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2018 NAACP Election Results

2018 NAACP Election Results

Greetings to all members, friends and supporters of the NAACP,

Thank you for entrusting Lisa, Mrs. Helen, Malcolm, Sheila and yours truly with the duties and responsibilities of the Election Supervisory Committee for our November 24, 2018 NAACP Portland Branch 1120B election. We were honored to create an election environment that represented respect, fairness, and honesty, with an atmosphere and expectations exemplifying sound ethics and integrity.

Congratulations to the winning candidates and to each candidate who participated in the process. Despite the election day following a major holiday and a high traffic retail shopping day, it was encouraging to see members still visit the election facility and exert their voting rights.

Now that “we the people” have spoken through their vote, let us walk through today and into tomorrow in unity, with respect and support for those elected officials, as well as each other. Let us be instruments of encouragement for our current and newly elected leader, E.D. Mondaine’ as we walk in the vision and the mission. Let us be a reflection of light in a “shining city” where the glitter does not glow on all the faces, nor in all the places of our shining city. As an organization composed of people from all walks of life, we must recognize that “We are better together.”

Warmest regards,
Bora Harris
Chair, Election

 

NAACP Portland Branch 1120B

2019 Officers

 

President:

E.D. Mondainé

 

First Vice President:

Noni Causey

 

Second Vice President:

Cynthia Harris

 

Third Vice President:

Open

 

Treasurer:

Michael Harper

 

Secretary:

Antjuan Tolbert

 

Assistant Secretary:

Katy Riker

 

Executive Committee at Large Member:

Jeff Strang


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Multnomah County Ballot Box Locator

Multnomah County Ballot Box Locator


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Revised AAIDC Focus Group Dates

Revised AAIDC Focus Group Dates

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AFRICAN AMERICAN INITIATIVE DATA COLLECTION

Susan G. Komen Oregon & SW Washington

REVISED Focus Group Discussions

 

Greetings:

The African American Initiative Data Collection is a culturally-appropriate initiative to facilitatethe reduction of breast cancer mortality in Portland’s African American community.

Our team would like to talk with African American breast cancer survivors and those living with metastatic breast cancer, as well as African American women over the age of 30 about their experiences navigating healthcare. The results will lead to action for change. You are invited to participate in one of two focus group discussions below:

  • Wednesday, October 17, 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Urban League Office – 110 N. Russell Street Portland, OR (Parking available behind the bldg.)

  • Saturday, October 20, 11 am – 2:00 pm

Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church – 3138 N. Vancouver Ave Portland, OR

 

*** Incentives are provided for volunteers – Information is confidential ***

Please contact D. Bora Harris, AAIDC Independent Consultant for Susan G. Komen Oregon & SW Washington Email: borahbora@aol.com Phone: (503) 936-8020


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Oregonians for Immigration Reform is a Hate Group: Say NO to Measure 105

Oregonians for Immigration Reform is a Hate Group: Say NO to Measure 105

At the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) our mission is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination. That will be much harder in Oregon if Measure 105 passes.

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has designated the group responsible for Measure 105, Oregonians for Immigration Reform, a hate group. Measure 105 would throw out Oregon’s anti-racial profiling law that prohibits police from targeting people based solely on the color of their skin, their accent, or their perceived immigration status.

All of us would be affected by this. People of color must come together this fall and resoundingly vote NO on 105. Here are some ways you can help us:

W.E.B. Du Bois, Founder of the NAACP

 


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Biennial Branch Election Scheduled

Biennial Branch Election Scheduled

Biennial elections for officers for Portland Branch 1120B are coming up.

Procedures for the Next Three General Membership Meetings

  • September 22, 2018:
    Election of the Nominating Committee. All members whose memberships are current as of 30 days prior to the meeting date may be elected to the Nominating Committee.
  • October 27, 2018:
    1. Report of the Nominating Committee,
    2. Receipt of Nominations by Petition, and
    3. Election of the Election Supervisory Committee. All members whose memberships are current as of April 1, 2018 may be nominated for office or as an at-large member of the Executive Committee. In order to sign a nominating petition, or be elected to the Election Supervisory Committee, a member must be current as of 30 days prior to the October meeting.
  • November 24, 2018: Election of officers
    • ELECTED positions are: President, Vice President (1st, 2nd & 3rd), Secretary, Assistant Secretary, Treasurer, and Assistant Treasurer, and At-Large Members.
    • All members in good standing 30 days prior to the election are eligible.
    • A form of identification is required.
    • Membership must be verified.

Location of Meetings

NAACP Portland Offices, 1257 Lloyd Center, second floor next to Marshalls

Time of Meetings

September 22 and October 27: 12:00 noon – 2:00 pm.
November 24: extended hours due to the election: 11:00am–3:00PM

If you are interested in running for office and would like a position description, please contact Assistant Secretary Katy Riker at: secretary@pdxnaacp.org.


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Statement on Release of Financial Documents

Statement on Release of Financial Documents

Recently, local Portland media reported on the financial state of the NAACP Portland Branch. These stories were considered newsworthy because former branch president, Jo Ann Hardesty, is a current candidate for Portland City Commissioner, position #2. The initial story was based on public financial reports to the state and federal government. A later story added details from an internal document that was inappropriately released to the press by an unknown person. The Executive Committee of the NAACP Portland Branch wishes to address the release of these documents and reassure the membership and the community as to the integrity of our organization, which has been harmed for political gain.

The NAACP Portland Branch is a 104-year-old civil rights organization, dedicated to the political, educational, social and economic equality of rights of all persons and eliminating racial hatred and discrimination in all its forms. Our branch is a 501(c)4 nonprofit, while the national organization is a 501(c)3 nonprofit. This distinction and the relationship between national and the branches is important to understanding how certain legal documents are filed. In the case of financial reports, the branches are to complete an annual report to national, and national submits a single 990 tax return that covers all the branches. Branches are responsible for submitting any state or local tax returns. Because the 2016 report was not submitted to national, a separate 990 has been completed and submitted that to the IRS, as described in the 2018 Bookkeeping Guide from NAACP national. State CT-12 tax forms for the years 2015, 2016, and 2017 have been completed or are in the process of being amended.

In addition to official financial reports, which are public information, private communication between the bookkeeper contracted by the branch to help with recordkeeping and the Executive and Finance Committees was released to the media through an unknown source. We denounce this violation of trust and procedure in the strongest terms. The ​Assessment of Recordkeeping, dated July 3, served as a private document between the bookkeeper and NAACP Portland Branch This document was not to be released to anyone other than the Executive and Finance Committees without the express authority of the NAACP Portland Branch president. Members who undertake to volunteer with the organization, particularly in sensitive areas, are expected to have the organization’s best interests in mind. We are collectively dismayed at this betrayal of trust, and appalled at the thought that anyone would impugn the reputation of any organization dedicated to the betterment of marginalized or disenfranchised communities. To do so for personal political discord is an egregious violation of organizational ethics, as well as the national NAACP bylaws.

We wish to correct an error in one of the tax returns. The initial tax returns suggested that Ms. Hardesty was issued a stipend in 2016 of $3,300 and in 2017 of $3,600, and that she was not informed of her requirement to pay taxes on the stipend. It was discovered after further investigation that no payments were made in 2016, and $3300 was paid in 2017. The executive committee voted in February of 2017 to pay the president a $300 per month stipend. We regret that Ms. Hardesty was not informed of the tax implications of the stipend. We are in the process of amending the State of Oregon reporting forms to reflect these corrections.

Today our branch is a strong organization and continues to grow daily, resting on the foundation that Ms. Hardesty laid in the three-plus years she was the president. When she was elected, the branch was on life-support, despite being the oldest continually chartered branch west of the Mississippi. Ms. Hardesty built the membership and developed solid fundraising, growing the branch revenues from ​$12,362 in 2015, to $33,252 in 2016 and $48,304 in 2017. As a volunteer organization, the NAACP relies on community members to step in to work on committees that do the day-to-day work, including the important elected positions of president, vice president, secretary and treasurer, the last of which has persistently been difficult to fill. The office of treasurer has numerous critical responsibilities, which is why the board voted in April 2018 to contract with a bookkeeper going forward. We are in the process of drafting standard operating procedures in accordance with the national bookkeeping standards and best accounting practices.

Notes:

  •  Annual reports to national were completed in 2015 and 2016. However, the 2016report was not signed by the treasurer at the time and could not be submitted.The 2017 report is completed in 2018 and has been submitted to national.
  • 990 forms are completed by NAACP national and normally are not submitted bythe local branch. Since we are in catch-up mode, the 990 forms completed by ourbranch will be made available on the website.
  • State CT-12 forms will be made available on the website.Sincerely,E.D. Mondaine, President NAACP Portland Branch

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Health Committee welcomed Shafia Monroe to our August Meeting to Discuss Black Mother and Infant Health

Health Committee welcomed Shafia Monroe to our August Meeting to Discuss Black Mother and Infant Health

For decades, research has clearly shown that Black infants are more than twice as likely to die during birth than White infants;  Black mothers are 3-4 times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes than White mothers. Higher education and income do not protect black women from these outcomes as demonstrated by Serena Williams’ recently publicized story of almost dying following the birth of her child.  These disparities in birth and pregnancy outcomes for black women are a public health crisis. The disparities of poorer birth outcomes has worsened and been linked to the cumulative effects of systemic racism on black women, systemic racism within our healthcare system, inadequate access to healthcare services and lack of education about pregnancy and birth in some communities.  The Portland NAACP Health committee has decided to partner with organizations that are focused on improving the health of black mothers and infants here in Oregon. And as a first step, we invited the internationally renowned Shafia Monroe to speak with us.

Shafia Monroe, DEM, CPT, MPH, President of Shafia Monroe Consulting (SMC), spoke with the Health Committee on August 9 during our monthly committee meeting.  She shared timely and relevant information about the status of Black infant and maternal health in Oregon, and the SMC mission. One of Shafia’s mottos is “Black Lives Matter at Birth” and she has been working to improve the health of black mothers and babies since the 1970’s.  Shafia worked as a midwife in her native Boston and co-founded the Traditional Childbearing Group (TCG) in 1978. The TCG taught low-cost birthing classes, delivered babies, and worked to change birth policies in the Boston area. In 1991, Shafia moved to Portland and continued her work with maternal health including founding the International Center for Traditional Childbearing (ICTC).  The ICTC continues its work today as advocates for improving birth outcomes and increasing the number of midwives and doulas of color in the United States, Columbia, Jamaica, Ghana, Trinidad, and Sierra Leone as well as other countries.

In Oregon, under Shafia’s leadership, the ICTC was able to get the State of Oregon to recognize the use of doulas to improve birth outcomes in underserved communities.  This effort has led to doulas in Oregon now qualifying for Medicaid reimbursement. Shafia has retired as leader of ICTC and is working as the President of Shafia Monroe Consulting. She is also a founder member of the Oregon Doula Association and President of Doula Ready, LLC. She is a master trainer of doulas and spoke with us about the important role a doula can play in improving the health outcomes for mothers and babies.  

A goal of SMC is to increase the number of Black doulas to reduce infant and maternal mortality, increase breastfeeding rates and build healthy families. Doulas work with mothers during pregnancy, labor, birth, and into motherhood providing emotional and physical support.  For Black mothers, and particularly those who don’t have adequate support from family or friends, a doula can serve a crucial role in helping foster healthy and positive outcomes for both mother and baby. There aren’t enough doulas of color to serve women of color in Oregon and SMC would like to change that.  

Along with increasing the number of Black doulas and doulas of color, SMC strives to amplify the issue of poor birth outcomes in Black women and educate the Black community on how to improve mother and infant health.   Our Health committee plans to partner with SMC to help reach these goals. Stay tuned for more information about the NAACP efforts. You can find more information about SMC and more information about Black infant and Maternal health in Oregon by visiting https://shafiamonroe.com/

Doula training is offered quarterly in Portland, Oregon and costs $800 for the 30 hour course. More information can be found at ShafiaMonroe.com or the link to the next doula training starting in September.

 

 


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Portland Clean Energy Fund Campaign Officially Qualifies for November 2018 Ballot

Portland Clean Energy Fund Campaign Officially Qualifies for November 2018 Ballot

The Portland City Auditor Elections Division announced on Friday, July 27, that the Portland Clean Energy Fund (PDX 04, the “Portland Clean Energy Community Benefits Initiative 2018”) received enough valid Portland voter signatures to qualify for the November 2018 ballot. A sampling of 55,509 submitted signatures revealed 39,755 valid signatures, over 5,000 more than the 34,156 signature threshold for the City of Portland. The announcement means that Portland voters will decide this Fall on funding clean energy projects including housing upgrades, living-wage jobs and job training, and green infrastructure.

“The people of Portland have spoken: the time is now for good jobs, healthy homes, and a clean energy future,” said chief petitioner Reverend E.D. Mondainé, President of the NAACP Portland Branch. “Our broad and diverse community achieved something truly great in submitting far more than enough signatures for this historic measure. We look forward to victory at the ballot this November.”

The Portland Clean Energy Fund would raise more than $30 million per year to support energy efficiency housing upgrades, jobs and job training in clean energy, and new solar power and green infrastructure. The measure will prioritize funding for housing upgrades and living-wage jobs for all underserved Portlanders, particularly low-income residents and people of color. The Portland Clean Energy Fund would be funded by a 1% business license surcharge that would only apply to mega-retailers with more than $1 billion per year in nation-wide gross revenue.

Volunteers from NAACP Portland Branch supported the initiative through signature gathering, data entry, volunteer organizing and training, and organizing support materials. Volunteers are now moving into the next phase by gathering pledges to vote YES, doing data entry, and more.

 


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Seeking a Better Way: DA Budget Reform Efforts

Seeking a Better Way: DA Budget Reform Efforts

The NAACP Portland Branch believes that district attorney reform is central to achieving any reforms in the criminal justice system. On May 24, 2018, the executive committee voted to sign onto the ACLU memo titled Setting a Higher Bar for the Multnomah County District Attorney Budget. The ACLU performed an in-depth analysis of the current metrics the Multnomah County District Attorney’s office uses to measure its success. Looking for a better model that might support restorative justice and a move away from mass incarceration, the ACLU is encouraging county commissioners and the DA’s office to adopt a budget focused on outcomes, rather than processing numbers. Importantly, the ACLU found that:

“not a single output, outcome, or performance measure within the DA budget that explicitly focuses on reducing racial disparity or increasing equity and inclusion. Instead, the 2019 fiscal year budget largely measures the total number of criminal cases reviewed, issued, and resolved.”

Money is power, and with the largest law-enforcement budget in the county, Multnomah County DA wields tremendous power. If what you measure is what you get, it’s clear that we need to measure the effectiveness of the DA office on something other than the number of criminal cases it handles each year.

We will continue to stay connected to this process. Members can call or email commissioners and the DA office to encourage a shift in 2019 to a budget focused on outcomes, staff training, support for crime victims, better treatment for youth, and more.

 


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Metro Inequities in Contracting

Metro Inequities in Contracting

Oregon Governor Kate BrownCurrent and former employees at Business Oregon want governor Kate Brown to fix the agency’s “bro club” culture, says an April 2018 article published in Portland’s Willamette Week.

The NAACP and other civil rights groups have long concerned themselves with the disproportionately low number of state, local and metro government contracts awarded to businesses owned by minorities and women (MWESB). This contributes to the disparities between the economic well-being of whites and minorities in Oregon, as documented in a recent study by researchers at Portland State University. In reviewing government contracts awarded 2009-2013, years of economic recovery, the study found that 2.1 percent went to firms owned by African Americans, versus 83.5 percent to white-owned firms. Latino-owned firms won 6.7 percent of the contracts, Native Americans 3.4 percent, and Asians 4.4 percent.” Pie Chart of Awards to MWESB firms by Race

These numbers are concerning. This unsettling profile report documented pervasive problems with minority contracting practices improving access to contracts by businesses of color because the vast majority of awards go to emerging small businesses and women-owned businesses. This pattern clearly extends to the State of Oregon and needs immediate attention.”