Top NAACP official to speak Saturday about Idaho ‘Add the Words’ campaign

Marvin Randolph, the NAACP’s expert on voter turnout, will appear at St. Michael’s Episcopal Cathedral Saturday to discuss the failed effort to add civil rights protections for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people to the Idaho Human Rights Act.

Randolph, senior vice president for campaigns, joined the NAACP in 2011 to lead the This is My Vote campaign, which the group says helped register more than 366,000 new voters and activate over 1 million voters for the 2012 election.

The nonprofit Fund for Idaho is hosting the reception, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Bishop Tuttle House at the Cathedral, 512 N. 8th St. in Boise. The event is free and open to the public.

“The NAACP recognizes that when a government allows the civil rights of any group to be compromised, the rights of all groups are compromised,” said Randolph in a news release from Fund For Idaho.

“Only when Idaho’s citizens and legislators agree to respect the rights and liberties of everyone will Idaho have true liberty and justice for all,” said Fund for Idaho Executive Director of Gail Heylmun in the release.

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The news release follows:

Marvin Randolph, NAACP Vice President for Campaigns, Speaking at Fund for Idaho Reception

“The NAACP recognizes that when a government allows the civil rights of any group to be compromised, the rights of all groups are compromised,” warns Marvin Randolph, Vice President for Campaigns of the national NAACP.

Randolph’s comments could not be more relevant today in Idaho, one of the states that refuse to extend equal rights protection under the law to its LGBTQ citizens.

Randolph shares Fund for Idaho’s concerns about the Idaho Legislature’s unwillingness to even discuss whether it should “Add the Words” that would protect the civil rights of its LGBTQ citizens.

Gail Heylmun, Executive Director of the Fund for Idaho, says, “Only when Idaho’s citizens and legislators agree to respect the rights and liberties of everyone will Idaho have true liberty and justice for all.”

Randolph will speak at the reception about the connection between the historic Black Civil Rights movement and Idaho’s Add The Words campaign.

Groups attending include St Paul’s Baptist Church, the Idaho Black History Museum, the Treasure Valley NAACP, and members of the Add The Words coalition.

As a noted community organizer, activist and non-profit and campaign manager with over 25 years of experience, Randolph works to advance the NAACP’s issue priorities in education, health, climate justice, economic justice, and voting rights.

For more information about Randolph or the Fund for Idaho, please contact Gail Heylmun at 208-343-1744 or at gail@fundforidaho.org.

WHAT: Reception for Marvin Randolph, Vice President for Campaigns, NAACP.

WHERE: Bishop Tuttle House of St Michael’s Episcopal Cathedral

512 N 8th Street in Boise

WHEN: Saturday, April 5th, 2014, 1:00 to 2:30 PM

WHY: Supporting human rights and environmental health in Idaho

Fund for Idaho is a community-supported nonprofit grant making organization that supports Idaho grassroots social change organizations in the areas of human rights and environmental health.

Dan Popkey came to Idaho in 1984 to work as a police reporter. Since 1987, he has covered politics and has reported on 25 sessions of the Legislature. Dan has a bachelor's in political science from Santa Clara University and a master's in journalism from Columbia University. He was a Congressional Fellow of the American Political Science Association and a Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan. A former page in the U.S. House of Representatives, he graduated Capitol Page High School in 1976. In 2007, he led the Statesman’s coverage of the Sen. Larry Craig sex scandal, which was one of three Pulitzer Prize finalists in breaking news. In 2003, he won the Ted M. Natt First Amendment award from the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association for coverage of University Place, the University of Idaho’s troubled real estate development in Boise. Dan helped start the community reading project "Big Read." He has two children in college and lives on the Boise Bench with an old gray cat.

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