NAACP (National President) Updates
Dear NAACP Leaders:
The month of March gives us the opportunity to underscore our approach to equality as an urgent global endeavor. Several weeks ago, Chairman Russell and I were proud to announce a new strategic partnership with U.N. Women, a United Nations organization working to create an environment in which every woman and girl can exercise her human rights and live up to her full potential. Throughout Women’s History Month, we will be celebrating the achievements of women, and together with U.N. Women, we will strengthen our fight to advance racial and gender equality.
A few additional updates:
Our civic engagement efforts are in full swing. Our new VP for Civic Engagement will come onboard in early April. In the meantime, we have reinstituted the Civil Rights Advocacy Training Institute (CRATI). We will hold a CRATI in each of our seven regions over the course of the next several months. The Region VII CRATI is the first and it will be held March 23 to March 24 at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center in Alexandria, VA. Additional information on the remaining CRATIs will be confirmed in the coming weeks, but please save the following dates:
Region I: April 6-7, San Diego, CA
Region II: June TBD, Cherry Hill, NJ
Region III: April 27-28, Springfield, IL
Region IV: April 28-29, Kansas City, KS
Region V: April 13-15, Birmingham, AL
Region VI: July 13-14, San Antonio, TX
Our lawsuits challenging the Trump administration’s racialized immigration policies continue in earnest. We await the government’s response to our lawsuit challenging the termination of Temporary Protected Status for undocumented Haitian nationals living in the United States. Meanwhile, a motions hearing is set for March 14 in our lawsuit challenging the administration’s repeal of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Our class action lawsuit continues in Chicago regarding racially discriminatory policing practices documented by the Department of Justice during the Obama administration, as does our lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Commerce for records relating to preparations for the 2020 census. More cases are being prepared, so stay tuned.
New Youth & College Director
Tiffany Dena Loftin has joined our team as the new national director of the Youth & College Division. In previous roles, she served as the Racial Justice Program Coordinator for the Civil, Human, and Women’s Rights Department, where she played a central role in guiding the work of the AFL-CIO Labor Commission on Racial and Economic Justice. She is a passionate advocate for the empowerment of communities of color, she was recently appointed by President Barack Obama to serve on the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans in Higher Education. We are excited to have Tiffany join the NAACP team and know that she will be a valuable asset to the Association.
Progress continues on our digital refresh. During the February meeting of the Board of Directors, we did a live demo for the Units Committee, as well as a preview for the entire Board. We also conducted a preview for our initial beta test group. We have received lots of constructive feedback – including the ability to pay by e-check- that we are now incorporating into the system design. We will reach back out to the beta testers when are ready for the next round of testing.
I AM Campaign
On April 2-4 in Memphis, TN, the NAACP will join several partner organizations to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination. The I AM 2018 campaign, whose theme is taken from the strikers’ iconic slogan, “I AM A MAN,” will train and mobilize activists to make change in their communities in 2018 and beyond. The NAACP, the American Federation State County Municipal Employees (AFSCME), Church of God in Christ, (COGIC) and other civil, human and workers’ rights leaders will gather in Memphis for a series of events honoring Dr. King’s legacy and the courage and sacrifice of the sanitation workers. Chairman Russell and I will be in attendance, and we encourage all in Tennessee and the surrounding states to rally with us on April 4th. Sign up to attend.
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All the best,