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Dedrick Muhammad, Sr. Director for Economic Programs, NAACP
The Presidents State of the Union address doubled down on the progressive economic agenda he has been fighting for since his election. The system we have is failing the average worker and low-income communities. President Obama highlighted once again how economic inequality is a fundamental challenge this country faces, and the NAACP is committed to bridging the growing economic divide in this country.
Evans Moore, Interim Director of Education Programs, NAACP
I am glad the President wants to make pre-k education available for every child. Making pre-k education opportunities available for all 4-year-old children, particularly those from low-income backgrounds, means to closing the achievement gap. We know that children should enter kindergarten with pre-literacy skills."
Shavon Arline-Bradley, Sr. Director for Health Program, NAACP
The State of the Union address captured what is near and dear to my soul's advocacy work: the rights of women and healthcare. The NAACP has had the privilege to contribute to the efforts to full implementation of the Affordable Care Act, where 3 million young people are now on their parent's insurance and 9 million Americans enrolled in Marketplaces and expanded Medicaid programs. We should no longer live in an America where families live in fear, hoping they won't go bankrupt because of a catastrophic, medical emergency.
Jotaka Eaddy, Sr. Director for Voting Rights, NAACP
President Obama called upon Congress and our Nation to Restore the Voting Rights Act and preserve our Democracy. We applaud the Presidents commitment to expanding access to voting rights. We encourage states to implement the recommendations of the Presidential Election Commission. We look forward to working to expand early voting, develop common sense solutions to make voting more accessible and ensure that no voters have to endure 7-hour lines to vote. Our Democracy is dependent on our willingness to act.
Niaz Kasravi, Director for Criminal Justice, NAACP
"The President's promise of opportunity for all Americans must include working together to keep our kids in schools and communities that are safe. We must dismantle the school to prison pipeline - a reality that disproportionately impacts communities of color and funnels youth of color to jails and prisons at younger and younger ages. It must also include ensuring that our youth are safe from gun violence that is a daily reality in many poor communities of color work that has to address fighting economic inequities, promoting public health and public safety, ensuring access to quality education for all, ending the war on drugs, and promoting sensible gun safety laws.