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 Event and News Story:

Featured Event:

On April 22, 2015 President Hankerson will be speaking at the Physicians for a National Health Program's (PNHP) monthly meeting to discuss Health Care Inequalities and what we can do about it. For more information about PNHP or the event, please visit the PNHP website.

President Hankerson speaks to Seattle's King 5 News on the local perspective of what's happening in Ferguson.

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:


April 24th: Anchorage's Youth Council and The Solution Project presents: N.F.O.S No Fear of Success a Youth Engagement Night. For more infomation call 907-433-9981


April 18th: Eugene-Springfield Branch's ACT-SO Performance Competition

Saturdays in Eugene: Education Research Center is open starting at 10am at the Lane Community College Downtown Campus - 2nd floor for parents and students who want more information on our Youth Council, ACT-SO and our Back to School Tutoring program (BTS). Visit our website for a current schedule: (

April 29th: Portland Branch is participating this year's Our Voices United, Legislative Action Day on Wednesday, April 29th at the Capital from 9am-2pm. For more information and to register ontact Sarah El Ebiary at 503-280-2600 or


June 20th: Vancouver Branch is sponsoring this year's Juneteenth 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.

This month's news highlights:

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

Pasco Rally and March on April 11, 2015 Photo Gallary, Tri-City Herald

Protestors hit the streets demanding justice, four arrested, NBC Right Now - VIDEO

Teachers, parents speak out against SBAC standardized test, KING 5 - VIDEO

Seattle leaders and activists react to S.C. shooting, call for action here, KIRO 7 - VIDEO

Residents at public hearing say they're tired of Portland police PR campaign, OregonLive

Spokane police disproportionately stop people of color, report says, The Spokesman-Review

Stunning surge in graduation rate as Rainier Beach's gamble pays off, Seattle Times

Everett sailors celebrate African American history month, Kitsap Sun

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

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