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By Jim Vincent Among the NAACP-Rhode Island legislative priorities are: FAIR CHANCE LICENSINGThe formerly incarcerated deserve a second chance EARLY VOTINGWe need to increase cutizen participation in the democracy $15 MINIMUM WAGENo one in Rhode Island who is gainfully employed should live in poverty SOURCE OF INCOME DISCRIMINATION If you can afford the apartment and have a clean rental record than you deserve the apartment even if you do not have a job EQUAL PAYSimilarly qualified women should be paid the same as men for the same work REDISTRICTING COMMISSION A non-partisan panel of voters should draw the district lines. Also, the NAACP Providence Branch will continue to push for more judges of color, work on the Census 2020 Complete Count and voter empowerment initiatives.
For more information, go to: http://naacpprov.org
About the NAACP:
The NAACP was founded on February 12, 1909, in New York City by a
multiracial group of activists, who answered the call in response to
increasing violence against black people in all parts of the country.
Few Americans today understand that in the early years of the twentieth
century in America, black citizens did not enjoy the assurance of police
protection from physical assault or mob violence.
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is a
non-profit organization established with the objective of insuring the
political, educational, social, and economic equality of minority
groups. The NAACP has as its mission the goal of eliminating race
prejudice and removing all barriers of racial discrimination through
advocacy, the electoral process, lobbying, litigation, organization, and
Jim Vincent is in his 5th term as the president of the NAACP Providence Branch. He is also the producer and host of the Jim Vincent Television Show. Jim writes and speaks with passion on the issue of diversity.
has spent his entire career working in housing and community development. Since
1998, he has served as Manager of Constituent Advocacy at Rhode Island Housing,
where he provides outreach and technical assistance to undeserved communities.
tireless advocate in affordable housing and minority issues, Jim has provided
leadership on numerous boards and organizations – the RI Affirmative Action
Professionals, East Bay Community Action, the Providence Public Library, the
Urban League of RI, and the Providence Branch NAACP.
Jim has co-chaired RI Minority Enterprise Development Week, and served as media
chair for both the RI Black Heritage Society Ball and the 2005 RI Cape Verdean
Common Threads conference. He is vice president of the Hispanic Chamber of
Commerce, spokesperson of the African Alliance of RI and serves on a multitude
of other boards, such as United Way of RI, RI Civil Rights Roundtable, RI for
Community and Justice Advisory Board, among others.
Jim holds a bachelor’s degree in Government from Dartmouth College and a master’s degree in City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania. He is originally from Boston’s South End, where he spent the first years of his career working in local and state government and non-profits. He later served as Housing Coordinator for the City of East Providence. He currently lives in Cranston.