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In 2018, National Action Nation continued its civil rights work, scoring main legislative victories throughout the nation. NAN continued to take the lead in preventing for racial justice by championing police reform and condemning President Trump’s choice to separate immigrant youngsters from their mother and father on the border.
Fifty years after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s demise, Reverend Al Sharpton began off the yr asking People to mirror on “Where we are a half-century later?”
“Many of the things that he fought and died for,” stated Rev. Sharpton “is jeopardized by this current climate.”
That’s why NAN spent 2018, targeted on the laws and insurance policies that have been—and proceed to be—threatened and rolled again by the Trump administration.
We transfer into 2019, with the identical vigor and resolve to advocate for justice for all. Gained’t you be a part of us on this ongoing wrestle? Grow to be a member of National Action Network and encourage others to hitch.
-National Action Network produced a Black Commuters’ Information to Brooklyn. The great information warned Black commuters about subway stations in Brooklyn the place anti-Black policing routinely happens.
-Reverend Al Sharpton and National Action Network kicked off the annual King Day Breakfast on the Mayflower Renaissance Lodge. Dr. King’s son, Martin Luther King, III was the keynote speaker together with Tom Perez, chair of the Democratic National Committee. The next people have been honored for exemplifying the work of Dr. King: Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Academics; Janaye Ingram, former government director of National Action Network and director of National Partnerships with Airbnb; Baxter Leach, a 1968 Sanitation Striker, with Memphis AFSCME Native 1733; and radio speak present host and civil rights activist, Joe Madison.
-National Action Network held its annual Martin Luther King Day Public Coverage Discussion board on the Home of Justice in Harlem. Attendees included Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Sen. Chuck Schumer, Rep. Adriano Espaillat, Rep. Gregory Meeks, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, New York Metropolis Mayor Invoice de Blasio and others. Later that afternoon, NAN held its Martin Luther King Day Inaugural Newark Occasion at Metropolitan Baptist Church the place Rev. Dr. David Jefferson, Chairman of NAN New Jersey is the pastor. Newark’s Mayor Ras Baraka participated together with New Jersey’s Governor Phil Murphy.
-National Action Network stood with Gwen Carr—the mom of Eric Garner—in calling for the New York Police Division to cease blocking a civilian board who stood prepared to maneuver ahead with costs towards the cop who killed her son.
-National Action Network mourned the dying of Dr. Wyatt Tee Walker, the famed nationwide civil rights chief and former chief of employees to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who served as the primary Chairman of the National Action Network.
-The National Action Network Central Florida chapter organized “Take a Knee for Justice,” a rally outdoors of the Orlando Police Headquarters on Sunday, January 28, 2019. The rally referred to as consideration to racism, police brutality, gentrification, voter suppression and discrimination towards the LGBTQ group.
-In her first interview since leaving ESPN’s SportsCenter, Jemele Hill appeared on PoliticsNation for an unique interview with Reverend Al Sharpton about her ideas on sports activities and racism.
-Reverend Al Sharpton was joined on the Home of Justice by Ilyasah Shabazz, the daughter of Malcolm X. The 2 got here to the general public protection of Malcolm Xavier Combs, a scholar at Christ the King Excessive Faculty and member of the National Honor Society who was the sufferer of discrimination and embarrassment by the hands of highschool officers who denied his request to get the identify ‘Malcolm X’ on the again of his senior sweater.
-National Action Network held a rally within the Bronx to point out help for Mercedes Liriano Clarke, a instructor who was advised she couldn’t train Black historical past.
-Reverend Al Sharpton appeared in San Diego to name consideration to the rising quantity of shootings by native regulation enforcement officers. “For a city of this size to have so many recurring incidents means this city has a problem it has not dealt with,” stated Rev. Sharpton.
–“Al Sharpton, Reconsidered,” a New York Occasions profile of Reverend Sharpton was revealed within the paper’s metro part on March 9, 2018.
-Reverend Al Sharpton spoke to the mom of Stephon Clark, the unarmed younger man who was killed by Sacramento cops whereas holding his cellular phone. Rev. Sharpton pledged help to Sequette Clark and her son’s household who introduced that Reverend Sharpton would preach Stephon’s funeral.
-National Action Network joined a various array of state and nationwide advocacy organizations who gathered in Albany, New York to demand a responsive state finances that meets the wants of all New Yorkers.
-Reverend Al Sharpton joined labor leaders and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s son—Martin Luther King III—in commemorating the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination. Reverend Sharpton participated in a march and spoke on the ceremony.
-Reverend Al Sharpton highlighted the deadly police capturing of Saheed Vassell and famous the discrepancies in how police deal with interactions with mentally sick individuals. Aalayah Eastmond, a scholar at Stoneman Douglas Excessive Faculty joined Reverend Sharpton on the Saturday Morning rally to announce a march throughout Gun Violence Consciousness Month in June.
– New York Governor Andrew Cuomo introduced an Government Order to revive the fitting to vote to over 35,000 New Yorkers. Gov. Cuomo made the announcement on the NAN annual conference. The conference was the most important civil rights gathering within the nation and the most important within the group’s historical past, attracting potential 2020 presidential candidates Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Bernie Sanders, and Kamala Harris.
-National Action Network and Reverend Al Sharpton referred to as on Lawyer Common Jeff Periods to indict the police officer who fatally chocked Eric Garner in 2014.
–National Action Network and Reverend Al Sharpton rallied in Florida for voting rights restoration to ex-felons.
-Reverend Al Sharpton, and Lawyer Benjamin Crump hosted a city corridor assembly in Cellular, Alabama to convey consideration to the case of Chikesia Clemons, a sufferer of a racially motivated police assault in an Alabama Waffle Home arrest.
–A month after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo introduced Government Order 181 at NAN’s 2018 conference, NAN organizers intensified their efforts to revive the vote for ex-felons in New York and throughout the nation.
-Reverend Al Sharpton met with California Black Caucus members in Sacramento about felony justice points, together with the Stephon Clark case. Throughout that assembly, Rev. Sharpton additionally expressed concern concerning the lack of variety in asset and funding fund administration together with state pension funds.
-National Action Network joined different teams on the NFL headquarters to induce them to terminate their National Anthem coverage. NAN has lengthy advocated for prayers’ proper to kneel and referred to as on NFL house owners to reverse determination that violated gamers’ first modification rights by imposing fines for not standing through the National Anthem.
-After her historic win within the Georgia Democratic Main for Governor, Stacey Abrams referred to as into Rev. Al Sharpton’s nationally syndicated radio present ‘Keepin it Real’ to debate her victory.
-Reverend Al Sharpton praised ABC for canceling the Roseanne Barr Present after Roseanne made racially disparaging feedback towards Valerie Jarret, a longtime senior advisor to former President Barack Obama. “Racism should not be tolerated by media that depends on corporate advertisers that make their money selling their goods to Americans,” stated Rev. Sharpton.
-Reverend Al Sharpton spoke about race relations, civil rights and social justice at Oxford Union in the UK. This was Reverend Sharpton’s second speech on the Oxford Union. Later within the week, Reverend Sharpton delivered a speech to Black leaders within the Home of Parliament.
-National Action Network leaders have been arrested in Brooklyn and Harlem to boost consciousness concerning the growing drawback of unlawful K2 gross sales at bodegas throughout the town, primarily in low-income communities and communities of shade.
-Reverend Al Sharpton condemned the U.S. Supreme Courtroom determination upholding the best way Ohio purges its voter rolls. “This kind of codified voter suppression disproportionately impacts people of color and marginalized communities that are already underrepresented at the ballot box and could mean further disenfranchisement for millions of eligible voters across the country when other states adopt similar laws,” stated Rev. Sharpton.
-Reverend Al Sharpton joined a various group of spiritual leaders to make a clergy go to to youngsters and fogeys held in detention in McAllen, Texas.
-Reverend Al Sharpton expressed outrage over the U.S. Supreme Courtroom’s determination to uphold President Trump’s journey ban on people from Muslim-majority nations. Reverend Sharpton additionally expressed dismay over the courtroom’s choice to roll again public sector staff rights.
-National Action Network and different civil rights teams referred to as for a delay vote on U.S. Supreme Courtroom nominee Decide Brett Kavanaugh. Later, NAN leaders staged a protest outdoors of President Trump’s New York Metropolis residence to deliver consideration to Decide Kavanaugh’s anti-civil rights report.
-Reverend Al Sharpton delivered a keynote tackle, held a voter registration drive and signed copies of his newest ebook Rejected Stone on the annual Essence Pageant in New Orleans.
-Reverend Al Sharpton honored lifetime National Action Network member Beverly Alston at its Saturday Morning rally. Alston, handed away following a brave battle with most cancers.
-On the fourth yr anniversary of Eric Garner’s dying, National Action Network participated in a collection of actions to name for justice within the ongoing case.
–National Action Network acquired concerned within the Markeis McGlockton case. Mr. McGlockton was shot and killed in a blatant misuse of Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” regulation. Reverend Al Sharpton held a rally at St. John Primitive Baptist Church in Clearwater, Florida the place he referred to as on all candidates for public workplace to hitch him in advocating for an finish to “Stand Your Floor “ legal guidelines in Florida and across the nation.
-National Action Network activists participated in anti-violence sleepover protests in New York Metropolis to deliver consideration to gun violence.
-On the anniversary of White nationalist rally, Reverend Al Sharpton journeyed to Charlottesville, Virginia to evangelise at Mount Zion First African Baptist Church.
-In the course of the annual Congressional Black Caucus week, Reverend Sharpton participated on a panel targeted on financial improvement, that includes Sen. Cory Booker, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka and others.
-Six months after the dying of Stephon Clark, Reverend Sharpton returned to Sacramento to name for an expedited inquiry and accountability within the premature dying of the 22-year-old man.
-Reverend Al Sharpton delivered remarks and skim a notice from former President Barack Obama and First Woman Michelle Obama on the funeral service of Aretha Franklin in Detroit. “When word went out that Ms. Franklin passed, Trump said, “She used to work for me,” Reverend Shaprton stated. “No, she used to perform for you. She worked for us.”
– Reverend Al Sharpton participated within the 60th anniversary of the stabbing of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr in Harlem.
-National Action Network held its Midwest Inaugural Convention titled, “Ballots, Bullets and Bank Accounts.” Reverend Sharpton was the keynote speaker and the convention included a discussion board of Ohio gubernatorial candidates.
-On the annual Triumph Awards, Reverend Al Sharpton and National Action Network honored actors Terrence Howard, Jeffrey Wright; Starbucks COO Rosalind Brewer; Dia Simms, President of Combs Enterprises and Joe Tacopina, managing associate of the regulation agency, Tacopina & Seigel, Michelle Ebanks of Essence and Tanya Lombard of AT&T. The Triumph awards acknowledge people from the authorized, company and leisure fields for his or her work inside the group.
-In a Washington Submit profile, Reverend Al Sharpton says he’s not an ambulance chaser: “I’m the ambulance.”
-Reverend Al Sharpton criticized President Trump’s name for ‘Stop-and-Frisk.’
-National Action Network’s Newark Tech World hosted a panel dialogue with the Juvenile Justice Fee that featured elected officers, legal justice leaders and reentry specialists.
-Reverend Al Sharpton appeared on the Wendy Williams Present to debate the midterm elections.
-National Action Network’s Center Georgia chapter held its third annual Convention, which included keynote addresses by Reverend Sharpton and U.S. Congressman Sanford D. Bishop.
-Reverend Al Sharpton participated in a Florida Get Out the Vote (GOTV) effort forward of the midterm election. He marched with Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum.
-On the weekend earlier than the midterm election, New York Metropolis Mayor Invoice de Blasio joined Reverend Al Sharpton on the Home of Justice to encourage voters to go to the polls on Election Day.
-National Action Network convened lots of of activists from across the nation in Washington, D.C. for the primary post-midterm election. Activists met with members of Congress, potential 2020 president candidates about their legislative agenda. On the gathering, Democratic chief Nancy Pelosi praised NAN and Reverend Al Sharpton’s management.
Reverend Al Sharpton and MSNBC tv host Pleasure Reid broadcast from South Africa for the International Residents pageant honoring the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela. Reverend Sharpton acquired a thunderous applause from the tens of hundreds of individuals who packed FNB Stadium in Johannesburg.
-Reverend Al Sharpton and National Action Network joined Gwen Carr—the mom of Eric Garner—outdoors of New York Police Division headquarters following the disciplinary listening to for the officer accused of killing Mr. Garner.
-Throughout his keynote on the National Session Convention of National Black Church buildings, Reverend Al Sharpton referred to as on preachers to assist register 1.four million former prisoners in Florida to vote.
–Mayor Invoice de Blasio and different politicians be a part of Reverend Al Sharpton in serving Christmas dinner and distributing toys to these in want.