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According to Rev Al Sharpton and  60 of America’s leading civil rights, social justice, business and community leaders we need one. The group met in DC and discussed solutions to “key” issues in the Black community.

The group outlined steps to develop a public policy agenda for Black America. The communique was as follows:

  • *Achieve Economic Parity for African-Americans
  • *Promote Equity in Educational Opportunity
  • *Protect and Defend Voting Rights
  • *Promote a Healthier Nation by Eliminating Healthcare Disparities
  • *Achieve Comprehensive Reform of the Criminal Justice System

The leaders also pledged to vigorously oppose any effort by federal, state or local government to roll back the right to vote by supporting federal election reform, including the Voter Empowerment Act so that long lines at the polls will not be the rule instead of the exception.

“We are taking this from rhetoric to results,” said Rev Al Sharpton, whose National Action Network has been widely credited with successfully pushing back on voter suppression and getting out the Black vote, two key components of Obama’s re-election, “from people saying that we need an agenda to us sitting down and collectively coming up with one.”

Do we need a Black Agenda?