Annual NAN convention kicks off

Samantha M. Colton | 4/2/2015, 10:50 a.m.
The National Action Network, led by the Rev. Al Sharpton, will kick off its 25th year with its national convention ...

The National Action Network, led by the Rev. Al Sharpton, kicks off its 25th national convention at the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers on Wednesday. The goal of the conference is to unite civil rights, government and cultural leaders in an effort to create a plan of action for the remainder of President Barack Obama’s term in office. The conference will be tackling issues such as police-community relations, housing, employment, health care and immigration.

Among the important leaders scheduled to attend the conference are New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Mayor Bill de Blaiso, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, producer and director Lee Daniels, actor Anthony Anderson, cast members from the TV show “Empire” and various members of Obama’s cabinet.

Potential 2016 presidential candidates who will join the convention and speak with attendees include Dr. Ben Carson, retired neurosurgeon; author Martin O’Malley, former governor of Maryland; and Bernie Sanders, U.S. senator from Vermont.

Panel discussions will be led by grassroots activists from around the country. Family members of police brutality victims Michael Brown, Eric Garner and Tamir Rice will also be in attendance to join the discussion.

The National Action Network was founded by the Rev. Al Sharpton in 1991 and is one of the leading civil rights organizations in the nation. The convention is open to the public, but registration is required and some events require tickets. For more information, check out http://nationalactionnetwork.net.