Category Archives: Advocacy Corner

Let’s Talk Houston – Quarterly Conversational Series

Let’s Talk Houston – Quarterly Conversational Series

NAACP Houston Branch recently implemented its Quarterly Conversational Series (QCS) to feature and highlight expert speakers from around our city, region and country providing insights and strategies for addressing current political, social and economic inequities.   In alignment with our NAACP National agenda, the QCS focuses its topics on issues to include, but not limited to, strategies on:

  • Ensuring economic success, sustainable jobs and protection of workers’ rights
  • Protection of rights for a fair criminal justice system
  • Uncorrupted and unfettered access to the ballot box
  • Excellence in educational opportunities for all zip codes
  • Increased awareness and engagement in disparate health and environmental issues

No better way to kick-off our QCS than with the trifecta of conversationalist: Mayor Sylvester Turner, Commissioner Rodney Ellis and Senator Borris Miles.  And to top it off was to have the event perfectly moderated by our very own Branch President, Dr. James Douglas.

Executive Director Yolanda Smith opened the event with a warm welcome to the nearly 300 guest enjoying a full-course dinner (no hors d’oeuvres).  Smith thanked our QCS sponsors and introduced NAACP Past Presidents (Rev. Reginald Lillie, Carolyn Scantlebury, Dr. Luckett Johnson, Carol Galloway) and National leadership (Howard Jefferson and Carmen Watkins). After recognizing and thanking our Houston Membership, Smith introduced Dr. Douglas who then introduced our Mayor and Commissioner (Senator Miles was slightly delayed having bills to vote on in the state legislature).  After brief opening statements from both gentlemen, Dr. Douglas immediately commenced to questioning both Turner and Ellis focusing on Education and Criminal Justice.  Senator Miles arrived shortly thereafter and quickly joined the discussion providing updates on activities in the legislative session.  Dr. Douglas invited questions from the audience and literally the flood gates opened with two lines of attendees asking questions ranging from Flooding, SB6 (the Bathroom Bill), Pensions, Education, HISD Recapture (HISD having to give the state back millions of dollars), Homeless/Mental Health issues, to various Economic Development questions including the discussion of the city’s disparity study addressing the lack of diversity in city contracts.

The camaraderie between our mayor, commissioner and senator was undeniable and certainly added to the mini-comedy show as the three shared fond memories of their legislative history and anecdotal humor of the serious issues the audience questioned them about.  Our Houston NAACP was blessed to have the fabulous support of our Houston corporate and educational community which always answers our call of partnering on important community initiatives. We wish to thank The Barbara Jordan/Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs on the campus of Texas Southern University (in particular: Dr. Michael O. Adams) for graciously serving as our event Title Sponsor.  We also thank the event host, Houston Community College (more specifically: Trustee Dr. Carolyn Evans Shabazz and Chancellor Maldonado) for the generous sponsorship support of the facility and staff who helped to make the event seamless.  But most of all, we thank our Houston NAACP Members for joining and participating in the QCS.  Your support and willingness to sit down and have a meaningful conversation with our leadership made the event a huge success!

Photos of this event can be viewed at: Let’s Talk Houston Photos

 

Legal Redress Clinics

Legal Redress Clinics

The NAACP Legal Redress Committee Hosts legal clinics on the 3rd Saturday of every month from 9:00am – 2:00pm. A collection of Houston area attorneys volunteer their time each month to participate in this clinic. This clinic provides individuals FREE legal advice, assistance, consultation and guidance to individuals whom would otherwise be unable to affordContinue Reading

Racist & Nazi Graffiti at Memorial High School

Racist & Nazi Graffiti at Memorial High School

On the first day back to school after the holiday break the students at Memorial High School in Spring Branch ISD were welcomed back to school by racist and Nazi graffiti written on the wall of their campus! The NAACP Houston Branch 2nd Vice President, Executive Director, and Education Chair held a press conference inContinue Reading

Toy Drive & Holiday Reception

Toy Drive & Holiday Reception

   On December 15, 2016 the NAACP leadership held a toy drive and Holiday Reception. Gifts were collected during the first two weeks of December and disseminated to needy families on Thursday December 15, 2016. A total of 100 gifts were collected. 59 were given out to the NAACP community while the additional 41 wereContinue Reading

Houston NAACP Attends Friday Harbour Field Day

Houston NAACP Attends Friday Harbour Field Day

The Houston NAACP was recently invited to participate in Friday Harbour’s Non-Profit Field Day Competition. Friday Harbour is a 501c(3) non-profit organization who assists and fights to help find a cure for cancer! Friday Harbour invited not only the NAACP but nearly 20 other local Houston non-profit organizations to paticipate in its first annual fieldContinue Reading

2016 Freedom Fund Advocacy Awards Gala

2016 Freedom Fund Advocacy Awards Gala

   For those of you who were unable to attend the NAACP Houston Branch’s Annual Freedom Fund Advocacy and Awards gala, you missed out on a great event! With a delectable three course dinner on the menu, amazing honorees, and soulful and rhythmic entertainment, the evening was filled with spirit and humility. The NAACP presentedContinue Reading

Press Conference

Press Conference

NAACP Houston Branch and Texas Civil Rights Project will host a Joint Press Conference to address the broken Harris County Bail Bond System.                                               Date:          Wednesday, September 21, 2016 Time:          10:00 a.m.  Place:         NAACPContinue Reading

National President Brooks Visits Houston

National President Brooks Visits Houston

The NAACP National President, William Cornell Brooks visited Houston and attended the TSU vs. PVAMU Football Game.  Pictured with our Branch President, Dr. Douglas, Youth & College Division Chair, Avelina Holmes, Executive Committee Members Linda Johnson, Gwen Saulsberry and students.

NAACP Houston Responds to WLM Protest

NAACP Houston Responds to WLM Protest

“White Lives Matter” held a protest in front of our NAACP Houston Branch Headquarters.  The NAACP is the oldest civil rights organization in the country; as such, we have advocated and demanded that all citizens in the United States be afforded all of their constitutional rights, especially their right to Freedom of Speech.  And whileContinue Reading

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