Justice Tour Game Changers

NAACP national President and CEO Cornell William Brooks discusses the youth role in the Association.

Google Launches Important Search Tool for Voters

 

Google launched their new voter information search this month. This is a very beneficial and timely tool considering the voter suppression tactics and voter ID court decisions recently. I discovered it accidentally while researching voter registration information in North Carolina. Here's how to use it.

Enable your device's location. In the Google search engine type, "Voter ID." This will display the latest information on voter ID and even provide voter registration information.

You can also type "voter ID" in the search box with your state of choice to receive this information.

My Washington, DC location displays more than the registration dates, it includes the DC Election Official's office contact number, military and overseas voter information and more. You can also search "how do i vote" or "register to vote" to obtain this information.

 

Stay in tune with Google during this important election season by visiting YouTube.com/Elections and Google.com/Elections. These outlets will provide real-time feeds for the latest news, analysis, live candidate debates, and trending videos.

If you are into learning facts, trends and reading graphs, check out +GooglePolitics on Google+. They have a set of infographs that describe the trends of voters.

There is no reason to be uninformed this election season. It is all available by typing a few simple words from your phone or desktop.

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#IMATTER Campaign Toolkit

I MATTER is the NAACP Youth and College Division’s campaign that focuses on improving community safety by addressing the problem of gun violence and police brutality. Every day in this country, 83 people die as a result of gun violence. Black men between the ages of 15 and 19 are almost five times more likely than their white peers and more than twice as likely as their Latino peers to die from gunfire. In addition to gun violence, recent cases of officer-involved killings all over the country have become a serious concern for people of color.  Young black men are 21 times likelier to be shot and killed by police than their white peers. Unfortunately, young women of color are also victims of gun violence and police brutality. The campaign is aimed at achieving the following goals:

  • Increasing diversity in local law enforcement across the country
  • Enhancing surveillance and accountability of police activity through body and dashboard cameras
  • Establishing citizen police review boards that offer policy recommendations for officer-involved killings

Download the campaign one pager

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Download the Twitter cover photo

Download the iMatter sign

Stay connected. Join our #NAACPYC email and mobile list here.

#NAACPYC Florida Update

NAACPConnect caught up with youth and college leaders at #NAACP105 in Las Vegas

#NAACPYC Applauds ‘My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge’

 

I applaud the launch of the My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge. This innovative and exciting program provides an opportunity for communities across the country to make a commitment to addressing the obstacles and challenges facing young boys and men of color. In light of the recent incidents in Ferguson, Missouri and countless other communities, we continue – now more than ever – to empower young people across the country with the tools to create lasting positive change within their local communities.

The NAACP Youth and College Division applauds President Obama’s vision and those who work tirelessly along side us to grow this generation of youth civil rights and social justice leaders.

You can sign the challenge here.

Sammie J. Dow, MSW
National Field Director, Youth and College Division

NAACP Criminal Justice Re-entry Google+ Hangout on Air

Re-entry Toolkit - Hangout On Air

#NAACPYC on CNN discussing Justice for Michael Brown

 

 

Voting Rights Act of 1965 is almost 50, Section 5 still needed

On August 6, 1965 President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act. Although the Fifteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution granted people of color the right to vote, we were not protected from the unjust practices to drive people away from the polls. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was and still remains a historical milestone of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement. For the first time, legislation was enacted to ensure all African-Americans and other minorities could participate in the voting process. 

Now, forty-nine years later, our right to vote is under attack. In 2013, the Supreme Court struck down a very important section of the Voting Rights Act. Section Four created the formula that identified specific areas that exhibited outright discrimination at the polls. For these areas, the law mandated they go through a “preclearance” (Section Five) before they were able to amend different voting laws. Sadly, in the Supreme Court Case Shelby v. Holder, the court held that the formula was outdated and struck down as unconstitutional.

This hit to the Voting Rights Act has put the minority vote at stake, especially African Americans. The fight was long and hard but it is not yet over. There have been years of strategic planning to take back the black vote. On this day, we must remember that complacency will only lead to defeat. And defeated we will not be! While this is a time to celebrate a victory of gaining our right to vote free of poll taxes, literacy tests and threat of violence, it must not overshadow the uphill battle to stop voter suppression in our communities.

 

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