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Acting National Executive Director

Janaye Ingram is the Acting National Executive Director of National Action Network (NAN) and oversees NAN’s action agenda and legislative advocacy work under Founder and President, Rev. Al Sharpton. In this role, she focuses on various issues including education, criminal justice, housing, technology, economic development and healthcare among others. Janaye has been with the organization for two years, previously serving as the Washington, DC Bureau Chief, during which she led the organization’s efforts around the 2012 Voter Engagement Tour, coalition work on issues like Stand Your Ground, planning of the 2012 and 2013 conventions and most recently planning the “National Action to Realize the Dream Rally and March” in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington.

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Fighting Fire With Fire

March 13, 2014

With new gun laws being introduced that make it easier for people to carry concealed weapons, it is time to revisit the conversation about background checks and more stringent gun laws. In this country, how many times have we sat in horror as places that we visit daily have been tormented with the sound of…

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Being My Brothers’ Keeper

February 28, 2014

The President signed a critical initiative focused on the needs of black and brown boys and young men. It’s an important step and a reminder that we need to support young brothers and encourage them to be more than a stereotype. There are moments when people crowd around a screen, paralyzed by the action that…

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Let’s Make History…Again

February 20, 2014

Since the dismantling of the Voting Rights Act, the right to vote has seen an increased amount of attacks with one goal in mind – keeping you away from the ballot box. But if 2012 proved anything, we can continue to make history as we fight the forces of suppression. Black History Month is a…

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Reviving the Village by Janaye Ingram

February 7, 2014

“We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community…” – Cesar Chavez In 1980′s Philadelphia, I remember hearing about MOVE on the local news constantly. MOVE was a black liberation group that espoused a back to nature lifestyle that included composting trash and human waste in the yard of…

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All Things NOT Being Equal

January 23, 2014

Income inequality, unemployment and minimum wage are hot topics right now; even the President is expected to address the issues in his upcoming State of the Union. But in true partisan fashion that plagues the country, finding a solution is viewed through blue or red goggles. As someone who works in civil rights and politics,…

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The War Worth Fighting by Janaye Ingram

January 10, 2014

The 50th Anniversary of the War on Poverty shows the gains made and the work still left to do.  But the bigger battle is challenging those who think we should withdraw our troops.    Back in 1964 when President Lyndon Johnson made a speech about the war on poverty, the programs were supported on both…

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Peaceful Resolutions by Janaye Ingram

January 2, 2014

The promise of a new year brings with it the opportunity to change. January 8th is the National Youth Day of Action Against Gun Violence and we have an opportunity to advocate for sensible gun reform. Three years ago on January 8th, a mass shooting in Arizona took the lives of 6 innocent people and…

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