ATLANTA, Dec. 11,
2012, 5 p.m.
- A suspended NAACP
official today began
circulating a petition to strip the
organization of its nonprofit status.
"I am doing it because the NAACP is proclaiming
to be helping the people in the community and they really are
not," President of the South
Suburban Branch of the NAACP David Lowery told
ReddingNewsReview.com. "They are pawns for
the Democratic Party."
"They should not be a nonprofit. They are only
concerned with getting votes for the Democratic Party, and
that's not freedom fighting. It more of a social club and after
being president for a year and half, I haven't had any support
from the national office. The only time I hear from them is when
they want money."
Lowery was suspended from the nation's largest
and oldest civil rights organization in October, after he said
that he was threatened by
Louis Raymond, the Illinois political director for Obama for
America. He said that his own organization had
sought to silence him from talking about the his claim of being
threated during a series of interviews, including one interview
on this reporter's Redding News Review radio program.
Shortly after appearing on Redding News
Review, NAACP head Benjamin Todd Jealous suspended Lowery on
Oct. 15, citing his interview with this reporter.
"You are directed to cease and desist from acting or holding
yourself out as a member/officer of the NAACP,"
Jealous gave three reasons for the
suspension: "Violated “Cease & Desist” directive dated Oct. 4,
2012; Made defamatory and false allegations in a news article
dated Oct. 8, 2012; and Failed to adhere to NAACP policy
concerning engaging in political partisan activity."
NAACP could not be reached for comment at press time.