Field

With more than 2,200 units from coast to coast, the NAACP is proud to be one of the largest grassroots organizations in the United States. The men, women and young people who comprise our volunteer field membership form the backbone of the Association and the civil rights movement itself.

The role of the Field Organizing Department is to implement advocacy campaigns on priority issues, and to train our units, members and stakeholders to advance the Association’s campaign goals.

From the blog:

NAACP Delegation Meets with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to Address Gun Violence

NAACP Interim President and CEO, Lorraine Miller was a part of a delegation that met with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to discuss ways to fight gun violence in the city.

National NAACP board member, Ed DuBose commented on the impact of violence on communities in Chicago:

Locking them… read more

Moral Mondays Comes to Salisbury

NAACP Remembers and Honors Bill Lynch

Civil rights giant, William “Bill” Lynch passed away last week at the age of 72. The NAACP lost a friend, advocate, mentor, NAACP Life member, and brother—better known to friends and family as the “Rumpled Genius.”

Bill Lynch was a political strategist, whose influence had both domestic… read more

Medgar Evers Membership Campaign

The Medgar Evers campaign will be two-fold – “Remember Medgar” and “He is ME”.

“Remember Medgar” (National Launch May 18-July 8)   By building the next generation of the NAACP, we are remembering Medgar and his legacy.  The goal of this campaign is to have each unit across the country… read more

Medgar Evers Honored at Arlington Cemetery

Slain NAACP field secretary, civil rights leader, World War II veteran, father and husband—Medgar Wiley Evers, was honored today at Arlington National Cemetery in a wreath-laying ceremony, organized by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP.)  Next week will… read more

Justice in Colorado

On May 23rd, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper announced that he was granting a “temporary reprieve” to Nathan Dunlap, a man whose approaching execution date renewed critical concerns about the racial bias inherent in Colorado’s death penalty system.

The announcement means that Dunlap… read more

North Carolina NAACP Continues 4th Week of Action

Now in its 4th week, the NC NAACP lead Moral Mondays protests continue to build momentum and followers for its cause of rolling back legislation from the NC house. Moral Mondays had its largest attendance to date as well as largest number of participants arrested in civil disobedience.… read more

Wilcox Seniors Prepare for Integrated Prom

For the first time in history, students at Wilcox County High School are preparing for their first integrated prom. The high school became national news for hosting segregated proms dating back nearly 3 decades.  Students’ efforts to repeal this antiquated act were a success. After months… read more

Unequal justice? NAACP wages civil rights battle from the heart of Wilson, GA

Reprinted from the Wilson Times.

Wilson native John McNeil sits in a prison cell as he has done for five and a half years, serving a life sentence for shooting a Cobb County, Ga., man.

But NAACP leaders believe he was defending himself and his son. They traveled to Wilson on Friday to… read more

NC NAACP President Takes a Stand for Amendment One

In a press conference held in Greensboro, NC, Clergy from around the state gathered together to pray for the wisdom of its citizens regarding the May 8th vote on Amendment One. In that conference, Rev. Dr. William J. Barber took the time to rebuke the media for asking the wrong questions… read more

Midwest NAACP Units Train to Implement Civil Rights “Game Changer” Priorities

NAACP leaders from IL, IN, KY, OH, MI, WI, WV met in Louisville, KY March 29-31, 2012 for a Civil Rights Advocacy Training Institute. Leon Russell, Vice Chair, National Board of Directors conducted a plenary session on the NAACP’s strategic priorities: voting rights, free high quality… read more

The Great Equalizer

The act of casting a ballot that gets counted on Election Day is the nation’s great equalizer because it is one of the few instances in which our voice, opinions, and the legacy we seek to leave future generations, readily crosses the expansive divide that is race and class in this… read more

Beverly Hills NAACP Joins Hollywood Stars to Stamp Out Bullying

The Beverly Hills/Hollywood NAACP and Verizon recently teamed with Hollywood stars to address teen bullying and violence at the NAACP Verizon Teen Summit at Los Angeles' Dorsey High. The summit kicked off the “Addressing Teen Domestic Violence: Stop the Bullying” campaign, a national… read more

My Experience as a Youth & College Intern: Creyona Baldwin

Hi my name is Creyona Baldwin, I am 18 years old and from Toledo, Ohio.  I will be attending Xavier University of Louisiana in the fall. This summer I had the opportunity to intern with the NAACP Youth & College Division. My experience with the NAACP was a great experience. Before this… read more

Youth & College: Fighting Hunger Inspires Continued Service

Cross-posted from NAACPConnect

A rainbow of fresh roses decorated the center of dining tables while live, inspirational music filled the air. Grateful Los Angeles residents were welcomed to fill the seats and enjoy an evening meal served by 350 members of the Youth and College Division.… read more

NAACP Economic Department Awards 21 NAACP Units with Micro-grants

On Monday, July 25, 2011, at the 102nd National Convention the NAACP Economic Department announced the 21 NAACP branches nationwide that would receive a $4,000 micro-grant to participate in the Financial Freedom Center’s inaugural yearlong financial education series. The purpose of the… read more

Coalition Wins Clear Victory for Justice

July 1, 2011 – The U.S. Appeals Court affirmed America’s promise by striking down a 2006 amendment to the Michigan constitution which prohibited all affirmative action policies, including those previously upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court, by a 2-1 decision.

The National Association for the… read more

The NAACP Youth and College Division Celebrates the Life of Clara Luper.

         On Wednesday, June 8, 2011, NAACP activist Clara Luper passed away at her home in Oklahoma, she was 88.  Mrs. Luper was a school educator that served as Advisor to the NAACP Oklahoma City Youth Council for over 50 years. Clara Luper’s legacy has shaped the work of young people… read more

NAACP Units: Grants Available for Financial Freedom Campaign Satellite Program

The NAACP Financial Freedom Campaign is launching a request for participation for compliant units to participate in our Financial Freedom Campaign Satellite program. Units who participate in this program will implement a yearlong financial education series which will equate to offering 5… read more

Gateway to Leadership: National Youth and College Director talks with young financiers on Leadership

Friday, June 3, 2011 Stefanie Brown, Director NAACP Youth & College Division met with young financiers to discuss community organizing opportunities in Corporate America during the United Negro College Fund ( UNCF) Gateway to Leadership Retreat. The Money Management Institute in partnership… read more

NAACP, Google and Howard Law school discuss: “Civil Rights, The Internet and Entrepreneurship”

 

Thursday May 12, 2011 The NAACP and Google joined the Institute for Intellectual Property and Social Justice at Howard University to host a panel discussion on entrepreneurship in the African American Community. The panel featured Marcus Johnson,JD/MBA CEO of Flo Brands, David… read more

Pennsylvania NAACP, Students Stand in Support of Education

On April 26, thousands of students, administrators and public officials from across Pennsylvania gathered on the steps of the state Capitol in response to proposed statewide education budgets cuts that will exceed $1.2 billion. Proposed by PA Gov. Corbett, the budget cuts place in jeopardy… read more

NAACP Holds Civil War Teach-in in Charleston

The NAACP hosted the first of a series of Civil War teach-ins in Charleston, South Carolina this week, in conjunction with the 150th anniversary of the attacks on Ft. Sumter, which marked the beginning of the war.

The NAACP has been concerned that some official commemorations of the… read more

Slideshow: We Are One Events Across the Country

On Monday, April 4th, NAACP local units across the country rallied to commemorate the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the day of his assasination, and pledge to defend the Civil Rights that are being attacked every day. Below is a slideshow of some of the inspiring moments.… read more

On King and Living a Life Beyond Fear

Originally posted on TheRoot.Com

Seventeen years ago, I was an organizer in Mississippi. And I was scared.

We were planning a march to stop the governor from turning a public, historically black university, Mississippi Valley State University in Itta Bena, into a prison. Byron De La… read more

Mississippi Press Conference Presses for Federal Investigation into Hanging Death

The Mississippi State Conference of the NAACP joined family members of Frederick Jermaine Carter in Jackson on Thursday for a press conference demanding a federal investigation into the death of the 26 year-old. Carter was found Dec. 3, hanging from a tree in a field near Greenwood,… read more

Video: NAACP Addresses Police Accountability in Houston

NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous joined Texas State Conference President Gary Bledsoe in Houston on March 31st at a hearing to bring attention to police accountability after recent high-profile allegations of police brutatlity emerged in Houston. Watch the news clip from… read more

Wisconsin NAACP Youth Council joins Madison rally for public employees

The Wisconsin NAACP Youth Council joined more than 100,000 people in Madison, Wisconsin on March 12, 2011 to protest the bill passed by Governor Scott Walker eliminating Collective Bargaining and limiting the power of unions. Passions are high in the state of Wisconsin because of the lack… read more

NAACP Youth & College Division: 75 Years of Youth Activism

Cross-posted from Politics 365

A meeting flyer changed my life. It was a Sunday afternoon when an elder of my church handed me a flyer to attend the upcoming Cleveland NAACP Youth Council meeting that following Saturday. I was 14 at the time and really didn’t know much about the NAACP; my… read more

Illinois NAACP Heads “Save the American Dream” Rally in Springfield

Springfield, IL NAACP President Teresa Haley served as Chair of a rally to “Save the American Dream,” at the Illinois State Capitol. Feb. 26, 2011.

The Illinois NAACP stood with labor groups from across the state to protect the rights of workers to engage in the process of collective… read more

Wisconsin NAACP Marches to Oppose “Budget Repair Bill”

NAACP Units from across Wisconsin marched to the State Capitol Feb. 26, 2011 to participate in a rally in solidarity with Wisconsin’s public employees and support the rights of all employees to collectively bargain. Accordingly, the NAACP urged the Assembly and Senate to reject the… read more

HK on J: Why We March

This Saturday, in Raleigh, North Carolina, the local NAACP state conference will be joined by more than 100 coalition partners for a march on Jones Street to the North Carolina State Legislature. This is the 5th year of the march, and since its inception, the Historic Thousands on Jones… read more

Illinois State Conference NAACP Supported Bill To Repeal The Death Penalty Passes Il Senate 32-25,

The Illinois State House passed Senate Bill 3539 by a vote of 60 to 54, January 6, 2011, to not only repeal the state’s broken death penalty, but it would promote community safety by using the funds set aside for the Capital Litigation Trust Fund to provide assistance to victims’ families… read more

“Chicago Rainbow Beach “wade-in” 1960-61

Fifty years ago this August, history was made on Chicago’s South Side when a group of young Chicagoans waded into the waters of Lake Michigan. Theirs was the simplest of acts — cooling off at the beach on a hot summer’s day — but by violating the segregation that ruled Chicago’s lake… read more

Dr. King Is Waiting

Cross posted from Politic 365

(A three-part series refocusing the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the civil rights movement)

Every year on the third Monday in January we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day to honor Dr. King’s life and leadership.  Although this recognition… read more

NAACP Seeks Apology from Maine Governor

NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous appeared on WCH6 TV in Portland Maine this weekend, responding to Governor Paul LePage's offensive statements about the Association. Governor Page, says Jealous, "needs to undertand the full responsibilities of his words, to choose words that… read more

Keeping the Dream Alive

Forty-eight years ago, Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech shaped the American landscape, educating and inspiring a nation of generations born and unborn. Nearly 43 years after his death, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s immortal words vision for hope still lives on. His passion for civil… read more

NAACP Disperses $200,000 in Grants to Earthquake Ravaged Haiti

By Dr. David Emmanuel Goatley, Chairman of The NAACP International the Affairs Committee

Just one year ago, on January 12, 2010, a 7.0 earthquake devastated the small nation of Haiti. That day, the world united in support – holding fundraisers, mailing first aid supplies, and sending… read more

A PROMISE for Our Children

Cross-posted from Politic365

We all remember how important self-perception was when we were young. As we worked to shape our identity and learn from new experiences, our self-esteem could rise and fall faster than a 13-year old’s voice.  Most of us wanted to be thought of as a “good… read more

Video: Texas Southern Chapter of the NAACP Marches to the Polls on Election Day

This year the Texas Southern NAACP Chapter, along with classmates, community members and local branch members marched to their local polling place to ensure their voice will be heard in this year’s mid-term election.

They began with a parade around campus to rally students before hitting… read more

One Nation Working Together: Humanity In Action

This weekend One Nation Working Together--better known as the 10-2-10 movement— held its march on Washington. The NAACP among other civil rights, labor unions, environmental and other social advocacy groups, embarked on the monumental journey to our nation's capital. These organizations all… read more

2010 Region III Civil Rights Advocacy Training Institute

More than 150 key Region III leaders trained in Schaumburg, IL to lead issue organizing campaigns at the 2010 Region III Civil Rights Advocacy Training Institute. Campaign workshop topics included: "Stop the Funerals/Stop the Violence", the Climate Justice Initiative, Getting to Good… read more

Michigan Voting File Purge Case Settled

Michigan State Conference NAACP, United States Student Association Foundation, American Civil Liberties Union Fund of Michigan, American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan negotiated a settlement for a complaint against Terry Lynn Land, MI Secretary of State.

The lawsuit demanded that… read more

Texas Textbook Standards Threaten to Re-Write History

On Wednesday, May 19th, NAACP President & CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous joined former U.S. Education Secretary Rod Paige in Austin, TX to testify against proposed changes to state's education curriculum that would significantly alter the way civil rights history is told in Texas schoolbooks.

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On the Tom Joyner Census Bus, Day One

By Carmen Watkins

By now you should have received and returned your census form from the US government. But of course, for many of us it was carefully placed in file 13, along with toll receipts shopping circulars, credit card solicitations bragging of a 30% interest rates and of course… read more

Keeping Vigilant in the Face of Attacks

jasonupthegroveBy Jason Upthegrove, President of the Lima, Ohio NAACP On Valentine's Day 2008 I was sitting in the driveway of my home, as my wife grabbed the mail from the mailbox and handed it to me. When I opened them, there was a noose in one envelope and racist literature in another. It took many… read more