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NAACP President Focuses On Voting Laws At Annual Convention

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LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) — The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is holding its 102nd national convention in downtown Los Angeles until Thursday.

KNX 1070′s Vytas Safronikas Reports

NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous says the black community must mobilize to fight restrictive voting laws that have surged since the election of Barack Obama to the White House.

In a speech Monday to the annual convention, Jealous likened legislation in 47 states to Jim Crow laws that sought to disenfranchise blacks prior to the 1960s.

Jealous also says rescuing black men from high rates of incarceration and unemployment is a priority issue.

Jealous promises to fight to save black families by working to defeat unfair sentencing laws and improving urban education.

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