Alaska Oregon Washington State-Area Conference

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.

Upcoming Events!


Anchorage - Annual Freedom Fund Celebration, September 23rd featuring North Carolina NAACP President Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II. Tickets are now available ($100) and can be purchased at or by calling 907-272-8717.


Corvallis/Albany - Annual Freedom Fund Banquet and Silent Auction. November 3rd at CH2M Hill Alumni Center


Seattle King County - Annual Freedom Fund Celebration, November 4th with Keynote by California Congresswoman Maxine Waters.

News Highlights:

September 18, 2017
Seattle to Michael Bennett: We've Got Your Back

The Nation
Bennett's connection to these struggles has also had an interesting effect on the Seattle chapter of the NAACP. The National NAACP has called for an NFL boycott over the league's treatment of Kaepernick, but as Gerald Hankerson, leader of the Seattle chapter, said, "We are not going to boycott because we want to support Michael and the team and show that this community supports their efforts to speak out".

August 26, 2017
King County NAACP decries officers riding behind familes of police shooting victims at Umojas FestAugust 26, 2017
How NAACP Leaders in NFL Cities View Colin Kaepernick and the Anthem Protests

Sports Illustrated
Seattle King County Branch President Gerald Hankerson: "Our complete involvement from the branch level is that I've been working with [Seahawks players] Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril one on one...As Mike has indicated, he's utilizing his platform to educate folks. He's been down here in the community with the NAACP...I really applaud his courage and commitment to stand firm in his beliefs despite what has happened to Colin Kaepernick."

August 8, 2017

The Stranger - SLOG
Vice President Sheley Secrest called the police presence "hurtful" and said she heard one woman in the crowd on a megaphone ask, "Can you belive this is happening?" Seeing SPD officers directly behind families affected by police violence "gave many in the crowd the impression taht attending black led protests would be met with law enforcement intimidation tactics," she said.

June 19, 2017
Pregnant mother shot dead by police whom she called for help

NBC News
"What police are touting as improvement, we rebuke," said Gerald Hankerson, president of the NAACP of Seattle-King County. "If you ask the black community, things are just as bad today as they were before the consent decree so what is the point of even having one," he said. "How is it possible that a woman who called the police for help ended up dead?" he said.

June 1, 2017
South Seattle Emerald
Repealing Obamacare will disproportionately harm black people and people of color
OpEd by President Hankerson:
Blacks maintain the highest unemployment rate in King County. Trumpcare targets precisely these populations for the elimination health care. In our state and across the country people of color will be forced into medical debt, which is the biggest barrier for wealth in communities of color.

May 25, 2017
Alaska Dispatch News

Alaska's senators must do right by Alaskans on health care
OpEd by President McGee: It is unrealistic to expect Donald Trump to read or understand TrumpCare, and he apparently does not care if it results in the bankruptcy or premature death of Alaskans who would be affected by this bill. If Trump doesn't care, it is particularly important that Murkowski and Sullivan represent Alaskans at this critical moment.

Seattle to Michael Bennett: We've Got Your Back
All of the above took place after the pre-game politics: an NAACP ... of Kaepernick, but as Gerald Hankerson, leader of the Seattle chapter, said, “We ...

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