Alaska Oregon Washington State-Area Conference

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.

Jaydon Beleford of Seattle King County's ACT-SO program performed Lift Every Voice and Sing at this year's Annual Convention. For more information on ACT-SO programs available in your area, visit our Education and Youth page.

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June 21, 2018
Anchorage Daily News
Equal justice under law includes a fair judiciary
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. famously stated, "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." This applies to the federal courts, too. This is why the NAACP in Alaska care about a judgeship in North Carolina. We cannot allow someone adently opposed to equal rights to assume the bench anywhere. It threatens our justice system everywhere.

March 13, 2018
Yakima County NAACP event celebrates 60 women making a difference
Yakima Herald

The event at Henry Beauchamp Community Center will highlight the many contributions that African-American women have made in the United States and locally.

February 25, 2018
Commentary: Justice is biggest reason to end death penalty

Everett Herald
OpEd by Vice President Sheley Secrest: Beyond arguments of cost and deterence, the issue of racial jsutice should matter most in our state.

January 31, 2018
Artifiacts, harsh truth on exhibit for Black History Month
The Columbian
“I hope we can help educate people in the Pacific Northwest about racism and the African-American experience here,” said spokeswoman Andrea Marzette.

January 15, 2018
Seattle Takes a Knee On Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Seattle Patch
Hankerson fired up the crowd by asking what had changed since MLK's death for black people in Seattle. The housing affordability crisis, he said, is driving black families out of the city, making Seattle and King County just a place for the wealthy.

August 26, 2017
How NAACP Leaders in NFL Cities View Colin Kaepernick and the Anthem Protests
Sports Illustrated
Seattle King County Branch President Gerald Hankerson: "Our complete involvement from the branch level is that I've been working with [Seahawks players] Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril one on one...As Mike has indicated, he's utilizing his platform to educate folks. He's been down here in the community with the NAACP...I really applaud his courage and commitment to stand firm in his beliefs despite what has happened to Colin Kaepernick."

June 1, 2017
South Seattle Emerald
Repealing Obamacare will disproportionately harm black people and people of color
OpEd by President Hankerson:
Blacks maintain the highest unemployment rate in King County. Trumpcare targets precisely these populations for the elimination health care. In our state and across the country people of color will be forced into medical debt, which is the biggest barrier for wealth in communities of color.


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