Boston police Initiate Body Cam Program

Boston police Initiate Body Cam Program

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body+camera5This week, Commissioner William B. Evans announced the City of Boston’s intention to initiate a body-worn camera pilot program that will equip a segment of Boston’s police officers with this technology.  This comes on the heels of the Boston NAACP and many other civil rights and social justice organizations appealing to Mayor Walsh, the Commissioner and city officials to adopt the use of “bodycams” in the wake of police-involved shootings of unarmed Black men all over the country. “There is a heightened level of transparency required for policing in 2015,” said Supreme Richardson, 3rd Vice President of the Boston NAACP. “The blinders have been removed, and now Americans realize that not all cops are protecting and serving, and too many are simply breaking the law.”  Recently, the Massachusetts Association of Minority Law Enforcement Officers (MAMLEO) expressed their support for bodycameras and other police departments in the Commonwealth are taking steps to adopt them.

The NAACP applauds the leadership of Commissioner Evans and Mayor Walsh, as we have been urging the City of Boston to lead on this issue. “Today’s announcement signals a step in the right direction toward transparent, reliable and accountable policing in Boston,” said Michael Curry, Boston NAACP President. “We urge the Administration to now move with speed to plan for the full implementation of body-worn cameras within its 2017 budget. The time is now!”  The NAACP, locally and nationally, has called on the nation to embrace sweeping police reforms to (1) end discriminatory stop & frisk practices and over-militarization of departments, (2) institute racial sensitivity training and ensure the recruitment and promotion of officers of color, (3) transition police-involved investigations from district attorneys to special prosecutors, (4) institute civilian review boards with subpoena power and full authority to review cases, (5) track police officers accused or found guilty of misconduct, and ensure bad cops are removed from all law enforcement agencies, and (6) pass anti-racial profiling laws to guarantee future Constitutional violations will be identified and addressed. “So, bodycameras are not the panacea, but just a part of broader reforms,” said Curry.

The Boston NAACP also supports ACLU of Massachusetts’ work with others to present a model body-worn camera policy. “We fully understand that such a policy requires the balancing of a host of constitutional and public policy considerations, such as privacy rights, storage and cost,” said Ashley Brown, Political Action Director for the Boston NAACP.  “However, this conversation must take place with community input to ensure it provides the maximum benefit for law enforcement and citizens when the facts are in question.”

 

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Successful Summer Pipeline Program Wraps Up

Successful Summer Pipeline Program Wraps Up

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BOSTON — On Friday, August 28, 2015, the Boston NAACP concluded the fourth year of our annual “Summer Job – Pipeline to Leadership Program” aimed at preparing the next generation of community leaders. The Program pays a stipend to 27 youth, referred to as “Pipeliners”, to work for the Boston NAACP while also receiving leadership training. These future leaders are all between the ages of 14 and 21 and hail from high schools throughout Greater Boston and some local colleges. The students provide a new face for civic engagement, community activism and social justice. “These youth receive the necessary experience and training that can transform a family and a community,” said Supreme Richardson, Boston NAACP 3rd Vice-President. “They will be required to think critically about issues of race and class, and to develop solutions.” In prior years, participants were introduced to the issue of police use of force and required to debate both sides of the issue. This year, the youth engaged in debates over recent incidents of police involved shootings in Ferguson, Baltimore, Cleveland and South Carolina, and discussed the root causes of civil unrest (riots).

IMG_1255Over the eight week summer program, the students registered over 300 residents of Roxbury, Dorchester and Mattapan to vote, and engaged hundreds of residents on the importance of voting. Pipeliners also participate in a Youth Citizens Academy, hosted by the Boston FBI. Pipeliners spent much of the summer learning history and engaging their peers on the issues of trauma and violence.

In terms of leadership, the students participated in trainings on public speaking, personal branding, canvassing, civic engagement, NAACP and Civil Rights history, mass incarceration, race and racism, financial literacy, conflict resolution, resume writing, event planning, as well as marketing and promotions and ethics. “Our hope is to expose these young men and women to the basic building blocks for effective leadership,” said Michael Curry, President.

 

We Salute Julian Bond

We Salute Julian Bond

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SOURCE: NAACP National site


(BALTIMORE, MD) – The NAACP family is saddened at the sudden passing of longtime NAACP Board Member Julian Bond. The Chairman Emeritus passed away at the age of 75, following a very brief illness.

For those who wish, you may make an online gift in Chairman Emeritus Julian Bond’s honor to the Julian Bond Professorship of Civil Rights and Social Justiceclick here

“From his days as a young activist to his years as both an elder statesman and NAACP Chairman Emeritus, Julian Bond inspired a generation of civil rights leaders,” said NAACP Chairman Roslyn M. Brock.  “From my days as a youth board member of the NAACP to my present tenure as NAACP Chairman, like so many of my generation and before, I am yet inspired by the depth and breadth of Chairman Emeritus Bond’s exemplary service: activist, writer, historian, professor, public intellectual, public servant and an unrelentingly eloquent voice for the voiceless. The grateful citizen heirs of the civil and human rights legacy of Julian Bond can neither be counted nor confined to a generation. Many of the most characteristically American freedoms enjoyed by so many Americans today were made real because of the lifelong sacrifice and service of Julian Bond.  On behalf of the NAACP and our country, we ask for your prayers for his family.”

“The nation and the NAACP deeply grieve Julian Bond’s death even as we are profoundly grateful for his life,” said NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks.  “The arc of service of Chairman Emeritus Julian Bond’s life extends high and wide over America’s social justice landscape: as a young lieutenant of Martin Luther King Jr., gifted writer, eloquent speaker, esteemed professor, Georgia state senator, nominee for U.S. Vice President, revered civil rights leader, champion for marriage equality and well beloved NAACP Chairman Emeritus. We extend our heartfelt sympathies and soul deep prayers to his family.  This is a moment of incalculable loss in a trying hour of innumerable civil right challenges.  The life and legacy, indeed the eloquence of Julian Bond’s example, yet speak to the present and future of the NAACP.”

Details as to how to commemorate and memorialize Mr. Bond’s monumental legacy will be shared at the appropriate time.

While a student at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Bond helped found the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). He was elected Board Chairman of the NAACP in 1998.

Born in Nashville, Tennessee, Bond’s family moved to Pennsylvania when he was five years old when his father, Horace Mann Bond, became the first African American President of Lincoln University (Pennsylvania), his alma mater. Bond attended Morehouse College in Atlanta and won a varsity letter for swimming. He also founded a literary magazine called The Pegasus and served as an intern at Time magazine.

Bond was a founding member of the SNCC and served as communications director from 1961 to 1966. From 1960 to 1963, he led student protests against segregation in public facilities in Georgia. Bond graduated from Morehouse and helped found the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). He was the organization’s president from 1971 to 1979.

Bond was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 1965. White members of the House refused to seat him because of his opposition to the Vietnam War. In 1966, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the House had denied Bond his freedom of speech and had to seat him.

From 1965 to 1975, he served in the Georgia House and served six terms in the Georgia Senate from 1975 to 1986.

In 1968, Bond led a challenge delegation from Georgia to the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, and was the first African-American nominated as Vice President of the United States. He withdrew his name from the ballot because he was too young to serve.

Bond ran for the United States House of Representatives, but lost to civil rights leader John Lewis. In the 1980s and ‘90s, Bond taught at several universities, including American, Drexel, Williams, the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard universities and the University of Virginia.

Bond continued with his activism as Chairman Emeritus of the NAACP, after serving 11 years as Chair, and working to educate the public about the history of the Civil Rights Movement and the struggles that African Americans endured.

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Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities.  You can read more about the NAACP’s work and our five “Game Changer” issue areas here.

Boston NAACP Launch’s Summer Job – Pipeline to Leadership Program

Boston NAACP Launch’s Summer Job – Pipeline to Leadership Program

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IMG_1430On Saturday, July 14 approximately 20 youth, ranging in age from 14 to 20, gathered at the new office of the Boston NAACP for orientation.  The students applied to participate in the Branch’s inaugural Summer Job – Pipeline to Leadership Program.  A week prior, President Curry posted a message on Facebook seeking to find three kids to serve on the Branch’s Street Team, but received over 75 phone calls, emails and Facebook posts over the next 48 hours.  “We realized that there was a huge demand for summer jobs in our community, and we needed the infusion of youthful energy, creativity and experience,” said President Curry.  “Thanks to Mayor Menino and the City of Boston, we were able to secure the funds to provide stipends for 15 students to work for us.”

The youth received hours of training on the electoral process, canvassing and civic engagement, and then were charged with registering communities of color to vote.  Since the first day of work, they have registered over 350 people to vote, and engaged hundreds of residents on the importance of voting.  “We never realized just how important voting is and the impact it has on the allocation of resources,” said Herb Lozano, Youth Program Director.  “We now understand that our efforts make a difference.”  Herb is in his final year at Norfolk State University, majoring in Communications, and is considering a career in journalism.

In addition to non-partisan voter registration activities, petition drives, health advocacy, office work, discrimination complaint intake, planning a youth anti-violence rally and research on black businesses, the youth are also required to participate in leadership training.  They have received presentations in public speaking, self-esteem, personal branding, models of black leadership, conflict resolution, race and racism, mass incarceration, NAACP history and community mobilization.  They have also attended branch meetings with U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz and functions with UMass Boston Chancellor Keith Motley.  This week, they will receive presentations from the Boston FBI, the Boston Police Department, a tour of the Boston Globe, and meet with Teri Williams of One United Bank and author of “I Got Bank! What My Grandad Taught Me About Money,” aimed at financial literacy for children through fiction.

The students have just three weeks remaining for the summer before returning to school.  President Curry is hoping that the media will cover the activities of these youth—destined to be future leaders.

Communities of Color Mayoral Forum & Questionnaire Responses

Communities of Color Mayoral Forum & Questionnaire Responses

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On Tuesday, September 10, 2013, the Boston NAACP joined the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts, the Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, University of Massachusetts’ Commonwealth Compact and the Coalition of Community Groups in hosting the Community of Color Mayoral Forum.  All 12 candidates participated and the Kroc Center’s auditorium was at capacity with standing room only.

The over 300 attendees were treated to a frank conversation about issues importance to communities of color (jobs, education, public safety and business). The Boston NAACP is proud to have participated in what was arguably the “game changing” event in this mayoral election.

 

 

The Boston NAACP issued a Communities of Color Mayoral Questionnaire to all of the candidates and received responses from 10 out of 12 candidates.  The candidates were limited to 150 words for the publication.  A version is being distributed in the community that is edited down to the limited text.  However, CLICK HERE to read their responses in their entirety.


 

 

 

Tele-Town Hall Meeting

Tele-Town Hall Meeting

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The Boston NAACP is excited to join 30 co-hosting organizations in convening the first ever Tele-Town Hall Meeting on Monday, October 15, 2012 at 6:00 PM. Over 1,200 people are already scheduled to participate in this meeting where THEY CALL YOU. The goal of these calls is to bring critical information and conversation to NAACP members and the community–where they are. Registration is still open and the community is urged to register today.

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If you haven’t heard him before, you are in for a treat with the Rev. Dr. William Barber II, Chairman of the National NAACP’s Political Action Committee, who will be joined by our own Professor Ogletree and Avi Green of MassVOTE. This is cutting edge for community mobilization and community engagement, and we sincerely thank you for agreeing to support this effort!

 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER