ACT-SO (Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics) honors academic and cultural achievers at the same level as sports achievers. ACT-SO members recruit 9th through 12th grade students annually for an academic competition. The NAACP believes that African-Americans can succeed and compete at the same or superior levels as their counterparts in classrooms, boardrooms and laboratories throughout the world.
Chair: Avelina Holmes
Meeting Date & Time: Varies according to ACT-SO activity schedule
The Armed Services and Veterans Affairs Committee focuses on Armed Services and Veterans programs at the local, state and national levels to ensure they are administered fairly for minorities. The committee studies conditions pertaining to minorities and their families and handles discrimination complaints from members of the Armed Services and Veterans.
The Communications Press & Publicity Committee works to eliminate employment segregation and discrimination in the media industry. The members monitor local and national media including advertising, and promote the NAACP Houston Branch to gain favorable publicity in local newspapers, television and other media.
Meeting Date & Time: TBD 2nd Tuesday 6:30pm @ NAACP
The Committee on Community Coordination enlists the support of other community organizations on issues affecting the interests of minority groups and the NAACP Houston Branch in order to increase membership and volunteer recruitment, build coalitions around common goals, and increase Freedom Fund sponsorship of and attendance.
Meeting Chair: Vacant
Date & Time: Pending- First Monday of the Month, 4:30 p.m.
The Committee on Criminal Justice raises awareness about the inequities in the criminal and juvenile justice systems as well as some of the public misconceptions about the impact of recent “get tough” criminal policies on crime rate trends. Member work to increase minority participation in the Grand Jury system.
Chair: James Dixon, II
Meeting Date & Time: 1st Tuesday 6:30pm @ NAACP
Economic Development Committee
The Economic Development Committee implements local efforts and supports national programs that preserve and expand economic empowerment among minorities. The members promote business and home ownership, employment, and job creation.
The Education Committee works to eliminate segregation and other discriminatory practices in public education. Members focus on educational conditions affecting minorities including dropout rates, school funding, attendance, parental involvement, standardized testing, and teacher certification.
The Environmental and Climate Justice Committee raises awareness of environmental issues, climate change and energy reform policies, and the linkages between environmental quality and social justice. The members are active in the Coalition for Environment, Equity, and Resilience (CEER), a collaborative made up of nonprofit organizations who have committed to working together to advance an 8 point plan.
Meeting Date & Time: Meeting times vary according to the Environmental Climate activity schedule.
The Freedom Fund Committee (FFC) is the fundraising arm for the NAACP Houston Branch. The Annual Freedom Fund Advocacy and Awards Dinner (FFAAD) is the primary fundraiser for the branch. The FFAAD is traditionally held on the 4th Friday of October. Proceeds from the event support the branch operations and advocacy programming for the branch. The FFC also assists the unit with securing funds for special advocacy projects and the capital improvement fund for the branch headquarters.
Chair: Argentina M. James
Meeting Date & Time: Varies according to Freedom Fund activity schedule.
The Housing Committee studies housing conditions and new financing methods to promote home ownership. The members oppose all restrictive practices whether public or private, and refer complaints of housing discrimination.
The Labor & Industry Committee works to eliminate discriminatory employment practices in industry and government, wage differentials based on race, unequal opportunities for training and promotion, discriminatory practices in labor unions, and unfair dismissals.
Meeting Date & Time: (Pending) 3rd Wednesday 6:00pm @ NAAC
The Legal Redress Committee on Legal Redress investigates all cases reported to the NAACP Houston Branch, supervise all litigation in which the Branch is involved, and keeps the National NAACP and Branch informed on the progress of every case.
Co-Chair: Mary King, Esq.
Legal Clinics: 3rd Saturday of each month, 9am-2pm
The Political Action Committee focuses on voter registration and election turnout as well as legislation designed to improve the educational, political and economic status of minority groups. Members monitor proposed legislation and seeks the repeal of racially discriminatory laws. The Committee is non-partisan and does not endorse candidates for public office.
The Religious Affairs Committee uses an educational program designed to give moral and ethical interpretation to the civil rights struggle and conveys this message to religious groups of all faiths. Members seek the support of religious groups for membership and fund raising.
The Young Adult Committee works with the Membership Committee to solicit memberships of individuals 21-40 years of age, and maintain a mentorship program that is a support bridge from youth and college to NAACP Houston Branch participation. Also provide networking and social opportunities for young adults.