NAACP returns to United Nations for U.S. ICCPR Review, Post Press Call Release

Association’s Delegation will include two citizens affected by felony disenfranchisement laws


WASHINGTON, DC — Yesterday, the NAACP announced its return to the United Nations for the U.S. International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) review. Delegate members from the NAACP, NAACP Board of Directors, Kemba Smith Foundation, Florida Rights Restoration Coalition and PICO, were also joined by Niaz Kasravi of the NAACP Criminal Justice Department.

Speakers on the call discussed their roles on the delegation, the ICCPR review process, their work around removing restrictions from the voting rights of formerly incarcerated persons, combating voter suppression, repealing stand your ground laws and much more.

The Association’s delegation will be at the United Nations in Geneva for the U.S. ICCPR review from March 9-15.
The following delegate members will have press availability while on the ground in Geneva. Contact Jessica Neal at 202-210-4827 or jneal@naacpnet.org. Please note the time-zone (CET) difference for interview arrangements.

Hilary O. Shelton, NAACP Sr. Vice President for Policy & Advocacy and Director of the Washington Bureau; Jotaka Eaddy, NAACP Senior Advisor to the President & CEO and Senior Director for Voting Rights; David Goatley, Member of the NAACP National Board of Directors; Clayola Brown, Member of the NAACP National Board of Directors; Desmond Meade, President of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition President; Dennis Gaddy, Criminal Justice Chair for the North Carolina NAACP and Executive Director of the Community Success Initiative; Jessica Chiappone, Vice President of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition; and, Kemba Smith-Pradia, Founder of the Kemba Smith Foundation and Author of “Poster Child”

Listen to the Full Press Call Here: https://dcb1.im.csgsystems.com/webdata/webb3v/wavefile/1003726404.mp3

Read the shadow reports here:
Democracy Imprisoned: A review of the prevalence and impact of felony disenfranchisement laws in the United States | http://sentencingproject.org/doc/publications/fd_ICCPR%20Felony%20Disenfranchisement%20Shadow%20Report.pdf

United States’ Compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights: Written Statement on Stand Your Ground Laws | http://dreamdefenders.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/SYG_Shadow_Report_ICCPR.pdf

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