Author Archives: Benjamin Todd Jealous

  • Anthony Brown for Governor: The Best Choice for Maryland

    Over the course of my lifetime, America has changed. We have embraced diversity while expanding opportunity and justice for millions of our fellow citizens. We have broken down barriers to public service from City Halls to the White House. And while candidates of color continue to face higher ...

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  • Fighting for Their Families

    "I am fighting for my father. He is undocumented. I am fighting for all of the children who don't have their mothers and fathers and brothers and sisters.” That was the speech I heard last Wednesday from Yahir Servin, an 11-year-old who participated in a civil disobedience on ...

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  • The Power of Our Shared Vision and Partnership

    Two decades ago, as a young organizer in Mississippi, I learned that there are only two types of temporal power: organized people and organized money. I also learned that in a democracy, the people can win every time—but only if we are organized. Today, when I reflect back on my ...

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  • Why We Need to March on Washington Again

    Remember the March on Washington? August 28, 1963. Tens of thousands of activists on the National Mall. A preacher’s son from Atlanta talking about his dream for the country. We don’t need a history lesson. Even if we weren’t at the March itself – even for those like me, ...

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  • A Year Later, Trayvon Martin Tragedy Still Stings

    One year later, the Trayvon Martin tragedy still stings, and some people are still throwing salt on the open wound. Last week George Zimmerman's brother, Robert Zimmerman, posted a tweet comparing Trayvon Martin to De'Marquis Elkins, 17-year-old black teenager charged with fatally ...

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  • Opportunity and Diversity One Industry At A Time

    There is a missing component to the national discussion concerning how to strengthen and rebuild the American economy. It is true that high unemployment, a weak national infrastructure, the need for stronger public education, the concentration of wealth and the deficit are all challenges to the ...

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  • Justice for Trayvon

    All of last week, I was in Sanford, Florida, pursuing justice for Trayvon Martin. I listened to community concerns about the Sanford Police Department, and rallied with Trayvon's parents and 30,000 others in Sanford, a town with only 50,000 residents. As a son, father, brother and uncle, ...

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  • Upholding Voting Rights in the Memory of Dr. King

    This year, on the day our nation celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., I proudly stood alongside NAACP State Conference presidents on the steps of the capitol building in Columbia, S.C. for the annual King Day at the Dome March and Rally. The event has grown into a massive commemoration over ...

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  • Standing for Freedom

    Our voting rights are under attack. In legislatures across the county, misguided state politicians have proposed, and in too many cases have passed, laws that create obstacles to voting.  That is why on Dec. 10 – International Human Rights Day – we are taking a principled stand ...

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  • The Argument Against Double Standards in Education

    New York City has become the latest battleground in the national fight for education equality. In some schools, hallways serve as a stark dividing line. Classrooms with peeling paint and insufficient resources sit on one side, while new computers, smartboards and up-to-date textbooks line the ...

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  • Ben Jealous…An Urgent Movement for Justice

    During the past two weeks, in response to successful grassroots campaigns, two governors have released Black Americans who had been railroaded by our nation’s criminal justice system. Together, these cases speak to the urgent need for the work the NAACP and our allies are doing to ...

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