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.

Branches in the News:

Mock Funeral asks for prisoner Covid-19 safety
Kiro 7
The families of prisoners want compassionate release for prisoners over 80 years old. And they want many in minimum-security camps to be released to make room to isolate inmates who've been exposed. "Creat the space, reduce your prison population now...because we cannot wait to save those lives," said Washington area NAACP head Gerald Hankerson.

Washington’s prisons may have hit pivotal moment as they eye deep cut in their population
The Seattle Times
This is not the first time DOC, facing a grim budget, has proposed reducing the prison population, and DOC Secretary Stephen Sinclair said the agency has been on the path to reform for the last few years..."What used to be an adversary is now an ally," said Gerald Hankerson, president of the NAACP's Alaska-Oregon-Washington State Conference, who has had several conversations with Sinclair over the last month.

Tacoma’s ‘Can’t breathe’ case: Manuel Ellis’ family demands answers after he was killed while being restrained by police
Seattle Times
Gerald Hankerson, president of the NAACP's Alaska-Oregon-Washington State Conference, said he's tired of "flashy words" from politicians and demanded change. "A man was killed here at the hands of law enforcement, the people that you pay with your tax dollars," Hankerson said. "How did you not know? A man died in your custody."

Photo Credit: The Seattle Times 5.30.20
Vice President Sheley Anderson speaking at Saturday's march and rally in Downtown Seattle
Photo Credit: The Seattle Times

Police Brutality, Covid-19 and Climate Change
Op-Ed by Eugene Springfield Branch


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