NAACP Takes Strong Policy Stands on Important Civil Rights Issues during 2014 National Convention

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Over 2000 voting delegates from all over the United States voted last week to pass policy positions on income inequality, police brutality, racial profiling, voting rights and other crucial issues during its 105th national convention held July 19th -23rd in Las Vegas.

The NAACP Board of Directors reaffirmed its commitment to the NAACP’s “Game Changers,” which include economic sustainability, health, education, public safety and criminal justice, and voting rights and political participation.

“The NAACP has over 1,200 branches deeply rooted in communities in every state, and our national policy is devoted to amplifying a broad range of civil rights and other voting issues affecting the nation today,” stated Hilary O. Shelton, NAACP Washington Bureau Director and Senior Vice President for Advocacy and Policy. “This year’s resolutions touch on a full range of issues affecting the community served by the NAACP, including income inequality and police brutality. The underlying goal of all of our work is to carry on the NAACP’s vision of leadership and justice.”

Resolution Highlights:

Criminal Justice: The NAACP passed an emergency resolution reaffirming its commitment to seeking justice and demanding police accountability for cases involving the deaths of people of color while in police custody. The Association reaffirmed it would use all of the tools in its advocacy arsenal to bring about justice in cases where unarmed individuals are killed by police.

Education: The NAACP reaffirmed its support for the adoption of the U.S. Department of Education and the Department of Justice’s guidance on school discipline and follow up on all cases referred by the schools to juvenile courts. Delegates also passed a new policy addressing the threat privatization poses to public education.

Economics: The NAACP addressed the need for stronger and more comprehensive strategies to address unemployment and underemployment among African Americans. The NAACP affirmed its support of the Fast Food Industry Workers’ Movement fighting to win a living wage and the right to form a union without retaliation.

Voting Rights: The NAACP reaffirmed its support for greater transparency and integrity in elections.

*Resolutions are not official policy of the NAACP until they are ratified by the National Board of Directors in October. All resolutions passed by the Board will be available at this fall.