In September of 2012 we hosted an education summit and invited Black education organizations, Civil Rights organizations and Legislative staff in Austin, TX to discuss what changes and improvements need to be done in public education and higher education
On December 3-5, 2012, more than 150 higher education stakeholders from around Texas and the U.S. convened in Austin, Texas, for the first annual Texas African American Males in College Achievement & Success Symposium.
The event was held at the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center located at 1165 Angelina Street. For a complete wrap up of the event click here
Today the Texas NAACP along with the Mexican American Legislative Caucus (MALC) filed to intervene in the Texas Voter ID case to be heard in D.C. District Court. The law passed during the 83rd Legislative session sets up unnecessary and harmful barriers that would disenfranchise thousands of voters in the state of Texas, a clear violation of the Voting Rights Act. This is the next chapter in the NAACP fight to ensure that all eligible citizens are able to to express their voice by voting. We believe that every vote is important and we will continue to fight to make sure that all voices will be heard.
“It is essential that we join together and stop the implementation of the voter identification law passed by the State of Texas,” stated Gary Bledsoe, president of the NAACP Texas State Conference. “There are enough laws on the books in Texas to deal with the infrequent incidents of improper voting that have occurred over the years. This new law is a clear-cut attempt to suppress minority votes and stymie minority participation in our democracy, which is the same problem we confront with redistricting. These matters clearly illustrate why it is so important that the Voting Rights Act maintain its viability.”
Below you can find what was filed to intervene in the lawsuit as well as the letter from the Department of Justice denying preclearance.
Texas NAACP Voter ID Comment Letter to DOJ
Texas NAACP 2nd Voter ID Comment Letter to DOJDepartment of Justice Voter Id Denial Letter
Applicants Certificate Required
Applicants Motion to Intervene
Memorandum in Support of Motion to Intervene