Midwest NAACP Units Train to Implement Civil Rights “Game Changer” Priorities

Region III Y & C conduct voter registration at U of Louisville, March 30, 2012

NAACP leaders from IL, IN, KY, OH, MI, WI, WV met in Louisville, KY March 29-31, 2012 for a Civil Rights Advocacy Training Institute. Leon Russell, Vice Chair, National Board of Directors conducted a plenary session on the NAACP’s strategic priorities: voting rights, free high quality public education, affordable health care, economic sustainability public safety and criminal justice.

Youth & College Units from Region III conducted voter registration and advocacy for Trayvon Martin at the University of Louisville, March 31, 2012.  Petitions called for justice in the Martin case. Forty members participated in a Voting Rights and Civil Engagement plenary session Voter Registration, Church Registration and GOTV toolkits were distributed. A  Voting Rights training was conducted with 20 members. A Civic Engagement Voter Activation Network (VAN) training was conducted at the Region III CRATI March 31, 2012 Louisville, KY with 40 members. Fourteen Region III Units received training on the Collective Action Fund at the Tides Foundation.  Civic engagement was the priority area for which Units are seeking funding.

Twenty Education Advocacy activists trained on advocacy for free, high quality, equitably-funded, public pre-K and K-12 education. State specific plans for getting to good schools were reviewed and revised.

A Childhood Obesity training was conducted for 14 Units. The Health Program’s Childhood Obesity manual was distributed. A Health Advocacy workshop was conducted for nine Units.

Seventy members were trained in Criminal Justice advocacy. Directions to set up Criminal Justice committees were distributed.

A Financial Advocacy Community Tour (FACT) was held at the Region III CRATI March 31, 2012 Louisville, KY.  Exhibitors and presenters included Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Metropolitan Life, Federal Trade Commission, FDIC, Louisville Legal Aid Society, Financial Planning Association, NID Housing Counseling, Louisville Urban League, Kentucky Higher Education, Social Security Administration. FACT provided hands-on assistance with credit repair, budget planning, obtaining a mortgage, preventing foreclosure and help finding fair lenders.