NAACP Alaska Oregon Washington State Area

The Alaska Oregon Washington State Area Conference (AOWSAC) of the NAACP is dedicated to improving the political, educational, social and economic status of all persons, eliminating racial prejudice, and keeping the public aware of the adverse effects of discrimination at the state level.

We have 13 local unit Branches and multiple youth councils, high school councils and prison Branches throughout Alaska, Oregon and Washington committed to addressing issues of discrimination and inequality affecting members in our communities and at the state level.

With this site, our goal is to provide you with information on local Branch events, and links to current news stories featuring AOWSAC’s advocacy efforts.

With the recent Supreme Court decision regarding the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the need is greater than ever for the NAACP to continue our voting rights advocacy and registration program.

Photo credit: Seattle Weekly: Gerald Hankerson, President NAACP Alaska Oregon Washington State Area Conference

Featured News Story:

NAACP Confronts Local School Board

NBC News Channel:

NAACP members accuse the leaders of 'America's most diverse school district,' of not doing enough to hire teachers of color during heated school board meeting. King's Natalie Swaby reports.


This month's news highlights:


Seattle church mourns South Carolina victims, King 5 News

Prayer vigil at Seattle church for S.C. victims: 'That could have been us', Seattle Times

CHS Pics - Capitol Hill's F.A.M.E. holds vigil for South Carolina, Capital Hill Seattle Blog

Is the Anti-Common Core Movement Just "Suburban White Moms"?, National Journal

EvCC names distinguished amumni, Everett Herald

Give parents, not kids official says on state test, Chicaco Sun

Civil rights groups blast parents opting their kids out of high stakes tests, why they're wrong, Washington Post

NAACP Confronts Local School Board, NBC News

Profiling policy lacking, panel says, The Register-Guard

OSU Black Cultural Center opens to cheers, Corvallis Gazette-Times

Demboski skipping several Anchorage mayoral debates, Alaska Dispatch News

Lawmaker sends questionable email on medicaid expansion, Alaska Public Media with Audio

History and identity: A tour explores key landmarks of Eugene's black community, The Register-Guard

NAACP’s Memorial Day picnic at Washington Park. (Amiran White/ For The Register Guard).




PRESS STATEMENT
For Immediate Release: Thursday, June 18th, 2015
Contact: Serena Satoran, Communications Chair of the Alaska, Oregon, and Washington State Area Conference of the NAACP,communications.aowsac@gmail.com, 253-632-3308

Alaska, Oregon, and Washington State Area Conference of the NAACP Releases Statement on Recent Shooting at Church in Charleston

“Yesterday’s Attack Struck at the Heart of Our Community and Our History”


Seattle, WA—Following the shooting of nine unarmed people at a church in Charleston, S.C., the Alaska, Oregon, and Washington State Area Conference of the NAACP released a statement:

It is with a heavy heart and much sadness that we offer our condolences to the families and loved ones of the shooting atEmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone in South Carolina and across the country that is still reeling from this tragic and horrific incident.

Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church is the oldest AME church in the South, and yesterday’s attack struck at the heart of our community and our history. This is an act of terrorism, and is yet another unbearable example of the centuries of persecution that black people have faced in this country.

The recent media frenzy around one person’s identity in Spokane has detracted from the far more important and pressing issue at hand: how do we work to undo the individual, institutional, and structural racism that is plaguing our country, and killing and incarcerating whole generations of black people? Every day, black people face the reality that they could be targeted at any moment because of nothing more than the color of their skin.

We stand in love and support with our brothers and sisters across the country as we ask for an end to the violence and an end to the hatred. It is more important than ever that we join together to demand justice and to chart a new course forward for our country.”

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State Area Conference shows solidarity with Pasco

On April 11th, AOWSAC President Hankerson along with Spokane President Dolezal and members from multiple Branches marched in solidarity with MECHa and local community members to demand justice for the family of Antionio Zambrano-Montes, an unarmed Mexican man, who was fatally shot by Pasco Police in early February.


Upcoming Events in Alaska, Oregon, and Washington:


Alaska:

Oregon:

June 20th: Corvallis-Albany Branch will be hosting a mid-Valley Juneteen BBQ from 1:30 to 4pm at the MLK Jr. Park in Corvallis. For more information contact the branch at 541-829-3023.

Washington:

Vancouver:

June 20th: Vancouver Branch is sponsoring this year's Juneenteeth Celebration which will include guest speakers, a talent show, fly fish lessons and much more. For more information and the flyer visit our event page.


Bremerton:

June 20th: at 12 Noon. The annual Juneteenth Celebration of the Community Coalition and Leadership Alliance (CLCA) of Bremerton, at Evergreen Park in Bremerton.


June 27th: at 6PM. Bremerton's annual Freedom Fund Banquet will be held at the Kitsap Golf and County Club. Tickets for the event are $65 per person, and if you want to get tickets, feel free to contact the Branch at 360-434-8591.


All year round: Bremerton Branch's Voter Registration Drive. If you have reached your 18th birthdy and have not yet registered to vote, you can get a Washington State Voter Registration form at the Branch, or contact us at 360-434-8591. If you have changed your name or address since the last time you registered to vote, you have to register again in order to remain eligible to vote.

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