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Game Changers

NAACP STRATEGIC PLAN:

GAME CHANGERS FOR THE 21ST CENTURY

For more than a century the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has worked to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination. Inspired by the force and commitment of The Call of 1909, which denounced the growing oppression of people of color and mobilized thousands to work to bring this discrimination to an end, the NAACP seeks to establish a strategic direction as it embarks on developing The New Call for the 21st Century.

In the fall of 2011, the NAACP launched a process to develop its strategic direction and plan, creating a powerful vision for the future, and setting organizational goals that would focus its work for the 21st Century.

The six NAACP Game Changers below address the major areas of inequality facing African Americans that are the focus of the NAACP’s work.

Economic Sustainability

A chance to live the American Dream for all
Every person will have equal opportunity to achieve economic success, sustainability, and financial security.

Education

A free, high-quality, public education for all
Every child will receive a free, high quality, equitably-funded, public pre-K and K-12 education followed by diverse opportunities for accessible, affordable vocational or university education.

Health

Health equality for all Americans including a healthy life and high-quality health care
Everyone will have equal access to affordable, high-quality health care, and racially disparate health outcomes will end.

Public Safety and Criminal Justice

Equitable dispensation of justice for all
Disproportionate incarceration, racially motivated policing strategies, and racially biased, discriminatory, and mandatory minimum sentencing will end. Incarceration will be greatly reduced and communities will be safer. The death penalty will be abolished at the state and federal level, as well as in the military.

Voting Rights and Political Representation

Protect and enhance voting rights and fair representation
Every American will have free, open, equal, and protected access to the vote and fair representation at all levels of the political process. By protecting democracy, enhancing equity, and increasing democratic participation and civic engagement, African Americans will be proportionally elected to political office.

Expanding Youth and Young Adult Engagement

The NAACP is expanding the presence of youth consciousness in every aspect of the Association through significant attention to expanding engagement with key age demographic (1979 and after). Young adult engagement will be key in policy research, development and advocacy on all levels. Greater support is being made to enhance the capacity of local units to recruit, engage, train and retain young adults. Innovative approaches are being taken on young adult membership and program engagement.

Making these game changers a reality will require the Board of Directors’ leadership, broad outreach in venues such as regional and state conferences, an effective program to educate national, state, and local leaders about the plan and participation of the units.

The program for units will contain clear messages regarding strategies and plans and will provide training so that members can adapt the aims of the plan to the needs of their community and move it to action. Member feedback will be brought into national level discussions in order to identify the resources and support needed for members to be successful in their local communities.

NAACP Staff will work closely with members, providing training, support, and expertise on the Game Changers and will periodically review work plans to ensure alignment with local needs.

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The NAACP has always been at the forefront of the fight against racial discrimination and economic inequality. Voting rights and the battles against voter suppression are just as important today as they were during the Civil Rights Movement. Health care, education, and economic opportunity need our action if they are ever to improve.

Help us win the fight.

ACT-SO Committee

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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

actso@naacphouston.org

Armed Services & Veterans Affairs Committee

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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.

Chair: W. Clyde Lemon

Date & Time: 1st Monday, 12:00 pm via conference call

veterans@naacphouston.org

Communications Press & Publicity Committee

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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.

Chair: Linda Chandler Jacobs

Meeting Date & Time: TBD 2nd Tuesday 6:30pm @ NAACP

media@naacphouston.org

Community Coordination Committee

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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: Juli McShay

Date & Time: First Monday of the Month, 4:30 p.m.

community@naacphouston.org

Criminal Justice Committee

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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

justice@naacphouston.org

Economic Development Committee

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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.

Chair: Roger Harris

Meeting Date & Time: 2nd Monday 5:30pm @ NAACP

economics@naacphouston.org

Education Committee

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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.

Chair: Dr. Carolyn Evans -Shabazz

Meeting Date & Time: 1st Thursday 6:00pm @ NAACP

education@naacphouston.org

Environmental Climate Justice Committee

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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.

Chair: Jacqueline Smith

Meeting Date & Time: Meeting times vary according to the Environmental Climate activity schedule.

climate@naacphouston.org

Freedom Fund Committee

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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.

freedomfund@naacphouston.org

Health Committee

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The Health Committee is concerned with access to health care, health education, treatment and research, and sponsors health fairs and workshops highlighting important health issues for minorities.

Chair: Carol Moore

Meeting Date & Time: Varies according to Health activity schedule.

health@naacphouston.org



Housing Committee

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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.

Chair: Belinda Everette

Meeting Date & Time: 1st Wednesday 12:30 pm @ NAACP

housing@naacphouston.org

Labor & Industry Committee

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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.

Chair: John Bland

Meeting Date & Time: 3rd Wednesday 6:00pm @ NAAC

labor@naacphouston.org

Legal Redress Committee

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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. & Charles Livingston, Esq.

Legal Clinics: 3rd Saturday of each month, 9am-2pm

legalredress@naacphouston.org

Membership & Life Membership Committee

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The Membership & Life Membership Committee works to increase membership by organizing campaigns, soliciting new members and renewals, and encouraging life memberships.

Chair: Mable Caleb

Meeting Date & Time: TBD 2nd Tuesday 5:30pm @ NAACP

membership@naacphouston.org

Political Action Committee

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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.

Chair: Claude Cummings Jr.

Meeting Date & Time: 2nd Monday 6:00pm @ NAACP

PAC-GOTV@naacphouston.org

Religious Affairs Committee

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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.

Chair: Bishop Johnny Tates

Meeting Date & Time: TBD

religion@naacphouston.org

WIN (Women In the NAACP) Committee

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The WIN Committee supports social justice issues affecting women by serving as an advocacy vehicle for social, economic, political, educational and health and welfare issues affecting women.

Co-Chair: Sylvia Donahue- McCarter

Meeting Date & Time: 2nd Wednesday 6:30pm @ NAACP

WIN@naacphouston.org

Young Adult Committee

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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.

Chair: Porschia Harris & Cha’Mira Keener

Meeting Date & Time: 1st Thursday 6:30pm @ NAACP

youngadult@naacphouston.org

Youth Works Committee

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The Youth Works Committee collaborates with the national NAACP to recognize exemplary youth, develop programs and activities consistent with the Association’s policies and mission for youth groups.

Chair: Avelina Holmes

Meeting Date & Time:Varies according to ACT-SO activity schedule

youthworks@naacphouston.org