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:

Exciting Youth Opportunities! It's not too late to join.

We're calling on all stuents 9th - 12th grade! The ACT-SO Committee is available to meet with any group or school to discuss the program. Contact Carolyn Riley-Payne at 206-324-6600 or for more information regarding a program near you!

So What is ACT-SO?

The NAACP's Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) is a yearlong achievement program designed to recruit, stimulate, and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among African-American high school students.

ACT-SO relies on community volunteers and business leaders to serve as mentors and coaches in promoting academic and artistic excellence among African-American and Hispanic students. By providing an arena where students strive to excel in the sciences, arts and humanities, ACT-SO equips its participants with the skills to live meaningful lives.

ACT-SO includes 26 categories of competition. For more information on specific categories CLICK HERE.

ACT-SO recruits students annually and conducts annual Academic Olympic competitions for students in grades 9th - 12th in NAACP Branches throughout the country. First place local winners then compete with youth from other cities at the National ACT-SO finals held during our National Convention.

Take Action Today!

Join NAACP members across the country and tell Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson: Comply with the DOJ's recommendations for reform.

Last week, the Department of Justice released a report detailing a long standing pattern of racially-biased policing practices and systematic discrimination within the Ferguson Police Department. The DOJ has made its recommendations for creating a more just environment for police officers and the communities they serve. Send a message to the Ferguson Police Chief, urging him to comply with the DOJ's recommendations immeidately, and ensure that all citizens, regardless of race, are seen equally under the law.

President Hankerson speaks to Seattle's King 5 News on the local perspective of what's happening in Ferguson.

Upcoming Events in Alaska, Oregon, and Washington:


March 24th: On Tuesday, March 24, 2015, the NAACP, Anchorage will be sponsoring a Mayoral Candidates Forum for your opportunity to hear their responses to matters of your concern.


April 2nd: The 9th African American Youth Leadership Conference for Linn, Benton, Lincoln, and Lane counties. This event will be held at Western Oregon University from 8:30-1pm. For more information: visit our events page.

April 10th: The 14th African American Youth Leadership Conference for Marion county. This event will be held at Chemeketa Community College from 8:30-1pm. For more information: visit our events page.

April 11th: 8th Annual Family and Youth Conference: Please spread the word and check for details the Eugene/Springfield event's page.

April 18th: Eugene-Springfield Branch's ACT-SO Performance Competition

Saturdays in Eugene: Education Research Center is open starting at 10am at the Lane Community College Downtown Campus - 2nd floor for parents and students who want more information on our Youth Council, ACT-SO and our Back to School Tutoring program (BTS). Visit our website for a current schedule: (


Starting February 21st: Seattle King County ACT-SO: Join us at the Martin Luther King Jr Community Center from 10am to 12:30pm. For more information on ACT-SO and all the dates visit our website.

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

This month's news highlights:

Spokane police disproportionately stop people of color, report says, The Spokesman-Review

Debtors fight back at Up-From-Debt Summit, People's World

Alaskans should beware Outside advice that comes with an agenda, Alaska Dispatch News

Support Dolezal, NAACP,The Spokesman Review

Stunning surge in graduation rate as Rainier Beach's gamble pays off, Seattle Times

Community rallies in solidarity with Spokane NAACP chapter, KXLY

200 supporters rally at NAACP after delivery of racist materials, The Spokesman-Review

Portland police chief not convinced there's adequate resources, community partnerships to address gang violence, OregonLive

"Youth Speak Out" event invites suggests on improving the community, Alaska Public Media

Full length video of NAACP Anchorage's A Community Dialogue event, Anchorage School District

Anchorage community dialogue focuses on setting the bar higher for young men of color, KTVA 11


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