AHMAUD ARBERY VERDICT

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MEDIA CONTACT
Da’Quan Love, Executive Director
804-972-3310
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Virginia NAACP Releases Statement on Guilty Verdicts for Killers of Ahmaud Arbery

RICHMOND – Virginia State Conference NAACP President Robert N. Barnette, Jr. issued the following statement after the guilty verdicts of Travis McMichael, Greg McMichael, and William Bryan in the killing of Ahmaud Arbery.

“The three white men who killed Ahmaud Arbery were held accountable today. 

While the Black community has rarely seen white aggressors held accountable for killing Black people, today’s verdict should remind us all that Black lives matter and must be protected.

The Virginia NAACP will not rest and will continue its efforts to ensure that judicial accountability becomes the norm rather than an exception.”

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.

VIRGINIA NAACP RELEASES STATEMENT ON THE NOT GUILTY VERDICT IN THE KYLE RITTENHOUSE CASE

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Da’Quan Love, Executive Director
804-972-3310
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Virginia NAACP Releases Statement on Not Guilty Verdict in Kyle Rittenhouse Case

RICHMOND – Virginia State Conference NAACP President Robert N. Barnette, Jr. issued the following statement following the not guilty verdict in the Kyle Rittenhouse Case:

“Like so many Americans, I am disappointed in the failure of the court to deliver justice in this precedent-setting trial. Today’s verdict proves once again that white supremacy remains alive and well, and the Virginia NAACP will continue its valiant efforts to continuously improve our justice system.”

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.

NAACP RELEASES SENATE SCORECARDS

Subject: BREAKING NEWS: NAACP Releases Senate Scorecards For All 50 States


Today, a coalition of civil rights organizations, led by the NAACP, released its first ever Senate scorecard, which grades every U.S. Senator on their performance defending voting rights in Congress.

Click here to see your senators’ grades.

Launched by the National Urban League, National Action Network, National Coalition of Black Civic Participation, Fighting for Our Vote Initiative, National Council of Negro Women, and the NAACP, the scorecard comes just one week after a minority of U.S. Senators blocked the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.

The Civil Rights Scorecard gives Senators grades ranging from A (pass), I (incomplete), or F (fail), based on their votes on the American Rescue Plan Act, Freedom to Vote Act, John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act as well as their support for eliminating the filibuster.

Visit civilrightsscorecard.org to:
 Explore the Grades
Spread the Word
Understand the Logic

Along with the digital scorecards, our state conferences in Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Virginia, and Wisconsin will be delivering the report directly to their senators today.

NAACP and coalition partners are urging members in states across the country to join us in demanding action to advance voting rights legislation.

Fighting Forward,

NAACP

Virginia NAACP Endorses One Casino + Resort in Capitol City of Richmond

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November 1, 2021

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

Virginia NAACP Endorses One Casino + Resort in Capitol City of Richmond
Cites Job Creation, Economic Opportunity, and Longstanding Partnership with Urban One

RICHMOND – The Virginia State Conference NAACP (Virginia NAACP) is joining the Richmond Branch NAACP in endorsing the ONE Casino + Resort project in the city of Richmond and is encouraging Richmond residents to flip the ballot over and vote “yes” for the casino referendum. ONE would become the only Black-owned casino in the United States. 

“We applaud efforts that are under a big tent and provide increased opportunity for Black ownership and advancement. We are especially excited that this project is being led by Urban One, a trusted NAACP community partner for over 40 years. ONE will put Virginia on the map as being home to the only Black-owned casino in the nation, and that is something that should make us all proud,” says President Robert N. Barnette Jr. 

“This acknowledgment from the Virginia NAACP is greatly appreciated. This support will help lead the way to a historic opportunity creating significant economic progress in the hospitality industry with Virginia in the forefront,” says Urban One CEO Alfred Liggins

The Virginia NAACP supports programs and projects that provide diverse investment opportunities and wealth building. The project being proposed by the Urban One entertainment company will create 1,500 new permanent jobs and 3,000 construction jobs in the City of Richmond. Many of these jobs will go to the local Black community in an area that needs jobs and opportunities. Urban One has promised much of the work will go to MBE (Minority Business Enterprises) ESB (Emerging Small Businesses) and Small, Women-owned, and Minority-owned Businesses (SWaM). And Urban One has promised a 50 percent workforce diversity goal. Additionally, ONE will offer a profit-sharing program for its employees. 

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 – 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

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September 16, 2021

MEDIA CONTACT
Deja Cromartie
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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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