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Toledo Branch NAACP Members Attend National Convention

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The NAACP held its national convention July 22 – 26, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland.  The Association was charged with establishing policies and programs of action for the next year.  The NAACP’s Board of Directors, officers, and delegates from all branches reviewed and voted on resolutions during these sessions.  Leon W. Russell, chairman, NAACP Board of Directors and Derrick Johnson, interim president and CEO opened the convention with the theme “Steadfast & Immovable.” 

Twenty seven people from the Toledo Branch were in attendance which included NAACP Branch President Ray Wood, NAACP National Security Team, Theresa Gabriel and the ACT-SO Chairperson Beatrice Daniels.
 

NAACP Executive Committee attends the National NAACP convention in Baltimore


NAACP Executive Committee attends the National NAACP convention in Baltimore

Nine ACT-SO students competed in the categories of modern and contemporary dance, short story, written and performance poetry, vocal-contemporary, photography, filmmaking, instrumental and classic music.  The students performed well and four of the Toledo-area students were selected to perform in the closing ACT-SO ceremony.

The Toledo Branch was represented by 13 delegates who participated in workshops addressing the areas of inequality facing African Americans that are the focus of NAACP’s work.  These are legislative priorities for the 115th Congress. The five core “game changers” are:

-          Economic Sustainability: Every person will have equal opportunity to achieve economic success, sustainability, and financial security.

-          Education: A free, high quality, public education for all.  Every child will receive equitably-funded, public pre-K and K-12 education followed by diverse opportunities for accessible, affordable vocational or university education.

-          Health: Health equality for all Americans including a healthy life and high-quality health care.  Everyone will have equal access to affordable health care and racially disparate health outcomes will end.

-          Public Safety and Criminal Justice: Equitable dispensation of justice for all.  Disproportionate incarceration, racially motivated policing strategies, and racially biased, discriminatory, and mandatory minimum sentencing will end.  Incarceration will be reduced and communities will be safer. The death penalty will be abolished at the state and federal level, as well as the military.

-          Voting Rights and Political Representation:  Protect and enhance voting rights and fair representation.  Every American will have free, open, equal, and protected access to the vote. By protecting democracy, enhancing equity, and increasing democratic participation and civic engagement, African Americans will be proportionally elected to political office.

The Toledo Branch will receive Action Alerts on matters that are expected to come before the House or the Senate in the near future and on issues that may arise over the course of the Congress that will impact our community.  Chairman Russell and interim President Johnson have charged all branches to become more relevant as they schedule forums and town hall meetings across the United States to address issues of concern for African Americans. 

In addition branches will be charged to engage the youth and college branches to participate and help lead the way to resolve issues.  The Toledo Branch has established youth and college board members to reach out to colleges and universities within and around our community.  Meetings will begin soon.

For more information follow the Toledo Branch on Facebook  @ naacptoledo for updates on these topics.  Toledo Branch holds monthly meetings every second Tuesday, 7:00 P.M. in the African American Legacy Project  building at 1326 Collingwood. 

 
   
   


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