A revolution begins in Portland on 17 January. Justice DeMuniz presiding. You might want to come play your part in it.
“I am humbled by the faith the Chapter has placed in me, to lead our efforts during this historic time. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the NAACP Portland Chapter, and the need for this civil rights organization is as pressing today as it was a century ago,” declared Jo Ann, in her November press release.
Installation of new leaders will take place at noon on Saturday, 17 January 2015, at the Oregon Trail Chapter of the Portland Red Cross. Retired Oregon Supreme Court Chief Justice Paul DeMuniz will swear in the new team at the beginning of the Chapter’s first, monthly meeting of 2015. UPDATE: Marilyn Keller will perform.
All are invited to share in plans to revitalize the Chapter. High priorities include developing a youth branch, and celebrating a hundred-year perspective of the group’s work.
Call to action:
Jo Ann has challenged her new board to recruit 101 new members. Here is an application.
Bring payment to the January meeting, or mail it to the Post Office Box at the link. We’re asking all social justice advocates (you, reading this) to solicit three friends for membership.
Consider making an additional $15 donation to cover one youth membership. We’ll be offering these in order to establish a Youth Council in Portland, part of a critical mission handed to the Chapter by the Alaska Oregon Washington State Area Conference (AOWSAC) of the NAACP.
Call to action:
Become actively involved. Jo Ann asks for your help, recruiting those with talents, skills or sheer initiative to pitch in. (Current, imperative needs include a CPA & data systems support.) As folks make their willingness known, the Executive Committee will make appointments to a variety of standing committees.*
The new leadership expects to “make the 101st year of this chapter a year to remember!” Pass our request along to any who’ve ever had past involvement in the NAACP: we’ll need those perspectives as we look back on the Chapter’s history. We strongly encourage those with law backgrounds to maintain the organization’s ‘legendary legacy for fighting legal battles to win social justice for all Americans.’
Jo Ann has observed, “Over the last decade our chapter has fallen into disarray. Poor leadership, a lack of direction and an unwillingness to build coalitions has left us, locally, in need of an influx of new energy and purpose.”
There’s plenty of room under this tent.
General advocacy topics include “the promotion and protection of civil rights, securing a fair and equal criminal justice system, ensuring high quality educational opportunities for all Americans, a fair labor environment, and securing affordable adequate housing and health care for all Americans.” From Climate Justice, immigration reform, a living wage and campaign finance reform, to the New Jim Crow awareness growing in Portland, we think many of our friends will find ample means to advocate for their passions.
If you value strength in numbers; and highly organized, intentional collaboration; bring your talent, enthusiasm and energy to the inaugural meeting.
*Members in good standing may choose to serve among various Standing committees:
ACT-SO, Armed Services & Veteran Affairs, Communications, Press & Publicity, Community Coordination, Criminal Justice, Economic Development, Education, Finance, Freedom Fund, Health, Housing, Labor & Industry, Legal Redress, Membership & Life Membership, Political Action, Prison Branch, Religious Affairs, Young Adult, Youth Works, and Women In NAACP (WIN).
With more than a half-million members and supporters throughout the world, we hope you’ll become a local ‘premier advocate’ for civil rights in your community. The work is important.