George Zimmerman, the man acquitted in the 2012 shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin, is now suing the family of the slain 17-year-old, among others, for $100 million. According to the lawsuit, Zimmerman accuses Martin’s family, friends and legal representatives of framing him and lying during the trial. Martin’s family has called the suit “unfounded and reckless.” Since his acquittal, Zimmerman hasn’t exactly kept a low profile. He has been arrested in several alleged domestic incidents, and in 2016 he put the gun used to kill Martin up for auction. Also of note, his lawyer in this new suit once filed a “birther” lawsuit falsely claiming former President Barack Obama wasn’t born in the United States.
Congresswoman Karen Bass (CA) and Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (PA) introduced H.R. 1585, the bipartisan Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019, and Senator Dianne Feinstein (CA) introduced the identical language in the Senate (S. 2843) on 11-13-19. This legislation not only reauthorizes necessary funding increases to VAWA programs, but it also makes modest yet vital enhancements to existing law, based on input from VAWA service providers as well as those who have benefitted from the program.
We must now let the Senate know that a weaker reauthorization of VAWA is not acceptable, nor are rollbacks of existing protections for survivors.
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Comcast, the largest U.S. cable provider, is urging the Supreme Court to roll back vital protections in one of the country’s longest-standing civil rights laws—Section 1981. Comcast, backed by the Trump administration, is attempting to turn back the clock on civil rights, making it harder for Black businesses and contractors to challenge racial discrimination under a law that has been around since 1866. This is an outright attack on civil rights and the NAACP will do everything in its power to fight it.
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In pursuing a legal edge against Allen’s claims of racial discrimination, Comcast’s appeal to the Supreme Court rests on changing the essence of the Civil Rights Act of 1866. It would require people to prove race was the sole motivating factor for any discrimination claims, not a partial factor as was used in the past.
“To alter the Act to accommodate discrimination against people based on race would reverse precarious progress in the freedom struggle, which my father was assassinated for leading and which my mother continued to join others in leading until her death,” Dr. King writes.
Less than a year ago, NAACP called out Facebook for its negligence in the spread of propaganda and divisive advertisements in the 2016 Presidential election—ads that maliciously targeted African American users of the platform. We led the week-long protest, #LogOutFacebook, and thousands of supporters like you stood with us and logged out of the platform. In response, Facebook published its Civil Rights report and promised to do better.
However, in recent days Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has publicly defended his decision to keep running political ads containing blatant lies. This is an immense insult to the African Americans who have been bearing the brunt of these lies, while Facebook continues to cash in.
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Baltimore – Today, the NAACP sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee opposing the nomination of Steven Menashi to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and calling upon the White House to withdraw the nomination. Derrick Johnson, President, and CEO made the following statement:
“In two days, the Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote on the nomination of Steven Menashi to the Second Circuit. That vote should not occur. Instead, the White House should withdraw this nomination for the sake of the courts and the country.
BALTIMORE (October 21, 2019)—The NAACP joined the National Action Network (NAN) and the National Urban League (NUL) in calling out Facebook over ongoing concerns regarding the platforms’ repeated shortcomings in safeguarding users against unregulated influence from bad actors, both foreign and domestic. Derrick Johnson, President and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), along with Rev. Al Sharpton, President and Founder of National Action Network (NAN), and Marc Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League (NUL), jointly signed the letter and delivered it to Zuckerberg via email on Friday, October 18, 2019.
Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities. You can read more about the NAACP’s work and our six “Game Changer” issue areas here.
Cummings’ long career spanned decades in Maryland politics. He rose through the ranks of the Maryland House of Delegates before winning his congressional seat in a special election in 1996 to replace former Rep. Kweisi Mfume, who left the seat to lead the NAACP.
The former Fort Worth police officer who shot and killed Atatiana Jefferson has been arrested and charged with murder. Before he was charged, Aaron Dean resigned from his job. Dean killed Jefferson in her own home on Saturday morning, after police were called to her house for a safety check. Now Texans are outraged over the death of another black person killed at home by a white police officer. Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price apologized for the shooting and said the killing of Jefferson was “unacceptable” and unjustified. Even before the shooting, relations between the Fort Worth police and the black community were already tense.
We cannot allow Comcast’s board and executive leadership to quietly dismantle civil rights laws so that it can pad its bottom line by discriminating against Black people. We still have time to force Comcast to withdraw its petition from the Supreme Court. But we need to act fast to turn up the pressure on its board of directors before it’s too late!