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Communications, Press, & Publicity
Ivy Vainio, Chair
The mission of the Communications, Press and Publicity Committee is to promote the image of the Duluth Branch through public relations, social media and writing as a uniquely vibrant, dynamic body of the National Chapter. It is our goal to keep the community informed and aware of the organization’s mission, goals, accomplishments, events and to make people aware of the benefits of becoming a member of the organization.
COMMUNITY COORDINATION COMMITTEE
Salaam Witherspoon, Chair
The Committee on Community Coordination shall enlist the support of other community organizations on issues affecting the interests of African Americans and other communities of color. This committee also coordinates our annual MLK and Juneteenth events.
CRIMINAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE
Erin Kreeger, Chair
The Committee on Criminal Justice shall: seek to eliminate harsh and unfair sentencing practices that are responsible for mass incarceration and racial disparities in the prison system, support and seek to increase trust and public safety by advancing effective law enforcement practices, fight for the restoration of the voting rights of formerly incarcerated people and the removal of barriers to employment, elevate the voices of crime victim survivors in order to identify and advance systemic breakdowns existing in the criminal justice system that perpetuate crime, resolve to end the war on drugs for its disproportionate collateral consequences harm communities of color, seek the institution and availability of alternatives to incarceration including education, employment, and mental health services, eliminate zero tolerance policies implemented in our schools which are keeping kids out of the classroom and putting them on a path from the schoolhouse to the jailhouse, investigate programs implemented in our local law enforcement agencies which derail from their main purpose of safety and order to conduct the work of federal agencies for which they do not have the capacity, and seek budget modifications in states where incarceration receives more funding than education.
Carl Crawford, Chair
The Committee on Economic Development shall implement local efforts and support programs to preserve and expand economic empowerment among African-Americans and other communities of color by: researching and establishing relationships with private and public entities; supporting the work of the National Office in monitoring the progress and activity of private and public entities designated by national programs; and implementing local efforts to promote the growth of business ownership; increasing employment and job creation; and encouraging business development and home ownership.
EDUCATIONAL EQUITY COMMITTEE
Audrey Devine Eller, Chair
The Education Committee leads the Association’s work to eliminate the severe racial inequities that continue to plague our education system and ensure that every student of color receives a quality public education that prepares him or her to be a contributing member of a democracy.
Emily Drevlow, Chair
The Finance Committee shall consist of the President, Treasurer, and at least one other member. It shall study the financial needs of the Unit and shall be responsible for drafting an adequate annual budget.
FREEDOM FUND DINNER COMMITTEE
No Chair, but Active
The Freedom Fund Committee shall plan and conduct fund-raising activities, entertainment and other projects, for local and national purposes within the scope of the Association’s program. It shall work closely with the Finance Committee.
Health & Environmental EQUITY committee
Janet Kennedy, Chair
The Health Committee fulfills the NAACP’s commitment to eliminating the racial and ethnic disparities in our health care system that plague people of color in the United States. The Duluth Branch NAACP brings our local voice to assist in the eradication of these racial and ethnic disparities, with a focus not only on disease prevention, but on the social and environmental factors that affect health and wellness. In addition the Duluth Branch NAACP is engaged in the workforce development movement to increase the number of minorities represented in the medical and public health profession, and a leading presence on governmental advisory workgroups and national coalitions developed to provide counsel on cultural competency in the health care system.
Melissa Meyer, Chairhousing@duluthnaacp.org
The Committee on Housing shall study housing conditions in the local community; receive and seek to address complaints of discrimination; oppose all restrictive practices whether public or private; and disseminate information and render such other assistance which may eliminate discrimination in housing.
LABOR & INDUSTRY COMMITTEE
Chelsa Nelson-Preble, Chair
The Labor and Industry Committee shall seek ways to improve the economic status of minority groups by: working to eliminate discriminatory employment practices in industry and government, wage differentials based on race, unequal opportunities for training, promotion and unfair dismissals; encouraging greater participation in the trade union movement; working to end discriminatory practices in labor unions; securing the enactment of state and federal fair employment practices legislation; and working for improved opportunities in vocational and apprenticeship training.
Sharon Witherspoon, Chair
The Membership Committee shall: work throughout the year to maintain and increase the membership of the Association; be responsible for planning and organizing the annual membership campaign; be responsible on a continuous basis for soliciting new members and for securing renewals; and initiate all possible means to obtain Life Members and sponsor a continuing program towards this end.
POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE
No Chair, but Active
The Political Action Committee shall: seek to increase registration and voting; work for the enactment of municipal, state and federal legislation designed to improve the educational, political and economic status of minority groups; seek the repeal of racially discriminatory legislation; work to improve the administration of justice; work to secure equal enforcement of the law; and keep the National Office and the Unit informed of all proposed legislation which affects minority groups. The Committee shall be nonpartisan and shall not endorse candidates for public office.
YOUNG ADULT COMMITTEE
Terresa Moses, Chair
The Committee on Young Adult shall consist of Branch members twenty-one (21) – forty (40) years of age. It shall be the function of the Committee to: support all branch activities; stimulate interest through advocacy training and solicit membership of twenty-one (21) – forty (40) years of age; create a mentorship program (Branch to Young Adults and Young Adults to Youth Units) to serve as a support bridge from Youth and College to Branch participation; provide networking and social opportunities for young adults in the local community; and encourage the participation of young adults in all activities and leadership within the Branch.
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Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO)
With ACT-SO, the NAACP is providing an instrument through which African-American youth are encouraged and inspired toward excellence in academic and cultural pursuits while benefiting from the maximum support of their communities. The committee shall also uphold its goal of ACT-SO that affords the same respect for African-American Scholastic and cultural achievement that is given to heroes; and recognize that ACT-SO conducts annual academic competitions for students in grades nine (9) through twelve (12) in NAACP Branches throughout the country in accordance with the published guidelines of the National Office and oversight of the National Director of ACT-SO Program.
armed services & veteran's services
The Committee on Armed Services and Veterans’ Affairs shall seek to establish a working relationship with those agencies in government, state and local, having the responsibility in the affairs of members of the various Armed Services and Veterans and to see that the programs to which they are responsible are administered fairly and justly to members of the minority community; study conditions pertaining to veterans and members of the Military Service and their dependents and/or survivors in the community; serve as a center of information on matters affecting the members of the Active Military, Reserves, State National Guard and Veterans; maintain a repository of materials, information and forms to be used in assisting veterans and/or dependents of veterans and military personnel with their problems; and receive and act on all complaints relative to acts of discrimination on account of race, color, creed, or denial of benefits to which they are entitled because of discrimination.
The Legal Redress Committee shall: investigate all cases reported to it; supervise all litigation in which the Unit is interested; and keep the National Office and the Branch informed on the progress of every case. It shall not give general legal advice.
The Prison Branch Support Committee shall support the work of the Prison Branch in accordance with Article VIII, Section 6 (1-11) by working closely and directly with the members of their respective Prison Branch and the Regional Prison Coordinator; maintaining contacts with, and reporting regularly to the Regional Coordinators; build, cultivate and maintain positive relationships between prison officials, Prison Branch members and members within the local Branch; and solicit community organizations and business to establish a volunteer bank (teachers, writers, poets, businessmen, ministers, lawyers, policemen, judges, government officials, politicians and media personnel) to assist the Prison Branch in carrying out its programs.
The Religious Affairs Committee shall include ministerial and lay religious leaders who are members of the Unit. It shall: promote an educational program designed to give moral and ethical interpretation to the civil rights struggle; interpret the work of the Association to organized religious groups of all faiths; enlist the support of such organized religious groups for membership, fundraising, and the struggle for equality and full civil rights; and provide resource assistance for religious education and social action activities, associated with the improvement of race relations.
WOMEN IN THE NAACP (WIN)
State/State-Area Conferences, Branches, Prison Branches of the Association may organize Women in NAACP (WIN) committees subject to the control of the Executive Committee and to such rules and regulations as the Board of Directors may enact. WIN committees shall consist of a Chairperson and/or Co- Chairperson and at least three other members. WIN shall address within the framework of the NAACP, civil rights issues affecting women and children and shall carry out other civil and cultural activities to enhance membership and provide financial support to the Branch. The purpose WIN is to enhance the leadership role of women; to serve as an advocacy vehicle to address the social, economic, political, educational, health and welfare issues affecting women; to advocate for the emotional, mental, physical and spiritual development of children and to support the policies as well as the on-going mission and vision of the NAACP.