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:
The National NAACP Washington office released their annual Civil Rights Legislative Report Card. The report's purpose to educate our members on how their representatives have voted on civil rights legislation and other issues relating to the NAACP priorties.
The Seattle Channel and the Seattle Race and Justice Initiative presents:
President/CEO Cornell Brooks Holds Town Listening Sessions with Community Members
National President and CEO Cornell Brooks with President Hankerson in Seattle. Photo courtesy of Rahn Clayton.
August 13, 2014
Seattle, WA—On Tuesday, August 5th and 6th, the Seattle King County NAACP held town hall listening sessions to welcome National NAACP President/CEO Cornell Brooks to Seattle.
During the first town hall President Brooks answered questions from members via a video call after his flight was delayed. The evening was filled with two performances from students who participted in the National ACT-SO competition in Las Vegas eariler this month. President Hankerson spoke on the current issues in Seattle as well as around the country, setting the stage for President Brook's remarks.
Once President Brooks landed in Seattle on the 6th he met with local leaders and ended his trip with a visit to the Seattle King County branch for an inperson town hall listening session.
Seattle King County NAACP would like to thank President Brooks for visiting Seattle.
BREAKING NEWS: King County Sheriff Urquhart reverses his decision to implement the choke hold
Article from Publicola: King County Sheriff John Urquhart announced at a Town Hall meeting in Sea-Tac last night that he was reversing his position on "Lateral Vascular Neck Restraints" aka, chokeholds—a deadly police move that the NAACP has condemned.
At the Sea-Tac meeting, Urquhart told the crowd he would no longer train on the technique and his officers would no longer be allowed to use it; the King County Sherrif's office had recently announced they were actually resuming LVNR training , which unnerved law enforcement watchdogs, particularly after an un-armed African-American man, Eric Garner died of a heart attack when the NYPD used a chokehold on him this summer. The police assault was caught on video and Garner is heard repeatedly saying "I can't breathe!"
County leaders, residents sound off on race, law enforcement. Can Ferguson happen here? King County Reporter Newspapers
Legal Redress Chair James Bible (42:00), President Hankerson (47:00) and 2nd Vice President Secrest (1:15:00) speak at a community forum on September 10th in SeaTac, WA in regards to the relationship between law enforcement and the community.
Upcoming Events in Alaska, Oregon, and Washington:
2014 Fall Alaska Oregon Washington Convention, October 17-18. More information to come.
Salem Keizer 2014 Freedom Fund Banquet: Lagacies Remembered, October 25th 5:30-8pm at the Chemeketa Eola Viticulture Center
This month's news highlights: For news links from previous months, please visit our News Stories page.
Sullivan releases false information on Medicare, ACA, Alaska Native News
Continued Obsession with Slavery, 650 KENI Anchorage News Radio
Parnell responsible for rising health insurance rates in Alaska, Alaska Dispatch News
WSU study finds local officers to fire at black suspects, The Columbian via The Spokesman Review
Alaska civil rights groups show support for same-sex marriage challenge, Alaska Dispatch News
Standing with Ferguson, Real Change News
NAACP’s Memorial Day picnic at Washington Park. (Amiran White/ For The Register Guard).
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).
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