Saturday, October 17, 2009

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Stands with Tangiaphoa Branch in Calling for Resignation
WASHINGTON DC – The NAACP called for Louisiana Justice of the Peace Keith Bardwell to resign his post after denying an interracial couple a marriage license. In 1963 the US Supreme Court ended prohibition of marriage due to race in the case of Loving vs. Virginia. Justice Bardwell is in violation of Louisiana’s Judicial Code of Conduct which states “A judge shall perform judicial duties without bias or prejudice.”
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NAACP Hosts National Health Care Reform Town Hall
The NAACP hosted a town hall meeting on Thursday, October 8 in a first-of-its kind discussion of on the disproportionate impact health care and health insurance have had in communities of color.
More than 200 people packed the Old City Council Chambers in Washington, DC to hear panelists from the NAACP, National Council of La Raza, the National Medical Association, the Generational Alliance and staff members from the House Ways and Means committee.[Read more]
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Limbaugh will be dropped by group bidding for Rams
The group that will try to buy the Rams plans to drop Rush Limbaugh, a source with knowledge of the situation told NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora. [Read more]
Earlier today, NAACP President Ben Jealous released this statement .
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NAACP Applauds Navy For Honoring Civil Rights Icon Medgar Evers
WASHINGTON DC – The NAACP issued the following statement today in response to the United States Navy naming a cargo ship after civil rights icon Medgar Evers.
“The NAACP commends the United States Navy for its tribute to the great civil rights leader and pioneer Medgar Evers and congratulates his widow and member of our Chairman Emeritus Myrlie Evers-Williams,” said NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous. “Medgar Evers’ lifelong passion for civil and human rights and his selfless sacrifice for his country have inspired millions around the world. He is a shining exemplar of courage and dedication and a model for generations of civil rights activists, including myself. It is our hope that the naval troops that ride on this vessel will be inspired – as we are – by the noble life of Medgar Evers,” concluded Jealous.
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Statement from Benjamin Todd Jealous, President and CEO of the NAACP
It's time to stop the funerals
The cold-blooded murder of Chicago high school student Derrion Albert by a mob of youngsters has shocked the nation. Like many Americans, I felt horror watching the video of this 16-year-old’s killing. Today, I feel angry. I am horrified at the nature of this crime. I am infuriated that so many witnesses watched this murder without intervening. I am outraged that some perpetrators remain at large, protected by individuals in the community that will not fully cooperate with the police. I am disgusted that today—less than a week after the killing—children must continue to walk the same fearful path home from school, risking their lives to gain an education.
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Illinois Rally Calls for Federal Standards on Police Violence
Hundreds of supporters joined NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous in Rockford, Illinois this weekend at Kingdom Authority Church, the site where unarmed Mark Barmore was killed in a shooting by Rockford police officers two months ago.

The shooting took place in a church daycare, in full view of children at the center. Those gathered demanded justice for Barmore, counseling for the children who witnessed the shooting, and legislation to create Federal use-of-force standards.
You Can Help:
Read the Washington Post coverage of the event, or check out the NAACP’s Op-Ed on the shooting.
Sign our petition demanding a full investigation into the shooting by the Department of Justice, and legislation to mandate federal standards for the use of force by police officers, and
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