NAACP committees meet monthly (or as needed) to discuss issues and to work on action items. You are welcome to attend any of the meetings to find your spot. check Calendar for meeting times
The Executive Committee helps to facilitate the general membership and, when necessary, acts as a “rapid response team.” We discuss pertinent issues and set the agenda for the regularly scheduled general membership meeting. The Executive Committee consists of elected board members along with committee chairs.
The Political Action Committee (PAC) is one of the NAACP’s most powerful tools in fighting systemic discrimination. The PAC plays a critical role in working towards eliminating racism in Oregon by influencing leaders and legislative bodies at the city, regional, and state levels. During the 2017 legislative session, we helped to pass legislation to require verbatim recordings of grand jury proceedings, reduce simple drug crimes from felonies to misdemeanors, and require the capture of demographic data for all traffic stops. To prepare its members, the committee held a “Legislation 101” training in 2017.
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The health of a community is vital to its survival. The Health Committee is engaged in promoting, protecting and maintaining the health of African Americans and all communities in Portland. The committee supports efforts to create a single-payer healthcare system through Healthcare for ALL Oregon. We are developing a list of medical and mental health care providers who are African-American (and also Latino, Native American and Asian) that will be available on the website to the public. In January 2018, the committee coordinated PDX NAACP’s efforts to help pass Measure 101.
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Dr. Cynthia Fowler
Economic and housing issues play a crucial role in correcting racial and ethnic disparities. Our goal is to promote full employment opportunities for communities identified as chronically unemployed or underemployed and to promote increased minority participation in workforce training and mentorships. We also seek to publicize and promote economic development activities by government bodies in the interest of equity for minorities.
We continue our outreach to the City of Portland Housing Bureau’s N/NE Neighborhood Strategy Oversight Committee, Prosper Portland’s Interstate Corridor Urban Renewal Area Community Development Initiative Oversight Committee, and Portland Harbor Community Coalition.
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We are the ambassadors for the NAACP, providing the power for the entire team to recruit, a responsibility shared by all members. Our goal is to add 20 members per month for the year, and encourage them to attend at least two meetings. We seek to increase the number of businesses and not-for-profit organizations who are members of the NAACP. We will use the values and activities of the NAACP to attract new members. Members are expected to familiarize themselves with the work of other committees and communicate those activities to prospective members.
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We are currently recruiting leadership for the PDX NAACP Youth and College Division – Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire.
The NAACP Youth and College Division seeks to inform youth of the problems affecting African-Americans and other racial and ethnic minorities, advance their well-being and stimulate an appreciation of the African Diaspora and other people of color’s contribution to civilization, and to develop an intelligent and militant youth leadership – in accordance with the policies of the Association.
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The Communications team works to help other committees and the broader organization in their efforts to reach out to the public and media. This includes the development/management of the branch website and other social media platforms. Members include programmers, writers, editors, photographers, and videographers. The team will be producing news releases, articles, photographs and videos reporting and promoting the work and interests of the Portland NAACP.
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Th Religious Affairs Committee, along with ministerial and lay religious leaders from the general membership, seeks to promote an educational program designed to give moral and ethical interpretation to the civil rights struggle. We will interpret the work of the Association to organized religious groups of all faiths; enlist the support of such organized religious groups for membership, fundraising and the struggle for equality and full civil rights; and provide resource assistance for religious education and social action activities associated with the improvement of race relations.
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The Education Committee seeks to eliminate segregation and other discriminatory practices in public education, study local educational conditions affecting minority groups, investigate the public school system and school zoning, familiarize ourselves with textbook material which is racially derogatory, stimulate school attendance, keep informed of school conditions, and strives to correct abuses where found
We will investigate the effects of standardized and high stakes testing practices and teacher certifications. We promote parental involvement in education, and aim to be a center of popular education on the race question and on the work of the Association.
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The Legal Redress Committee seeks to investigate all cases reported to us, supervise all litigation in which the concerned person/s is/are interested, and keep the National Office and the Branch informed on the progress of every case.
We cannot offer general legal advice.
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We reach out to groups who are looking for ways to support POC-led organizations. We offer to make informative and motivational presentations about the NAACP and invite interested parties to adopt one or more action items prioritized by our chapter.
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