NAACP Alaska Oregon Washington State Area

The Alaska Oregon Washington State Area Conference (AOWSAC) of the NAACP is dedicated to improving the political, educational, social and economic status of all persons, eliminating racial prejudice, and keeping the public aware of the adverse effects of discrimination at the state level.

We have 13 local unit Branches and multiple youth councils, high school councils and prison Branches throughout Alaska, Oregon and Washington committed to addressing issues of discrimination and inequality affecting members in our communities and at the state level.

With this site, our goal is to provide you with information on local Branch events, and links to current news stories featuring AOWSAC’s advocacy efforts.

With the recent Supreme Court decision regarding the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the need is greater than ever for the NAACP to continue our voting rights advocacy and registration program.

Photo credit: Seattle Weekly 

Gerald Hankerson, President                                                                                       NAACP Alaska Oregon Washington State Area Conference 


Featured Event and News Story:  



NAACP Releases Statement on Seattle Decision to Raise Minimum Wage to $15 per hour   

June 3, 2014

(Washington, DC) – Today the NAACP released the following statement applauding the Seattle City Council's historic vote yesterday to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour – the highest in the United States. The plan, which includes a lower training wage aimed at teenagers, will phase in the higher, local minimum over three to seven years, depending on the size of the business and benefits they provide employees. Next April 1, when the plan takes effect, every worker will get at least a $1-an-hour raise.

From Hilary Shelton, VP of Policy and Advocacy:

“We applaud the city of Seattle for their leadership in ensuring that their workers have more of a livable wage to support their families. We appreciate Seattle’s initiative in following President Obama who has demonstrated his commitment to fair pay by signing an executive order to raise the minimum wage for employees of federal contract workers.  Congress – both the House and Senate – must take note that the tide is turning and it’s time they follow suit and move to pass the Minimum Wage Fairness Act so that all Americans can have a decent wage for a good days work.”

From Dedrick Muhammad, Sr. Director of NAACP Economic Department:

“The NAACP believes that every worker deserves a livable wage.  The divide between the rich and poor in this country has grown astronomically over the last four decades.  We commend the Seattle NAACP and all those advocates who have worked so hard to make Seattle the new national leader in having a living wage as a minimum wage.”

From Gerald Hankerson, President, Alaska, Oregon and Washington State Conference and of Seattle King County NAACP:

“I commend Seattle for setting the stage in closing the opportunity gap between the rich and the poor. One of the main challenges being faced by working class Americans is the fact that workers’ pay no longer rises with their productivity and hard work.  Seattle’s decision is a game changer and I believe this victory can build similar economic justice and fairness movements across the country for all American workers.”

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Civil rights activists Lyllye Parker (left) and Ruth Koenig chat during the NAACP’s Memorial Day picnic at Washington Park. (Amiran White/ For The Register Guard).




Congratulations to ACT-SO for representing the AOWSAC with 4 medals at the National Competition in Las Vegas! 

Ericka Peques - Seattle/King County #1136 - GOLD in Medicine and Health

Asia Wooten - Eugene/Springfield #1119 - GOLD in Music Instrumental/Contemporary/Classical

India Mithcell - Seattle/King County #1136 - BRONZE in Music Vocal Contemporary

Simon Longnight - Eugene/Springfield #1119 - BRONZE in Dramatics



Upcoming Events in Alaska, Oregon, and Washington:      

Nubian Jam presented by The Snohomish County Black Heritage Committee Saturday, July 26th from 10am to 7pm at Forest Park (802 E Mukilteo Blvd, Everett, WA)

2014 Fall Alaska Oregon Washington Convention, October  17-18. More information to come. 



This month's news highlights:                                                             For news links from previous months, please visit our News Stories page. 


Activists Call for Federal Probe of Washington Corrections Hiring The Skanner

Black Leaders Call for Investigation into DOC Employement Practices The Seattle Medium

NAACP employment workshop scheduled The Columbian

Graduation coverage should highlight minority students Statesman Journal

Recalling history: An NAACP gathering celebrates Memorial Day and civil rights: The Register-Guard

Black OSU grads to be honored at ceremony on Friday Corvallis Gazette-Times

Special the The Spokesman-Review: School discipline needs to keep students learning:  The Spokesman-Review, Spokane

Ford Motor Company recognizes unsung heros:


 NAACP’s Memorial Day picnic at Washington Park. (Amiran White/ For The Register Guard).



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