Recent reports from Politico and The New York Times have revealed an ugly scheme: Trump allies have been targeting African American voters with a new tactic: cash giveaways.
Yes, you read that right.
This is what we know so far:
- Trump supporters are strategically holding events in Black communities, where they lure Black voters in with promises of a cash giveaway while showering the Trump administration with praises.
- The first event took place in Cleveland, Ohio last month, and envelopes containing several hundreds of dollars were handed out to multiple attendees.
- An upcoming event in Virginia promises up to $30,000 in cash giveaways.
- This tactic is manipulative, unconscionable, and flies in the face of our democracy.
The NAACP will not stand for it, but we need your support to put an end to this nonsense.
Our grassroots teams are on the ground spreading awareness about these sham events, and we’re mobilizing our local communities to stand up to those seeking to demean Black voters. We’re letting it be known loud and clear: The Black vote has never been, and will never be, for sale.
I’m personally asking you to lend your voice to the movement. Here is how you can help:
- Spread awareness of this issue online by using the hashtag #BlackVotesAreNotForSale
- Share the image above to your social media networks
- Chip in $5 so our field team can mobilize the Black communities being targeted
Now more than ever, our teams need to be equipped with the resources to defend our communities from those attempting to suppress our votes or tarnish the integrity of our democracy. You can take a stand with us today by clicking here to make a donation.
Such an affront to our communities requires swift and deliberate action. The NAACP will continue to monitor these events, and as always, we remain committed to speaking out and safeguarding our communities from attacks such as these. I hope you will join our fight.
President and CEO
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Rappahannock County, it turns out, has historical ties to the first African child born in mainland America.
Records of the Virginia Colony draw attention to the 1624 baptism of an infant named “William” Tucker, his parents Antony and Isabella among the “20 and odd” slaves transported to Jamestown in 1619 by the English vessel White Lion.
The Africans, who were kidnapped from modern-day Angola and later captured from a Portuguese slave ship, were traded to the Jamestown colonists in exchange for food. Their arrival in the New World was also documented by the pen of John Rolfe, the widower of Pocahontas.
A 1625 census taken by the Virginia Colony additionally lists Antony and Isabella as belonging to the household of Capt. William Tucker, among the colony’s original settlers. As was common in America in the centuries that followed, the African family took Tucker’s surname. The same census shows their son William as being recently “Baptised.”
Just days ago, UNC faculty voted to condemn the Board of Governors’ decision to give $2.5 million to a Confederate hate group for keeping the Silent Sam statue. The statue was removed last Spring after students and other university supporters protested it’s on-campus presence. The statue, erected in 1913 by a former UNC trustee as he whipped a Black woman for insulting it, will now be housed at the Sons of Confederate Veterans headquarters. The university’s gift of $2.5 million will fund the headquarters for a group whose mission is heavily invested in a return to slavery. With growing university support, we can demand the Board of Governors to stop funding Confederate hate.
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.
For more information about the problem, as well as the solution, and to learn how to advocate, please review the attached Action Alert and take Fast Action.
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.