Protesting Wisconsin and state employees get special commendation at the NAACP Image Awards

Protesting Wisconsin and state employees get special commendation at the celebrity studded NAACP Image Awards

Attendees will showcase solidarity with American workers and families
Participants to wear red, white and blue ribbons to show support for collective bargaining rights

(Los Angeles, CA)—Today, the NAACP announced that attendees and participants at the 42nd NAACP Image Awards will showcase their support of American workers and families engaged in peaceful protests across the nation. NAACP officials will be wearing red, white and blue ribbons to show that they stand in solidarity with workers struggling to maintain collective bargaining rights in Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio and dozens of other states.

The Image Awards traditionally attracts major African American celebrities. This year Halle Berry will join Holly Robinson Peete, actor and comedian Wayne Brady, LL Cool J, Vanessa Williams and others. Nominees include Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Denzel Washington, Whoopi Goldberg and an array of celebrated actors, writers, and recording artists.

“As we celebrate the contributions of people of color in film, literature, music and television, we will be wearing ribbons to show our support for the workers and families protesting in statehouses across the nation,” stated Chairman Roslyn M. Brock. The NAACP remains committed to helping public employees keep their collective bargaining rights, fair pay and appropriate benefits.”

On Friday March 4, the 42nd NAACP Image Awards will air live on Fox TV at 8pm est. and be held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. The NAACP Image Awards is the pre-eminent multicultural awards show. The ceremony celebrates the accomplishments of people of color working in the fields of literature, music, television and film. It also honors individuals and groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors.

“As we celebrate this year’s artistic achievements, our hearts and minds will be with our 1200 branches and youth and college chapters, many of whom are working with the teachers, service workers, public employees and hundreds of thousands of workers across the country to defeat initiatives that eliminate workers’ rights, collective bargaining and other protections,” stated NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous. “

“Our nation must enact smart policies to stimulate economic growth and create jobs,” continued Jealous. “We cannot cut our way out of the recession. Living wage and sustained job creation increases our tax revenues and consumer dollars, which will grow our economy and ultimately reduce our deficit.”

Last week, the NAACP Board of Directors passed a resolution in support of union workers and collective bargaining. The Board’s measure resolves that the NAACP “will fight to protect the rights of workers to engage in the process of collective bargaining, and NAACP oppose the continued elimination of public sector jobs which only adds to our nation’s unemployment misery.”

The NAACP Image Awards will be hosted by talk show host, actress and author Holly Robinson Peete as well as actor and comedian Wayne Brady. The show will feature a diverse group of celebrities, including Halle Berry, LL Cool J and Vanessa Williams, and feature performances by Mary Mary and Michael Franti & Spearhead.

Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.



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