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
Black Lives Matter: Oregon Justice Department searched social media hashtags, Oregonian
ACLU Says Oregon DOJ Surveilling Black Activists; Don’t Shoot PDX Says It’s “Not Surprising”, GetLocalPDX
Anchorage NAACP calls for Sitka bar to change name of 'slave auction' event, Alaska Dispatch News
Guest Editorial: Nine Ways to be a White Ally in the fight against Institutional and Structural Racism, The Stranger
Behind the Shiny Veneer of Seattle's White Liberalism, Huffington Post
Vancouver police strive for diversity, not for animosity, Columbian
Is the Anti-Common Core Movement Just "Suburban White Moms"?, National Journal
Civil rights groups blast parents opting their kids out of high stakes tests, why they're wrong, Washington Post
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).
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Upcoming Events in Alaska, Oregon, and Washington:
January 18, 2016 – Eugene Springfield Branch – MLK march: America’s Journey for Justice
February 26, 2016 – Eugene Springfield Branch – Freedom Fund Banquet and Fundraiser
March 29, 2016 - 10th Annual African American Youth Leadership Conference (AAYLC) for Linn, Benton, Lincoln and Lane Counties at Oregon State University
April 8, 2016 - 15th Annual African American Youth Leadership Conference (AAYLC) for Marion County at Western Oregon University
December 5th - Seattle King County Branch - Tree planting ceremony at 1pm honoring the lives of the Charleston 9. MLK Jr. Memorial Park at 2200 MLK Jr. Way S, Seattle 98144
December 17th - Snohomish County Branch - Holiday Mixer at the Prohibition Grille at 1414 Hewitt Ave, Everett. Join us for conversation, silent auction, and food!