2016-2017 Feinberg Family Distinguished Lecture

The U.S. in the Age of Mass Incarceration

Overview Fall Calendar | Spring Preview | K-12 Offerings | Curricular Connections |Transportation and Accessibility | About the Lecture Series About Kenneth Feinberg | PosterHow is it that the United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world? What forces led us here? What alternatives are on the horizon?
The 2016-2017 Feinberg Family Distinguished Lecture Series will explore the ways that state violence, mass incarceration, and mass criminalization have transformed the U.S. economy, culture and society. More than a dozen panels, performances, gallery exhibitions, and lectures by the nation's leading scholars, artists and activists will explore a wide range of topics, from police brutality, immigration detention, and carceral feminism to the consequences of incarceration for women, people of color, and LGBTQ individuals. The series will culminate in the opening of the national traveling exhibition States of Incarceration: A National Dialogue of Local Stories.
This Feinberg Series aims to offer meaningful events that consider the carceral state in historical perspective and that will support and amplify ongoing work by community groups and activists, enriching undergraduate and graduate education at UMass and surrounding educational institutions. Taken together, these powerful events will explore the many ways in which the carceral state impacts our lives and our world in deep and far-reaching ways.
All events are FREE and open to the public. 

Link here for Fall 2016-2017 Calendar of Events

Offerings for K-12 Teachers and Students

K-12 Educators! Please join us for an associated professional development series led by award-winning social justice educator Dr. Antonio Nieves Martinez (UMass Amherst)This free series,Teaching in the Age of Mass Incarceration, will support educators across content areas in exploring these issues in their classrooms. PDPs and graduate credit available (additional fees may apply for graduate credit). This series is offered with the Collaborative for Educational Services. More info here.
Additionally, financial support is available for school field trips to series events and exhibits. Contact outreach@history.umass.edu for more information.

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*Candidates Night Forum*

Monday, Aug., 8 2016, 6:30 to 9:00pm
Town Room, 
2nd floor
Amherst Town Hall

Candidates for State Representative 3rd District Hampshire County

This community organized forum will  be
co-moderated by Manuel Frau-Ramos, co-founder/editor of El Sol Latino newspaper, & Carlie Tartakov and Jacqueline Smith-Crooks, hosts of WHMP's "Black In The Valley" radio show.  This is our community's opportunity to learn more about the candidates for the upcoming state and local elections.
Primary election Thurs., September 8th; General election Tues., November 8th.

You will have the opportunity to meet and ask questions of the candidates for State Representative for our district.
You will also get to meet and ask questions of the candidates running for Hampshire County Sheriff.  

Candidates for Hampshire County Sheriff

Bring your questions and concerns to those who seek to represent you.

Submit your questions and topics to:
amherstnaacp@gmail.com  by Friday, Aug 5th.
Put "Candidate Questions" in the subject field.

This event is co-sponsored by

5 K Walk For Justice, September 19, 2015

Photo by Rene Theberge

 The Amherst Area NAACP and
the New England Area Conference  NAACP
5K Walk For Justice

In Amherst our walk will begin at 10:00 am from Haigis Mall, UMass.  We will conclude at Sweetser Park Amherst Center, across from the police station and the Black Sheep Deli.

We have organized a "Cane Brigade" for those unable to complete the walk.  Cane Brigade members will begin arriving at Sweetser Park between 10:30 and 11:00 am.

Remember to wear comfortable clothing, comfortable walking shoes.  Be sure to carry your water with you during the walk.

The Goal & Purpose is 
To develop a multi-racial, multi-age group of thousands of people who will participate in some leg of the Relay to demand legislative changes. A significant and diverse participant group will send a powerful message to the different legislative bodies that a broad cross-section of citizens is demanding change.  The desired legislative changes, include:

1.      Cultural competency of police forces, and at all command levels

2.      Independent or special prosecutors when police are subject to prosecution for serious crimes, including assault, excessive force and killings

3.      Requirement for police body cameras

4.      Other policies and practices which may lead to better and more effective policing and the elimination of race based policing and discrimination against the disabled.

The Relay will endeavor to gain the sponsorship and active support of significant numbers of civil rights organizations, religious groups, community groups and unions.  To be effective, the Relay must appeal to youngsters, college students, young workers, and older people --  in short, people of all ages.
Organization co-sponsors
My organization wants to make a donation to the Amherst Area NAACP:
Make Checks payable to:
Amherst Area NAACP
Our mailing address is:
P.O. Box175
Amherst, MA 01004

Julian Bond, Former N.A.A.C.P. Chairman and Civil Rights Leader, Dies at 75

Julian Bond at the N.A.A.C.P.’s annual convention in 2007. Credit Paul Sancya/Associated Press       
The NAACP, New England Area Conference mourns the passing of 


Mr. Bond passed away yesterday, Saturday, August 15, 2015 at the age of 75.  He is the immediate past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the NAACP, serving for 12 years in that capacity.  He served with distinction, marked by both vigor and calm respected leadership.  He remained on the Board after stepping down as its chairman in 2010.  Mr. Bond’s entire adult life had been regarded as a giant in the fight for equal rights and human rights.  Beginning in college, he led student protest to desegregate public facilities while a student at Morehouse College..  He was one of the student leaders who formed the Student Nonviolent Coordination Committee (SNCC).  He stood in ardent opposition to the Vietnam War and participated in many opposition demonstrations throughout the country.  

He served in the Georgia Legislature for 20 years, 6 in the senate and 12 in the house.  However, when originally elected, the house refused to seat him because of his opposition to the Vietnam War.  He filed suit and the Supreme Court unanimously ordered that he be seated, saying that the legislature had denied him freedom of speech.

He became a founder, along with Morris Dees, of the Southern Poverty Law Center.  He was its president from 1971 to 1979 and remained on its board of directors.

Julian bonds leadership, guidance and direction will be missed by the NACP, the Southern Poverty Law Center and the civil rights and human rights movements.


NAACP National
Our Lives, Our Votes, Our Jobs, and Our Schools Matter
From August 1 to September 16, America’s Journey for Justice–an historic 860-mile march from Selma, Alabama, to Washington, D.C.–will mobilize activists and advance a focused national advocacy agenda that protects the right of every American to a fair criminal justice system, uncorrupted and unfettered access to the ballot box, sustainable jobs with a living wage, and equitable public education.
Issue Focus by State:
Alabama - Economic Inequality
Georgia - Education Reform
South Carolina - Criminal Justice Reform
North Carolina - Voting Rights
Virginia - Youth Rally
Washington, D.C. - Full legislative agenda

For more information go to the National NAACP website or sign-up to get updates


New England Area Conference (NEAC)
Unity Walk for Justice,
*Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015*
If for any reason the "America's Journey for Justice" walk is beyond the reach of you or your Branch members you will want to know about the New England Area Conference (NEAC) Unity Walk for Justice, *Saturday Sept 19, 2015*.
This 3 mile walk will be organized by your own Branch members to take place in your own community in conjunction/cooperation with other social justice/civil rights groups you identify in your community. It is NEAC's plan to synchronize this walk so that all NEAC Branches will be begin at the same time, 10:00am, on Sat. Sept. 19, 2015. If you live outside of the EDT zone you can coordinate your Branch's walk to sync with the East Coast or schedule to begin at 10:00am your local time (that might look like the "Wave" as seen in crowds☺). 
 Contact your local area NAACP Branch if you'd like to help move a walk like this forward in your community.
For those living in the New England states stay tuned for more information over the next few days and weeks ahead about the NEAC Unity Walk for Justice.