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

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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.

Effective Law Enforcement Establishing Model Policies

The Problem: Incidents of police misconduct, including excessive use of force, deadly force, racial profiling, and racial bias in decision-making continue to undermine trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve, and violate the civil rights of all Americans.

Facts:

      • Official numbers from the Bureau of Justice Statistics from 2002 indicate 26,000 com- plaints of police officer “use of force.”
      • 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% character- ized the force as excessive.
      • In 2005, African Americans (4.4%) and Hispanics (2.3%) were more likely than whites (1.2%) to have experienced use of force by police.

In 2005, African Americans (4.4%) and Hispanics (2.3%) were more likely than whites (1.2%) to have experienced use of force by police.

What to Do About Police Misconduct?

Problem: Incidents of police misconduct, including excessive use of force, deadly force, racial pro- filing, and racial bias in decision-making continue to undermine trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve, and violate the civil rights of all Americans.

Solution: In efforts to address police misconduct, the NAACP must work to establish model policies that will offer a unified training, data collection, policies and practices that govern how law enforcement should act when engaging with the public. Furthermore, the NAACP must encourage participation in community-oriented policing by all law enforcement agencies.

Bureau of Justice Statistics, “Citizen Complaints About Police Use of Force, 2002.” http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/pub/pdf/ccpuf.pdf Bureau of Justice Statistics Special Report: Contact between Police and the Public, 2005.

What are Model Policies?

Model Policies are a set of practices, training, standards and policies that law enforcement agencies can adopt designed to reduce police misconduct incidences which include excessive use of force, deadly force, racial profiling, and racial bias in decision-making.

How can Model Policies help us reach our goal to eliminate Police Misconduct?

Right now, local law enforcement governs themselves based on policies and practices decided on by local law enforcement agencies. In which case, how law enforcement engages the public varies from place to place. Establishing model policing policies and standards allow for law enforcement to be trained and govern themselves on a series of best practice policies and practices that have proven to reduce police misconduct.

What Is Community Policing?

Community Policing is defined by the U.S. government as, “a philosophy that promotes organiza- tional strategies, which support the systematic use of partnerships and problem-solving techniques, to proactively address the immediate conditions that give rise to public safety issues such as crime, social disorder, and fear of crime.” Simply put, it encourages that law enforcement work with com- munity organizations, schools, churches, other community institutions ,and local leaders to build partnerships to address the issue of public safety together.

How Can Community Policing Help Reduce Police Misconduct?

The relationships that are formed between law enforcement and the community help to foster trust and promote frank and open communication about how to address public safety issues including solving crime as well as incidents of law enforcement misconduct.

— Call to Action —

We count on law enforcement to provide protection and security for our communities. However, an act of police misconduct or abuse threatens the legitimacy, fairness and effectiveness of our crim- inal justice system–and continues violence and victimization in many of our neighborhoods. To- gether, we can make a difference and work to establish model policing standards that will curb police misconduct and abuse.

The NAACP and our coalition partners will establish model standards for police to build public safety and trust between law enforcement and communities of color and reduce incidences of police abuse. The NAACP calls on all units to engage local governments to establish model policies and policing standards.

— Call to Action Components —

Model Policing Coalition- The NAACP will establish an Effective Law Enforcement Coalition to pro- vide best practices research, analysis and advocacy that will advance and support establishing model policing strategies at the local level.

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

Media and Messaging Campaign- The NAACP will advance a media and messaging campaign that will inform the public on the need to establish model policing policies.

Research and Best Practices- The Effective Law Enforcement Coalition will provide research and best practices to highlight the benefits and potential of model policing policies and standards.