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Feb 8, 2023

MELANIE L. CAMPBELL, PRESIDENT OF THE NATIONAL COALITION ON BLACK CIVIC PARTICIPATION AND CONVENER OF THE BLACK WOMEN’S ROUNDTABLE ISSUES STATEMENT FOLLOWING PRESIDENT BIDEN’S STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS:

Washington, D.C., (February 8, 2023) – Melanie L. Campbell, President & CEO of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP) and Convener of the Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR) issued the following statement in response to the State of the Union Speech delivered by President Joe Biden last night.

“President Biden’s State of the Union address acknowledged the critical issues facing the Black community, including police accountability, economic justice, and addressing health disparities. While the vision he laid out is encouraging and offers an opportunity for our community to weigh in on critical issues facing this country, we also recognize the long road ahead to make it a reality.
“As an organization dedicated to improving the lives of Black Americans through advocacy, empowerment, and civic participation, we understand the importance of overcoming the structural barriers to ensuring our community has the opportunity to live a life of dignity.

“The President's condemnation of the January 6th insurrection and the white supremacist ideology that fueled its violence is commendable. However, his call for honoring election results could have been accompanied by the urging Congress to pass federal voting rights legislation. The NCBCP remains dedicated to advocating for these measures to ensure that every citizen has the right to vote and have their voice heard.
“The President's endorsement of stricter limits on personal data collection by companies is a positive step towards protecting consumer privacy. NCBCP continues to prioritize the need for comprehensive federal privacy legislation that prioritizes civil rights and protects communities online.

“President Biden’s commitment to these issues is welcomed, but it will take the full force of the government to deliver for Black America. The road ahead will not be easy, but with the continued efforts of the civil rights community, we believe that this vision can become a reality.
“In the coming months, we will be working alongside the Biden-Harris Administration to advance our priorities of racial justice and economic opportunity. Our communities deserve nothing less and we are dedicated to making sure that our voices are heard and that progress is made.”

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The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP) is one of the most active civil rights and social justice organizations in the nation “dedicated to increasing civic engagement, economic and voter empowerment in Black America.”  The Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR) is the women and girls empowerment arm of the NCBCP. At the forefront of championing just and equitable public policy on behalf of Black women, BWR promotes their health and wellness, economic security & prosperity, education and global empowerment as key elements for success. Black Youth Vote is the youth-led civic leadership, training and organizing arm of the NCBCP. For more information on the NCBCP’s Unity 2020 National Campaign go to unitycampaign.org.
 

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