naacp logo*(Via Redding News) – A suspended NAACP official has begun began circulating a petition to strip the organization of its nonprofit status.

“I am doing it because the NAACP is proclaiming to be helping the people in the community and they really are not,” President of the South Suburban Branch of the NAACP David Lowery told “They are pawns for the Democratic Party.”

“They should not be a nonprofit. They are only concerned with getting votes for the Democratic Party, and that’s not freedom fighting. It more of a social club and after being president for a year and half, I haven’t had any support from the national office. The only time I hear from them is when they want money.”

Lowery was suspended from the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights organization in October, after he said that he was threatened by Louis Raymond, the Illinois political director for Obama for America. He said that his own organization had sought to silence him from talking about the his claim of being threated during a series of interviews, including one interview on this reporter’s Redding News Review radio program.

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Listen as Robert Redding interviews David Lowery about his petition: