Justice Coalition calls for “Fair Re-Election” of Oct. 23rd NC NAACP races

Cardes Brown
Cardes Brown

By Cash Michaels

January 17, 2022 11:45AM
Cash Michaels
Cash Michaels

As first and exclusively reported by the Black Press two weeks ago, the Justice Coalition - a concerned group of approximately 37 NC NAACP members from across the state - is formally asking for a “constitutional fair re-election in [the] NC NAACP State Conference of Branches, and for the National NAACP to follow the Constitutional and By-laws of the National Organization with adding the proper governance of electronic voting.”

This, after the Justice Coalition challenged the Oct. 23rd election of officers to the executive leadership in an Article-10 complaint, charging that Gloria Sweet-Love, the national NAACP installed administrator mishandled the election procedures by not following established NAACP constitutional guidelines.

The coalition will not be going to court over the matter because the NAACP Constitution does not allow the organization’ members to sue the NAACP.

In a written response to the complaint, the national NAACP has effectively said that Ms. Sweet-Love was essentially allowed to run the election as she saw fit.

Rev. Dr. Cardes H. Brown Jr., pastor of New Light Missionary Baptist Church in Greensboro and Life member of the NAACP, confirmed during a telephone interview last Monday that even after a response from the national NAACP office last month, effectively denying their Article-10 complaint, that the Justice Coalition would not relent in seeing that justice be done as prescribed by the civil rights organization’s constitution and bylaws.

With the upcoming holiday activities honoring the life and legacy of civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; with eulogies coming in honoring the life of civil rights litigator Lani Guinier, who once worked with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and died over the weekend; and with the U.S Senate preparing to vote on all-important voting rights legislation very shortly, Rev. Brown said the national NAACP must be held up to the same standards of voting fairness it insists on of government.

“We …never expected to see voter suppression tactics in the North Carolina NAACP,” Dr. Brown said during a Zoom press conference last week.

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