NAACP Branch 7092 Officers

2017-2018
Ms. Rita Irvin, President

Dr. James Klagge,
1st VP

Mr. Raymond Bishop, 2nd VP

Ms.Deborah H. Travis, Secretary

Ms. Terry Goodson
Assistant Secretary
Mr. Allen W. Palmer Treasurer

 Dr. Jim Klagge, Newsletter Editor


Executive Board At-Large
Phyllis Albritton
Ms. Lynn Brammer
Mr. Alvin Humes
Mr. Fred McKenzie

Area 10 Chair:
Alvin Humes

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Montgomery County-Radford City-Floyd County NAACP 
P.O. Box 6044
Christiansburg, Virginia 24068 

6/20/2018
Dear NAACP Members: 
In even  numbered years all NAACP  Adult Branches hold  officer elections.  Our Montgomery Co- Radford - Floyd Co Branch 7092 will hold our election on  Sunday, November 18, 2018 at 3:30 pm at  the Old Hill School Community Center, 570  High Street, Christiansburg, VA 24073
All positions  are open and all elected officers and Exec Members at  Large (4)  are to be elected. The positions are a  2 year term. 
President
1st Vice President
2nd Vice President
Secretary
Assistant Secretary
Treasurer
AssistantTreasurer
4 Executive Members at Large
Commitee  chairs  are recommended by the newly elected President and are  approved  by  new Executive Committee January 2019. 
Officers,  At Large Members  and  Committee  Chairs are expected to attend the monthly Executive Meetings and monthly General Body meetings. Officers  are  expected, not required, to be Life members. 
To  be  eligible to run for office one must be a member in good standing as of April 1 and lives or works in our represented area-Montgomery,Radford City- Floyd Co. 
Additional details  to follow.  Please attend our general body meetings  and  consider becoming an officer.  Expressions  of interest will be accepted in August. National By-laws can be found at  http://www.naacp.org  
Questions? Call our Branch at 540-382-6751


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Montgomery County 
Radford City - Floyd County
NAACP Branch 7072
PO Box 6044 Christiansburg, VA 24068      
540-382-6751​



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"Let justice roll down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream."
Martin Luther King, Jr. 



The NAACP is the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
                                        The Montgomery County-Radford City- Floyd County branch is one of over 2,200  

      branches covering all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Japan and also in
Germany as well.



Information Team 1
Communication
Community Coordination
CREDO

Awareness Team 2
Economic Development, Young Adults
Education, Health, Religious Affairs
Youth and College Connections


Civil Rights/Social Justice Team 3
Criminal Justice, Legal Redress,
Prisoner Support
Political Action, Veterans' Affairs
   
   
Fundraising & Financial Stability Team 4
Membership, Finance
Freedom Fund
Scholarship Fund

  
   

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We generally meet on the 4th Sunday of the month (but not in July or December) from 3:30-5pm at the Old Hill School located at 570 High Street (next to Schaeffer Memorial Baptist Church). E-mail us at info@mrfnaacp.org . Please send us your e-mail address if you want timely notifications of meetings and events. “Like” us on Facebook at: “Montgomery-Radford-Floyd NAACP branch 7092”  https://www.facebook.com/mrfnaacp.org/ . Visit us on-line at: http://www.mrfnaacp.org /.  We need you to get involved!

The success of our NAACP branch depends on the participation AND membership of people like you! Our membership committee, including Mrs. Lois Teele (left), is always looking to add new members, and renew current ones. Yearly membership is $30 ($15 under 21), and Lifetime Membership is $750 ($400 under 21). See our on-line branch page for a membership form. Let’s all get on board!! Congratulations to our Honorary Membership Committee Chairs, Mrs. Teele and Mrs. Nannie B. Hairston, who both had birthdays in August! Mrs. Teele turned 91, and Mrs.
Hairston turned 95!


The branch has many occasions to go out into the community—The Christiansburg Wilderness Road Festival, the Blacksburg Steppin’ Out Festival, and Fall Festival. In the past we have had to rent or borrow a tent for these occasions. Recently, due to the initiative of Michael Thom and some generous donations, we have been able to purchase tent. Look for us at the next festival…or better yet, join us and help spread the word!


One way you can help support us, both visually and financially, is to buy a branch NAACP t-shirt. Short-sleeve shirts are $12 (s-m-l-xl) and $15 (xxl-xxxl), long-sleeve shirts are $15 (s-m-l-xl) and $20 (xxl-xxxl). Last call, size-selection is limited. Contact Allen Palmer at pal1031@verizon.net  to purchase a shirt. Wear it proudly!

YOUR NAACP AT WORK in the COMMUNITY
  ​​​​​​​​​​​​ NAACP - Defending Your Rights

Last fall the national NAACP organized “America’s Journey for Justice” to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1965 Voting Rights Act and to remind Americans of the continuing challenges to ensuring the voting rights of all. Several members of our branch attended the culmination of this event on October 5th in Washington DC. They met with staff
of Representative Bob Goodlatte’s office to share their concerns. Goodlatte is responsible for holding hearings on violations of the Act.
The 2015 school year at Christiansburg High School began with several students bringing Confederate battle flags onto school property. This was forbidden by the school code of conduct and led to numerous heated discussions. The local branch sent a letter of concern to the School Board and Superintendent, and then many members attended the October 20th
board meeting to show or voice their concerns. We were pleased that the school board stood behind the CHS administration and extended the code to all county schools.

​NAACP - Black Lives Matter 

Shootings of police officers in 2016, sometimes claimed to be in retaliation for police shootings of black citizens, led to a Blue Lives Matter movement. The NAACP has the greatest respect for the job of police officers and all emergency responders. When called on to participate in a BLM protest in Blacksburg on July 11, members made a point of speaking with police officers, and made sure they knew that in honoring Black lives, we also wanted to honor “Blue” lives as well. While it is important that all lives matter, it is the job of the NAACP to educate and act on issues where the rights of
minorities in this country are especially in danger. Last October President Obama said, “I think that the reason that the organizers used the phrase Black Lives Matter was not because they were suggesting that no one else's lives matter ... rather what they were suggesting was there is a specific problem that is happening in the African American community that's not happening in other communities.” That is exactly the point that the NAACP stands for. Please join us in showing support for Black and Blue lives, without any disrespect for all lives!
 NAACP - Candlelight Vigil

The Local branch of the NAACP has been active in the Black Lives Matter movement since its beginnings in August 2014. In December 2014, the VT branch of the NAACP, in coordination with the VT Black Student Alliance and the local NAACP, staged a week of candlelight vigils on campus. These included marches across campus, and a 4½ minute “die-in” in the Squires Student Center to commemorate the 4½ hours that Michael Brown’s body lay in the street after his death. After the die-in, an open-mic teach-in was held
in Squires so that students, especially African-American students, could share their experiences of racism on campus and off. In 2015 racially motivated shootings occurred in Charleston SC, and in Roanoke VA. While these events have brought attention to oppression that has always existed, the attention has increased the desire for open conversations about race, and it has increased the need for good people to make themselves heard.
  
Healthcare Access Panel (l-r):
Rachel Gross (Judaic Studies, VT)
Fereshteh Sarafraz (Islamic Azad
University, Teheran, Iran)
Rev. Kathy Carpenter (NAACP)
Sister Maria Timoney (SW VA Legal Aid,
Marion, VA)
Karen Cameron (VA Consumer Voices
for Healthcare)
Rev. Charles Swadley (Moderator, VA
Interfaith Center for Public Policy)
NAACP - Health Care Access


On October 26, the branch partnered with three local organizations to sponsor a “Call to Action: Healthcare Access as a Moral Imperative.” The event, held at the UU Congregation Meeting House, promoted the need for affordable access to healthcare, and discussed the provisions of the Affordable Care Act. After a documentary about the challenges of getting
care in rural areas, and a personal story from a resident of Bland County, an interfaith panel discussed how health care is viewed from each perspective: Jewish, Muslim, Protestant, and
Catholic. The documentary and personal story emphasized how those in need do not want toask for help or rely on spotty charity.

YOUTH COUNCIL IN ACTION

Each year the Youth Council co-sponsors the Juneteenth Celebration at Rosa Peters Playground. They provide historical presentations, organize games and competitions, and sell food to raise money to support other
activities. At the annual MLK Celebration in January they usher, provide music, poems, and historical background in tribute to Dr. King. During the rest of the year they meet to study African-American history, celebrate diversity through their annual International Dinner, and participate in
leadership training activities. Through the Samuel H. Clark Memorial Scholarships, high school graduates who were Youth Council members, or whose parents or grandparents are NAACP members, can receive a grant for post-secondary education. 

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Youth Council members (l-r: Allison Foster, Samaya
White, Jasmyn White and Zamora White) buy food and
gifts for “Blue Santa” Project at Christmas for those in
need. Photo courtesy of Debbie Travis.
Photo courtesy of Debbie Travis.
NAACP - Veterans Assistance

NAACP members (l-r: John Nowlin, Alvin Humes, and Michael Thom)
deliver over $700 in supplies to needy veterans at Salem VA Hospital.

NAACP - March in the Blacksburg Parade

NAACP members (l-r: William White, Alvin Humes, Michael
Thom and Angela Sills) represent at the Blacksburg 4th of July Parade.


Montgomery County-Radford City-Floyd County NAACP Branch 7092

What We Did in 2017
Focus: Advancing the CAUSE (Communication, Advocacy ,Unity, Strategies, Evaluation)
Executive Committee Highlights
 Served on advocacy committees, attended and participated in numerous community activist events with VT Panel Discussion, Showing Up for Racial Justice, NRV Indivisible, and Virginia Organizing
Received approval from National for event affiliation with Christiansburg Police Department, League of Women Voters, and NRV Reentry Council
Revised and updated Branch Bylaws
 Had Branch President attend and serve as delegate to the NAACP National Convention in Maryland
 Served as delegates at the Virginia State Conference in Richmond with Branch President, Branch Secretary, Political Action Chair and Youth Advisor
Got approval at the VA State Conference for our drafted resolution to revisit the Area-Chair expectations

Information Team: Ongoing Updates for Information and News Team Leader: Dr. James Klagge 
Engagement:
Website: 1,207 Visits, 3.143 Page views
Facebook: We went from 219 to 317 followers ,162 Posts ,12,277 People Reached, 824 Page Views, 6 Messages
Twitter: Started Twitter account in March, 28 Tweets, 8 Followers
Publicity: Published articles on MLK Celebration (January), Juneteenth (June), Freedom Fund Banquet (October) in the Roanoke Times and The News Messenger and announced upcoming events
CREDO Presentations: Scheduled eight CREDO (Creating Civil Rights Education Development Opportunities) held throughout the year at General Body meetings. Presenters included representatives from the Virginia State NAACP, Virginia State Delegates from our service area, from local black organizations, the Virginia Education Association, and businesses, as well as community resources.

Awareness Team: Research & Relationship Building Team Leader: Rita Irvin
Education: Facilitated the distribution of Reentry Resources; posted Black Facts on website; hosted “Effective Parent Advocacy” Panel Discussion, started planning for “School Success Tools” project, had representation on Dialogue on Race Education Summit and NRV Reentry Council
Religious Affairs: Organized Town Hall Sessions held in Radford (10/9), Christiansburg (10/16), and Blacksburg (10/23) for pastoral and community involvement. Addressed community needs.
Health/Economic Development: Started the planning phase for promoting business summits and participation in health events
College/Young Adult Connections: Attended meetings with Radford University College Chapterand an event sponsored by VT NAACP Chapter members. Found 7 potential young adult participants who were made aware of NAACP involvement activities and/or are considering involvement

Civil Rights/Social Justice Team: Law and Order Advocacy Team Leader: Alvin Humes
Criminal Justice/Prisoner Support: Represented the Branch with President and Prison Affairs Chair during Job Fair at Bland Correctional Center; co-sponsored 13th Screening and Discussion;
Legal Redress: Conducted ongoing investigations and gave referrals for reported discrimination. Revised the “Discrimination Report Form” for easier completion.
Veterans Affairs: Held Veterans Day Program for “Honoring All Who Served.”

Financial Stability Team Team Leader: Debbie Travis
Finance: Completed and submitted financial reports with assessments to State and National
Fundraising Events/Projects
 Annual MLK program held engaging the community and received Scholarship Funding. Awarded two Community Service Awards.
 Bus Trip to the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC – 60 attendees providing additional fundraising to Branch.
 Annual Juneteenth Celebration – co-sponsored and supported the NAACP Youth Council
 Annual Freedom Fund Banquet held with 380 attendees providing fundraising to support civil rights efforts locally and nationally. Net profits to Branch exceeded $ 6,000
Samuel H. Clark Scholarship,  Awarded $500 to a Blacksburg High School student. Revised 2018 guidelines and increased the award amount from $500 to $1000 up to five awards.
Approved acceptance of William Alderson Scholarship Funding at VA Tech for minorities in honor of the NAACP Branch by a Life Member of the Branch
Membership: Initiated Membership campaign and increased our membership count to 325 with five fully-paid Silver Life Memberships.
Political Action: Met two times with Congressman Morgan Griffith on civil rights legislation; co- sponsored Christiansburg & Blacksburg Mayoral, Council, and House of Delegates Candidate Forums and “Who Gets to Vote?” Program; attended Blacksburg and Christiansburg Town Council, Montgomery County Board of Supervisors, and MCPS School Board meetings.
Sent letters to representatives regarding the Attorney General and a proper response to the Affordable Care Act. Members helped citizens register to vote.