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.

Branches in the News:

Beyond Theory: Climate Justice in Practice
March 20, 2020
Buildings and Cities
What role does the built environment have in addressing climate injustices?
This community-led initiative provides a practical approach to addressing clilmate injustices, specifically those experienced by Black and brown communities and low-income residents in Portland, Oregon. Portland NAACP President Rev. E.D. Mondaine and Mandy Lee present a pioneering approach that embraces both climate (migration and adaptation) and inequity issues to improve community resilience and wellbeing. A climate justice approach is better than attempting to solve one issue at a time.

A look at Rep. Matt Shea's legal career: Recently laid off, he's sued bad drivers and a state university
February 10, 2020
Spokesman Reivew
In 2014, in response to an Eastern Washington University (EWU) newspaper OpEd about the Ferguson protests, President Hankerson submitted an OpEd stating: "If oppression is a figment of the African American imagination, the countless marches and demostrations of the civil rights movement and subsequent hard-won legislation for desegregation, voting rights, employment and fair housing were all trivial pursuits." When the student editor was let go by the newspaper, Rep. Matt Shea sued the state university. This case is one that stands out to the Spokesman Review in this article.

February 2, 2020
South Seattle Emerald
This year's Black Lives Matter at School week will take place February 3rd through 7th and includes lessons throughout the week highlighting the 13 guiding principles of Black Lives Matter. The hightlight in Seattle will most certainly be Young, Gifted, and Black, a talent showcase at Rainier Beach High School on Thursday, February 6th, honoring the brilliance of our Black youth, sponsored by the Rainier Beach Student Union, Social Equity Educators and the NAACP Youth Council.

Events Happening Around the Conference:


Eugene Springfield Branch:

Freedom Fund Dinner, February 21st at the Valley River Inn. This event starts at 6pm with an optional social hour with the main dinner and program starting at 7pm. For more information about this event, please visit our eventbrite site.


Bremerton Branch:

20th Annual Mission Outreach Day: March 7th starting at 2pm and located at the Sinclair Missionary Baptist Chruch (4900 Auto Center Blvd, Bremerton). The Mission Outreach Day event is an annual commemoration of several occasions in the history of the modern day church, in which the church took part in successful actions to protect the basic human rights of people who were under attack.

Those occasions were:
The anniversary of the adoption of the Namibian Constitution (February 1990)
The anniversary of the release of Nelson Mandela from prison in South Africa (right after the adoption of the Namibian Constitution)
The anniversary of the People Power Revolution in the Philippines (February 1990)
The anniversary of the Bloody Sunday March in Selma, Alabama (March 7, 1965)

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