Friday, September 4, 2015

Complaints of stat discrimination must be addressed.


Please send complaints of discrimination to your local NAACP unit.  

Here is what is happening after the NAACP in Washington got a bunch of complaints.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/aug/25/naacp-conducting-delaware-government-discriminatio/



What is Labor Day?

Labor Day 2015 Statement and Resources
In this year's Labor Day statement, Archbishop Thomas Wenski, chairman of the USCCB Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, focuses on creating sufficient, decent work that honors the dignity of families.

"We must not resign ourselves to a 'new normal' with an economy that does not provide stable work at a living wage for too many men and women," Archbishop Wenski said. "We are in need of a profound conversion of heart at all levels of our lives." Archbishop Wenski challenged Catholics to "recommit ourselves to our brothers and sisters around the world in the human family, and build systems and structures that nurture family formation and stability in our own homes and neighborhoods."

Archbishop Wenski noted that even though work is meant for the sake of family, "Wage stagnation has increased pressures on families, as the costs of food, housing, transportation, and education continue to pile up." He added that "the violation of human dignity is evident in exploited workers, trafficked women and children, and a broken immigration system that fails people and families desperate for decent work and a better life."

Archbishop Wenski said that, in Laudato Si', Pope Francis challenges people to see the connections between human labor, care for creation, and honoring the dignity of the "universal family, a sublime communion which fills us with a sacred, affectionate and humble respect."
The full text of the 2015 Labor Day statement is available online. English | Spanish

Is Slavery Still Alive Today?

Is Nestle Using Slave Labor?

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-08-27/nestle-accused-of-putting-fish-from-slave-labor-in-cat-food

A Word From Our NAACP President

Hello from South Carolina!

I have to keep this short: I'm about to start the 28th day of America's Journey for Justice. 

On our journey we've marched down roads while hostile residents yelled out slurs and waved Confederate flags. We're walking through heat indexes well above 100 degrees—only stopping to have a meal, wrap our sore, blistered feet, and sleep before embarking once more. 

Nimrod, we need your support to keep our marchers safe. Please help provide food, water, security, and medical supplies for our marchers today by chipping in just $5—or whatever you can—today.

This journey has been incredibly inspiring so far—people of all ages, colors, faiths, are marching hand in hand in the name of justice. And no matter the obstacle, we're walking with our heads held high because we know we are on the right side of justice. We're on the right side of history, and we will not be silenced.

We really need your help today in order to see this through to the end. We've already walked 500+ miles, and your support could greatly ease our journey to Washington. 

Your contribution today will provide critical supplies for the men and women on this journey. Please make a donation now, we really need you with us:

http://action.naacp.org/AJFJ/ChipIn
 

Thank you,

Cornell

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Do Any Lives Matter?

Do any lives matter?

We as citizens and family members extend our sincerest condolences to the loved ones of Ann Harrison and all individuals who have been murdered. We, as a caring society, must devote significant resources for nonviolent measures to eliminate suffering and promote healing (including counseling) for those grieving such horrible losses.
On a morning in March 1989 in Kansas City, Nunley was traveling in a stolen car with Michael Taylor after the two had been binging for four days on crack cocaine. Taylor directed Nunley to pull the car over so he could steal a purse from Harrison, just 15 years old, as she waited for a school bus near her home. Instead of a robbery, Taylor abducted her. They drove to the house of Nunley’s mother, where Taylor raped her — DNA evidence verified Nunley’s claim that he refused to do so. They placed the victim in the car trunk, where Taylor repeatedly and fatally stabbed her. Nunley drove the car several blocks away and abandoned it. A few days later, police found the vehicle and captured the two men. Soon after, Nunley confessed to his role in the awful crimes and has consistently expressed genuine remorse.
Nunley was ready to accept life in prison without the possibility of parole, waived his right to a jury trial and pleaded guilty as advised by his counsel, who wrongly believed the judge would sentence him to life. Instead he got a death sentence, as did Taylor, who was executed in February.
In its landmark 2002 Ring decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled a jury, rather than a judge, must determine whether factors justify a death sentence. Dozens of people in U.S. prisons, including in Missouri, were consequently resentenced. Nunley and Taylor are among the few who remained under death sentences in such judge-sentenced cases. Had a jury of peers heard evidence of Nunley’s lesser role, his history of head traumas — exacerbating the effects of this rare drug use by him — and his remorse, he might well have received a life sentence.
All humans are precious, but this case reinforces the stark reality in terms of justice, not only in Missouri but nationwide: Black lives tend to matter less than those of their Caucasian counterparts as evidenced by the level of consequences levied against individuals for the crimes they commit, a level that is largely dependent on the race and gender of the victim and the perpetrator. According to a recent study by University of North Carolina researchers on Missouri’s death penalty, people convicted of killing white women were nearly 14 times more likely to be executed than those who had killed black men. The study found that although black men constitute 52 percent of all homicide victims, just 12 percent of individuals who were executed in Missouri were convicted of killing black men.
Since the death penalty was reinstituted in Missouri in 1977, well over 60 percent of the 15,000-plus murder victims in Missouri were black. Yet more than 76 percent — 66 of the 86 men — including Nunley, if he is indeed executed, were convicted of murdering Caucasians. Blacks make up about 40 percent of those executed in throughout the country but constitute less than 15 percent of the population.
Without a doubt, Nunley’s actions were reprehensible and indefensible, but his sentence of death is not in proportion to his criminal culpability. Please contact Gov. Jay Nixon’s office by phoning 573-751-3222 and urge him to stay Nunley’s execution and commute his death sentence.
Join other concerned citizens attending “Vigils for Life,” sponsored by Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, to remember all murder victims and to oppose murder by the state. They will take place from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday in Jefferson City, outside the governor’s office, Room 216 in the state Capitol — with car-pooling from Columbia at 11:10 in the Clovers Market parking lot at East Broadway and Old 63 — and from 5 to 6 p.m. outside the Boone County Courthouse at Walnut and Eighth streets in Columbia.
Executing Roderick Nunley will put us in his shoes of complicity that day of his crimes. Like him, we will be aware of a life being taken through a criminal procedure we as taxpayers are responsible for, but for which we refuse to accept responsibility. Let’s stand for equality and justice and not the blind application of a law applied more based on skin color than justice.
Call 573-449-4585 for more information.
Nimrod Chapel Jr. is president of the Jefferson City branch of the NAACP.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

CALL 866-338-5720 and Demand that Senator Blunt and McCaskill VOTE AYE for Loretta Lynch

FINAL SENATE VOTE ON U.S. ATTORNEY GENERAL NOMINEE LORETTA LYNCH EXPECTED THE WEEK OF MARCH 16

On Feb. 26, 2015, the U. S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary voted, by a margin of 12 yeas to 8 nays, to send the nomination of Loretta Lynch to serve as the next U.S. Attorney General to the floor of the full U.S. Senate for a final vote.
A final vote by the full U.S. Senate is expected the week of March 16.
On November 8, 2014, President Barack Obama nominated Loretta Lynch to replace Eric Holder as U.S. Attorney General of the United States.  If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, we are confident that with Ms. Lynch's well-established legal reputation and demonstrated commitment to civil rights protection will lead to strong and judicious leadership to the U.S. Department of Justice. She will also make history as the first African-American woman to serve as U.S. Attorney General.
On January 29, the Senate Judiciary Committee completed two days of confirmation hearing on Ms. Lynch’s nomination.  It should be noted that Ms. Lynch is no stranger to the Senate confirmation process, given that the U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed her to her current position as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York twice. During the hearing’s first day, Lynch pledged to “protect and defend our Constitution, to safeguard our people, and to stand as the leader and public servant that they deserve,” and answered questions on a host of issues, including immigration, voting rights, and criminal justice reform.
In her current position as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, Ms. Lynch has earned praise for her work fighting sex trafficking, police brutality, terrorism, and religious and racial hate crimes. In fact, throughout her 30-year career, she has distinguished herself as a tough, fair, and independent lawyer who has twice headed one of the most prominent U.S. Attorney’s offices in the country.  She also traveled to Geneva, Switzerland, in 2014 as part of the U.S. official delegation before the United Nations Covenant to Eradicate Racial Discrimination.  At that time, her mastery of the issues as well as her ardent support and understandings of the challenges of the U.S.'s justice system was impressive.
After a careful review of Ms. Lynch’s record and reputation, the NAACP is more convinced now more than ever that she will make a stellar and effective U.S. Attorney General. 
We now must urge every US Senator to support this well-qualified nominee and to vote in favor of her confirmation when it comes before them on the floor of the US Senate.
USE THE TOLL FREE NUMBER (866) 338-5720
ON WED. AND THURS. 3/11/-3/12/2015
TO CALL YOUR SENATORS AND DEMAND AN “AYE” VOTE

Monday, March 9, 2015

Support HB 44 so women can be paid the same for equal work call Phone: 573-751-9801 or E-Mail Bill.Lant@house.mo.gov and tell him "Missouri needs best practices cause the law is not working. Pass HB 44 into law."

Women earn less than men for doing the same work.  Like racial profiling, too much research has been done that has resulted in very little action.  Look at any of the links and see for yourself:



Even Obama is standing up for your Mama - http://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/equal-pay#top



And the list goes on and on - and for the Committee on Workforce Development to here from people that they 'are not sure the gender pay gap is an issue' or that they think 'it is caused women chose not to work so they can stay at home' is just - incredible, fare fetched and like someone in the audience of the hearing whispered today "part of the problem?"  Hold a hearing on it!  Wait you did and a couple of members refuted the evidence taken - without having any different facts.

It's been that way for long time. That helps explain why retirement investment savings for women are much lower than they are for men nationally and within our own state.

But how can this be? It is well known that men and women are entitled to equal compensation for equal work. To pay a woman less simply because she is a woman when doing the same work as a man would be discrimination. That discrimination is specifically prohibited by the Constitution as well as state and local laws.

And every body ignores the reality –  Women earn less than men when doing the same work.

Today Sen. Steven Webber – I mean Rep. Webber took a bold step in proposing legislation that would require the Department of Labor and industrial relations for the state of Missouri to develop and share with the public best practices to ensure that women aren't discriminated against by  receiving lower pay than men who are in the same job and have the same qualifications.

Representative Bob Burns earned a salute as a war veteran who says he supports equal pay for equal work as an American value.

Thank you representative Burns.

The Missouri Chamber of Commerce came out and said that it has not ever studied the issue of the gender pay gap and would not back the measure because they are not sure what it would do.  The corollary to that statement then must be that the Missouri Chamber of Commerce doesn't care about women in the workplace – they never studied the issue but still show up to stand in opposition to a simple measure that would assist Missouri businesses and employees alike in following the Constitution and eliminating discrimination.

Discrimination is still a sin – even if you try to ignore that it's happening.

Other groups like organized labor including the AFL-CIO and many unions took time to demonstrate the power employees have when we stand together. Mike, the new president of the AFL-CIO said it best ' if there is a woman and a man working on the same  jobsite in the same position – they get paid the same.'   it turns out that organized labor has considered the necessity of having our constitutionally protected rights defended in such a way that it ensures employers and employees have a fair exchange.

Next time you look at yourself in the mirror, look at your mother, look at your daughter, look at your sister, or your wife and ask 'who is protecting their civil rights?'   We hope the answer is you. Join the NAACP in standing up for workers rights. Join a union.  Stand Up.  Equal pay for equal work.