NAACP #7058

Serving Culpeper, Rappahannock and Madison Counties

Powerful Democratic Congressman Elijah Cummings has died

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.

Fort Worth police shooting

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.

Demand Comcast withdraw its Supreme Court challenge of our oldest civil rights statute.

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!

Facial Recognition Technology is Targeting Black People

Facial recognition technology uses algorithms to replicate the racial bias in policing that has had life-threatening consequences for Black people and our communities. This invasive technology is racist and inaccurate, misidentifies women and people of color, and reinforces a system of oppression that surveils and targets Black people on baseless grounds, while also demonizing our physical appearance.1

Widespread use of this technology by law enforcement will lead to even more police encounters, wrongful arrests, harassment, and deportation. With error rates as high as 98%, facial recognition is one of the most dangerous forms of surveillance for our communities, and we must tell lawmakers to ban this technology.2

Protect our civil rights and tell your lawmakers to ban facial recognition.

 

 

  1. “Facial Recognition Software Prompts Privacy, Racism Concerns in Cities and States,” Pew Charitable Trusts, August 9, 2019, https://act.colorofchange.org/go/182660?t=10&akid=36279%2E1298081%2EE4-bJV
  2. “Facial-Recognition Software Inaccurate in 98% of Cases, Report Finds,” CNET, May 13, 2018, https://act.colorofchange.org/go/182661?t=12&akid=36279%2E1298081%2EE4-bJV

 

Humans, more than drought, are fueling the Amazon’s flames

The Amazon is burning, but climate change isn’t the only thing fueling it. Populist Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has been encouraging settlers to invade protected indigenous areas and natural parks that had been off limits for decades, and satellite imagery shows that the fires center around these very settlements and transportation corridors. This past July was already the hottest month on record, but a burning Amazon is likely to kick the global temperature up even more.

Humans, More Than Drought, Are Fueling the Amazon's Flames

https://www.wired.com/story/humans-more-than-drought-are-fueling-the-amazons-flames/

Toni Morrison Deconstructs White Supremacy in America

“Few intellectuals have waged a public battle against white supremacy and patriarchy like Toni Morrison. Morrison has both examined and challenged systems of domination throughout her intellectual life. With her novels, essays, and interviews she has taken critical looks at the interlocking systems of race and gender oppression. In this interview she is asked by PBS’s Charlie Rose what it is like for her to encounter racism. In true Morrison fashion she turns the question on its head, and places the onus for explaining racism back into the hands of White people. She asks Rose what he thinks of racism, why do Whites hold onto, and what are they going to do about it ending it. She rejects the notion that racism is simply something that Black people must grapple with, insisting, demanding, that White people also grapple with it. Fearless. Brilliant. Powerful.”

Toni Morrison (born Chloe Ardelia Wofford; February 18, 1931 – August 5, 2019) was an American novelist, essayist, editor, teacher and professor emeritus at Princeton University. Her first novel, The Bluest Eye, was published in 1970. The critically acclaimed Song of Solomon (1977) brought her national attention and won the National Book Critics Circle Award. In 1988, she won the Pulitzer Prize and the American Book Award for Beloved (1987).

Watch the 110th NAACP Annual Convention Live!

Broadcast live from Detroit, the Convention starts Sunday, July 21, 2019 and runs through the 24th

You’ve been granted virtual front row seats to some of the biggest moments from the five-day conference, including:

Public Mass Meeting
Keynote: Leon W. Russell, Chairman, NAACP National Board of Directors

Opening Plenary Session
Featuring: Derrick Johnson, NAACP President and CEO, & Nancy Pelosi, U.S. Speaker of the House

Clarence M. Mitchell Jr. Memorial Luncheon
Keynote: Stacey Abrams, Former Georgia House Minority Leader

Presidential Candidates Forum
Moderator: April Ryan, White House Correspondent
Candidates: Joe Biden, Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, Julian Castro, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Beto O’Rourke, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, & Bill Weld

Don’t miss a second of the action— watch the 110th NAACP Annual Convention live!

 

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The NAACP Team

110TH NATIONAL CONVENTION July 20-24, 2019

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