Alexandria Branch of the N.A.A.C.P.

Alexandria Branch of the N.A.A.C.P. The following statement of objectives is found on the first page of the NAACP Constitution - the principal objectives of the Association shall be:

To ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of all citizens
To achieve equality of rights and eliminate race prejudice among the citizens of the United States
To remove all barriers of racial discrimination through democratic processes
To seek enactment and enforcement of federal, state, and local laws securing civil rights
To inform the public of the adverse effects of racial discrimination and to seek its elimination
To educate persons as to their constitutional rights and to take all lawful action to secure the exercise thereof, and to take any other lawful action in furtherance of these objectives, consistent with the NAACP's Articles of Incorporation and this Constitution.
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The Alexandria, Virginia branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

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04/21/2021
THE  NEW VOTING RIGHTS ACT OF VIRGINIA prohibits discrimination in elections administration, requires local election off...
03/31/2021
Governor Northam Approves Voting Rights Act of Virginia

THE NEW VOTING RIGHTS ACT OF VIRGINIA prohibits discrimination in elections administration, requires local election officials to get feedback or pre-approval for voting changes, and allows individuals to sue in cases of voter suppression. It requires localities seek public comment or pre-approval from the Office of the Attorney General on any proposed voting changes, and empowers voters and/or the Attorney General to sue in cases of voter suppression. Civil penalties awarded as a result of voting discrimination will go towards a newly-established Voter Education and Outreach Fund. https://www.governor.virginia.gov/newsroom/all-releases/2021/march/headline-894132-en.html?fbclid=IwAR2zTyDVfaLCZJtmbncSW0aNHYeyAWFH4dxm_PAPoqJXnUAWZSRkBW7IeGQ

Governor Ralph Northam, 73rd Governor of Virginia

Discover how the advent of the automobile brought new mobility and freedom for African Americans but also exposed them t...
03/04/2021
Driving While Black: Race, Space and Mobility in America | WETA

Discover how the advent of the automobile brought new mobility and freedom for African Americans but also exposed them to discrimination and deadly violence, and how that history resonates today. If you are free on Friday evening, WETA is showing the Driving While Black Race, Space and Mobility in America https://weta.org/watch/shows/driving-while-black-race-space-and-mobility-america

Driving While Black: Race, Space and Mobility in America 1h 55m Discover how the advent of the automobile brought new mobility and freedom for African Americans but also exposed them to discrimination and deadly violence, and how that history resonates today. Episodes Season Driving While Black: Rac...

On March 9th-11th, the Virginia Employment Commission will be hosting a statewide Virtual Hiring Event. Over the course ...
02/27/2021
Hiring Event Commercial

On March 9th-11th, the Virginia Employment Commission will be hosting a statewide Virtual Hiring Event. Over the course of three days you will be able to review and apply to jobs across the Commonwealth, with each day focusing on a different region of the state. March 9th: Shenandoah Valley & Northern Virginia – Local Areas Include (Fredericksburg, Prince William, Alexandria, Fairfax, Arlington, Winchester, Harrisonburg, Charlottesville, and surrounding areas). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJnU0rVpkCc&feature=youtu.b

Live, Love, & Work in Virginia

NAACP president accuses Trump of having operated 'under white supremacist doctrine' https://thehill.com/homenews/news/54...
02/26/2021
NAACP president accuses Trump of having operated 'under white supremacist doctrine'

NAACP president accuses Trump of having operated 'under white supremacist doctrine' https://thehill.com/homenews/news/540680-naacp-president-accuses-trump-of-having-operated-under-white-supremacist

NAACP President Derrick Johnson is keeping the pressure on former President Donald Trump after the preeminent civil rights group along with Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) filed a lawsuit against Trump last week, alleging that incited the Jan.

Over the last year, UNMASKED: A COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall Series has focused on how the coronavirus pandemic is impacti...
02/20/2021
NAACP | UNMASKED Virtual Town Hall: COVID Vaccines - Part 2

Over the last year, UNMASKED: A COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall Series has focused on how the coronavirus pandemic is impacting African Americans. In the next episode of the series, Thursday, February 25 at 8 pm ET / 5 pm PT, we will provide an update on the spread of COVID-19 and the latest research on vaccines, therapies, and options. We will discuss considerations for cities and states as they continue with vaccine distribution and availability. https://naacp.org/unmasked-virtual-town-hall-covid-vaccines-part-2/#!

In the next episode of the series, Thursday, February 25 at 8 pm ET, we will provide an update on the spread and latest research on COVID-19.

02/17/2021
Congress holds hearing on bill to study reparations: LIVE

U.S. House of Representatives establishes a Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans Act. H.R. 40. This bill establishes the Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans. The commission shall examine slavery and discrimination in the colonies and the United States from 1619 to the present and recommend appropriate remedies.

The commission shall identify (1) the role of the federal and state governments in supporting the institution of slavery, (2) forms of discrimination in the public and private sectors against freed slaves and their descendants, and (3) lingering negative effects of slavery on living African Americans and society.. https://fb.watch/3IY6CKFSRG/

The NAACP sued Trump and Giuliani over the election fight and Jan. 6 riot. The civil rights group filed a lawsuit agains...
02/16/2021
N.A.A.C.P. Sues Trump and Giuliani Over Election Fight and Jan. 6 Riot

The NAACP sued Trump and Giuliani over the election fight and Jan. 6 riot. The civil rights group filed a lawsuit against Donald Trump and his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, claiming that they violated a 19th-century statute, the Ku Klux Klan Act, when they tried to prevent the certification of the election on Jan. 6. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/16/us/politics/naacp-sues-trump-giuliani-proud-boys-capitol.html

The civil rights group brought the suit on behalf of Representative Bennie Thompson of Mississippi, with other Democrats in Congress expected to join as plaintiffs.

We have been working alongside TWU and the  Legal Aid Justice Center to advocate for police free schools. School Resourc...
02/12/2021

We have been working alongside TWU and the Legal Aid Justice Center to advocate for police free schools. School Resources Officers (SRO) have no place in ACPS! Sign our petition today to show your support in advocating for a transition of funding in the budget away from SRO’s to supports and services that place emphasis on true safety factors and humanizing Black and Brown students.

Instead of police in schools, we need more resources in the community. Our Alexandria leaders should prioritize and fund affordable housing, rent assistance, and COVID relief instead of the school-to-prison pipeline. Along with Alexandria Branch of the N.A.A.C.P. and Legal Aid Justice Center, we invite you to add your name to our petition: https://www.tenantsandworkers.org/police_free_acps

En vez de policías en las escuelas, necesitamos más recursos en la comunidad como vivienda accesible y alivio del COVID. Nuestros líderes en Alexandria deben priorizar y financiar vivienda accesible, asistencia de renta, y alivio del COVID en vez de la tubería de la escuela a la cárcel. Con @Alexandria Branch of the NAACP y @Legal Aid Justice Center, te invitamos a añadir tu nombre a nuestra petición: https://www.tenantsandworkers.org/police_free_acps

Happy Birthday to the Mother of our Civil Rights movement, Ms.  Rosa Louise McCauley Parks. She was an American activist...
02/04/2021

Happy Birthday to the Mother of our Civil Rights movement, Ms. Rosa Louise McCauley Parks. She was an American activist in the civil rights movement best known for her pivotal role in the Montgomery bus boycott. Congress has called her "the first lady of civil rights" and "the mother of the freedom movement". Happy Heavenly Birthday!

02/03/2021

In a vote of 21 to 17, the Virginia Senate PASSED legislation to abolish the death penalty, including for those persons currently under a death sentence. The legislation will bring new protections, especially for underprivileged inmates that are at risk of receiving the death penalty.

Virginia has been one of most pro-death penalty states in U.S. history. So this would be a historic development. Next up: the House still has to vote on it.

02/01/2021
Since the protests against racial injustice started in spring 2020, were sparked by the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, George ...
01/29/2021
L’Oréal USA Partners With NAACP To Launch Grant Program To Support Black-Owned Small Businesses

Since the protests against racial injustice started in spring 2020, were sparked by the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, major corporations have stepped up efforts to show their support to create initiatives that advance social change. Beauty giant L’Oreal announced that they will launch a new business grant program to help Black-owned brands. For more read the article below..

Beauty giant L'Oreal announced that they will be launching a new business grant program in partnership with the NAACP to help Black-owned brands.

"I think when you begin to think of yourself as having achieved something then there's nothing left for you to work towa...
01/29/2021

"I think when you begin to think of yourself as having achieved something then there's nothing left for you to work towards. I want to believe that there is a mountain so high that I will spend my entire life striving to reach the top." Rest well Ms. Tyson and thank you for being a trailblazer for Black Women.

"I think when you begin to think of yourself as having achieved something then there's nothing left for you to work towards. I want to believe that there is a mountain so high that I will spend my entire life striving to reach the top." Rest well Ms. Tyson and thank you for being a trailblazer for Black Women.

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01/28/2021
City of Alexandria Provides COVID-19 Updates; Executive Order 72 Extended; Vaccine Panel Discussion Now Available; Vaccine Dashboard; Emergency Food Distribution this Saturday; Unemployment Benefits

https://www.alexandriava.gov/news_display.aspx?id=120053

The City of Alexandria and the Alexandria Health Department (AHD) strongly urge residents to stay home as much as possible during the current surge of COVID-19 cases in our community. Cases, hospitalizations, and deaths are increasing in Alexandria.

The measures seek to strengthen anti-discrimination housing policies…. nix federal contracts with private prisons, incre...
01/26/2021
Biden to sign executive actions on equity

The measures seek to strengthen anti-discrimination housing policies…. nix federal contracts with private prisons, increase the sovereignty of Native American tribes and combat xenophobia against Asians and Pacific islanders weeks after the departure of a president who blamed the Chinese for the coronavirus pandemic.

The action also instructs the Department of Housing and Urban Development to reinstate a 2013 rule that codified a decades-old legal standard known as “disparate impact.” hat rule was aimed at barring the housing industry from enacting policies such as requiring tenants to undergo a criminal-background check and using artificial intelligence to predict creditworthiness that, while seemingly race-neutral, have an adverse effect on Black and Latino Americans. For additional information, please read the article.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/biden-to-sign-executive-actions-on-equity/2021/01/26/3ffbcff6-5f8e-11eb-9430-e7c77b5b0297_story.html

The president plans to take executive actions Tuesday to combat racism and discrimination, an early move to fulfill his pledges on equity. They fall short of the sweeping actions civil rights groups are demanding; the administration says there is more to come.

01/20/2021

We need you to contact your legislator and tell them to vote NO on House Bill 2235.

HB2235 would allow for individuals to “opt-in” to voter identification at the polls. This will add substantial new burdens on election administrators and poll workers.

Instead of using taxpayer dollars to pay for this half-stepped attempt to suppress the votes of Black Virginians, we should instead use those funds to expand voting on Sundays and provide municipalities additional funds to increase the number of satellite voting locations.

There simply is no good reason to add an “optional” voter id requirement, which is why we oppose this harmful legislation.

HB2235 Voter identification; optional restrictive identification requirement. Allows a voter to opt into being required to show a valid photo identification issued by the Commonwealth, one of its political subdivisions, or the United States when voting in person. When a voter offers to vote and the poll-book indicates he has opted into such requirement, he shall be required to show a valid photo identification issued by the Commonwealth, one of its political subdivisions, or the United States in order to vote a regular ballot. The voter registration application shall permit an applicant to opt into this requirement and the Department of Elections is required to provide the means for currently registered voters to opt in as well.

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11/24/2020

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10/22/2020

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SROs contribute to the over-policing of youth in schools.

Across offense severities, a higher percentage of juvenile intake complaints from SROs (62.6%) were for youth under 16 years of age compared to other complainants (43.7%).

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Sign the petition below & tell Alexandria City Public Schools to #EndTheMOU

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Grassroots Alexandria Alexandria Branch of the N.A.A.C.P. Legal Aid Justice Center

The 2020 Virtual March on Washington and the Commitment March will take place on the 57th anniversary of the historic Ma...
08/24/2020
2020 Virtual March On Washington

The 2020 Virtual March on Washington and the Commitment March will take place on the 57th anniversary of the historic March on Washington, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech. https://2020march.com/

Join us Aug 27-28, 2020 for a virtual March on Washington.

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--History of the Alexandria, Virginia Branch--- A mass meeting held October 10, 1933 at Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria, Virginia under the auspices of the Alexandria Citizens’ Association (colored), a chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People was organized. Walter White of New York City, national secretary of the NAACP was the principal speaker, and conducted the organization of this new chapter. There was a large enrollment of members, most of whom paid their yearly subscriptions – the remainder to be paid on or before the first meeting of the chapter on Friday, October 27. Officers elected were: Henry C. Brooks, president; J. Byron Hopkins, Jr., secretary; Leon C. Baltimore, Jr., treasurer. Henry C. Brooks is also president of the Alexandria Citizens’ Association (colored). The mass meeting was also favored with an address by Sam S. Hollenga, manager of the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Hollenga explained the meaning of the National Recovery Administration (NRA), and why all citizens of Alexandria, white and colored, should support President of the United States Franklin D. Roosevelt in his efforts to put over this NRA program. He stated further that this was his first opportunity to address the colored people of Alexandria. He explained also the duties of the Chamber of Commerce of the city and urged the colored people who compose one-fifth of the population of the city to give a more concrete support to the programs made by the chamber of commerce in their efforts to make Alexandria, first a place to live and second, a bigger place to live. Mr. Hollenga stressed the necessity of a wholehearted cooperation of colored citizens with civic movements. Charles H. Houston, dean of Howard University Law School and a member of the District of Columbia Board of Education, spoke on the necessity of high school facilities for Negro children in Alexandria, and urged the citizens associated to continue their fight for equal school accommodations and other civil rights that are now denied them. Every speaker was well received. Henry C. Brooks, president of the Alexandria Citizens’ Association (colored) presided. J. Byron Hopkins, Jr. was master of ceremonies. The charter was received January 20, 1934 and remains as the official organ of the current Branch. We have been ably lead by the following persons who served as Branch president: Mr. Henry Brooks, Mr. Edwin Brown, Rev. N. Howard Stanton, Mr. Robert Isaac Terrell, Mr. Clarence Cooper, Dr. F. J. Pepper, Mr. Urquhart Dixon, Major Joseph O. Kahoe, Jr., Retired, Mr. Ulysses Calhoun, Dr. Gilbert Mays, Mr. Emmitt Carlton, Jr., Esq., Mr. Dirck Hargraves, Esq., Ms. Doris Spencer, Captain Everett A. Lewis, U. S. Air Force, Retired, and Mr. S. Howard Woodson III, Esq. Our current president, who is charged with continuing the Branch’s adherence to the framework of the NAACP charter, is Rev. Dr. Lee A. Earl.

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