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
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.
“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).
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!
The Culpeper branch of the NAACP holds its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. on the 3rd Thursday of each month at the public library at 271 Southgate Shopping Center, Culpeper 22701. All are welcome; you do not have to be a member to attend.