On the morning of the second day of the Republican Convention, the NAACP will hold a press conference to highlight felony voting rights as a tool of voter suppression. Six million convicted felons do not have the right to vote in the U.S.
NAACP President Ben Jealous, NAACP Vice President Hilary Shelton along with local NAACP leaders and community activists Adora Obi Nweze, Lenny McAllister, who is a Senior Contributor to Politic365 and a CNN analyst, Kemba Smith Pradia, and Desmond Meade will meet with reporters on the issue at Perry Harvey Park in Tampa, Florida on August 28th at 11:00 am.
The NAACP’s press release states that, “felony disenfranchisement is the method of voter suppression that dates back to the Jim Crow Era. It was one of many tools used by state legislators to prevent full political participation by African Americans. Today, nearly 6 million voters are disenfranchised due to felony disenfranchisement across 48 states.”Kemba Smith Pradia, and Desmond Meade will meet with reporters on the issue at Perry Harvey Park in Tampa, Florida on August 28th at 11:00 am.
“To bring awareness to this historic voter suppression tactic, the NAACP Voting Rights Initiative is launching a billboard campaign featuring faces of disenfranchised voters. The launch will take place outside Republican National Convention and will feature leaders of the NAACP, disenfranchised voters, and representatives of both political parties who disagree with the suppressive tactic,” the NAACP added.