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WHEN IS ENOUGH GOING TO BE ENOUGH?

When Is Enough Going To Be Enough?

May 24, 2022 – another random shooting occurred! This time, children were targeted. This happened in a place in which we would assume that children could be safe – their school. The victims who were slain in last week’s massacre in Buffalo have not all been laid to rest and yes, we are back with the same story.

Shopping malls, churches, synagogues, movie theaters, grocery stores, and night clubs have been the scenes for shooters who prey upon unsuspecting victims.

I am sure that the vast number of folks would have thought that when children became murder victims, something would be done about the issue of guns being in the hands of irresponsible people. Even the simple request of securing background checks for those who buy weapons, would be a first step. It appears that most Americans would approve of this step as a legislative issue. However, there has been no action from those legislators that were elected to ensure the safety of the American people.

Since the slaughtering of innocent citizens is not a priority of those who could do something about this issue, namely the Congress of the United States, WE need to act now! American people need to realize that elections have consequences. The phrase “our thoughts and prayers are with you” appears to be an automated response, and in some cases, lacking in sincerity because it is repeated so often. ENOUGH IS PAST BEING ENOUGH!

Janette B. Martin, President ALBEMARLE-CHARLOTTESVILLE NAACP

ALBEMARLE-CHARLOTTESVILLE NAACP – BYLAWS

Albemarle-Charlottesville NAACP

Branch# 7057-B

The name of this organization shall be the Albemarle-Charlottesville Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Objectives of Branches. The purpose and aims of Branches of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People shall be to improve the political, educational, social, and economic status of African-Americans and other racial and ethnic minorities; to eliminate racial prejudice; to keep the public aware of the adverse effects of discrimination; and to take lawful action to secure the elimination of racial discrimination, to seek legislation and policies at the local level, or at other levels if requested by the State/State-Area Conference or National Office, which advance the programs and policies of the Association; and to oppose legislation and policies which are adverse to the programs and policies of the Association consistent with the efforts of the national organization and in conformity with the Articles of Incorporation  of the Association, its Constitution and Bylaws, and as directed by the Board of Directors.

Objectives of Authorized Committees. The purpose and aims of Authorized Committees of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People shall be to improve the political, educational, social, and economic status of African-Americans and other racial and ethnic minorities; to eliminate racial prejudice; to keep the public aware of the adverse effects of discrimination; and to take lawful action to secure the elimination of racial discrimination; to seek legislation and policies at the local level or at other levels if requested by the State/State-Area Conference or National Office which advance the programs and policies of the Association; and to oppose legislation and policies which are adverse to the programs and policies of the Association consistent with the efforts of the national organization and in conformity with the Articles of Incorporation of the Association, its Constitution and Bylaws, and as directed by the Board of Directors.

(2)

(Coalition/Affiliation with other Organizations)

Authority. Units of the NAACP may affiliate and cooperate with other groups, organizations or coalitions when there is an incentive and purpose of affiliation and/or cooperation on specific issues, which are in accord with the program and policies of the Association. Prior written permission for such affiliation and/or cooperation by the Units must be granted by the Virginia State Conference and the Executive Committee of Albemarle-Charlottesville Branch.

Approval Procedure for Joining Coalitions: Any Unit of the Association seeking to join a coalition shall seek prior, timely authorization in writing from the President and Executive Committee. Units must submit requests for approval within 15 business days before joining the proposed coalition. The President and Executive Committee shall respond within 10 business days after receipt of said request. The President and Executive Committee at their discretion and in accordance with the objectives of the Association, shall communicate approval or disapproval of said proposed coalition in writing to the Unit.

(Membership in the Branch)

Members of the Association in good standing where Branches are being formed, may affiliate with the local Branch and be entitled to vote upon presenting satisfactory evidence of their membership. They shall not be assessed annual membership fees by the Branch until the expiration of the annual membership for which they have paid.

Members may affiliate with more than one branch but may only vote with their home unit.

GOVERNANCE

(Meetings of Units)

Regular Meetings. Regular membership meetings of Branches and Youth Units shall be held at least once a month, and there may be such other public or special meetings as may be required. Regular meetings shall be held on a fixed day or date of each month.

(3)

(Meetings of the Executive Committee of Branches)

The Executive Committee shall meet at least once a month at such times and places as it may determine. Special Committee meetings may be called by the President, Secretary or by two members of the Committee on two days written notice. The notice must state the purpose for which the meeting is called.

All business to be discussed at the Executive Committee meeting must be presented in advance to the president or secretary.

(Meetings of Standing Committees)

The Standing Committees shall meet regularly once a month at places they may determine. They shall inform the President and Secretary of the time and place of each meeting. Special meetings may be called by the Chairperson or by two members on two days written notice. If the meeting is to be held via teleconference or electronic meeting, the conference call number or sign in code must be provided.

All meetings under the name of the Albemarle-Charlottesville Branch that are conducted electronically or via conference call must be originated under the Branch Account. Chairs/Members of any committee may not use their personal account/s to conduct a meeting.

Chairs/Members are asked not to share the conference call number or sign in code with non-branch members without expressed or prior approval from the President.

(Quorum)

The quorum of the Executive Committee and Standing Committees shall be 50% of their respective Committees total membership.

(4)

(Operating Procedures)

1)  All proposals must be in writing. The presiding officer may require any main motion, amendment, or instruction to a committee to be in writing.

2)  Business may be postponed, at the sole discretion of the presiding officer, to permit referral of the matter to the Executive Committee at its next scheduled meeting.  Any postponed business will be taken up at the following general meeting of the membership as an item of unfinished business.

3) The following is the regular order of business for general meetings of the membership.  Agendas shall be approved by a majority vote of the membership at the start of each general meeting of the membership.


  (1) Approval of the agenda
  (2) Reading the Minutes of the previous meeting (and their approval).
  (3) Reports of Boards and Standing Committees.
  (4) Reports of Special (Select) Committees.
  (5) Unfinished Business
  (6) New Business

(Qualifications to run for Office)

Any person standing for election to the office of President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer must, by April 1 of the election year, have completed at least twelve months service in this Branch as a member of the Executive Committee or as a member of a standing committee of the Branch.  Branch officers are elected according to National and State guidelines (Note: I interchanged the wording State and National since National Bylaws/guidelines supersede State).  The term of service of twelve months can be divided among committees, so long as the aggregated total service is twelve months or more.  

(5)

A parliamentarian and vice parliamentarian shall be appointed by the Executive Committee.

The Parliamentarian shall:

  • Assist the presiding officer in managing meetings and advising on parliamentary procedure.

The Vice Parliamentarian shall:

  • The Vice Parliamentarian shall perform the duties of the Parliamentarian when the Parliamentarian is temporarily absent or is otherwise unable to serve.  He/she shall engage in such duties as required of him/her.

(Amendments to Bylaws)

The Bylaws may be amended by a two-thirds vote of any annual meeting provided the proposed amendment be submitted to the Bylaws Committee by the (note need to come up with a date that is consistent with an annual meeting date) deadline.  The President and the Executive Committee shall provide copies (Note can be electronic/mail – need not put in the document just a note that we could consider either method and or both or a combination of them since some may not have email) of the proposed amendment(s) to all members in good standing with the Branch at least 30 days prior to the Annual Meeting.

Ratification of the Bylaws becomes effective 60 days after approval at Noon, Eastern Standard Time (discussion here from the Ad Hoc Committee).

It supersedes any previous Bylaws, manuals and other documents duly adopted by the Executive Committee to these Bylaws

ALBEMARLE-CHARLOTTESVILLE – APRIL MEETING – PRESENTATION: DR. MATTHEW HAAS, SUPERINTENDENT OF ALBEMARLE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS

“A LOOK INTO THE FUTURE OF ALBEMARLE COUNTY SCHOOLS”

MEETING PRESENTATION LINK:

Alb-Cville NAACP is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

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ALBEMARLE-CHARLOTTESVILLE STATEMENT FROM BRANCH PRESIDENT JANETTE B. MARTIN

The Albemarle- Charlottesville NAACP joins in the historic celebration of the first Black woman judge, Ketangi Brown Jackson,  being confirmed to be a Justice on the highest court in the land! This is truly a moment that will forever don history books. Yesterday,  while Judge Jackson was being applauded, some chose to be on the wrong side of history, and failed to realize the importance of her confirmation to the Supreme Court.But, to join in with Senator Cory Booker of the state of New Jersey, even those who could not recognize the significance of her appointment, nothing should let those of us who can and do, see the importance of this event. We will not allow the joy of this historic event and what it means for the country be overlooked!
Judge Jackson, we appreciate you !

VA. NAACP STATEMENT ON GOVERNOR YOUNGKIN’S INTERIM DOE REPORT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 26, 2022

MEDIA CONTACT
Robert Barnette, President

press@naacpva.org

Virginia NAACP Statement on Governor Youngkin’s Interim DOE Report

RICHMOND, VA – The Virginia State Conference NAACP (Virginia NAACP) is outraged at Governor Younkin’s Executive Order One and the subsequent Interim report submitted by Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow.

Superintendent Balow has in effect declared war on teaching accurate American History by erroneously characterizing truth as divisive and outlawing previous efforts to bring about racial equity. Amy Tillerson-Brown, Ph.D., and chair of the Virginia NAACP Education Committee said, “…none of the resources Secretary Balow requested be rescinded or modified are discriminatory in that they do not promote unjust or prejudicial treatment based on race or gender. Instead, these recommendations will work to unravel

the progress our Commonwealth has made towards racial equity in education.”

The Governor cannot perpetuate this false narrative of “divisive concepts.” Virginia students have the right to an education that is accurate and without censorship.

“Virginia has a long torrid history as it pertains to educating Black children. Black slaves in Virginia were prohibited by law and practice from learning to read or write. Even when Virginia established a free public education system, educating Black children were a complete afterthought. “It is apparent that the Governor has no real interest in teaching our shared history. You cannot characterize truth as divisive and be open to teaching history accurately.” said President Robert N. Barnette, Jr.

In August 2021, the Virginia NAACP issued a press release affirming the importance of teaching Black history in public schools. The mission of the NAACP is in “…inform the public of the adverse effects of racial discrimination and to seek its elimination…” we are obligated to protest this administration’s attempt to falsify American history through omission of critically important facts.

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ABOUT THE VIRGINIA NAACP

Founded in 1935, the Virginia State Conference of NAACP Branches (Virginia NAACP) is the oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization in the Commonwealth, overseeing over 100 NAACP branches, youth councils, and college chapters. The Virginia NAACP is the preeminent voice of Black Virginians and advocates for policies and programs to benefit Blacks and people of color. You can read more about the Virginia NAACP’s work and our six “Game Changer” issue areas by visiting NAACPVA.org

ALBEMARLE-CHARLOTTESVILLE NAACP SUPPORT OF STATEMENT

P.O. BOX 1522

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA.  22902

February 24, 2022

A statement issued by the Virginia State Conference of the NAACP proclaims that The United States Constitution mandates that Virginia’s General Assembly districts contain substantially equal population. This Constitutional provision ensures that each vote is given equal representational weight – one person, one vote.  However, because the 2021 elections were conducted on maps based upon the 2010 census, this is not currently the case. Therefore, the NAACP’s Statement requests that the State Court will uphold these rights by ordering new elections to be held this year under the new General Assembly maps

The Albemarle- Charlottesville NAACP supports the Virginia NAACP’s call on the courts to order elections based on the redistricted maps.

VA NAACP STATEMENT AGAINST OPTIONAL MASK WEARING IN SCHOOLS

February 9, 2022

MEDIA CONTACT
Da’Quan Love, Executive Director

804-972-3310
press@naacpva.org

Virginia NAACP Issues Statement Against Optional Mask Wearing in School Amidst Virginia Senate’s Passage of SB 739

RICHMOND, VA – The Virginia State Conference of the NAACP (Virginia NAACP) abhors the passage of Senate Bill 739 (SB 739) with Senator Chap Petersen’s amendment where parents are allowed to opt their child out of wearing a mask in school without an explanation required.

“It is disappointing to the Virginia NAACP that Senator Chap Petersen would put forth such an amendment that will knowingly harm the health and safety of our children, teaching staff, and staff personnel in schools,” said Virginia NAACP President Robert N. Barnette, Jr. “His sly tactics will now increase the odds that hundreds of thousands of Virginia’s children may spread and contract COVID-19 while in school.”

SB 739 now, more than before, demonstrates a relentless disregard for the well-being of Virginia’s children and makes schools less safe and inaccessible; especially for our children of color who are already detrimentally and disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and behind because of discriminatory barriers in our education systems.

The Virginia NAACP stands by science and the CDC’s guidance for COVID-19 prevention in K-12 schools, and with that comes the requirement of masks for our children. Requiring masks in schools is a preventative measure and we will continue to support and encourage all children to wear masks at school and on school buses. To be on any other side is an outright failure to protect the health of the most innocent among us, children.

Virginia NAACP urges all NAACP members and allies to take bold action against SB 739 and urges the House of Delegates upon receipt of SB 739 to reject the bill’s blatant failure to protect school children from the deadly COVID-19 virus and therefore, take all necessary steps to protect students, teachers, administrators, and all school staff.

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ABOUT THE VIRGINIA NAACP

Founded in 1935, the Virginia State Conference of NAACP Branches (Virginia NAACP) is the oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization in the Commonwealth, overseeing over 100 NAACP branches, youth councils, and college chapters. The Virginia NAACP is the preeminent voice of Black Virginians and advocates for policies and programs to benefit Blacks and people of color. You can read more about the Virginia NAACP’s work and our six “Game Changer” issue areas by visiting NAACPVA.org


BLACK HISTORY MONTH COMMEMORATION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 3, 2022

MEDIA CONTACT
Robert N. Barnette, President

president@naacpva.org

Virginia NAACP Announces Black History Month Commemoration

RICHMOND – The Virginia State Conference of the NAACP (Virginia NAACP) is pleased to announce its Black History Month Commemoration event schedule.

The first event to kick off the month will be the “Transit Equity Day for Civil Rights and a Healthy Planet,” to be held virtually on Saturday, February 5, 2022 at 1:30 pm.

“In our community, there’s a problem with accessibility and equity to resources needed to live our everyday lives. One space we see this in day-in and day-out is within transit. The annual celebration of Transit Equity Day is where we come together to learn more about the unfair transit practices we encounter and how we can change them! Together, we can make a change. Join the Virginia NAACP for our virtual Transit Equity Day event where you can not only learn about the changes needed, but also, be the change we need,” states Virginia NAACP President Robert Barnette.

The second event: “The Urgency of Now Rally” will be held on Saturday, February 12, 2022 at 11 am. This in-person event will take place at the Bell Tower on the Capitol Square to commemorate Black History. Special guests will include leaders from the Virginia NAACP, National NAACP, and other civil rights organizations.

For more information and to register for these events, please visit naacpva.org