FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact
Lucille Adin (775) 322-2992
Andrew Barbano (775) 786-1455
Reno-Sparks Branch No. 1112 clarifies its mission in light of
phone calls generated by Obama/Wright controversy
Reno-Sparks Branch 1112 has recently received numerous phone
calls generated by the controversial statements of Chicago pastor
"People obviously feel the need to express their opinions
on every conceivable side of this political controversy and
apparently lack the forum in which to do so," stated NAACP
President Lucille Adin.
"As with so many issues, they contact us. We have had calls
condemning us for supporting Rev. Wright and encouraging us
to support Sen. Barack Obama, neither of which lie within our
purview as a non-partisan organization," she added.
"Some people have apparently become confused as to Rev.
Wright's status. He was a guest speaker before a meeting the
Detroit branch of the NAACP, one of several speeches and many
interviews he gave last week. His remarks were neither official
policy statements nor endorsed by the local or national NAACP,"
"Our purpose involves protecting and defending civil rights
of all people. We do not endorse candidates. We educate the
public about many areas of concern but cannot become involved
in partisan politics," she noted.
"Our annual Freedom Fund
Banquet on June 7 will have a 'Power of the Vote' theme
as part of our century-long advocacy of increased public involvement
in the political process. Our branch is very active in voter
registration drives, but we neither support nor oppose candidates.
Calls about Sen. Obama should go to his headquarters. Complaints
about the news media should be directed to the news media,"
the longtime community activist stated.
"If anyone has a civil rights or discrimination complaint
which should come to the attention of our legal redress committee,
they should certainly contact us," Adin said.
The branch's 63rd Annual Freedom Fund Dinner will be held at
the Atlantis Hotel-Casino-Spa on the evening of Saturday, June
7. Tickets may be ordered by calling Dolores Feemster at (775)
323-3677. More information about personal
and corporate ticket reservations may be obtained at renosparksnaacp.org.