In recent years, the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization, has made great strides forward to advance its mission to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination. During these years, the association has helped abolish the death penalty in New Mexico, Illinois, Connecticut and Maryland; rolled back discriminatory felony disenfranchisement laws in Delaware and Virginia; registered 374,553 new voters and mobilized 1.2 million citizens to the ballot box for the 2012 election; created a multistate financial education and advocacy program; helped increase graduation standards for NCAA athletes; played a pivotal role in downsizing the penal system in Texas and Georgia; trained black churches to fight the HIV/AIDS epidemic; and helped outlaw New York City’s stop-and-frisk racial profiling program.
Abolishing the Death Penalty
Result: New Mexico abolishes the death penalty in 2009.
Result: Passage of death penalty repeal in Connecticut in 2012.
Result: Maryland repeals the death penalty in 2013.