NAACP leader urges pursuit of justice after bombing attempt

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‘Your Lives Matter': NAACP President Calls For Americans To Stand Against Violence During Springs Visit.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Nearly three weeks after an attempted bombing in Colorado Springs near the headquarters of the NAACP, the national leader of the organization told several hundred people on Saturday they should not be deterred from pursuing justice while possible hate crimes are being investigated. COLORADO SPRINGS — Weeks after a makeshift bomb exploded outside the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People offices, the group’s national leader came to the city to call for persistence in the face of injustice.

“We need to send a strong message that, wherever you are on the political spectrum, wherever you are with respect to ideology, we all stand together as Americans, and we all stand against violence.” President Cornell William Brooks addressed hundreds at a luncheon at Colorado College Saturday for Colorado, Montana and Wyoming NAACP chapters. Police and FBI agents continue to search for whoever planted an explosive device outside the NAACP Colorado Springs chapter earlier this month. “If you thought we would roll over in fear, there can be no progress without struggle, we will not give up, we will not give in,” a speaker told the audience at the NAACP state conference. Brooks, an ordained minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, will deliver the sermon at New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church in Fountain at 11 a.m. He said issues that need attention include voter disenfranchisement, income inequality and unfairness in the criminal injustice system. “May I remind you that whether your skin is black or your uniform is blue, your life matters,” he said. “Whether you’re Jew or gentile, your life matters.

He said he could not disclose any further details about the incident or what was discussed in the closed-door meeting, which also included Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach. “What I can tell you is that we’ve been assured that all resources are being deployed. The FBI has stopped short of calling it a hate crime or act of terrorism aimed at NAACP, stating that they will not name a motive until the investigation is done. The Colorado Springs Gazette reports (http://tinyurl.com/phcarsf ) that Brooks is visiting Colorado Springs in response to the Jan. 6 attempted bombing of a building that houses the organization’s offices and Mr. Nonetheless, members of the Springs chapter have pointed out how unlikely it was that a hair salon–the only other business in the building–was the target of a bomber. Brooks also cited recent national and international incidents such as the attack on a kosher grocery in Paris and the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.

The building’s exterior suffered minor damage, but no injuries were reported among the volunteers working inside the NAACP office or other businesses in the same building. Allen, who was not present at the time, said although security measures have been beefed up in the aftermath, the bombing has heightened his concerns about the safety. “I’m very concerned about their safety; they’re all volunteers,” he said of his staff. “They come in here on a completely voluntary basis because they want to do this work.

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