Sen. Doug Jones gives keynote address UWA holds Rural Technology Summit illuminates high-speed broadband gaps in Alabama Black Belt region

Special to the Democrat by John Zippert,
Co-Publisher

 

Senator Doug Jones and  Shown L to R: Greene County participants in Summit, Lovie Parks Burrell, Debbie Duncan, John Zippert, Phillis Belcher, Beverly Gordan and Johnny Coleman, Jr.

The University of West Alabama in Livingston held an all day ‘Summit on Rural Technology” on Friday, April 13, 2018. The session was attended by 200 political and community leaders from the Alabama Black Belt and surrounding communities.
The session highlighted the importance of high-speed internet connectivity and digital literacy for economic development, health care, education and quality of life for the future in all communities of Alabama. The session illuminated that not all communities, especially rural communities and the Alabama Black Belt area, were prepared and positioned to equitably access to the ‘broadband highways’ of the future.
In his keynote address, Senator Doug Jones of Alabama said “270,000 people in rural parts of Alabama do not have access to high speed internet and there was a need for equal access and opportunity for all zip codes in the state.

Jones said, “ The state’s economy depends on high-speed broadband and this is a bi-partisan issue which transcends the division between political parties.’ He also said that internet access was a key to ending the ‘homework gap’ between well-heeled urban/suburban school districts and rural areas. “Ending the internet access gap will also improve the availability of healthcare and telehealth capabilities in the rural communities of the state,” stated Jones.
Jones reported that $600 million was appropriated in the latest budget for USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) programs to improve broadband access in rural areas. Senator Jones said his staff would be working to help businesses and communities that wanted to take advantage of these programs.
Dr. Roberto Gallardo of the Purdue University Center for Regional Development gave the opening talk on Rural Development in the Digital Age. He said, “Big data will be the oil of the 21st century. The digital economy has a 6.5% share of the total economy or $1.2 trillion. Rural on-line transactions today are $1.4 trillion annually.”
As an example of the exponential growth of the internet economy, Gallardo said, “Airbnb generates an average of $6,700 in income for its members. In four years, it has grown to offer 600,000 rooms. It took Hilton Hotels 93 years to grow to offer 600.000 rooms!”
Gallardo called young people “digital natives” and said they have grown up with digital skills that the rest of us must catch-up and master as well or we will be left behind in the coming ‘digital economy’.
Gallardo said that the digital future was at least 25 megabits of information down and 3 megabits up. Communities without these capabilities would miss out on the benefits of the coming digital economy. “Digital exclusion may be our gravest problem in the future,” said Gallardo.
C. Wayne Hutchens of Alabama A. T. &T spoke on some of the technical innovations that his company was pursuing and testing to bring high speed internet to more people. He spoke about small cell technology to reduce the need for large-scale towers in congested areas. These small cells could be placed on lampposts, mostly in cities. He also said that AT&T’s Project AirGig was testing ‘inductive coupling’ which was a way of transmitting high-speed internet in conjunction with electrical power lines. “If these trials work then we will have a way to serve more rural communities,” said Hutchens.
The Rural Technology Summit also has a panel of Alabama State Legislators that spoke on state funds that will be available for broadband access in rural areas. There was also a panel featuring Mayor Sheldon Day of Thomasville and Mayor Gary Fuller of Opelika on ways they were providing broadband to businesses and residents in their municipalities. Fuller explained that Opelika had a municipally owned electric system which had borrowed $43 million in bonds to finance proving high speed internet anywhere in the city limits of Opelika. This system was serving as an incentive to attract businesses of all kinds to the east Alabama city.
At the end of a challenging day of information, Dr. Tina N. Jones of the University of West Alabama said the summit was the beginning of an effort by the university to reach-out and assist rural communities in west Alabama to benefit from the growing digital economy.

Newswire : Why Congress must decide on the fate of Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook and the personal data of millions of Black Americans

This week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will expose his underbelly to Congress…twice.
Today, he will stand before the Senate and tomorrow the House to answer questions regarding the admission that Facebook participated in the third-party harvest of the personal data of nearly 71 million Americans who use the social media platform. This is a transgression that the Black community cannot afford to ignore. Why?
Black people are prolific when it comes to social media. According to Pew Research, 70 percent of Black people are on Facebook. Think about that: seven in 10 of ALL Black-American people are posting on walls, updating profile pics and liking and unfriending all day long. Yet, there hasn’t been a peep out of any of the tech groupies and gurus about the significant impact of Facebook’s actions on the Black community.
The reality is that Cambridge Analytica and Facebook scandalously made American consumers’ private data vulnerable by sharing it and the data of their friends without consent or even notifying the users, which is a violation of their privacy.
A “breach” implies an accident; this was a harvest of valuable information that will be used to influence everything from Black people’s participation in elections to spending habits. This isn’t just a wake-up call—it’s an alarm that’s blaring at 10. It’s time that Black folks wake up and stop giving companies a pass for exploiting us for our personal data.
The problem…
The details of the allegations read like a conspiracy novel. Up to 87 million Facebook users’ privacy and private information – possibly even including Facebook chats – may have been swept up simply because of loose policies about the use of third-party apps on the site. And all of this happened without the knowledge or consent of the users themselves. The policy has since changed, but it is too little too late to clap back after your private data has been used to manipulate you. In other words, hindsight is 20/20.
I have a friend who is a nationally-recognized lawyer. She is always bragging about how private her data is on Facebook, but no matter how careful a Facebook user tries to be, if you have a Facebook friend who was not as cautious, you likely both had your data taken during the breach – whether it was protected and private or not. Many people download third-party apps and respond to questions, polls, or other methods of drawing you in, but all of these ploys are really just ways to scour your data for the unique information that will allow them to track YOU!
The solution…
Now that people know what’s happening, it is no wonder there is public outrage, which takes us to today and these Congressional hearings, but what we really need is Congressional action. Social media companies are not in the business of protecting your privacy. We need an Internet Consumer Bill of Rights to promote one standard of privacy and one set of rules that applies to all companies in the internet ecosystem and applies no matter how consumers access the internet. The basic idea behind this has been around for some time and former President Barack Obama actually proposed a similar protection plan in 2012.
Why we can’t wait…
Whether you are at home on a wired connection, at a library, Starbucks or accessing the internet wirelessly on a smartphone, the same protections should apply. Whether you are writing an email, taking an online course, or using services from Facebook, Google or Twitter, the same protections should apply. People unwillingly give away their privacy because only a few of us even read the user agreements that could potentially cast our data into the hands of the unscrupulous. Bottom line is we should know what we are agreeing to share.
Congress needs to do something NOW. The solution is a federal standard of consumer protection that applies to everybody all the time. Beyond privacy, the Internet Bill of Rights would also guarantee openness, freedom to access the legitimate content of one’s choice and protections against online censorship or downgrading of service.
You can bet that however this problem impacts America, the privacy breaches will lead to predatory practices in communities of color. We cannot delegate our privacy to others. We, the people, need to demand that our representatives, regardless of their allegiance to any party, step up and protect our internet privacy regardless of the platform.
If every Black person on Facebook spoke with one voice, we can make this a reality.
Kim Keenan is the Co-Chairwoman of the DC-based Internet Innovation Alliance (IIA), a coalition of business and non-profit organizations aimed to ensure that every American has access to broadband Internet.

Newswire : NAACP, Prince George’s County file lawsuit over “Underfunded, Understaffed” 2020 Census

By William J. Ford (The Washington Informer/NNPA Member)

 

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NAACP officials announce lawsuit
The NAACP announced that the group has filed a lawsuit against President Donald Trump, the U.S. Census Bureau and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, “to combat the imminent threat that the 2020 Census will substantially undercount African Americans and other people of color in communities throughout the United States,” a press release about the lawsuit said.
Prince George’s County, the NAACP’s Prince George’s County branch and two county residents (branch President Bob Ross and Elizabeth Johnson), also joined the suit. Prince George’s County experienced one of the highest undercounts in the nation at 2.3 percent during the 2010 Census, according to the suit. The figures are based on counties with a population of at least 100,000.
“Such a dramatic undercount will especially dilute the votes of racial and ethnic minorities, deprive their communities of critical federal funds and undervalue their voices and interests in the political arena,” the suit alleges.
During a press conference about the lawsuit at the National Press Club in Northwest D.C., Bradford Berry, general counsel of the NAACP said that this lawsuit is unique, because the plaintiffs seek action before work on the 2020 Census begins.
For instance, the suit claims the federal government has decreased resources and manpower for the 2020 Census and “cancelled crucial, pre-Census field tests and is rushing to digitize the Census without adequate cybersecurity protections, thus undermining public confidence in the privacy of Census data” the press release said.

The lawsuit also states that the Census Bureau doesn’t have sufficient staffing; the agency’s acting director, Ron Jarmin, was also named as a defendant in the suit.
On Capitol Hill last week, the U.S. House of Representatives approved $2.8 billion for the bureau, an increase more than double the amount of the Trump administration’s request of $1.1 billion.
“Proposing a bill and passing a bill are two different things,” said NAACP President Derrick Johnson. “Once the final bill passes, we would like to evaluate to see if it’s sufficient. We simply need the political will to make sure we have an accurate count for this [upcoming] Census.”
Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III said his jurisdiction has lost about $200 million in federal money, because of Census undercounts. The Maryland jurisdiction of nearly 900,000 people borders Washington, D.C., with 65 percent of the population African American.
Federal law requires that citizens are counted in a decennial census that not only helps redraw political boundaries, but also for counties and states to receive federal money for improvement of schools, roads and other needs.

Critics have argued that a proposed citizenship question in the 2020 Census will deter legal immigrants from responding and decrease the number of people counted in those communities. The Hispanic population in Prince George’s County stands at about 18 percent.
“What’s more frightening about this Census count, more than in the past, is the rhetoric from the Trump administration,” Baker said after the press conference. “With a growing Latino population in the county, this is a direct assault on those folks participating in the Census. If it’s happening here, then it’s happening everywhere.”
William J. Ford is a staff writer for The Washington Informer. You can follow him on Twitter @jabariwill.The Washington Informer is a member publication of the National Newspaper Publishers Association. Learn more about becoming a member at www.nnpa.org.

Eutaw City to purchase former Carver School facility for $213,000

At its monthly meeting held, March 26, 2018, the Greene County Board of Education, on the recommendation of Superintendent James H. Carter, approved the sale of the former Carver Middle School facility to the City of Eutaw. Dr. Carter’s recommendation stated: “The sale of Carver Middle School building along with acres that will be designated to the City of Eutaw.”
The City of Eutaw offered $213,000 as total payment for the facility and rendered a down payment of $50,000, with the balance to be paid in $50,000 annual payments over the next three years, and a final payment of $13,000. The board approved the proposal on a four to one vote.
The former Carver facility is approximately 61,000 square feet and sits on 15.40 acres. The amount of acreage that will be part of the sale has not been determined.
In 2016, the Carver facility was appraised with a market value of $640,000. Previously, the board was advised that the property could be sold for less than the appraised value provided that the purchaser utilized the facility for educational programs and projects.
As a pre-requisite for consideration of sale of the property, the proposed buyer was required to submit a detailed proposal on how the property would be utilized. The specific sale arrangements have yet to be worked out between Eutaw City and the Greene County Board of Education. No final sale documents have been officiated.
The former Carver Middle School and the former Paramount Jr. High School were closed at the end of the 2015-2016 school year. The School Board consolidated the two schools to form Robert Brown Middle School serving 4th through 8th graders.

The board also approved the following personnel items:
* Additional service contracts for Justine Booth as assistant football coach at Greene County High for 20108-2019 academic year.
* Corey Cockrell as assistant football coach at GCH for Spring training only.
* Employment of Russell Rivers as auto mechanic at Greene County Career Center and
Robert Brown Middle School.
* Resignation of Rachel Nickson as Early Childhood Coordinator, Eutaw Primary School, effective March 30, 2018.
* Resignation of LaJoycelyn Davis as secretary at Robert Brown Middle School, effective March 30, 2018.
* Catastrophic leave (maternity leave) for Jerria Prince.
* Non- Renewal
Contract for Fredrick Square, Principal, Robert Brown Middle School, effective June 30, 2018.
In administrative services, the board approved the following.
* Supplemental Contracts for football coach to be paid starting October 1, 2018 and ending September 30, 2019.
* Dexter Hinton to travel to Mississippi State University, for UWA STEM Challenge, March 22, 2018.
* Tamika Thompson to travel to Atlanta Georgia, for HSTW Staff Development Conference, July 10 – 13, 2018
* The sale of Carver Middle School building along with acres that will be designated, to the City of Eutaw.
* Additional information to Greene County Board of Education Policy Manual.
* School Calendar (option B) for the 2018-2019 school year.
The board approved the superintendent’s recommendation to implement a policy statement specifically for employees who perform special duties outside their normal job description. The policy will allow employees to be paid a minimum of $200 per month and a minimum of six months up to $1,200 and a maximum amount up to 12 months or $2,400

Newswire : Civil Rights groups sue Department of Homeland Security over targeted surveillance

By Lauren Victoria Burke (NNPA Newswire Contributor)
On March 19, several civil rights groups filed suit against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to release the contents of the agency’s redacted memo referred to in government documents as the “Race Paper.”
The Center for Constitutional Rights along with Color of Change first uncovered the existence of the “Race Paper” after a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
The advocates maintain that the existence of the “Race Paper,” and other documents confirm that the government has used targeted surveillance on many Black activists and organizers. The groups also said the document will confirm there was a violation by the government regarding the basic activity of Black people engaging in First Amendment activity.
“The FBI and Department of Homeland Security are at war with Black activists,” said Rashad Robinson, the executive director of Color of Change, in a March 19 press statement. “The documents we’ve forced the federal government to release expose how these agencies are demonizing and intimidating Black activists—people who are rightly demanding that our country be more just—through coordinated and systemic surveillance.”
The redacted “Race Paper” is “the newest of a slew of documents the groups have obtained that reveal how DHS and the FBI have both monitored and surveillance the Movement for Black Lives and pushed a state-sanctioned narrative that criminalizes Black protestors,” their release to the press asserted.
“Black and brown activists and the public in general should not be left to speculate as to why DHS prepared a document called the ‘Race Paper,’ circulated multiple versions of it, and called for in-person meetings to discuss its contents, but now fights to keep every word from seeing the light of day,” said Omar Farah, the senior staff attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights. “But given the long-standing and unconstitutional pattern of state surveillance of Black-led political movements, it bears repeating that FOIA is about transparency, not protecting government agencies from embarrassment.”
The Color of Change and the Center for Constitutional Rights first filed the FOIA request to the agencies in October 2016 to uncover how DHS and the FBI were monitoring the Movement for Black Lives as well as Black protestors and organizers exercising their First Amendment constitutional rights at protests across the country.

Newswire : Liberians in the U. S. facing mass deportation

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A. Kiatamba and son

Mar. 26, 2018 (GIN) – Liberians living in America since a devastating civil war that took 250,000 lives are now in the crosshairs of the current Trump administration which is threatening to lift their protected status and deport them.

Some five thousand people nationally are protected from deportation under the Deferred Enforced Departure or DED program, which has been in effect since 1991. But the total number of Liberians in the U.S. is estimated at 100,000. The program expires on Mar. 31. Only the President can extend the program.

Minnesota is home to what may be the nation’s largest Liberian population, possibly 30,000 or more. Only about 4,000 are under DED, said Abdullah Kiatamba, a Liberian community leader and executive director of the nonprofit African Immigrant Services, “but every Liberian in Minnesota is connected to one of those 4,000.”

The Minneapolis Star Tribune has weighed in, writing in a recent piece headlined “Liberians Have Earned the Right to Stay in the U.S.”

Protected status was renewed for 27 years because conditions didn’t improve, the editors wrote, adding “Life happened in that time.”

“Those ‘temporary’ refugees have built careers, homes, families, all legal under their immigration status. They are business owners, teachers, nurses. Many work in nursing homes, where the labor shortage is acute. Some have grown old here, (and are) no longer able to start over.

“To abruptly return them to one of the poorest spots in the world, splitting up families and creating chaos in their communities, would be monstrous. This is not only regrettable, the editors argued, “it is cruel.”

Further, Liberia is unable to absorb all the Liberians living in the U.S., maintained Vamba S. Fofana, president of the Union of Liberian Associations in America. The country has barely recovered from the Ebola epidemic which left the health care systems in shambles.

Unlike Africans who might return to England or France, for Liberians “the U.S. is the only place we can go,” Fofana said.

Meanwhile, the Liberian Consul General and the Liberian Business Association appear to be preparing for the unthinkable. According to the online news site FrontPageAfrica, behind the scenes efforts are underway to prepare Liberians to return home where “they will be received with open arms.”

But that outcome was dismissed by the Minnesota paper. “Who benefits when thriving businesses are shuttered, needed jobs left empty and American-born children possibly left without their parents?”

The Liberian government has not yet commented as to what plans it has to prepare for Liberians who may be returning home.

February Disbursement Totaling $374,905

 

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Shown above: Bingo Clerks, Minnie Byrd and Emma Jackson; Dr.  Marcia  Pugh, Greene County CEO; Kenya Turner representing Forkland, Sheriff Jonathan Benison, Geraldine Thompson representing Town of Union, Greene County School Superintendent, Dr. James Carter; Boligee City Councilwoman, Earnestine Wade, Police Chief, Derick Coleman, Paul Byrd representing the County Commission.

On Thursday, March 15, 2018, Greene County Sheriff Department distributed $ 374,905 in monthly bingo allocations from the five licensed gaming operations in the county. The recipients of the monthly distributions from bingo gaming designated by Sheriff Benison in his Bingo Rules and Regulations include the Greene County Commission, the Greene County Sheriff’s Department, the cities of Eutaw, Forkland, Union, Boligee, the Greene County Board of Education and the Greene County Hospital (Health System).
The following assessments are for the month of February 2018.

Greenetrack, Inc. gave a total of $67,500 to the following: Greene County Commission, $24,000; Greene County Sheriff’s Department, $9,000; City of Eutaw, $4,500; and the Towns of Forkland, Union and Boligee each, $3,000; Greene County Board of Education, $13,500 and the Greene County Health System, $7,500.

Green Charity (Center for Rural Family Development) gave a total of $67,500 to the following: Greene County Commission, $24,000; Greene County Sheriff’s Department, $9,000; City of Eutaw, $4,500; and the Towns of Forkland, Union and Boligee each, $3,000; Greene County Board of Education, $13,500, the Greene County Health System, $7,500.
Frontier (Dream, Inc.) gave a total of $67,500 to the following: Greene County Commission, $24,000; Greene County Sheriff’s Department, $9,000; City of Eutaw, $4,500; and the Towns of Forkland, Union and Boligee each, $3,000; Greene County Board of Education, $13,500, Greene County Health System, $7,500.
River’s Edge (NNL – Next Level Leaders and TCCTP – Tishabee Community Center Tutorial Program) gave a total of $73,075 to the following: Greene County Commission, $24,000; Greene County Sheriff’s Department, $9,000; City of Eutaw, $4,500; and the Towns of Forkland, Union and Boligee each, $3,000; Greene County Board of Education, $13,500, and the Greene County Health System, $13,075.
Palace (Tommy Summerville Police Support League) gave a total of $99,330 to the following: Greene County Commission, $4,620; Greene County Sheriff’s Department, $36,960; City of Eutaw, $27,720; and the Towns of Forkland, Union and Boligee each, $4,620; Greene County Board of Education, $4,620 and the Greene County Health System, $11,550.

Female killed after allegedly jumping from vehicle; Cox arrested for River’s Edge theft

The Greene County Sheriff Department is investigating the death of a woman after she supposedly jumped from a vehicle on U.S. Highway 11. The incident happened Wednesday night, March 14, between River’s Edge Bingo facility and the Interstate 20/59 ramp. Witnesses from the scene said it appeared that the woman, since identified as Gypsy Ingram, 40, of Cottondale, jumped from the vehicle and was then run over by that same vehicle, a F250 Ford 2003 pulling a trailer. Greene County Sheriff Joe Benison said the driver has given investigators a statement, and no charges have been filed at this time.
The Greene County Sheriff Department has identified Eric Cox, 34, of Boligee, as the employee arrested for theft of property at River’s Edge Bingo facility one week ago. Cox, who was arrested just across the Alabama state line in Mississippi on March 15, is accused of taking approximately $250,000 from River’s Edge. He is being held in the Greene County jail on a cash bond of $75,000

Eutaw City Council pays bills, approves policies and agrees to July 20-22 Sales Tax Holiday

In its regular meeting on March 13, 2018, the Eutaw City Council agreed to pay bills and enact some important policy decisions.
The Council agreed to transfer $50,000 from its Capital Improvement Fund to the General Fund to pay routine bills and obligations for the month of February and those received during the first part of March.
Councilwoman Sheila Smith voted against the transfer of the funds, which she feels should be retained and used only for capital improvements as originally planned. The funds in the city’s Capital Improvement Fund were derived from electronic bingo funds provided to the City under the administration of Constitutional Amendment 743, permitting bingo in Greene County.
The Council approved a policy for the provision of public records to individuals, businesses and organizations and a form to request public records such as meeting minutes, ordinances, licenses, permits, front side of arrest records; original bids and documents on the awarding of contracts; and names, titles, resumes and compensation of city employees. There will be a $25 per hour research fee and 25 cents a page for any copies to be made as a result of request for information.
Agreements between the City and the Greene County Emergency Management Agencies to provide the City Hall and National Guard Amory facilities when needed, in an emergency, as health care and community shelter facilities, in the event of a biological, chemical or other attack on Greene County, were approved by the Eutaw City Council.
The City Council also agreed to approve the July 20-22, 2018 weekend, as a Sales Tax Holiday for the purchase of school related clothing and supplies before the start of school in August.
Mayor Steele reported that he was closing out the water improvement project and that the County Extension Service had helped plant crepe myrtle trees around the lagoon and other places in the city

In the public comments section of the meeting, Sheila Smith asked that the city utility workers check Gilbert Norwood’s water meter at 509 Johnson Street since it seems to be too deep in the ground. Latasha Johnson asked for water for gardens. LaJeffrey Carpenter said there were continuing drainage problems on O’Neal Street and there was a need for a refuse site within Raintree Apartments so trash was not placed at the roadside.
A request was made by the Cub Scouts to get use of the National Guard Armory on Saturday, March 31 for an Easter Carnival, at the non-profit organization facility use rate. This was approved.
Molly Rowe, Director of the Eutaw Housing Authority reported that some of the buildings were re-roofed in Carver Circle and that the City Inspector was to be commended for working with the contractors on this project. The City Housing Authority held a poster art contest around the theme “What Home Means To Me”. Ms. Rowe requested to display some of the artwork in City Hall. The Mayor agreed to the art exhibit provided that non-paint removing tape was used to hang the artwork.
Evelyn Isaac Esson complained that the management at the Eutaw Elderly Village was threatening residents and had placed bed-bug infested furniture on the street without proper notice that may have endangered the public. Jerome Esson asked the city to check his new water meter to determine if it was correctly installed.
David Spencer tried to be recognized for a public comment but the Mayor did not recognize him.

Newswire : NAACP concerned with HUD Secretary Ben Carson’s efforts to change agency mission

By: Malik Russell, NAACP Director of Communications

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BALTIMORE (March 8, 2018)—The NAACP is deeply concerned by Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson’s move to dilute the agency’s long-standing mission.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development Act, which established HUD as a cabinet-level agency, declared a purpose: “[T]o provide for full and appropriate consideration, at the national level, of the needs and interests of the Nation’s communities and of the people who live and work in them.” This purpose is sustained through the agency’s mission to “build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination.” Secretary Carson’s action not only threatens HUD’s founding purpose, but also reveals plans of regression.

“Dr. Carson’s attempt to diminish HUD’s mission comes on the heels of the 50th anniversary of the Kerner Commission’s report which affirmed that discrimination and segregation had long permeated much of American Life and continues to threaten the future of every American; and at a time when the Trump administration seeks to cut billions of dollars in housing aid for low-income families,” said NAACP’s Sr. Director of Economic Programs, Marvin J. Owens, Jr.

Despite these attempts, the promise of discrimination-free practices lives on in the Fair Housing Act which has the central objective of prohibiting race discrimination in sales and rentals of housing. The hope of continued progress in America rests in the hands of communities across the country that continue to push their elected leaders to preserve programs designed to help disadvantaged communities and promote policies that make economic inclusion a reality.

The NAACP recognizes the importance of an inclusive economy and economic policies that address the challenging realities facing our country including poverty, lack of jobs and disproportionate high unemployment, lack of affordable housing, and foreclosures. The NAACP Economic Department’s work enhances the capacity of African Americans and other under-served groups through financial economic education; individual and community asset building initiatives; diversity and inclusion in business hiring, career advancement and procurement; and monitoring financial banking practices.

Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities. You can read more about the NAACP’s work and our six “Game Changer” issue areas by visiting NAACP.org.