The National Urban League’s annual “State of Black America” report took a sharp turn this year from what it normally considers the most pressing issues facing African-Americans.
“More than the economy, more than jobs, more than an excellent education, the single issue that arguably stands to have the greatest impact on the future of Black America in 2012 is the vote,” wrote Marc H. Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League.
That’s quite a statement from the head of an organization famous for its successful job training programs and close working relationship with Fortune 500 companies.
Morial explained: “As Congress wrestles over measures to create jobs and grow the economy, a multi-state effort is underway to exclude those Americans most profoundly affected by the political process.”
“The Minnesota Majority advertisement plays into racial stereotypes that have no place in public debate. It reveals how weakly this group believes their own claims that they are trying to battle voter fraud. They know that the myth of voter fraud is nothing but a fraud itself, so they resort to fear and bigotry to make their case,” according to NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous said Friday in response to a troubling advertisement from Minnesota Majority, a self-described election watchdog organization.
There’s a move afoot that if successful, will likely lead to you getting a smaller paycheck.
But for something that would hurt you that much, you couldn’t tell by the name of the proposal, because it’s called “Right to Work.” Right-wing legislators are hoping you’ll fall for melliferous name enough to amend Minnesota’s constitution in this fall’s election.
Currently, if your workplace is represented by a union, you can choose to join the union at full benefit, and pay the full dues. If you do not wish to join a union, you can become a fair-share employee, where you pay only the costs of the union’s costs related to negotiating your pay and benefits.
State Senator Jeff Hayden (DFL-Minneapolis) spoke out Monday against blatantly racist images posted on WeWantVoterID.com, a Web site run by Minnesota Majority. The Web site features a “Voter Fraud” banner depicting an African-American in a prison uniform and a man in mariachi dress at a poll booth.
“As if attempting to disenfranchise voters weren’t bad enough, now Minnesota Majority is using scare tactics and racial profiling to ensure passage of the voter suppression amendment. It is appalling,” said Hayden.
The NAACP National Board of Directors elected Lamell McMorris as one of the Board's youngest and newest members on Saturday, February 18, 2012. The election took place at the 103rd NAACP Annual Meeting at the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.
"I am both humbled and honored to be elected to the NAACP National Board of Directors. This great organization has been at the forefront of all civil rights organizations for more than a century, and is continuing to advocate each day for the political, educational, social, and economic equality rights of all people," said McMorris. "I am excited to be part of the leadership that will shape policy for the NAACP, and continue the fight in eliminating discrimination in our nation and throughout the world."