In Solidarity with Million Moms March Sat. May 9, 2015

Amherst Town Common, Noon to 1:30pm

On Saturday, May 9th Million Moms March for Justice  10 AM -2 PM in DC.  See the Call to action.

Since many in our community would like to go but won't be able to those who'd like to can stand in solidarity:

Saturday, May 9th
Amherst Town Common
Noon to 1:30pm

Bring your own signs and sign-up to speak when you arrive on the Amherst Town Common.

For background information go to:
 Mothers for Justice United.  Founded by Maria Hamilton after the murder of her son Dontre by a Milwaukee police officer on April 30, 2014, we are a group of mothers whose children were taken from us by police and racist vigilante violence.  Together we fight for justice for our children and for our communities.

Please join as we take our fight to Washington this Mother's Day Weekend, May 9, 2015, in our Million Moms March.

Unity Relay Walk for Justice has been postponed to a future, as yet to be determined, date

NAACP’s groundbreaking report, Born Suspect, opens a renewed dialogue about racial profiling by law enforcement in America. This conversation includes a call to action for NAACP members to work toward ending this ineffective policing practice across the country.


New England Area Conference NAACP
Unity Relay For Justice

NEAC is organizing an 8 day Relay from the State House in Concord, NH, to the State House on Beacon Hill, to the State House in Providence, RI.  Participants will walk for whatever length of the route they feel comfortable, from one block to the entire journey, approximately 130 miles.

The Purpose
To direct attention to needed substantive changes to address disparities in the criminal justice system and in law enforcement policies and procedures. Additionally, NEAC aims to channel the current energy and enthusiasm, regarding the police killings in Ferguson, New York, Cleveland and across the country, by mobilizing for legislative and regulatory changes, both at the state and local levels. 

The Goal
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 reduction in 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.

What you can do now:
I Want to register to walk
Call the NEAC office to sign-up: 617/323-8885
I want to Help with Organizing
We have identified several committees to make this effort happen:

Logistics Committee:
Plan, arrange and implement all matters regarding support services, including; housing, food and vehicles

Security Committee:
Plan, arrange and implement all matters of safety and security.

Publicity Committee:
Plan and arrange all matters of publicity and public relations.

Legislative Action (Political Action Committee:
Construct the legislative agenda of NEAC

Co-Sponsors Committee:
Seek and arrange for a broad base of organizational support, including: Clerical Community; Unions; Civil Rights Organizations; Community Groups

First Aid and Medical Committee:
Plan and arrange all matters of first aid and medical support.

Registration Committee:
Plan, arrange and implement registration for all participants

Collateral Material Committee:
Plan and design signs, handouts and other collateral material

Call the NEAC office to sign-up: 617/323-8885
My organization wants to co-sponsor this effort

Call the NEAC office to become a partner: 617/323-8885

My organization wants to make a donation to this effort
Make Checks payable to:
New England Area Conference NAACP
Our mailing address is:
 PO BOX 320128
 West Roxbury, Massachusetts 02132

150th anniversary of the ratification of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution

You are invited to join us in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the ratification of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, a screening of Steven Spielberg’s acclaimed biographical film “Lincoln,” will be held on Saturday, February 7 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Amherst Jones Library Woodbury Community Room.

"Lincoln" takes place during the final months of the life of President Abraham Lincoln and recounts the pivotal historical events of that era, including the passage of the 13th Amendment to abolish slavery, the ending of the Civil War, and Lincoln's assassination on April 14, 1865.
“Lincoln,” received 12 Academy Award nominations in 2013, including Best Performance by a Lead Actor (Daniel Day Lewis), Best Performance by a Supporting Actor (Tommy Lee Jones), Best Performance by a Supporting Actress (Sally Field) and Achievement in Directing (Steven Spielberg).The screening will be preceded by remarks from local Amherst historian Dr. Robert H. Romer, the author of Slavery in the Connecticut Valley of Massachusetts. 

This program is free and open to the public.

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