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The NAACP Providence eagerly awaits the 2020 legislative session

By Jim Vincent

Among the NAACP-Rhode Island legislative priorities are:

The formerly incarcerated deserve a second chance
We need to increase cutizen participation in the democracy

No one in Rhode Island who is gainfully employed should live in poverty

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
Similarly qualified women should be paid the same as men for the same work

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.

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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 protest

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.

He 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.

A 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.

Additionally, 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.

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