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"Economic rights are civil rights."  That was the theme of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray's address Tuesday to the NAACP national convention in Cincinnati.

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CLEVELAND – U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot, the Westwood Republican, has no problem with Donald J. Trump as his party's standard bearer.

But he believes the man who will almost certainly officially become the GOP's nominee tonight at Quicken Loans Arena should have accepted the NAACP's invitation to speak at its annual convention this week in Cincinnati.

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich condemned the slayings of police officers in an appearance at the NAACP national convention Sunday night.

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Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump is breaking with tradition and has declined an invitation to speak at the NAACP convention in Cincinnati next week. 

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will speak Monday, July 18 to the 107th annual national convention of the NAACP at the Duke Energy Convention Center.

Extra Cincinnati police officers will be on hand for a planned protest rally Sunday following the shooting at a peaceful protest in Dallas Thursday night that left five police officers dead.

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The NAACP is holding its 107th national convention in Cincinnati this July. The organization announced Tuesday the theme will be "Our lives matter, Our votes count."

Vice-Chairman Leon Russell says the organization wants to reassure members that it cares about them.

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The Cincinnati chapter of the NAACP has a new president. Bob Richardson, Sr. was the only name on the ballot in last week’s election, which had been postponed for more than a year due to legal disputes. The chapter has been largely inactive and criticized by its members for not taking more of a role in local issues. 

Cincinnati's NAACP branch is joining the fight against violence in the city. The group is launching a “change in attitude about violence” campaign. It's called “STAND UP FOR PEACE”.  

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The NAACP has chosen Cincinnati as the site of its 2016 national convention, an event that will bring nearly 10,000 people to the city – and is likely to draw the 2016 presidential candidates as well.

The NAACP last held its national convention here in 2008, a presidential election year; and it drew then-Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama and GOP nominee John McCain to the Duke Energy Convention Center. 2016, too, is a presidential election year; and the July event can be expected to draw presidential candidates and other national political figures.

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Cincinnati council member Christopher Smitherman will step down as president of the Cincinnati chapter of the NAACP while he is running for re-election to council.

A number of members of the local chapter have urged Smitherman to leave the NAACP presidency while running for office. In a statement released Friday, Smitherman said he was doing so under a policy adopted by the NAACP's national board of directors in 1968.

Cincinnati city council member Christopher Smitherman was re-elected to a fourth two-year term Tuesday as president of the Cincinnati chapter of the NAACP, fighting off a challenge from a long-time union leader, Bob Richardson.

At Richardson's request, Tuesday's election was supervised by officials of the NAACP's national office, who would not release the final results of the election, except to say that about 1,100 members voted Tuesday at the NAACP's Bond Hill office.

Smitherman's entire executive committee was re-elected as well.

The Cincinnati chapter of the NAACP will hold an election for president Tuesday, with incumbent Christopher Smitherman being challenged by a long-time board member and union activist who believes Smitherman has steered the organization from its core civil rights mission.
 

Bob Richardson, a former officer of Laborers Local 265 and former president of the Cincinnati AFL-CIO Labor Council, is taking on Smitherman, now a Cincinnati city councilman. Smitherman is seeking a fourth two-year term as head of the city’s oldest civil rights organization.