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EDUCATION COMMITTEE

The Education Committee is aimed at ensuring all students have the same quality education in the public school system.  Through community forums and advocacy training, we are committed to educating the parents in our local community about educational policies and procedure.  Other duties of the committee include:

 

  • Seek to eliminate segregation and other discriminatory practices in public education
  • Investigate our local public school system
  • Investigate the effects of standardized and high stakes testing practices
  • Seek to stimulate school attendance

 

 

 

MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE

The membership committee is an integral part of the branch as it drives initiatives to increase membership.  The membership committee develops new ideas and plans events that will result in new members joining the branch.  The Membership committee also partners with local organizations and groups to increase the awareness of the NAACP and its role in our local community.  Other duties of the committee include:

 

  • Work throughout the year to maintain and increase membership
  • Planning and organizing the annual membership campaign and other events
  • Responsible for securing renewals and obtaining Life Memberships

 

 

 

COMMUNICATIONS/PUBLICITY COMMITTEE

This committee is responsible for keeping members of the branch informed of upcoming meetings as well as creating press releases for the various events the branch creates.  This committee is also responsible for developing new ideas to market the branch through print media and our own social media channels.  Other duties of the committee include:

 

  • Seek to promote media content consistent with the fundamental goals of the NAACP
  • Seek to ensure Black minority ownership and control of print and electronic media
  • Monitor local and national media
  • Endeavor to secure publicity for our local branch
  • Seek to counteract derogatory and erroneous statements in the local news media about

Blacks and other minority groups

 

 

 

FREEDOM FUND

The Freedom Fund Committee shall plan and conduct fund-raising activities, entertainment, and other projects for local and national purposes with the scope of the Association’s program.  It shall work closely with the Finance Committee.

 

 

 

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

This committee will implement local efforts to preserve and expand economic empowerment among African Americans within our community.  Other duties include:
 

  • Research and establish relationships with private and public entities
  • Implement local efforts to promote the growth of business ownership
  • Increasing employment and job creation
  • Encouraging business development and home ownership

 

 

 

LEGAL REDRESS COMMITTEE

This committee is dedicated to fighting legal battles to win social justice within our local community.  Our local branch continues to assist those whose civil rights have been violated.  We work as partners alongside our local and state government to prevent the erosion of civil rights within our country.  Other duties include:

 

  • Investigate all cases reported to it
  • Supervise all litigation in which the branch is interested
  • Keep the National and Branch informed on the progress of every case
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  • The committee is not to give general legal advice.
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  • HEALTH COMMITTEE

The Health Committee is dedicated to addressing the health issues plaguing the Black community.  Some of the many issues such as HIV and obesity that has had devastating effects on African Americans.  We strive to educate our local community about health prevention and resources available.  Our goal is to eliminate the disparities in our health care system that affect communities of color.  Other duties include:

 

  • Work to promote, protect and maintain the health of African Americans and other minority communities
  • Assess the health needs of our local community
  • Advocate for equal access to health, education, care, treatment and research for all Americans
  • Sponsor health-related activities such as forums, fairs and workshops highlighting issues of importance to people of color
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  • RELIGIOUS AFFAIRS
  • The Religious Affairs Committee shall include ministerial and lay religious leaders who are members of the Unit.  It shall:

 

  • Promote an educational program designed to give moral and ethical interpretation to the civil rights struggle
  • Interpret the work of the Association to organized religious groups of all faiths
  • Enlist the support of such organized religious groups for membership, fundraising and the struggle for equality and full civil rights
  • Provide resource assistance for religious education and social action activities associated with the improvement of race relations

 

 

 

POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE

As the oldest civil rights organization in the United States of America, the NAACP strives to bring awareness to our local citizens and ensure all citizens understand the laws and policies that govern them.  Our goal is to also encourage our community to participate in the voting process.  This committee is dedicated to raising awareness about the political, educational, social and economic inequality of minority group citizens in the electoral process.  Some of the current initiatives include increasing voter registration and assisting with the restoration of voting rights for convicted felons.  Other duties of the committee are listed below.

 

  • Work towards the enactment of municipal, state and federal legislation designed to improve the education, political and economic status of minority groups
  • Seek the repeal of racially discriminatory legislation      
  • Work to improve the administration of justice
  • Work to secure equal enforcement of the law

 

 

 

VETERANS’ AFFAIRS COMMITTEE

This committee on Veterans’ Affairs shall:

Seek to establish a working relationship with those agencies in government, national, state and local, having the responsibility in the affairs of members of the various Armed Services and Veterans and to see that the programs to which they are responsible are administered fairly and justly to members of the minority community Study conditions pertaining to veterans and members of the Military Service and their dependents and/or survivors in the community Serve as a center of information on matters affecting the members of the Active Military, Reserves, State National Guard and Veterans Maintain a repository of materials, information and forms to be used in assisting veterans and/or dependents of veterans and military personnel with their problems Receive and act on all complaints relative to acts of discrimination on account of race, color, creed, or denial of benefits to which they are entitled because of discrimination Prepare a quarterly report on committee activities to be submitted to the Executive Committee of the Unit and National Director of Armed Services and Veterans’ Affairs

 

 

 

CRIMINAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE

The Committee on Criminal Justice shall:

Seek to eliminate harsh and unfair sentencing practices that are responsible for mass incarceration and racial disparities in the prison system Support and seek to increase trust and public safety by advancing effective law enforcement practices

  • Fight for the restoration of the voting rights of formerly incarcerated people and the removal of barriers to employment
  • Elevate the voices of crime victim survivors in order to identify and advance systemic breakdowns existing in the criminal justice system that perpetuate crime Resolve to end the war on drugs for its disproportionate collateral consequences harm communities of color Seek the institution and availability of alternatives to incarceration including education, employment, and mental health services Eliminate zero tolerance policies implemented in our schools which are keeping kids out of the classroom and putting them on a path from the schoolhouse to the jailhouse Investigate programs implemented in our local law enforcement agencies which derail from their main purpose of safety and order to conduct the work of federal agencies for which they do not have the capacity Seek budget modification in states where incarceration receives more funding than education

 

 

 

ENVIRONMENTAL  & CLIMATE JUSTICE

Environmental injustice, including the proliferation of climate change, has a disproportionate impact on communities of color and low-income communities in the United States and around the world.  The NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program was created to support community leadership in addressing this human and civil rights issue.

 

In the past, and to some extent still now, when people think of environmentalism, they often think of saving the whales or hugging trees!  When folks think about climate change, what often comes to mind are melting ice caps and suffering polar bear.  Historically, American society has failed to make the connection in terms of the direct impact of environmental injustices, including climate change, on our own lives, families, and communities, all of whom depend on the physical environment and its bounty.

 

Toxic facilities, like coal fired power plants and incinerators emit mercury, arsenic, lead, and other contaminants into the water, food, and lungs of communities.  Many of these same facilities also emit carbon dioxide and methane—the #1 and #2 drivers of climate change.  At the same time not all are equally impacted.  For example, race—even more than class—is the number one indicator for the placement of toxic facilities in this country.  And communities of color and low-income communities are often the hardest hit by climate change.

 

The Environmental and Climate Justice program works at addressing the many practices that are harming communities nationwide and worldwide and the policies needed to rectify these impacts and advance a society that fosters sustainable, cooperative, regenerative communities that uphold all rights for all people in harmony with the earth.

 

 

 

ACT-SO COMMITTEE

The NAACP”s Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics is an achievement program geared towards recruiting, stimulating and encouraging academic achievement amongst African American high school students.  ACT-SO includes competitions in STEM, humanities, business, and preforming, visual and culinary arts.  Goal of the committee:

 

  • The ACT-SO competition is to provide an instrument in which African-American youth are encouraged and inspired toward excellence in academic and cultural pursuits

 

 

 

WOMEN IN NAACP (WIN) COMMITTEE

The Women in NAACP supports the role of women within the NAACP around social, economic and health issues.  WIN enhances the strength of the branch by carrying out a programmatic thrust which encompasses civic, cultural, social and fund-raising activities.  WIN focuses on the concerns of the minority community such as teenage pregnancy, drug abuse and crime.  Other duties include:

 

  • Enhance the leadership role of women
  • Serve as an advocacy vehicle to address the social, economic, political, educational, health and welfare issues affecting women
  • Advocate for the emotional, mental, physical and spiritual development of children
  • You must be a member of the NAACP in order to be a member of WIN.  Membership for WIN is $10 yearly.
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  • FINANCE COMMITTEE
  • The Finance Committee shall consist of the President, Treasurer, and at least one other member.  It shall study the financial needs of the Unit and shall be responsible for drafting an adequate annual budget.

 

 

 

HOUSING COMMITTEE

The Housing committee is dedicated to ensuring our city provides affordable housing to local income families.  They fight to maintain that the city’s housing guidelines are fair and support housing initiatives that aid access to affordable housing.  Other duties include:

 

  • Study housing conditions in our local community
  • Receive and seek to address complaints of discrimination
  • Oppose all restrictive practices whether public or private
  • Disseminate information and render such other assistance which may eliminate discrimination in housing
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  • COLLEGE CHAPTER MEMBERSHIP
  1. Any person under the age of twenty-five and/ or currently enrolled as a student at a college or university who is in accordance with the principles and policies of the Association, may become a member of a College Chapter, with consent of the Board of Directors, by accepting the terms of the Constitution of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and by paying an annual membership fee in accordance with Article IV, Section 12, a through c of these Bylaws.

 

  1. Members of the Association in good standing, who are qualified for membership in the College Chapter, may affiliate with the new College Chapter, where the same if being formed in the locality, and be entitled to vote upon presenting satisfactory evidence of Association membership.  They shall not be assessed annual membership fees by the College Chapter until the expiration of the annual membership for which they have paid.

 

  1. Members of a College Chapter shall affiliate and vote with only one Unit at a time.

 

 

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