Category Archives: Advocacy Corner

NAACP Houston Branch Urges Bail Reform in Harris County

NAACP Houston Branch Urges Bail Reform in Harris County

There are two words that have seemed to escape the leadership at  Harris County. These two words should be the most important words that every elected official should hold dearly. These words are logic and ethics. Logic is defined as a proper or reasonable way of thinking about something; sound reasoning. Ethics is defined as moral principles that govern a person’s behavior or conducting of activity.

Over the last few months, I have begun to wonder whether the leadership of Harris County has lost an understanding of these two words. After years of fighting a revision of the county’s bail system and losing at all levels, even after spending more than 2.5 million dollars, they refuse to give up. I ask why is it so important to keep a young 17 year old male, who posseses a small amount of crack, in jail because he does not have $500 to obtain a $5000 bail while at the same time letting a drug king pin out because he can come up with the $10,000 to obtain a $100,000 bail.

Our bail system should not be predicated on one’s ability to pay but should follow the constitutional dictate that (A) an individual charged with a crime must not be a danger to other members of society and (B) the setting of any bail amount should take into consideration of one’s ability to pay”.  Bail reform is a fight that the NAACP Houston Branch will continue to fight until a just outcome is reached.

 

– Dr. James Matthew Douglas, Houston Branch President

 

Tobacco 21 Campaign

Tobacco 21 Campaign

On Tuesday, May 16, 2017 the NAACP Houston Branch & College Chapters (TSU and UofH) hosted a phone banking session and urged our state representatives to pass HB 1908. At the time HB 1908 was pending in the Texas Legislature, if passed it would have raised the age for purchasing, distributing and smoking tobacco fromContinue Reading

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,Continue Reading

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

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