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Independent:Black Lives Matter and NAACP Join Democrats in Calling for Accountability in Jordan Neely Killing
The NACP tweeted a message which was shared by Black Lives Matter, saying that “The latest example of inhumane vigilante justice is a complete travesty. Jordan Neely was restrained for 15 minutes, which resulted in the loss of his life, as onlookers watched and recorded. Those involved should be held accountable.”

Yahoo News:Accelerator program will provide up to $5,000 to help entrepreneurs of color
An accelerator program launched by Manchester NAACP and New Hampshire Community Loan Fund will provide up to $5,000 in one-time funding to help businesses of color become more self-sufficient.

The Root:NAACP Accuses Minneapolis of Lurking on Black Folks’ Social Media
The Minneapolis branch of the NAACP filed a lawsuit accusing the Minneapolis Police Department of discriminatory practices against Black leaders by targeting them with undercover social media accounts.

WLBT:NAACP asking court to block appointment of special circuit judges
Last week, the NAACP, Mississippi State Conference of the NAACP and others filed a motion seeking a temporary restraining order to block the appointment of special judges as mandated under H.B. 1020.

CBS17:NAACP joins lawsuit against South Carolina school district
Families and the NAACP are asking courts to return all previously removed copies of ‘Stamped’ to school libraries and prevent the district from prohibiting the book from being used as a classroom resource.

The Madison Record: State and local NAACP declares opposition to city manager proposal
“The NAACP is concerned about that because when you go from seven to six, or any number, when you reduce the number, we think that decreases the opportunity for minorities, African Americans, to have their voices heard. So, we are here to support the citizens for their right to vote and to have their voices heard,” Benard Simelton, President of the Alabama State Conference of the NAACP, explained.

WBBJ: Local NAACP president stresses importance of voting
“But now is the time for us to take advantage of our opportunities to go to the polls and vote. The changes that we seek are within us; all organizations, all individuals who care about the City of Jackson. And we understand that oftentimes we see no results in those who are elected. We get it, we understand that, but we can’t not stop fighting not only for that right, but for the opportunity to put good people where they need to be to make good choices,” said Harrell Carter, the President of the Jackson-Madison County NAACP Branch.

KTVZ: NAACP investigating parents’ concerns of racism, threats at schools
“If it was just a case of all kids bullying all kids, it would be one thing. But this is isolated. This is racially intended. They’re going after a group of students who are either biracial or Afro-American,” said Liz Penna, the president of NAACP Ashtabula branch.

Dayton Daily News:Dayton NAACP leader gets key to the city
Dayton unit NAACP President Derrick Foward was given a key to the city of Dayton this week in recognition of his many years of work in the community. Foward, who was first elected as president of the Dayton Unit NAACP in 2006, also recently was honored as “Activist of the Year” by the national NAACP during the organization’s annual Image Awards.

NHPR:Manchester installs monitors to track air quality disparities
A new pilot program in Manchester aims to study whether the air in some neighborhoods is healthier than others, with the goal of reducing racial and economic disparities. The Queen City Air Quality Monitoring Program is a partnership between the NAACP of Greater Manchester, the Manchester Health Department, and the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services. The Nature Conservancy provided a grant to the NAACP that made the project viable.

Celebrity photographer and disabled Vietnam veteran Jerome Dorn embodies the very definition of resilience. Born in Philadelphia, the fifth of seven children, Dorn stayed focused throughout his youth, eventually obtaining his degree in Criminal Justice. Dorn has worked with the Philadelphia Police Department, Department of Justice, World Wide Detective Agency, and several other high profile security groups. Throughout his successful career, Dorn wrestled with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, an aftereffect of his military service. Battling the pain and debilitating effect of PTSD, Dorn found comfort behind the camera. Photography proved to be not only therapeutic, but life changing as well. Dorn picked up his first camera in 1970 while serving in Vietnam and knew instantly that behind the lens was where he belonged. His shooting style and photographs were special, generating a buzz in the industry. In 1985, he began his career in photojournalism, working in a variety of genres. Dorn’s credentials include fashion, lifestyle photography, photojournalism, and celebrity/red carpet coverage. Working with MSNBC, Jet Magazine, and major publications in Philadelphia and around the country, Dorn has had the honor of capturing the images of hundreds of notable celebrities and politicians including President Barack Obama, George Bush Jr, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Maya Angelou, Jesse Jackson, Rihanna, Snoop Dog, Will Smith, and Tyler Perry. Photography has sent Dorn around the globe, inspiring his passion for civil activism. In 1995, Dorn assembled and led a group of forty-two men to the Million Man March. Together, they spent five days walking from Philadelphia to Washington DC. In his travels, Dorn observed a common theme amongst the youth of the world. Many of the children he encountered seemed lost. Understanding that opportunities for at-risk youth are minimal, Dorn was inspired to make a difference. Established by Dorn in 2011, InDaHouseMedia was built on the idea that there is room in the house for everyone. With InDaHouseMedia, Dorn’s mission is to provide the future generation with positive direction through sports, music, and photography.

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