P.O. BOX 1127, EAST ORANGE, NJ 07019
Signed in as:
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DR. JOYCE WILSON HARLEY, ESQ
The Political Action Committee shall: (1) seek to increase registration and voting; (2) work for the enactment of municipal, state and federal legislation designed to improve the educational, political and economic status of minority groups; (3) seek the repeal of racially discriminatory legislation; (4) work to improve the administration of justice; (5) work to secure equal enforcement of the law; and (6) keep the National Office and the Unit informed of all proposed legislation which affects minority groups The Committee shall be nonpartisan and shall not endorse candidates for public office
From California to D.C., & every place between, NAACP and Esri have been working with government, business, organizations, and community members to help others better understand the world around them. From social impact, climate, the economy and elections, our organizations have answered the critical call to bring understanding & relevant context to empower impactful decision-making and positive change. "Mapping the Movement" vision to leverage GIS in the advancement of racial justice.
White men, age 21 and older, who owned property were given the right to vote in 1776.
The 15th Amendment to the Constitution removed racial barriers to voting in 1870, but states continued to practice voter discrimination and continued to deny Black voters a chance to participate in elections.
The right to vote was extended to white women in 1920.
It wasn't until 1965, after years of intimidation, murders, and advocacy that the path to the voting booth was cleared for Black people with the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Just eight days after Martin Luther King, Jr. led a peaceful civil rights march in Selma, Alabama, President Lyndon B. Johnson announced his intention to pass a federal Voting Rights Act to ensure that no federal, state, or local government could in any way impede people from voting because of their race or ethnicity. He signed the Voting Rights Act into law later that year, banning racial discriminatory practices in voting, including literacy tests.
Originally, legislators hoped that within five years of its passage, the issues surrounding the 1965 Voting Rights Act would be resolved and there would be no further need for its enforcement-related provisions. They were wrong. Congress had to extend these provisions in 1970, 1975, 1982 and most recently in 2007, this time for 25 years.
Enforcement measures included:
"It is wrong, deadly wrong, to deny any of your fellow Americans the right to vote in this country. There is no issue of states rights or national rights, there is only the struggle for human rights. - President Lyndon B. Johnson (1965)
Millions of Americans cast their ballots in the November 2020 elections with the belief they can make a difference in this country. We did our job. We waited and the American people have spoken. We pick our leaders — our leaders don't pick their voters. In the midst of a pandemic that's left millions of us grieving our loved ones and wondering how we'll make ends meet, we turned out in record numbers across race and place to cast our votes for new leadership. For the first time in this nation's history, a Black woman is the Vice President of the U.S. When we come together, we come out stronger.
It wasn't until 1965, after years of intimidation, murders, and advocacy that the path to the voting booth was cleared for Black people with the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965. The Act is a bedrock law protecting every American's right to register to vote and cast their ballot. It remains one of the hardest-fought safeguards for Black Americans and other minority groups.
SAFEGUARDING THE RIGHTS OF BLACK AMERICANS AND OTHER MINORITIES
The Voting Rights Act of 1965 remains one of the hardest-fought safeguards for Black Americans and other minority groups as it relates to voting. The power, agency, and access to vote is a civil right for all. The most recent attempt to strengthen the right to vote is the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. Introduced in Congress in early 2019, the proposed bill was renamed following the passing of civil rights activist and long-time House of Representatives member, John R. Lewis (D-GA).
Voting is fundamental to U.S. democracy, and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 is a bedrock law protecting every American's right to register to vote and cast their ballot. The Voting Rights Act remains one of the hardest-fought safeguards for Black Americans and other minority groups. Yet today, threats to fair, safe elections persist. Attempts to restore the Act to its fullest protections include the John Lewis Voting Rights Act, introduced in early 2019.
Together, we created an unprecedented civic engagement effort like no other — despite a pandemic, an economic crisis, and so many attempts to stop us — to vote for our community and the things we care about, and to make life better for all of us.
While we must support effective law enforcement, we must also exercise our constitutional rights to ensure law enforcement works as it should – to protect all Americans regardless of race or ethnicity. This guide offers helpful suggestions on how to interact with law enforcement to reduce the probability of conflict.
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