NC NAACP State Convention

The North Carolina Branch of the NAACP held their 74th Annual State Convention from October 5th-7th. Six delegates from the Alamance County Branch were in attendance. Amongst the speakers were Rev. Jesse L Jackson, Sr., The Honorable Cory Booker and many more inspiring leaders. Voting took place on October 7th, and Rev. Dr. T Anthony Spearman was elected president of the State Branch. We look forward to working with Rev. Spearman and would like to thank Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II for his work in the moral movement!

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President Emeritus Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II and newly elected President, Rev. Dr. T Anthony Spearman at the 74th Annual NC NAACP State Convention on October 7th 2017 at the Raleigh Convention Center. 

Amongst many inspiring civil rights advocates in attendance were, Civil Rights Atty. Al Mcsurely (left) who has spent more than 50 years advancing the cause of justice. He narrowly escaped death when 8 sticks of dynamite were thrown at the bedroom window of his Kentucky home. And Bob Zellner, the first white Field Secretary of the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). He marched in Selma on “Bloody Sunday” 1965.

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Our branch president, Barrett Brown, with Bob Zeller (right) and Atty. Al Mcsurely (left) on October 7th at the NC NAACP 74th Annual Convention in the Raleigh Convention Center. 

“Brotherhood and sisterhood is not so wild a dream as those who profit by postponing it pretend.” – Bob Zellner

 

 

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Groundwater Op-Ed 9/14/17

On Tuesday night this week, a group of nearly 200 people gathered at the Elon Community Church of Christ to do something quite radical in these divided times. Hosted by AREA, the Alamance Racial Equity Alliance, these people gathered to learn about the subject of racism. We have often heard this term, especially as of late in the wake of the white supremacist terrorist attack in Charlottesville, VA. Rarely do we, however, have a true grasp on what this term means, nor are we all in agreement about the definition itself. Tuesday evening, people gathered to learn about just that. What is racism? How is our society affected by it? How can one measure racial equity?

Dr. Terrence Young and Deena Hayes of the Racial Equity Institute directed our attention at structural entities, often separated, that keep us from having this discussion of racism. It is highlighted in our systems of health, education, housing, criminal justice, political access and more. When these systems are discussed, we separate them and deal with problems called “health disparity”, the “achievement gap”, “disproportionality in neighborhoods” ETC. What we are seeing is that these titles are only serving to fragment the addressing of an underlying problem, systematic racism. Dr. Young went on to explain that merely the discussion of class or poverty do not solely explain this problem. Across all sorts of comparisons, populations who are white in our country have created and maintained a vast advantage over populations of color.

Slide after slide of documented examples flashed upon the screen. Some people shifted in their seats. Some people had to leave. Some people shook their heads and made audible sounds of disapproval, not of the messages, but of the content of the data in all its starkness and undeniability. Imagine the crux of this lecture being based on the simple fact that for at least 350 years, there have been considerable advantages held by white people that have not been enjoyed by people of color, and further, those advantages were stolen from, denied, and held above people of color. The quote, “Working twice as hard to get only half as far” applies to our current understanding of racism. We are looking at a history that flows right into today.

If you pay attention to children, you will notice that they do not accept unfairness well. They call it out exactly as they see it. Racism should be called out for exactly what it is – a systemic feature of an unfair system perpetuated by the silence of white people who say things like, “I don’t see color” or “Racism is in our history, but I don’t have anything to do with that.” Look around, it is apparent in every system upon which we depend, every corner we turn. I am so grateful that finally there are conversations being had, lectures being given, and consciousness being raised to the fact that this systemic problem of racism needs to be dealt with, and it comes not a moment too soon.

Anita Kinney, Alamance county native white woman, member of the Alamance County NAACP

OPEN HOUSE Wed 7/19

Dear friends, please join us for an Open House on Wednesday, July 19 at May Memorial Library.

We would love it if you’d RSVP so that we know how much pizza to order!  And please bring a friend!

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We hope to see you there!

2017 Freedom Fund Banquet

Last night, at our 43rd Annual Freedom Fund Banquet, we gathered celebrated a year of growth & advocacy by both our membership and other partners in our community. The night began with music and messages from our membership, our award ceremony, a motivational message delivered by our Keynote Speaker, Dr. Sir Walter Mack, and finally a message from our president, Barrett Brown.

“We have grown as a branch is size, diversity and capacity. As we move forward this year we rededicate ourselves to voting rights, equal protection under the law, economic and environmental justice and the principals and ideals that will serve to make Alamance County better. Make NC a place where the weak grow strong and the strong grow great and contribute to making America live up to its promise of a perfect union.” – Barrett Brown, Branch President

We would like to thank all who made this event possible, as well as all who attended, for their continued support & loyalty. Some of those who have made outstanding contributions in 2017 to the fight for civil rights & justice in Alamance County were honored last night. Awardees included;

Burlington Masjid (Humanitarian Award) 
United Chapel UCC (Religious Affairs Award) 
Closing the Achievement Gap, Inc. (Education Award) 
Dana Courtney (President’s Award) 
Rev. William Barber (Lifetime Achievement Award)

We look forward to another year of moving #forwardtogether.

ANAACP to host free screening of “Democracy for Sale”, Q&A with film’s director and cast members

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Join the Alamance NAACP for our free screening of “Democracy for Sale,” an eye-opening documentary about poverty, income inequality and the influence of big money in NC politics, starring actor Zach Galifianakis and featuring many leaders of the NC Forward Together Moral Movement including Rev. William Barber.

Democracy for Sale – Mark your calendar for June 11th to see the upcoming film screening of Democracy for Sale, starring Zach Galifianakis and made in North Carolina. North Carolina — perhaps more than any other state in the Union — has been transformed by the new and growing tidal wave of political spending. Galifianakis, the comic star of “The Hangover” movies, travels back to his home state to investigate how North Carolina has become a bellwether for how the money of a few has come to dominate our democracy. Galifianakis investigates allegations that the current state government was put in power by moneyed interests and has thus carried out a program that only benefits its backers: cuts to education, healthcare spending, and environmental protection; lowering of taxes for the wealthy and corporations; and the passage of laws designed to roll back access to the ballot. 

Question and Answers with the filmmaker and cast members of Democracy For Sale, directly following the screening with

  • Lucian Read, director and producer

  • Gene Nichol, UNC professor of law, and author of SEEING THE INVISIBLE: Putting a Face on Poverty in North Carolina (2014)

  • Margaret Dickson, former Democratic member of the North Carolina General Assembly

NAACP Open House just around the corner at Jazz-N-More, at 404 S Spring Street directly following Q&A. Meet, greet, and eat. Cash bar.

WHO:              Alamance NAACP

WHAT:           Democracy for Sale – free film screening, followed by a discussion of the documentary and an ANAACP Open House

WHEN:           Sunday, June 11, 2017 at 3:00 pm (doors open at 2:30 pm)

WHERE:        Paramount Theater,  128 E. Front Street Burlington, NC

CONTACT: Maryanne Shanahan at mshanahan44@gmail.com or 207.837.2827

Find the event page on Facebook HERE.

The Alamance Branch of the NAACP thanks you for supporting these events.

FORWARD TOGETHER! NOT ONE STEP BACK!

Alamance NAACP to Participate in the 11th Annual People’s Legislative Advocacy Day at the NCGA

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The Alamance NAACP to Participate in the 11th Annual People’s Legislative Advocacy Day in Raleigh, to Meet with Senator Gunn and Representatives Ross and Riddell

BURLINGTON, NC – The Alamance NAACP will join with NAACP branches from across the state, Forward Together Moral Movement supporters, and coalition partners on March 21st to participate in the 11th annual People’s Legislative Advocacy Day.

During this legislative session, over 2000 bills have been introduced, many of which are unconstitutional and undermine democracy in our state. They are being introduced and passed by a General Assembly whose members were elected with the help of gerrymandered districts that were found to be unconstitutional by a federal court. These illegitimate lawmakers are engaging in a political coup d’etat, passing laws that take power from the Governor and judicial branch and placing it in the hands of Speaker Moore and Senate Leader Phil Berger and other extremists in the Legislature.

The Alamance NAACP will meet with Representative Dennis Riddell at 10:30 am and Senator Rick Gunn, at a time to be scheduled the morning of Advocacy Day. Rep. Stephen Ross has not made himself available. We will meet to discuss the alarming direction that the NC General Assembly is moving in, stand against bills that will hurt North Carolina, and advocate for specific legislation that upholds our policy priorities. Their actions will not be done in the dark.

“In order to make Alamance County and North Carolina better for all of us, we have to hold our elected officials accountable on the state and federal level. On February 27th, we visited the office of our Congressman Mark Walker and now we will be going to Raleigh,” said Barrett Brown, President of the Alamance NAACP. “Now is the time to make your voice heard and we encourage anyone from the community to join us.”

The Alamance NAACP will be carpooling to Raleigh leaving at 7:00 am from 1908 S. Mebane St., Burlington, NC. Community members unaffiliated with the NAACP are welcome to join the carpool. Contact Dana Courtney at d_courtney@bellsouth.net or 3362630720 for more information.

WHO: Alamance Branch of the NAACP

WHAT: 11th annual People’s Legislative Advocacy Day

WHEN: Tuesday, March 21, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

WHERE: NC General Assembly, 16 W. Jones St. Raleigh, NC

The ANAACP visits Rep. Mark Walker’s district office to request a public Town Hall and present a letter of demands

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On February 27, 2017, thirty Alamance NAACP members and supporters joined Moral Movement supporters in Greensboro, to visit Congressman Mark Walker’s district office and present him with a letter of demands and a request for a public Town Hall by the end of March.

The Alamance NAACP and our partners, inspired to renewed action by our recent Moral March on Raleigh, traveled together to Greensboro to remind Rep. Walker that he cannot hide from the responsibilities he has to every constituent in North Carolina’s 6th congressional district. If he can go to Washington, DC and vote to deprive the people of his district of the chance to see a doctor; of the chance to escape conditions of poverty and conflict; of voter protections their fore parents died for; of the right to worship without the fear of being targeted and terrorized; of a civil society free of baseless propaganda designed to undermine our democratic institutions; or of the chance to earn the wages that would give their families a decent life, then he can come home and explain these votes to his critics and supporters alike. We traveled to Greensboro to let him know we are going to hold him accountable.

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The visit was one of 15 simultaneous news conferences and letter deliveries held at every US Senator and Congressperson’s office in North Carolina. Our letter included six key demands:

1. Vote against the repeal of the life-saving Affordable Care Act that millions of North Carolinians depend on.
2. Oppose any executive orders or legislation that will deport our immigrant brothers and sisters.
3. Restore the full protections of the Voting Rights Act now.
4. Oppose any executive orders or legislation that will ban or attack refugees or Muslims.
5. Publicly renounce the lies about voter fraud and oppose the widespread voter suppression spreading across the country.
6. Support our call for living wages and union rights.