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How the NAACP president says people are 'desecrating the temple of our democracy'

Cornell William Brooks, president and CEO of the NAACP, is asking the next president to do three things: tackle Islamophobia, stand up for the Voting Rights Act, and take on the prison-industrial complex. “When you have 2.3 million Americans behind bars,” he says, “that is a waste of human capital, a waste of our humanity, and it is a collective scar on the American psyche and soul.”

Brooks is speaking out as part of our #DearNextPresident campaign. To see his entire message to the next president, watch the video above. Then make your own video and add your voice to the conversation.

Fusion is asking young people around the country to talk about their most pressing issues this election season using the phrase “Dear next president … ” You can learn more about the project, hear more voices from the campaign, and learn how to contribute your own video to #DearNextPresident.

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