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The 81st State NAACP Convention – Save the Date!

SAVE THE DATE
Plan to attend

The State NAACP 81 ST CONVENTION

WHEN: THURSDAY OCT. 4, 2018, 9 AM –
SATURDAY, OCT. 6, 2018, 11:30 PM

WHERE: SHERATON McKINNEY
1900 GATEWAY BLVD.
McKINNEY, TX 75069

CONTACT: 214-674-5887

Invitation to attend from your interim president, Brenda Spivey

Travel information & cost: see contact number above

Why Should I Join the NAACP?

Membership is the Life Blood of the NAACP

Beaumont Branch NAACP

3260 Washington Blvd.

Beaumont, TX 77704

Phone: 409-824-0294

Fax: 409-866-5113

Email: bmtnaacp@hotmail.com

“Fighting for Equality is a Journey Not a Destination”

Paul L. Jones, President

The NAACP is over 106 years old and founded on the beliefs embodied in the Constitution of the United States of America. We support democracy, freedom and justice for all. Members of the NAACP, in keeping with the charge of our founders, stand against all forms of injustice.

The NAACP will continue to fight for justice until all, without regards to race, gender, creed or religion become the norm for all its citizens.

The vision of the NAACP is to ensure a society in which all individuals have equal rights and there is absence of racial hatred or racial discrimination.

Having said that let’s get back to the question, why should I join the NAACP? If you can take an honest look at your life, your environment and truly say that the playing field is level in your life, your family member’s life, in your neighborhood, in your community, in your city, in your State and in your Country then maybe the NAACP fight for equality and justice is over and we have fulfilled Dr. Kings Dream. I believe a better question is how much more we could be doing if you joined the NAACP and got involved.

What is the NAACP Doing?

Membership is the Life Blood of the NAACP

Beaumont Branch NAACP

3260 Washington Blvd.

Beaumont, TX 77704

Phone: 409-824-0294

Fax: 409-866-5113

Email: bmtnaacp@hotmail.com

“Fighting for Equality is a Journey Not a Destination”

Paul L. Jones, President

 

The NAACP Leadership have established a communication dialog with City Council, BISD Leaders, County Commission Court, Beaumont Police, News Media, Beaumont Chamber, Sheriff Department, Lamar University President, and Community and Religious Leaders. A summary of some of the work the NAACP is doing are as follows:

 

(1). In school suspension Program

(2). Tutorials (in school after school)

(3). After school transportation (tutorial athletic)

(4). Pupil /Teachers ratio (elementary, secondary)

(5). Reorganization of B.I.S.D. Police Dept.

(6). Working to make the Beaumont Police Dept. look like the community it serves, body cameras for all officers, openness and trust building with the community.

(7). Meeting regularly with the Chamber about the power of diversity & how to improve it in our community.

(8). Advocated for increased diversity in both public and private sector employers.

(9). Hosted and Co-hosted get out and vote (GOTV), voter registrations and meet the candidate forums.

(10). Participated and hosted town hall meetings on criminal justice reform &police – community relations.

(11). One of the panelist on a one hour live broadcast (TV6) on race relations in South- east Texas.

(12). Awarded four (4) college scholarships to local students.

(13). Gave out Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets to the needy.

(14) Handle racial and discrimination complaints on a regular basis & continue to stand against all forms of injustice. For more information about the NAACP please visit www.naacp.org

Are You Registered to Vote?

We’ve got a quick question for you:

Are you registered to vote? If not, take two minutes and register right now.

 

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We all need to make our voices heard in this election. We can’t turn Texas into a competitive state until more of us participate in the democratic process.

That’s why it’s so important to get registered to vote, while there’s still time.

If you haven’t already, take two minutes right now and register to vote.

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Game on,

Battleground Texas

 

Meeting with Your Police Department

In order to begin working towards more effective law enforcement in your community and to
address issues of police accountability that may arise in your area, you must try to work with
your local law enforcement agency. Often, working together is the only way to make lasting
change.

Some units may have a good working relationship with their local law enforcement agency, and
if that describes you then be sure to maintain that relationship. However, here are some tips for
reaching out to local law enforcement agencies if you do not already have a relationship, or if
that relationship may not be an ideal one.

  1. Reach out to the community liaison official at your local law enforcement agency,
    introduce yourself, and request a meeting with your police department chief (and anyone else you
    may want to meet with).
  2. In your communications, be sure to state why you would like to meet and what your
    objectives are as well as what you would like to accomplish (e.g. discuss community
    oriented policing program, discuss and begin to resolve a specific law enforcementinvolved
    incident in your community, etc.)
  3. Prior to the meeting, agree to an agenda for the meeting, specifically laying out what
    you will talk about during that meeting. Ensure that all items on the list are issues that
    both you and the law enforcement agency are willing to address.
  4. If there is tension or mistrust of the police department or vice versa and it becomes
    difficult to agree upon an agenda, work with an intermediary, perhaps someone who is
    not a leader of the local NAACP or a law enforcement official — possible options include
    church and/or community leaders. Only approach this person after both you and the
    law enforcement agency/official have agreed upon the chosen liaison. The intermediary
    will work with you and the law enforcement agency to work out an agreed upon
    agenda.
  5. Before the meeting, have an internal meeting with all meeting attendees to discuss
    agenda and other issues that may arise during the meeting. Your goal is to make the
    meeting as productive as possible. Often, issues discussed at meetings with law
    enforcement tend to be emotional. You need to make sure that people’s emotions are
    expressed at the meeting, yet do not get in the way of finding a way to reach your goal.
  6. Prior to the meeting, write notes for yourself detailing everything that you would like to
    convey and ask. Bring your notes to the meeting and review them as you go along.
  7. Write meeting minutes and organize an internal follow-up meeting to discuss the
    meeting with the police chief/law enforcement agency and decide possible steps forward
    with the NAACP leadership/members who attended the meeting.
  8. Write a thank you note, email, or make a thank you phone call to the officer(s) with
    whom you met and to those that were instrumental in scheduling the meeting.
  9. Determine next steps and schedule follow-up meetings as necessary.

Training to Raise Awareness Campaign All Alert Training

The Problem: There is currently a lack of reliable information on incidents of police misconduct and hate crimes in the US. Training on the NAACP All Alert system can increase public awareness of police misconduct and hate crimes by encouraging witnesses or victims of police misconduct to report such incidents to the Association.

  • 1 out of 9 people – roughly 32 million – in the United States report having been racially profiled.
  • The highest number of hate crimes in 2008 was directed against Blacks, Jews, and members of the LGBT community
  • Of the 43.5 million people who had contact with police in 2005, 1.6% had force or threat of force used against them in their most recent contact. Of them, 83% characterized the force as excessive.

Report Police Misconduct Here

Conducting All Alert Training

Solution: To increase public reporting of incidences of police misconduct by conducting trainings on the All Alert System and encourage witnesses or victims police misconduct to report such inci- dents to the Association.

The Problem: There is currently a lack of reliable information on incidents of police misconduct in the US. Training on the NAACP All Alert system can increase public awareness of police misconduct by encouraging witnesses or victims of police misconduct to report such incidents to the Association.

What is the All Alert System?

Launched in July of 2009, NAACP All Alert is an online reporting system that allows witnesses or victims of police misconduct to report such incidents to the Association. All Alert is a user-friendly online form that respondents can access and fill out using their cell phone or computer. Users are asked to provide as much detail as they can or choose to about the incident (i.e. race of victim, per- ceived motivation of incident, time and location of incident, information on officers involved, etc.)

How can training on All Alert help increase reporting on police misconduct?

In order to get the All Alert System in the hands of as many people as possible, NAACP units must conduct trainings on know your rights and how to use and access the All Alert System. Educating people on their rights and the All Alert System will increase public awareness on police misconduct and give people an opportunity to report such incidences.

— Call to Action —

Law enforcement agencies can no longer be the only group reporting police misconduct. It is time to build a public awareness campaign that will inform people of their rights and how to use the All Alert System when reporting police misconduct. Only when people are informed of their rights and how to exercise them through reporting incidences of misconduct will society be forced to deal with the problems of police misconduct.

— Call to Action Components —

411 on the 50- Make copies of “411 on the 50” forms and use them to conduct outreach and to educate and train people on their rights.

All Alert Reporting System Training- NAACP units will hold regular trainings to encourage the public to document police misconduct and report such incidents to the Association

Organize on College Campuses- The NAACP Youth and College Division will organize All Alert trainings and activities that will enlist college students in efforts to advance document police misconduct.

— Youth and College Opportunities —

Organize on College Campuses- The NAACP Youth and College Division can organize teach-ins, events and activities that will enlist college students’, professors’, and University Administrators’ support and participation in the Educate Over Incarcerate Coalition efforts.

Youth and College Units- Youth and College units can play an extremely important role in holding juries accountable for racial discrimination in jury selection by monitoring and documenting the jury selection process. Young people in college often have flexible schedules and can work with national office to target and document the practices of a court with a history of racial discrimination in jury selection and work to hold that court accountable.

Organize on College Campuses- The NAACP Youth and College Division will organize teach-ins, All Alert trainings and activities that will enlist college students in efforts to advance model policing strategies.

Organize on College Campuses- The NAACP Youth and College Division will organize, All Alert trainings and activities that will enlist college students in efforts to advance document police misconduct.