Far too often in modern elections, sound bites trump substance and voters are left wondering what the candidates really stand for. This is even more acute for issues important to the African American and civil rights communities. That is why, as we have done every presidential cycle for decades, the NAACP is traveling to the Republican National Convention and Democratic National Convention – to ensure that these issues are addressed by both major political parties.
The NAACP will promote our policy objectives in Charlotte and Tampa at briefings, meetings and speeches. Each year we submit our policy recommendations to the respective policy bodies for each convention. We also meet with delegates and leaders from both parties and seek to find common ground on the challenges, needs and concerns of the communities we serve.
This year, for the first time, we will be guided by the five NAACP Game Changers. In the fall of 2011, the NAACP created a vision for the second century of the association. We chose five game changers, or issue advocacy constructs:
- Economic Sustainability;
- Public Safety and Criminal justice; and
- Voting Rights and Political Participation.
As we approach November 6, our democracy is under attack from within. The NAACP is on the front line in every state of our union, and we will be visible during the convention as well. We will turn back the massive tide of voter suppression with an even greater tide of voter education, registration, activation and protection. And we will promote our vision of a more just and equal America.