Force Laws
- Racial Profiling By Law Enforcement
- Police and Law Enforcement Civilian Complaint Review Boards
- ECONOMIC JUSTICE
- Credit Checks for Job Applicants and Potential Employees
- Increase in the Minimum Wage
- Paid Sick leave
- Funding for Public Education
- HEALTH CARE
- Equitable, Comprehensive and Affordable High-Quality Health Care For All
- Kidney Disease Treatment
- Medicaid Expansion
- Safe and Affordable Low- and- Moderate-Income Housing
- VOTING RIGHTS
- Expanding the Voting Franchise
- Restoration and Strengthening of Voting Rights for All Americans
Founded in 1909 in response to the ongoing violence against Black people around the country, the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) is the largest and most pre-eminent civil rights organization in the nation. We have over 2,200 units and branches across the nation, along with well over 2M activists. Our mission is to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons.
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NOTE: The Legal Defense Fund – also referred to as the NAACP-LDF was founded in 1940 as a part of the NAACP, but separated in 1957 to become a completely separate entity. It is recognized as the nation's first civil and human rights law organization, and shares our commitment to equal rights.