VA. NAACP – GET-OUT-THE-VOTE WEEKEND OF ACTION

MEDIA ADVISORY

October 29, 2021

MEDIA CONTACT
Da’Quan Love, press@naacpva.org
Marc Banks, dbanks@naacpnet.org

Virginia NAACP to Host National NAACP President and CEO and Black Congressional Leaders for Get-Out-The-Vote Weekend of Action

NORFOLK – Virginia State Conference NAACP (Virginia NAACP) President Robert N. Barnette Jr, Executive Director Da’Quan M. Love, and Political Action Chair Gaylene Kanoyton will host National NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson for a historic Get-Out-The-Vote Weekend of Action.

This presidential visit comes at a critical time as the NAACP completes its 6-month, $750k campaign to mobilize Black voters in the Commonwealth’s November 2nd elections.

WHO:

  • Derrick Johnson – President and CEO, NAACP
  • Robert N. Barnette, Jr. – President, Virginia State Conference NAACP
  • Da’Quan Marcell Love – Executive Director, Virginia State Conference NAACP
  • Gaylene Kanoyton – Political Action Chair, Virginia State Conference NAACP
  • Robert C. “Bobby Scott” – Chair of House Education and Labor Committee, Member of Congress
  • James E. “Jim” Clyburn – House Majority Whip, Member of Congress

WHEN:

  • Saturday, October 30, 2021
    • 12 NOON – 2 PM Black Voter GOTV Rally at Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, VA
    • Other events TBA – please email media contact for details
  • Sunday, October 31, 2021
    • Other events TBA – please email media contact for details

WHERE:

  • Hampton Roads, Virginia region

BACKGROUND:

About NAACP (National)

Founded in 1909 in response to the ongoing violence against Black people around the country, the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) is the largest and most pre-eminent civil rights organization in the nation. We have over 2,200 units and branches across the nation, along with well over 2M activists. Our mission is to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons.

NOTE: The Legal Defense Fund – also referred to as the NAACP-LDF was founded in 1940 as a part of the NAACP, but separated in 1957 to become a completely separate entity. It is recognized as the nation’s first civil and human rights law organization and shares our commitment to equal rights.

ABOUT THE VIRGINIA NAACP

Founded in 1935, the Virginia State Conference of NAACP Branches (Virginia NAACP) is the oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization in the Commonwealth, overseeing over 100 NAACP branches, youth councils, and college chapters. The Virginia NAACP is focused on being the preeminent voice of Black Virginians and advocating for policies and programs to benefit Blacks and people of color. You can read more about the Virginia NAACP’s work and our six “Game Changer” issue areas by visiting NAACPVA.org.

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57th House of Delegates Candidates’ Forum

On Monday October 11, at 7:00PM
(following the branch’s business meeting via Zoom)
the Political Action Committee of the
Albemarle-Charlottesville branch of the NAACP
is sponsoring a candidates’ forum via Zoom
for the 57 House of Delegates candidates:
Sally Hudson and Philip Andrew Hamilton.

Ms. Sally Hudson
Mr. Philip Andrew Hamilton

The Zoom meeting link for this candidates’ forum is:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87362322476?pwd=M1hVMEJjZEZrK1BBN2lzSFBBMng1dz0

Or one tap mobile :
    US: +13126266799,,87362322476#,,,,*766651#  or
+19294362866,,87362322476#,,,,*766651#

Or Telephone:
    (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
        US: +1-312-626-6799  or +1-929-436-2866
or +1-301-715-8592  or +1-346-248-7799

Questions? Please email naacp1947@gmail.com

2021 General Election Voter Guide

The Albemarle-Charlottesville NAACP Branch is committed to informing our community about important issues and ensuring that public participation is accessible to all. To that end, we have prepared this 2021 General Election Voter Guide (PDF download) to inform local voters of the choices available to them in this year’s general election, and encourage you to use this information to get informed and get involved.

Virginia NAACP Launches the “Ensuring Justice & Demanding Accountability Campaign

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 16, 2021

MEDIA CONTACT
Deja Cromartie
pr@intelmediagroup.com 

Virginia NAACP Launches the “Ensuring Justice & Demanding Accountability Campaign

RICHMOND – The Virginia State Conference NAACP is urging Virginia Governor Ralph Northam to use his authority to request the Attorney General to investigate and prosecute occurrences General to investigate and occurrences of law enforcement-involved shootings in the Commonwealth’s circuit courts.

Since March 2021, the Virginia NAACP has been in discussions with Governor Ralph Northam and Attorney General Mark Herring about the ongoing issues of law enforcement accountability and the necessity for independent investigations. 

Despite the Virginia NAACP’s meetings with Governor Northam and Attorney General Herring, they have failed to take any significant action. Governor Northam has shifted his focus to the legislature, while AG Herring has remained silent, refusing to ask the governor for authorization. 

The goal is to compel the Governor and Attorney General to both utilize their authority to encourage better policing through better practices, encouraging transparency, and bringing the full weight of the law against bad actors who act with impunity in violating the rights of citizens. 

“After months of conversations, multiple staff-level meetings, and principal-level meetings, we have reached the point where we must take further action to ensure justice & demand accountability,” says President Robert N. Barnette Jr.

The Virginia NAACP is making the following demands of Governor Northam: 

  • The Governor should exercise his executive authority as stated in the Code of Virginia § 2.2-511 to request the Attorney General to prosecute incidents of law enforcement involving shootings in the circuit courts of the Commonwealth. (Gov. Northam’s top legal counsel has affirmed the governor’s authority to do so.)
  • The Governor should implement policies for the Virginia Compensation Board and Criminal Justice Services Board that provide financial incentives for local law enforcement agencies to adopt policing standards that prioritize adopting standards for training, certification, and accountability that builds upon the model of standards and transparency under development with the Virginia State Police.

  • The Governor should leverage the Virginia Compensation Board and Criminal Justice Services Board to have local law enforcement officers prioritize the reexamination of its policing standards so that it can become a model of accountability,  transparency, and culturally responsive policing practices for other law enforcement agencies in the Commonwealth.

ABOUT THE VIRGINIA NAACP

Founded in 1935, the Virginia State Conference of NAACP Branches (Virginia NAACP) is the oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization in the Commonwealth, overseeing over 100 NAACP branches, youth councils, and college chapters. The Virginia NAACP is focused on being the preeminent voice of Black Virginians and advocating for policies and programs to benefit Blacks and people of color. You can read more about the Virginia NAACP’s work and our six “Game Changer” issue areas by visiting NAACPVA.org.

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VA. NAACP LEGAL ADVOCACY RESULTS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 2, 2021

MEDIA CONTACT
Da’Quan Love, Executive Director
804-972-3310
press@naacpva.org

Virginia NAACP Legal Advocacy Leads to Favorable Supreme Court of Virginia Decision In Confederate Monument Case

Following the Virginia NAACP Amicus Brief filing, the Supreme Court of Virginia ruled that the Robert E. Lee Monument can finally come down.

RICHMOND – The Virginia State Conference NAACP celebrated today’s unanimous decision by the Supreme Court of Virginia that clears the way for the removal of a confederate monument on state-owned property. Today’s court decision comes after the Virginia NAACP filed an amicus brief in the case earlier this year.

The Supreme Court of Virginia ruled that the Commonwealth of Virginia has the authority to finally remove the Robert E. Lee Monument in Richmond, Virginia. The Supreme Court of Virginia has also dissolved the injunction that was keeping the statute up, meaning that it can now come down.

“Following the Virginia NAACP’s legal advocacy efforts, today’s court decision moves us one step closer to finally bringing down the Robert E. Lee monument for good,” said Robert N. Barnette, Jr., President of the Virginia NAACP.  “I look forward to seeing the monument finally come down.”

Sands Anderson PC was retained to represent the Virginia State Conference NAACP on this matter.

ABOUT THE VIRGINIA NAACP

Founded in 1935, the Virginia State Conference of NAACP Branches (Virginia NAACP) is the oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization in the Commonwealth, overseeing over 100 NAACP branches, youth councils, and college chapters. The Virginia NAACP is focused on being the preeminent voice of Black Virginians and advocating for policies and programs to benefit Blacks and people of color. You can read more about the Virginia NAACP’s work and our six “Game Changer” issue areas by visiting NAACPVA.org.

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