Alaska Oregon Washington State-Area Conference

Workshop Descriptions

Saturday Workshops

Economic Development:

TAKING A PIECE OF THE PIE: Economic Justice for All
Across the area, NAACP organizers have united in the fight against the devastating impacts of economic inequality. This workshop explores how communities are restoring business and homeownership lost from the harmful effects of gentrification. Learn how to repurpose abandoned properties for public benefit; master the use of community benefits agreements; and grow your communities without leaving Black residents and entrepreneurs behind. We know that doors unlock with a quality education, but the expense costs more than its benefit leading borrowers drowning in debt. Join the conversation as we detail what activists are doing to reform student loan.


The Reality of Racism in Public Schools: What is Happening and What Needs to be Done
On May 7, 2019, Washington Govenor Jay Inslee signed into law that passing the SBAC is no longer a graduation requirement. This is huge as the OptOut movement was started in 2015 with Seattle's Garfield High School students and teachers with support from the Seattle King County NAACP Branch and the State Area Conference. This movement brought attention to the racially biased nature of these exams. After four years of work it has finally been signed into law making it possible for thousands of Washington State students to graduate.

Criminal Justice:

Return of Parole in Washington State: A Community Review Board is the Solution to Washington State's Racially Disproportionate and Ageing Inmate Population

Civic Engagement: