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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.



‘We want answers:’ Manuel Ellis’ family demands transparency in death by Tacoma police
Tacoma News Tribune - June 4, 2020

Press Advisory for June 5, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Gerald Hankerson, President
Email: president@naacpaowsac.org

Advisory: NAACP Will Not Rest Until all Officers are Fired, Arrested and Convicted.

On Thursday, June 4, 2020, the Mayor of Tacoma, Victoria Woodards, called for the termination of the four officers that led to the death of 33-year-old Manuel “Manny” Ellis.

“NAACP is encouraged by the action followed behind the anger surrounding the death of Manny Ellis, says Gerald Hankerson, President of the NAACP Alaska, Oregon, Washington State Area Conference. “Mayor Victoria Woodards has taken a courageous step in clearing a path to justice. Demanding the termination of officers is a step, standing against police violence is a step, allocating funding for body cameras is a step. The path to justice remains ahead of us.”

NAACP calls for the Attorney General to investigate this matter for prosecution against the officers and secure a conviction. The voters of Washington state demanded accountability, we marched, petitioned, cried, and testified, now is the time to deliver on those promises.

“We want law enforcement to think twice before taking a life. We cannot celebrate until officers are convicted for unlawfully causing the death of a Black life. Only then can people truly believe that justice prevails, and that Black lives really do matter.”

Passing laws with promises to De-escalate Washington means nothing until those words come off the page and are used to stop the senseless killing of Black people throughout the state of Washington.


Branches in the News:


Tacoma’s ‘Can’t breathe’ case: Manuel Ellis’ family demands answers after he was killed while being restrained by police
Seattle Times
Gerald Hankerson, president of the NAACP's Alaska-Oregon-Washington State Conference, said he's tired of "flashy words" from politicians and demanded change. "A man was killed here at the hands of law enforcement, the people that you pay with your tax dollars," Hankerson said. "How did you not know? A man died in your custody."


Photo Credit: The Seattle Times 5.30.20
Vice President Sheley Anderson speaking at Saturday's march and rally in Downtown Seattle
Photo Credit: The Seattle Times


A Tale of Two Protests
South Seattle Emerald
About noon Saturday, protesters gathered for the "March for Justice #GeorgeFloyd" at the Seattle Police Department's downtown headquarters at 610 5th Avenue. Attendees gathered around Sheley Anderson, the First Vice President of the NAACP's Alaska Oregon Washington State Area Conference, and around other speakers and members of the Black Community. "I know that I don't stand alone in turning my anger into action," Anderson said in a speech. "Who is ready for change today?" Anderson, as well as other speakers at the protest organized by the group "Justice for George Floyd", adovcated for police reform. Anderson specifically called for changes in the inquest system that investigates deaths involving police officers and demnaded that the Seattle Police Department's Consent Decree, ordered by the U.S. Department of Justice, not be lifted.

Police Brutality, Covid-19 and Climate Change
Op-Ed by Eugene Springfield Branch

Corvallis approves hate/bias program
Gazette Times
The city of Corvallis approved a $179 million spending plan Monday on a night dominated by discussions of the city's response to hate and bias incidents. Earlier efforts on the subject, including those by the local branch of NAACP and the city's King Legacy Advsory Board, had languished, but the concept received a dramatic push forward with the death last week of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis. The incident has lead to nationwide protests, including one Sunday night in Corvallis that drew 2,000 participants.

National NAACP Formally Removes Former Seattle King County President From Office, Imposes Five Year Suspension Of Membership
Seattle Medium
On April 21, 2020, The NAACP National Board of Directors effectively removed former Seattle King County NAACP President Sadiqa Sakin from the local Branch as both an officer and as a member. According to a press release, the NAACP after a thorough investigation and hearings held by the NAACP’s national office and committees, the National Board of Directors determined that some of Sakin’s alleged actions as president of the branch were “detrimental” to the NAACP.

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