*Washington, DC – The NAACP has released the following statements regarding tonight’s State of the Union Address.

From Roslyn M. Brock, Chairman of the NAACP National Board of Directors:

““President Obama’s address this evening emphasizing a renewal of American values around equity and fairness spoke directly to many of the critical policy principles that our members care deeply about and have been fighting for.  The President’s proposals for job creation and to tackle the foreclosure crisis are critical steps toward ensuring that all Americans truly benefit from our nation’s recovery. We applaud him for addressing the NAACP’s long-standing priority of economic stability and progress in communities of color.”

From Benjamin Todd Jealous, NAACP President and CEO:

“President Obama has a plan for bringing jobs back – back to our country, back to every state, back to every block in the hardest-hit communities. Congress is dominated by obstructionists who are all too willing to let millions of families and children suffer endlessly if it advances their petty political purposes. It is time for America to be America again. It is time for the people to insist that politicians stop their partisan stalling.  It is time for Congressional obstructionists to be a part of the solution and to show the leadership their constituents are dying for.”

From Hilary O. Shelton, NAACP Senior Vice President for Advocacy and Policy and Director of the Washington Bureau:

“Since the outset of the economic crisis, the NAACP has worked diligently to convince the President and Congressional leaders that job creation cannot wait. We have met with President Obama several times, and have been encouraged by his vision for this country and this economy. We look forward to advocating on behalf of his forward-looking agenda. ”

Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.

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