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NAACP leaders: Efforts to block Obamacare and change election laws a 'subversion of democracy'
mlive.com ^ | September 20, 2013 | Julie Mack

Posted on 09/20/2013 1:53:01 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe

KALAMAZOO, MI -- Members of the Michigan State Conference NAACP are gathering in Kalamazoo this weekend to consider how to address the "mass movement to subvert democracy" in the United States, convention speakers said.

"The will of voters is being completely overtaken" on several fronts, including efforts to overturn the federal Affordable Care Act, restrict voter registration and access to the polls, and, in Michigan, the use of emergency managers in financially stressed cities, said Derrick Miller, president of the Mississippi State Conference NAACP, and the Rev. Nelson B. Rivers III, national NAACP vice president of stakeholder relations.

Rivers and Miller held a press conference Friday at Kalamazoo's Radisson Center Hotel & Suites, site of the Michigan NAACP's three-day annual convention, which starts Friday night.

Also at the press conference were Michigan NAACP President Yvonne White and Charles Warfield, president of the Metropolitan Kalamazoo Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Rivers, a native of South Carolina, referred to the current political climate as the "third Reconstruction" in the nation's historic battle over civil rights. The first Reconstruction occurred with the Civil War and the end of slavery; the second Reconstruction was the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and '60s. Now once again, Rivers said, American society is facing a "moral dilemma" on whether all its citizens are offered equal rights, protections and opportunities.

"Folks will say 'I'm Christian' or 'I'm Christian right,' but the Christian right is so often wrong" and acts against Christian principles, Rivers said. "You've got moral dilemmas in the black church, too.

"It's horrendous when Christians attack, in public, the right to vote," Rivers said. "It's mind-boggling ... that faith communities are debating same-sex marriage and saying nothing about gun violence in America."

One "evil" singled out by Rivers was efforts to thwart Obamacare.

"In South Carolina, you've got people trying to terrorize black folks from accepting health care under the Affordable Care Act," Rivers said.

He drew an analogy between the fight over the ACA and school desegregation. In both cases, he said, a Supreme Court decision declared the law of the land, only to face fierce resistance, especially in the South.

Rivers referred to Republicans' current threat to shut down government in an effort to stop implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

"You've got people encouraging government to shut down and defund something that is legal," he said.

Johnson said the NAACP "has always been the conscience of the country," and a key part of that is emphasizing the need to put "people before profits" in determining social policy.

"If people are not in the equation, the decision should be made easy," Miller said. Miller and Rivers both have ties to Michigan. Miller is a Detroit native, and Rivers lived in Detroit during the 1960s and '70s, and has a grandson who is a former student at Kalamazoo Public Schools.

"I'll always be indebted to Kalamazoo" because of the education his grandson achieved in KPS, Rivers added, saying the young man just finished his first year of college with a 3.9 grade-point average.

He added that Michigan has played a critical role in the Civil Rights Movement.

"Michigan has been on the forefront of so many battles," Rivers said. "Michigan never will get full credit for developing the black middle-class, with the Big Three and the labor movement.

"Detroit is synonymous with the struggle," he added. "The first time that Martin Luther King ever said, 'I had a dream' was in Detroit."

The NAACP conference officially kicks off tonight with a soul food dinner and public mass meeting at Galilee Baptist Church, 1216 N. Westnedge Ave. The public meeting is at 7 p.m.

Other public events include a Walk a Mile in My Shoes fitness talk at 6:30 a.m. Saturday from the Radisson to Martin Luther King Park, and a 8 a.m. Sunday worship service at the Radisson.

White said about 175 delegates are expected to participate in the convention.


TOPICS: US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: galileebaptistchurch; healthcare; kalamazoo; michigan; naacp

1 posted on 09/20/2013 1:53:01 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Who’s chnage election laws?
What does the naalcp not get that about the Americans not wanting obamaCare.


2 posted on 09/20/2013 1:54:33 PM PDT by svcw (Stand or die)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Obama arrogant photo: Obama above the law. Arrogant-Obama-1.jpg
3 posted on 09/20/2013 1:54:52 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: svcw

NAACP = Like Obama the vast majority of Americans of all colors have tuned you Black Racists out!!! End of Story!!!


4 posted on 09/20/2013 1:58:27 PM PDT by JLAGRAYFOX ( My only objective is to defeat and destroy Obama & his Democrat Party, politically!!!)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

So....the Congress wasn’t elected by voters?

And by the way: what was the vote tally on Obamacare?

Or was it “deemed passed”?


5 posted on 09/20/2013 1:59:46 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statemet of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: JLAGRAYFOX

Dred Scott was “the law of the land” too.


6 posted on 09/20/2013 2:01:02 PM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Uh, since a majority of US peeps abhor Zer0Care, it needs to go away immediately.


7 posted on 09/20/2013 2:01:16 PM PDT by Paladin2 (h)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Good thing we don’t have a democracy.


8 posted on 09/20/2013 2:01:33 PM PDT by TruthInThoughtWordAndDeed (Yahuah Yahusha)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

These days, anything that flies in the face of Black wishes, hopes, plans, and intentions is ‘a subversion of democracy.’

Black bullsh*t at its most obvious and unvarnished.


9 posted on 09/20/2013 2:01:42 PM PDT by Jack Hammer (American)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Hold on, I thought it was RACIST?

They can't switch tunes on us mid-dance!

10 posted on 09/20/2013 2:02:04 PM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

The NAACP and their champion president are subverting republicanism.


11 posted on 09/20/2013 2:02:10 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Tailgunner Joe

NAACP leaders: Efforts to block Obamacare and change election laws a ‘subversion of democracy’

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Go ahead and say it. “If you oppose Obama - youse a raciss.”


12 posted on 09/20/2013 2:03:31 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Is he talking about the same “voters” who kicked Pelosi out of the speakership?


13 posted on 09/20/2013 2:03:35 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Johnson said the NAACP "has always been the conscience of the country," and a key part of that is emphasizing the need to put "people before profits" in determining social policy

oh you bet, the NAACP is calling what the jackass currently in the WH is doing democracy?? You have to give these folks some credit for their unwavering stupidity and loyalty to the obozo. I believe if the obozo told his minions to jump off of cliff because their reward of social justice is waiting at the bottom, without hesitation, they'd jump.

14 posted on 09/20/2013 2:05:29 PM PDT by drypowder
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To: Tailgunner Joe
 
 
They're in full red alert panic mode aren't they.
 
 

15 posted on 09/20/2013 2:06:10 PM PDT by lapsus calami (What's that stink? Code Pink ! ! And their buddy Murtha, too!)
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To: JLAGRAYFOX

Does that count if I’m black?
Or severely brown?


16 posted on 09/20/2013 2:09:52 PM PDT by svcw (Stand or die)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
"He drew an analogy between the fight over the ACA and school desegregation. In both cases, he said, a Supreme Court decision declared the law of the land, only to face fierce resistance, especially in the South.

I got another analogy for you, Rivers.
Slavery was once the law of the land.
The Republican Party got rid of that bitch, too.

17 posted on 09/20/2013 2:14:11 PM PDT by Amagi (God Save the Republic.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
The People of a Representative Republic should subvert Democracy.

A Democracy is Mob Rule.

18 posted on 09/20/2013 2:18:11 PM PDT by KittenClaws ( You may have to fight a battle more than once in order to win it." - Margaret Thatcher)
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To: TruthInThoughtWordAndDeed
Good thing we don’t have a democracy, as a democracy is nothing but Mob Rule.
19 posted on 09/20/2013 2:26:17 PM PDT by DJ Taylor (Once again our country is at war, and once again the Democrats have sided with our enemy.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Hey “Colored People”, nobody cares what you think or say anymore......cry me a river.

The morons in this exclusive ‘woe is me’ club are making me sick.


20 posted on 09/20/2013 2:30:06 PM PDT by Gator113 (The mighty Bear ate the cowardly rat. Obama must resign.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

NAACP leaders: Efforts to block Obamacare and change election laws a ‘subversion of democracy’

Perhaps NAACP you can explain how doing the will of the people is a subversion of democracy?
The majority of citizens want the abomination of Obamacare repealed and our election laws reformed. That is democracy.


21 posted on 09/20/2013 2:30:08 PM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I go to sign for the American Revolution 2013 and the Crusades 2013?)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Who exactly is "restricting voter registration and access to the polls"?
All I want is one person, one vote, where that person is eligible to vote and nowhere else.
Is that really asking too much?
Anything else is a violation the rights of every law abiding voter.

22 posted on 09/20/2013 2:33:04 PM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

How about the Subversive-in-Chief’s refusal to follow laws?


23 posted on 09/20/2013 2:52:01 PM PDT by jimfree (In November 2016 my 13 y/o granddaughter will have more quality exec experience than Barack Obama)
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To: TruthInThoughtWordAndDeed

Is it racist if we call it a Representative Republic?


24 posted on 09/20/2013 3:03:20 PM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

It is a subversion of democracy to fail to read a bill before you sign it.

It is a subversion of democracy, to rule by Executive order when the Congress passes the laws.

It is a subversion of democracy to go to war without a declaration of war from Congress.

It is a subversion of democracy to ban constitutionally protected rights by regulations, as with gun restrictions.

It is a subversion of democracy to create Czars to rule outside of the public eye.

It is a subversion of democracy to hide from the public the financial and other information when congress seeks to investigate as part of its oversight duties.

It is a subversion of democracy to weaken the military which protects us, while giving billions of dollars to the Muslim Brotherhood front groups.

But it is not a subversion for Congress to actually vote on something, to debate something, to reject something, because the people do not wish it.


25 posted on 09/20/2013 3:08:53 PM PDT by LachlanMinnesota
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To: Tailgunner Joe

According to the National Association for the Advancement of Communist Priniciples (NAACP), limiting blacks to a single vote per candidate in each election is “subverting democracy”.


26 posted on 09/20/2013 3:15:13 PM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

We are a republic or at least we started out that way


27 posted on 09/20/2013 4:24:49 PM PDT by ronnie raygun (What you get when you refuse to vet)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Maybe the Republicans should not have liberated these ingrates from slavery, since they obviously want it again.


28 posted on 09/20/2013 4:39:48 PM PDT by elkfersupper
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Thanks Tailgunner Joe.
"The will of voters is being completely overtaken" on several fronts, including efforts to overturn the federal Affordable Care Act, restrict voter registration and access to the polls, and, in Michigan, the use of emergency managers in financially stressed cities, said Derrick Miller, president of the Mississippi State Conference NAACP, and the Rev. Nelson B. Rivers III, national NAACP vice president of stakeholder relations.

29 posted on 09/21/2013 8:51:15 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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