“We are excited to hold this year’s convention in Las Vegas,” said
NAACP Chairman Roslyn M. Brock. “In this pivotal election year, it is especially important for us to address voter suppression and the
challenges facing communities of color and the nation as a whole. As we tackle important issues like health care, economic opportunity,
education and civic engagement, we know that we cannot fully recover
as a nation unless we are courageous, stand in solidarity and get out
the vote. The NAACP will continue to educate, mobilize and agitate to
create an informed and engaged populace and continue the work in
ensuring every American has unfettered access to the ballot box.”
This convention occurs in a year of important civil rights
anniversaries and milestones, including the 50th Anniversary of the
Civil Rights Act, 60th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, and
the 50th Anniversary of Freedom Summer. It also occurs on the heels of
the Supreme Court decision on affirmative action in the Schutte Case,
as well as the devastating decision in Shelby v. Holder, which
invalidated Section IV of the Voting Rights Act.
“The civil rights anniversaries this past year reminds us how far we
have come, and how far we still have to go,” said NAACP Interim
President and CEO, Lorraine C. Miller. “As we honor the contributions
of heroes like Thurgood Marshall, Dorothy Height and Maya Angelou, we
also continue to address the new Jim Crow of mass incarceration and
the old Jim Crow of voter suppression. NAACP members and partners have
never been content to simply memorialize historic icons; in fact, we
are inspired and energized by their example for the work that lies
Citing increased voter diversity, the NAACP also battled new attacks
on equal access to education, health care and economic opportunity
that effect the lives of African Americans.
This year’s convention speakers include well-known as well as the next
generation of civil rights leaders, elected officials, faith leaders,
actors and community activists.
“The NAACP is still the most influential and relevant voice in the
fight for social justice,” stated NAACP Vice Chairman Leon Russell. “
We still face several challenges and we must continue to set the tone
for those who believe that the struggle for a greater nation must
continue. Our Convention must also re-emphasize the importance of
civic engagement as we move into off year elections. The ability to
cast an unfettered ballot that is actually counted is perhaps our
greatest challenge. We thank the Tri State/State Area Conference
President Jeanetta Williams for marshaling the support of all of our
units in Idaho, Nevada and Utah to insure the success of this
convention. We are particularly grateful to the Las Vegas Branch of
the NAACP for working with us to host this 105th Annual Convention.
Our mission is to define the civil rights agenda for this century,
just as we have done since our founding.”
“The future of voting rights and equal access to education is being
threatened; but our national and state conferences must hold strong,”
said NAACP Tri State Conference President of Idaho, Nevada and Utah,
Jeanetta Williams. “This year’s convention is essential as we map out
strategies to continue to fight attacks on our civil rights. We will
join with others across the country to protect rights most sacred in
our democracy. As one nation, we must be all in for justice and
“We in the Las Vegas Branch of the NAACP are pleased to welcome and
privileged to host the 2014 NAACP National Convention,” said Frank
Hawkins, NAACP Las Vegas Branch President. “As we continue the fight
for equality and social justice for all Americans, our Branch and the
Las Vegas community extend every hospitality and want to ensure a
positive and meaningful experience for all members and participants.”
In addition to the primary convention schedule, the NAACP’s Youth &
College Division will host workshops, luncheons and forums throughout
the week. Emerging youth from across the nation will be featured in
the annual Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics
(ACT-SO) competition beginning July 17. Students will compete in 26
categories including sciences, humanities, performing arts, visual
arts, and business over the course of the event. Famous ACT-SO alumni
include musician Kanye West, actress Jada Pinkett-Smith, filmmaker
John Singleton and comedian Anthony Anderson.
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Wagging Tails Rescue joins Petfinder to fuel pet adoptions
Wagging Tails Rescue, Henderson, has joined thousands of animal
welfare organizations across North America that list their homeless
pets on Petfinder, the online leader in responsible pet adoptions.
Petfinder, the largest database of adoptable animals on the Internet,
has been committed to animal welfare and rescue organizations
dedicated to the cause since its founding in 1996.
Over 13,000 rescues and shelters leverage Petfinder’s website and
mobile apps to connect homeless pets with prospective pet adopters. To
get started, a potential adopter simply enters his or her search
criteria and a list is returned that ranks the pets by proximity to
the location entered. Adoptions are carried out by the animal
placement group that is caring for the pet selected, following its
Petfinder was established as a grassroots project by Betsy Banks Saul
and Jared Saul to end the euthanasia of adoptable pets. Since its
inception, the website has facilitated more than 21 million adoptions,
making it the most life-saving initiative in animal welfare.
Additionally, Petfinder is a digital destination for pet owners,
providing resources on pet care, health and training while helping to
provide happy, lifelong relationships.
Petfinder is owned by Nestlé Purina PetCare Company, a global leader
in the pet care industry. Nestlé Purina PetCare promotes responsible
pet care, humane education, community involvement and the positive
bond between people and their pets. The North American headquarters
for Nestlé Purina PetCare is located at Checkerboard Square in St.
Louis, Missouri. Nestlé Purina PetCare is part of Swiss-based Nestlé
S.A., a global leader in nutrition, health and wellness.
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Calling Service gives away 3.8 million minutes to inmates
Telepigeon, a telephone calling service for prison inmates, has given
away 3.8 million free minutes to help inmates stay connected to loved
ones. This has saved families about $646,000 since January 2014.
Telepigeon was the first company of its kind to provide prisoners with
With the minutes each month, inmates can call any friend or family
member who is signed up with Telepigeon, making phone calls less
expensive. This benefit is a key component of the company’s social
mission, to help reduce the chances of prisoners re-offending.
Thousands of inmates across the country are already subscribed to
“We truly believe the millions of free minutes we’ve given away so far
is making a difference in the lives of inmates and their families,”
said Telepigeon Founder, Frederick Hutson. “As a former prison inmate,
I know the heartache of limited connection to loved ones and the
important role it plays in transitioning back into communities. Being
able to help inmates and society as a whole is a great feeling.”
When users sign up for Telepigeon, they automatically receive an
easy-to-use local number, which they can receive calls on using their
existing phone line. Free minutes are provided each month. After those
minutes are used, affordable plans start at less than $5 per month.
Families can save up to 80 percent compared to traditional prison
calling systems. Other advantages include a fully-automated system,
immediate activation and no set-up fees.
Telepigeon is powered by Pigeonly, a platform that identifies and
indexes information on the nation’s incarcerated then transforms it
into useful and valuable information that connect inmates and society,
benefiting both. More information is available at www.pigeon.ly.
Pigeonly also powers Fotopigeon, a photo-printing and sharing service
geared toward making photo sharing seamless and affordable through its
unique features and application and ultimately keep the incarcerated
and their friends and families connected.
For more information, visit www.fotopigeon.com.
Powered by Pigeonly, Telepigeon provides low cost phone connections
between the disenfranchised and the free world. Telepigeon drastically
lowers the cost of inmate’s phone calls by providing an easy-to-use
local number. Visit www.telepigeon.com for more information.
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