NAACP ANNOUNCES NEW DIRECTION, FOCUS AND ACCOUNTABILITY
The NAACP was founded more than a century ago in response to the rampant and violent lynching of black Americans. Over the past 100 years, the black community and communities of color as a whole have experience tremendous advancements. Yet, as we continue to march towards the arc of Justice, additional barriers have been placed in our way in the forms of voter suppression; increased police brutality and inadequate health care as well as anti-immigrant sentiments.
The NAACP intends to aggressively and nimbly respond to the current climate of political unrest, as well as the assaults upon human and civil rights that threaten our very democracy, as only it can. To do so demands that the Board of the NAACP ensure that organization has the right plan and the right leadership to address these 21st century challenges.
In keeping with its longstanding history, and legacy, the NAACP Board announced a "Transformational, system-wide refresh and strategic re-envisioning. The objective is to best position the respected national organization to confront the realities of today's volatile political, media and social climates.
Board Chairman Leon W. Russell and Vice Chair Derrick Johnson, who were elected to their current positions in February, 2017 will manage the organization on an interim basis until a new leader is named. Current CEO and President Cornell Brooks will remain at the organization until June 30th, the end of his current term.
YOUTH & COLLEGE
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Your membership is invaluable to the continued existence of NAACP advocacy initiatives, outreach programs and litigation efforts throughout the San Joaquin County. As our membership grows so does our opportunity to make a difference.
MESSAGE FROM OUR PRESIDENT
On behalf of the Stockton Branch NAACP, it is with much gratitude and thankfulness that I have the opportunity to serve as the current President of the Branch. We continue to strive to change the course of history as we advocate for social, educational, political, economic, health and wellness changes. The NAACP has had a long and glorious history. I count it one of the privileges of my life to have been asked to attempt to contribute to the NAACP history as President.
During the past year we have embarked on a number of projects to achieve a more positive and unified approach to improving civil and human rights. We launched our “REACH” Healthy Initiative. This year, we increased our efforts related to the issue of health disparities among African Americans especially and people of color. We also advocated for improved educational opportunities for our children and pressed against housing violations and advocated to promote more economic development projects. Our Criminal Justice Committee launched a new “Know Your Rights” series to ensure that the community and especially our youth are better informed. None of these efforts would be possible without the support of individuals and local businesses that continue to make contributions to the cause of civil rights and equal opportunity for all. READ MORE
HISTORY OF NAACP
This year, the NAACP celebrates its 106th anniversary - which coincides with the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln's birth and the inauguration of the first African-American president of the United States of America. We are pleased that our Stockton Branch is celebrating 84 years in San Joaquin County and eighty-four years of community service. The NAACP has made a positive impact on the quality of life for the citizens of San Joaquin County. The following is a partial list of the many projects we completed this past year:
It is our plea and my prayer that like-minded residents from all across the community will join the NAACP today. The NAACP is an inclusive organization and membership is power! Your membership is invaluable to the continued existence and viability of NAACP advocacy initiatives, outreach programs and social justice efforts. With your membership comes the opportunity to make a difference in San Joaquin County.