March against Police Violence 12-13

Greetings NAACP Leaders,

On Saturday, the 13th, the National Action Network and partnering organizations will hold a March against Police Violence in Washington DC. We are currently trying to estimate how many NAACP'ers will be participating in the March. 

If you or your branch plans to attend, please send me a quick email estimating how many people you will be bringing with you. If you are coming on a bus, please let me know how many buses you will be bringing and how many people you plan to carry on each. 

Send the email to:

Your rapid response will be most appreciated as we want to ensure that we are able to provide adequate support for our members who participate!

Thank you for all that you do!

Kevin Myles
National Field Director; East

We've learned the grand jury convened to investigate the shooting death of Michael Brown has chosen not to indict Officer Darren Wilson.

This is a devastating setback in our fight for justice. But the grand jury's decision does not mean a crime was not committed in Ferguson, Missouri, on August 9. It does not mean we are done fighting for Michael Brown.

Sign our petition to the Department of Justice. Demand resolution to the federal, criminal civil rights investigation into Michael Brown's death. 

We are all filled with frustration, disbelief, and anger over this decision. That the officer who shot and killed an unarmed black man with his hands in the air remains free is appalling. Local officials in Ferguson utterly failed in their duties to conduct an open and transparent investigation.

The local prosecutor who oversaw the grand jury process has significant personal, family, and professional ties to the local police department—the same local police who were slow to talk to witnesses and eager to attack protesters and journalists.

We will not allow this to be another Sanford, Florida. We will not allow the justice system to let us down once more. Take action today, for Michael, and for all of our sons.

While the NAACP joins the community in standing for peaceful protest, we will hold law enforcement officials accountable and ask that they adhere to the rules of engagement agreed upon.

We stand united with the community and other activists groups, demanding that all police officers wear operable body cameras; police departments reflect the diversity of the community that they are serving; and that Congress passes the End Racial Profiling Act.

Sign our petition to the Department of Justice right now:

Thank you,

Cornell William Brooks
President and CEO

Excitement is spreading!!

*Winter Artist Trunk Show & Sale *

Fri.,  Nov. 28
Noon to  4 pm
Sat. and Sun., 
Nov. 29 & 30
10 am to 4 pm
Nacul Center Gallery
592 Main St. 
Amherst, MA  01002 
2nd invitational art show and sale to highlight the creativity of artists of color and to benefit Amherst Area NAACP’s Freedom Fund. 
Your $3 entry donation brings to you award winning and nationally recognized artists of color who will show and sell their work.

Begin your holiday gifting season with original, artist designed, handcrafted gifts while supporting our local creative arts economy. 
Barry Brooks' photography
Belinda Lyons-Zucker's incredible art dolls
Mia Rogers, gifted ARHS student, Breathtaking paintings
Ed O’Gilvie’s dynamic “In Community” prints, cards & new sculptural work
Kathleen Anderson's, award winning adornment pieces from her "Say It Loud" collection presented at "The Will To Adorn", Smithsonian Institution Folklife Festival, 2013  and her HeartBoxes© exhibited during the 2014 "Black Creativity Exhibition" Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, Ill.  
Thank you for supporting hand crafted works made by artists of color this season.
Please help spread the word by sharing or forwarding this news with those in your circle of friends and acquaintances. 

Edward Cage, Freedom Fund Committee Chair
Amherst NAACP 


We Will Not Rest Until Justice is Served

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Saturday, August 16, 2014, 1:00 pm Amherst Town Common

2nd Annual "Summer Soiree"

Even if you will be out of the area or have other plans please help spread the news and invite all those on your contacts list.

SUNDAY AUG. 3, 2014 Noon to 3:00 pm  
Groff Park Pavilion 
​Off West St./Rt 116
Amherst, MA​

Join ​the Amherst Area NAACP for this exciting opportunity to join together to celebrate each other and our successes! 
  • Pat Onanibaku updates on Parent Rights in schools
  • Lani & Sovann-Malis update on standardized testing options. 

This is also an opportunity for all anti-racism/social justice workers to come together to talk, review and plan forward movement.   Bring your calendars.

Each family is asked to bring their own family's meal and a little to share. Utensils, plates,cups etc.will be supplied. 

This date is ahead of the final Massachusetts voter registration deadline so, in keeping with our NAACP mission, there will be an opportunity for people to register and sign-up to help ​others​ register.

Please help spread the word by forwarding this announcement to others you know. And be sure to visit our Amherst NAACP website and "Like us" on Facebook

Donations accepted! 

To Our Amherst Community

Thursday, July 10, 2014

The recent memo from our School Committee chairs denouncing Dr. Shabazz’s recent comments at a meeting of the Equity Task Force comes across as an incitant document.  It is an example of what many social justice-anti-racism professional practitioners could describe as an example of white power. This, as we can now witness, can be quite unsettling and feels irresponsible. One of Amherst’s district  policies is to not only hire but retain staff of color in our schools. Yet district leaders seem to work against this stated goal.  The memo from our S.C. chairs, whether inspired by Dr. Shabazz's critical superintendent evaluation or some other reason, adds to a level of distrust many members of our community already experience when interacting with district leaders.  

What is happening to our students, all of our students, in our Amherst schools displays systemic racial and class bias not isolated, unrelated incidents.  And, over the years our ARHS students of color and white students have documented such practices. As Amherst students continue their education from elementary to high school our district they will continually be taught nearly all topics and subjects from a [favorable to] Eurocentric perspective.  Students will witness their mostly white teachers more harshly disciplining their classmates of color for the same or similar behaviors the same white teacher will ignore in white students.  Our district has over a decade of data documenting this behavior on the part of our educators.  In this situation students of color are at a definite power imbalance to object to this frequent and consistent discrimination and in fact may be disciplined for objecting.  All the while our white students are observing and learning from the examples adults present to them.  These behaviors model to future adults who then feel empowered to continue perpetuating habits of race and class bias among next generations.  This creates a hostile and unsafe situation for all of our kids.

It is important to understand and remember that our district is supposed to have staff that can support the multicultural social justice mission espoused. When white educators continually and persistently demonize students of color, and white students continue to witness their teacher's behavior, our district is creating a hostile and unsafe situation. This is what Dr. Shabazz referred to during the June 18th Equity Task Force meeting.  We need district leaders, educators and staff with the competence to practice our mission everyday.
Kathleen Anderson, Pres. Amherst Area NAACP
One of those present during the June 18th meeting.


School leaders must explain responses, plans on racist acts