Mitt Romney speaking to the audience at 2012 NAACP convention in Houston
*We’re not sure why he even bothered.
At the NAACP’s convention in Houston, Republican candidate for president Mitt Romney told the audience that he’s a better choice than President Barack Obama to help build their neighborhoods and lessen unemployment among African Americans.
However, for his trouble, Romney was greeted with boos when he pledged to repeal “Obamacare.” That’s the name Republicans have given the Affordable Health Care act that was passed by a Democratic congress and was recently upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.
*(Washington, DC) – Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will address the upcoming 103rd NAACP Annual Convention in Houston, TX. The convention will run from July 7 – July 12 at the George R. Brown Convention Center under the theme “Your Power, Your Decision – VOTE.”
“Every four years we invite the presidential candidates to address our convention, and we are delighted that Governor Romney has decided to join us,” stated NAACP Chairman Roslyn M. Brock. “Governor Romney will have the opportunity to speak to NAACP leaders from every state in the nation. We are proud to offer a forum to discuss the important issues of the day.”
“We are pleased that Governor Romney has decided to join us in Houston this summer,” stated NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous. “This election will be about how to provide the best future for all Americans, of every color and background. As America grows more diverse, we can choose to embrace that diversity or let it divide us. We look forward to an engaging conversation with Governor Romney about his vision for a more just society.”
Every presidential election cycle, the NAACP invites both the Republican and Democratic nominee for president to address the NAACP membership. In 2008, both Senator John McCain and then Senator Barack Obama spoke at the NAACP Annual Convention in Ohio.
During the convention, the NAACP will adopt a policy agenda that addresses the economic and social problems faced by communities of color. This year’s convention will build on the Association’s voter engagement and empowerment initiatives, with advocacy workshops on a myriad of vital issues, including civic engagement, health care, criminal justice, and climate justice. More information about the 103rd NAACP Annual Convention is available here: http://www.naacp.org/pages/convention.
Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.
*Harry Belafonte, who spoke out against President Obama a few days ago, kept it real again recently when he said Hollywood is not an industry friendly to the Black experience.
The 84 year old made the remarks during a discussion panel at the 102nd annual NAACP Convention held in Los Angeles.
He said the industry will “never ever yield to the needs of people of color.”
Among the panelists were Actor Louis Gossett Jr., actress-singer Tatyana Ali, actor-author Hill Harper and members of the Black Stuntmen’s Association. Belafonte urged the organization to become more involved in the industry and form a group of artists and thinkers to inspire the kind of “radical thought” necessary for change.
“It seems to me that long ago we could have put together black studios, put together a black distribution center,” Belafonte said. “Maybe we couldn’t reach 100 million, but we could reach 100,000, and have 100,000 exposed to a great truth. I’d rather have that than 100 million exposed to something vacuous and inaccurate.”
The discussion further elaborated that consumers and actors are responsible for the change that needs to take place in the industry. Belafonte encouraged the audience to stop playing victim and get it together.
*First lady Michelle Obama on Monday took her campaign against childhood obesity to the NAACP’s annual convention in Kansas City, where she mixed homespun stories of her youth with a call to action urging members of the African-American community to help fight the epidemic.
Obama called on the standing-room-only crowd of more than 4,000 to help her get African-American children “off that couch and get moving.”
As she pushed her Let’s Move initiative, the first lady said the issue is a “serious” one that “cries out for attention” in African-American communities, because they are being affected the most.
“We are living today in a time where we’re decades beyond slavery, we are decades beyond Jim Crow; when one of the greatest risks to our children’s future is their own health,” Obama said.