With less than 50 days to the critical midterm elections, the NAACP held a national call to action Tele-Townhall conference call on Wednesday, Sept. 19 where concerned Americans heard from NAACP leaders on how they can help push back against the current attack on civil rights and the right to vote.
“Since Donald Trump ascended to the presidency on a platform of division, people of color across America have been dealing with levels of blatant hate and racism not seen in decades,” said NAACP President Derrick Johnson.
“His blatant dog-whistle politics has served as inspiration for others to express their own racism and bias and #LivingWhileBlack has not been this dangerous since the Jim Crow era,” Johnson said.
“This all needs to end — and on November 6, we all have a chance to make it stop and put our country back on the path toward equality. The importance of our vote and participation cannot be overstated. We can’t exercise our right to vote without people in power trying to put up barriers to our access to the ballot box.”
“This is a time for real people to have real conversations on the status of this country and mobilize to reclaim our communities. Our lives depend on it.”
Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s foremost and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization. Its members throughout the U.S. and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities.