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A Pro-Equality Group Dedicated to Ending Racial Injustice

The NAACP Mid-Manhattan Branch is an arm to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored Peoples. The establishment of our chapter in November 1965 has paved the way for mobilizing initiatives that target racial discrimination. From then on, we have consistently been recognized on a local, state-wide, and national level as one of the association’s premier branches.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored Peoples is an organization formed in response to the racial disparities that have been prevalent in our nation for centuries. Since its founding on February 12, 1909, it remains the largest and most actively engaged civil rights organization in the country.

Through the updates we provide, we aim to unravel the truth in this long-running societal issue and to put forth action that achieves equality in all facets of life. Find information on our organization, our committees, and the latest events within the African-American and larger American communities on this website.

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Now more than ever, we need to come together to build and strengthen our community. There is no competition. This is about the empowerment of a people. We hope that in visiting our website, you join us in our stand toward equality and true justice for all. Contact our team in New York, New York to learn more.

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Convention 2016

Mid-Manhattan Branch Mid-Manhattan Branch | June 30, 2016

cincinnati2016_sm.jpgMembers of the Mid-Manhattan chapter will convene in Cincinnati, OH from July 16th-20th for the NAACP's 107th National Convention.

At the convention, members from the organization’s 2,200 branches and conferences will hold sessions on local activism, debate and adopt new policy for the organization, and welcome new youth and college leaders joining the movement.  This year’s convention will also set the stage for a massive voter engagement and registration initiative to ensure that voters are empowered and heard in the November 8 election.

Can't be there this year? Watch President Obama address the audience at last year's convention.

Trump’s Troubles in the Black Belt

Mid-Manhattan Branch Mid-Manhattan Branch | August 08, 2016

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An NBC/Wall Street Journal poll released Thursday found that a measly 1 percent of registered black voters overall support Trump.

Source: NY Times, columnist Charles M. Blow


There has been much talk this election about the fundamental transformation of voters in the Rust Belt and what that portends for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

But there is another belt also worth keeping an eye on for its remarkable electoral transformation: The Black Belt, a series of counties with large black populations, that stretches from the Deep South to the Mid-Atlantic (Florida is not a Black Belt state.)

An NBC/Wall Street Journal poll released Thursday found that a measly 1 percent of registered black voters overall support Trump.

That’s extremely problematic in states with high numbers of black voters. The more black voters Clinton gets, the fewer white ones she needs.

The northernmost of these states have already voted Democratic in recent elections — Maryland since 1992; Virginia since 2008. North Carolina even flipped in 2008. But now, with Trump as the G.O.P. standard-bearer, the Black Belt states in the Deep South also look shaky.

 

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President's Welcome

Mid-Manhattan Branch Mid-Manhattan Branch | August 08, 2016

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"Our Lives Matter, Our Voice Counts."  

As President of the NAACP Mid-Manhattan Branch, it is a pleasure to welcome you to our branch’s new website.

Since its founding on February 12, 1909, the NAACP remains the largest and most actively engaged civil rights organization in the country. The Mid- Manhattan Branch has experienced a 50-year history and has consistently been recognized on a local, state and national level as one of the Association’s premier branches.   

We are proud of the many accomplishments of our Mid-Manhattan branch and we are proud of our continued growth and sustainability despite seeming insurmountable challenges and opposition to our social justice agenda. The primary focus of the NAACP continues to be the protection and enhancement of the civil rights, equal justice and fair treatment for all people.

Our journey for justice and equality is still relevant today.  It is our goal to serve and preserve positive relationships with our local community. We will continue to uphold the mission and vision of the Association, and I look forward to all the wonderful work that we will accomplish together.

Membership is the “Life Blood of the Association,” and is the guiding force of the Mid-Manhattan Branch. We cannot achieve our mission without it. Your NAACP membership is more than a contribution. You are joining the team that has been on the forefront of civil and human rights battles for more than one hundred years and I invite you to “Please Join the NAACP” and become an Active Member!

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said: "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter"

 

Thank you for supporting the Mid-Manhattan Branch.

Best regards,

Geoffrey E. Eaton, 
President

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National President Cornell William Brooks Arrested After Sit-In

Mid-Manhattan Branch Mid-Manhattan Branch | August 09, 2016

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August 08, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ROANOKE, Va. –NAACP National President and CEO Cornell William Brooks was charged with trespassing by local police after refusing to leave a Congressman’s district office in southwest Virginia on Monday.

The charges came after a six-hour, nonviolent protest calling for restoration of the Voting Rights Act in the Roanoke office of Representative Bob Goodlatte, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.

After refusing to leave the building, Brooks was cited by Roanoke Police Department at the end of the business day along with Stephen Green, national director for the NAACP Youth and College Division. The protest was accompanied throughout the afternoon by members of the Roanoke NAACP and youth council.

NAACP officials have been urging congressional action to restore federal protection against state laws barring ballot access in states with the worst histories of voter suppression and discrimination. Goodlatte chair the House Judiciary Committee, which has refused to hold hearings on legislation to combat egregious voter discrimination in recent years.

“We’ve seen a Machiavellian frenzy of voter suppression in states that have worked deliberately and creatively to make it harder for young people, college students, minorities to vote for the candidate and party of their choice on Nov. 8,” Brooks said. “With the fate of our national moral character at stake, we must hold our elected leaders responsible to act to uphold the constitutional rights guaranteed for all citizens to vote and participate in our democracy.”

It is the 51st anniversary since President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into law on August 6, 1965, effectively banning state laws that denied the vote to black and minority voters for decades in Virginia and other southern states. Three years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down portions of the law that prohibited states from changing local election laws without federal review in the case of Shelby v. Holder.

Within days of the 2013 ruling, several states enacted exclusive voting laws designed to prevent young, old and minority residents from voting by requiring hard-to-obtain ID cards to register and cast a ballot on election days, as well as cutting back on successful registration programs and early voting hours that drove minority turnout to record-setting levels in 2008 and 2012.

Federal courts last month struck down voting laws in Kansas, Georgia, North Carolina, North Dakota, Michigan, Texas and Wisconsin as attempts to deliberately prevent entire populations from having easy access to the ballot.
After hours of occupying his office, Goodlatte issued a statement declining to take further action, saying that remaining provisions in the law are adequate. Brooks said the statement is insufficient.

“Congressman Goodlatte has said that he would support strengthening the Voting Rights Act if discrimination could be shown.  Six courts and six states have revealed such discrimination.  In the Congressman’s home state of Virginia, the U.S. Court Appeals for the Fourth Circuit found intentional discrimination in voting by the state of North Carolina,” Brooks said. “It is time for Congressman Goodlatte and Congress to honor the demonstrations of the past, and these demonstrations today to stop this widespread abuse. The congressman’s refusal to act for three years is insulting to these young men and women who want to exercise their basic rights under the Constitution.”   

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