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.

Upcoming Events!


Coming Soon:


Eugene Springfield Branch: Martin Luther King Jr. Community March. January 15th 9 AM - 12 PM at The Shedd (868 East Broadway, Eugene). For more information visit our website at

Freedom Fund Dinner, February 16th at the Valley River Inn. Jacqui Patterson, the National NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice (ECJ), Director will be our keynote speaker. Tickets can be bought on Eventbrite Eugene freedom fund dinner 2018. For more information visit or call 541-484- 1119

Salem Kaiser Branch: Civil Rights and Social Justice: The Struggle Continues March and Gathering for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. January 15th from 11:45 AM to 4:40 PM at McKay High School (2440 Lancaster Dr NE, Salem). March will kick off at 12:45 PM.

African-American Youth Leadership Conference (AAYLC) for Presenters and Volunteers will be held on January 20th from 10 AM to 4 PM at the Salem Mission Faith Ministries (4308 Hillrose St SE). This year's theme: "Labels" For more information visit our website at


Bremerton Branch: Mission Outreach Day, Saturday, March 3rd 2-6pm at Salvation Army Church at 832 6th St, Bremerton. For more information check out our Facebook page at:

Seattle King County Branch: Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 15th. Take a Knee for Justice! Seattle celebration starts at Garfield High School with an opportunity fair in the Commons from 8:30-11:30 AM; followed by workshops in classrooms from 9:30-10:50 AM; rally in gym at 11 AM; and the march kicks off at 12:30 PM. Rally will end at Westlake Park. All events are FREE!

Spokane Branch: Martin Luther King Jr. Day: January 15th, 10-11AM Spokane Convention Center Ballroom (3334 Spokane Falls Blvd). Speeches and March followed by Noon-2pm Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Martin Luther King Jr. Center (500 South Stone Street).

News Highlights:

September 18, 2017
Seattle to Michael Bennett: We've Got Your Back

The Nation
Bennett's connection to these struggles has also had an interesting effect on the Seattle chapter of the NAACP. The National NAACP has called for an NFL boycott over the league's treatment of Kaepernick, but as Gerald Hankerson, leader of the Seattle chapter, said, "We are not going to boycott because we want to support Michael and the team and show that this community supports their efforts to speak out".

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.

May 25, 2017
Alaska Dispatch News

Alaska's senators must do right by Alaskans on health care
OpEd by President McGee: It is unrealistic to expect Donald Trump to read or understand TrumpCare, and he apparently does not care if it results in the bankruptcy or premature death of Alaskans who would be affected by this bill. If Trump doesn't care, it is particularly important that Murkowski and Sullivan represent Alaskans at this critical moment.


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