Today, January 15, would have been Dr. King’s 94th
Dr. King’s holiday is celebrated on Monday, January 16, 2023.
Dr. King was assassinated at the age of 39, in Memphis
Tennessee. The holiday will be a time when many observe it as a day of service in
Dr. King’s belief in non-violence would be something that
the nation as a whole could pause and reflect upon .For those of us who will
observe the holiday, simply remembering the man himself, and what he stood for,
would in itself be a way to pay tribute to Dr. King.
NAACP Referenced in the Hiring of the
Charlottesville, Virginia Police Chief
At the Charlottesville,
VA. City Council meeting held on December 5, 2022, it was said that the NAACP
provided a reference in the selection of Michael Kochis. Documentation of that
conversation between Interim City Manager Michael Rodgers and Mayor Lloyd Snook
is on record and was reported in the
Daily Progress December 6, 2022, that” Kochis received references from Warrenton’s
Chapters of “Black Lives Matter and the NAACP”.
referenced in the article is officially listed as the Fauquier County Branch of
the NAACP. There is no chapter of the NAACP in Warrenton which is in Fauquier
references mentioned is the reason for the Albemarle-Charlottesville Branch of
the NAACP to clarify what has been stated, The NAACP did not make a reference nor
did they endorse any police chief or candidate for office on any level. All
official business of any branch/unit is conducted by the Executive Committee in
its entirety. and will be documented on the letterhead of the NAACP. and not in
a conversation with an officer or member of a branch/ unit.
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
The name of
this organization shall be the Albemarle-Charlottesville Branch of the National
Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
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.
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
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
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
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.
(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.
(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
(Meetings of Standing
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.
The quorum of the Executive
Committee and Standing Committees shall be 50% of their respective Committees total
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.
A parliamentarian and
vice parliamentarian shall be appointed by the Executive Committee.
the presiding officer in managing meetings and advising on parliamentary
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
(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
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
Meeting ID: 825 1490 9912
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