For Immediate Release
NAACP Statement on the State of the Union Address
WASHINGTON - The NAACP has released the following statements regarding the State of the Union Address.
From Cornell William Brooks, NAACP President and CEO:
“We heard President Obama issue a clear and resounding call for the future of our nation, anchored in economic equality for the middle class and academic excellence for those who want to join the middle class. The NAACP applauds President Obama for taking the first steps toward reforming a tax code that causes low and middle class Americans to bear the brunt of the tax burden and for announcing several much needed mechanisms for job creation. The president’s commitment to making both homeownership and community college more affordable and accessible to communities of color should be lauded. The president is steering our country in the right direction by placing comprehensive immigration reform, a fairer tax code and an increase to the national minimum wage at the top of his legislative agenda. Given President Obama’s ringing endorsement of a right to vote as “sacred,” we expect his continued push for strengthening voting rights. We look forward to working with Congress and President Obama to create social, educational and economic opportunities that build a solid and inclusive middle class for all people.”
Founded Feb. 12. 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest, largest and most widely recognized grassroots–based civil rights organization. Its more than half-million members and supporters 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.