NAACP in the News
National NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson was the special guest and keynote speaker at the Doña Ana County NAACP Chapter No. 1602’s Juneteenth “Celebration of Freedom” banquet June 16 at Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces. President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation on Jan. 1, 1863, but word was withheld from slaves until a Union officer disclosed the news on June 19, 1865. Since then, annual commemorations of the emancipation have been referred to as Juneteenth.
It cannot be ignored that Trump’s White House is engaged in none other than a war against civil rights. Though this is a battle we had hoped to have ended by now, it is not a fight we are afraid of nor is it one we will lose. We have waged war against the foes of civil rights for over 109 years. We fought hard against the nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions to the office of Attorney General and we will continue to fight against Trump’s nearly all-white and mostly male federal judge nominees. Mr. Sessions’ redirection of the Department of Justice (DOJ) away from its civil rights commitment under the Obama Administration to an agency that condones police brutality and other racially based injustices is hardly surprising. We knew he would push the DOJ to withdraw its support for our legal cases against voter suppression and he did. The simple point is that these moves against civil rights cannot be divorced from his boss—President Trump.
In addition to the Lawyers’ Committee, other groups calling for a reversal, include the NAACP, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, the American Civil Liberties Union (the ACLU), the National Immigration Law Center, the National Action Network, the Advancement Project and the Arab American Institute.
Education and civil rights groups have decried the policy as inhumane. In filing a formal complaint with the U.N. Human Rights Council, the nation’s two teachers unions, as well as civil rights groups like the NAACP and the Hispanic Federation, are claiming that the policy violates international treaties such as the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees. Notably, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley announced Tuesday that the U.S. was leaving the Human Rights Council, saying that the body has failed to hold abusers of human rights accountable.
The Philadelphia Tribune: NAACP on the Civil Rights Front Lines: Trump’s War against Civil Rights
The Times News: State NAACP leader: NC has more than its share of injustice
“The past few weeks have been very very eventful,” T. Anthony Spearman said Saturday, June 23. “One thing I can tell you for sure, injustice is at work from sun to sun. The works of justice will never be done. Workers of justice must remain woke and unafraid, for injustice anywhere is still a threat to justice everywhere. And we have more than our share of injustice in North Carolina.”
Daily Comet : Hip Hop icon offers encouragement at NAACP banquet
Media and hip-hop mogul Master P told 30 local students at the Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center Friday night that success doesn’t come without hard work.
“Never say you can’t do anything,” he said. “You’ve got to do whatever you’ve got to do to get that foot in the door. Successful people don’t make excuses. Unsuccessful people make excuses.”
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The Crisis Magazine: Dignity and Respect
Lucy, who helped found the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists and was president of Public Services International, retired as secretary-treasurer of AFSCME in 2010 after more than 40 years of service. At 84, he’s still working on behalf of workers’ rights. Lucy takes us inside the Memphis sanitation workers’ strike, which lasted 64 days, and explains why their cause is still important today.
A broad coalition of leaders of national civil rights organizations released a letter to the National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell objecting to the NFL’s new rule censoring players’ peaceful protests during the national anthem of police violence against unarmed African Americans and other people of color. When players take a knee during the national anthem, they seek to raise awareness of police brutality and violence routinely perpetrated upon unarmed and nonviolent people of color. 63% of unarmed people killed by the police are people of color; police are twice as likely to kill unarmed African Americans as white Americans. Racially-biased policing undermines our criminal justice system.