Legal Redress, Chair
The Committee on Housing Shall:
(1) study housing conditions in the local community;
(2) receive and seek to address complaints of discrimination;
(3) oppose all restrictive practices whether public or private; and
(4) disseminate information and render such other assistance which may eliminate discrimination in housing.
The Committee on Legal Redress Shall:
(1) Investigate all cases reported to it;
(2) Supervise all litigation in which the Branch is interested;
(3) Keep the board informed on the progress of every case. It shall not give general legal advice.
The Religious Affairs Committee Shall:
*includes ministers and lay religious leaders who are members of the Branch
(1) promote an educational program designed to give moral and ethical interpretation to the civil rights struggle;
(2) interpret the work of the Association to organized religious groups of all faiths;
(3) enlist the support of such organized religious groups for membership, fundraising, and the struggle for equality and full civil rights; and
(4) provide resource assistance for religious education and social action activities, associated with the improvement of race relations.
Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. From the ballot box to the classroom, the thousands of dedicated workers, organizers, leaders and members who make up the NAACP continue to fight for social justice for all Americans. In 1953, financially pressed by the heavy load of legal cases and other aspects of the civil rights battle, Dr. Channing H. Tobias, newly elected chairman of the NAACP Board of Directors, launched the “FIGHT FOR FREEDOM FUND” campaign at the annual convention in St. Louis, Missouri. The slogan was “Free by ‘63”. The goal of the campaign was to eliminate all state-imposed racial discrimination by the centennial of Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. The convention unanimously adopted a resolution to raise one million dollars annually to fund the fight for freedom.
Organized in 1918, the San Antonio Branch of the NAACP has long been in the forefront of the struggle for equality. As early as 1949, testimonial dinners were held which highlighted National and Branch accomplishments while acknowledging the efforts of members and progressive citizens who were leaders in the fight for social justice.
In 1954, San Antonio accepted Dr.Tobias’ challenge and launched a Freedom Fund Dinner honoring the Reverend Claude Black, Mr. Archie Johnson and Mr. T.E. Gilmore. In 1955, the honorees were Archbishop Robert Lucy and Mr. A. Maceo Smith.
In the decades since the initial Freedom Fund Dinners, the Branch has annually honored those in our community who work tirelessly to ensure the political, educational, equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination. Past honorees have come from fields as diverse as religion, sports, local/state/national elected office, medicine, small and corporate business, jurisprudence, education, and the military.
The Committee on Education Shall:
(1) seek to eliminate segregation and other discriminatory practices in public education;
(2) study local educational conditions affecting minority groups;
(3) investigate the public school system and school zoning;
(4) familiarize itself with textbook material and remove material which is racially derogatory;
(5) seek to stimulate school attendance
(6) keep informed of school conditions and strive to correct abuses where found;
(7) investigate the effects of standardized and high stakes testing practices;
(8) promote ongoing teacher certification;
(9) promote parental involvement in education;
(10) aim to be a center of popular education on the race question and on the work of the Association.
Labor and Industry, Chair
The Committee on Young Adult shall consist of Branch members twenty-one (21) - forty (40 years of age. It shall be the function of the Committee to:
(1) support all branch activities;
(2) stimulate interest through advocacy training and solicit membership of twenty-one (21) - forty (40) years of age; (3) create a mentorship program (Branch Young Adults and Young Adults to Youth Units) to serve as a support bridge from Youth and College to Branch participation;
(4) provide networking and social opportunities for young adults in the local community; and (5) encourage the participation of young adults in all activities and leadership within the Branch.
Political Action, Chair
Communications, Press and Publicity, Chair
The Committee on Armed Services and Veterans' Affairs Shall:
(1) seek to establish a working relationship with those agencies in government, National, state, and local, having the responsibility in the affairs of members of the various Armed Services and Veterans and to see that the programs to which they are responsible are administered fairly and justly to members of the minority community;
(2) study conditions pertaining to veterans and members of the Military Service and their dependents and/or survivors in the community; (3) serve as a center of information on matters affecting the members of the Active Military, Reserve, and State National Guard and Veterans;
(4) maintain a repository of materials, information, and forms to be used in assisting veterans and/or dependents of veterans and military personnel with their problems;
(5) receive and act on all complaints relative to acts of discrimination on account of race, color, creed, or denial of benefits to which they are entitled because of discrimination; (6) prepare a quarterly report on committee activities to be submitted to the Executive Committee of the Branch and the National Director of Armed Services and Veterans' Affairs.
Armed Forces and Veterans' Affairs, Chair
The Committee on Communications, Press and Publicity Shall:
(1) seek to promote media content consistent with fundamental NAACP goals which include the elimination of racial isolation, fear and the furtherance of multiracial and cultural understanding; (2) work to eliminate employment segregation and discrimination in those industries, comprising their communications arts and sciences (radio, telephone, television, motion pictures, newspapers, books, related computer communications, business, cable television); (3) seek to insure black minority ownership and control of print and electronic media in both hardware and software; (4) monitor local and national media, especially advertising performance; (5) provide the National Office with research and data on those local businesses engaged in communications arts and sciences; and (6) seek to insure that all people have a meaningful right to choose from and have access to a variety of high quality telecommunications goods and services at reasonable costs.
Health Committee, Chair
Woman In The NAACP Shall:
address within the framework of the NAACP civil rights issues affecting women and children and shall carry out other civil and cultural activities to enhance membership and provide financial support to the Branch.
The Committee on Economic Development Shall:
implement local efforts and support national programs to preserve and expand economic empowerment among African-Americans and other communities of color by: (1) researching and establishing relationships with private and public entities; (2) supporting the work of the National Office in monitoring the progress and activity of private and public entities designed by national programs; (3) implementing local efforts to promote the growth of business ownership; (4) increasing employment and job creation; and (5) encouraging business development and home ownership.
Economic Development, Chair
Membership and Life Membership, Chair
The Committee on Youth Work Shall:
consist of the Youth Council Advisor/s, the Youth Council President, and five persons appointed by the Branch President. The Youth Council Advisor/s and the Youth Council President shall choose the chair of the committee. The Youth Work Committee shall develop and coordinate the program of the senior and youth groups.
The Freedom Fund Committee Shall:
plan and conduct fund-raising activities, including entertainment and other projects, for local and national purposes within the scope of the Association's program. It shall work closely with the Finance Committee.
Freedom Fund, Chair
Housing Committee, Chair
The Criminal Justice Committee at the Unit Level Shall:
1. strengthen families and communities through advocating for a decrease in violence, advancing voter and employment rights of the formerly incarcerated and the downscaling of prisons and for advocating the shifting of dollars/resources from prisons to schools. 2. advance the Smart and Safe Campaign at the Unit Level by promoting alliances, research, legislation, and initiatives that will reform criminal justice policies and advocate for public safety as a civil right.
The Committee on Young Adult's Work Shall:
Criminal Justice, Chair
The Labor and Industry Committee Shall:
seek ways to improve the economic status of minority groups by:
(1) working to eliminate discriminatory employment practices in industry and government, wage differentials based on race, unequal opportunities for training, promotion and unfair dismissals;
(2) encouraging greater participation in the trade union movement;
(3) working to end discriminatory practices in labor unions;
(4) securing the enactment of state and federal fair employment practices legislation; and
(5) working for improved opportunities in vocational and apprenticeship training.
The Afro Academic Cultural Technological Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) Committee:
*shall consist of a majority of Board members and may include non-Board member Trustees and members of the Association.
The duties of the ACT-SO Committee shall be to: (1) recommend policies and guidelines for the Association's
ACT-SO program; (2) provide oversight of the implementation of the ACT-SO program; and (3) in consultation
with the President and CEO, recommend annual work plans and resources to effectively implement the ACT-SO program.
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The Membership Committee Shall:
(1) work throughout the year to maintain and increase the membership of the Association;
(2) be responsible for planning and organizing the annual membership campaign; and
(3) be responsible on a continuous basis for soliciting new members and for securing renewals; and
(4) initiate all possible means to obtain Life Members and sponsor a continuing program toward this end.
The Political Action Committee Shall:
(1) seek to increase registration and voting;
(2) work for the enactment of municipal, state and federal legislation designed to improve the educational, political and economic status of minority groups;
(3) seek the repeal of racially discriminatory legislation;
(4) work to improve the administration of justice;
(5) work to secure equal enforcement of the law; and
(6) keep the National Office and the Branch informed of all proposed legislation which affects minority groups. The Committee shall be nonpartisan and shall not endorse candidates for public office.
The Finance Committee Shall:
onsist of the President, Treasurer, and at least one other member. It shall study the financial needs of the branch and shall be responsible for drafting an adequate annual budget.
The Committee on Community Coordination Shall:
Enlist the support of other community organizations on issues affecting the interests of African Americans and other communities of color.
Community Coordination, Chair
The Health Committee shall:
(1) work to promote, protect and maintain the health of African Americans;
(2) access the health needs of the community;
(3) advocate for equal access to health education, care, treatment and research for all Americans;
(4) sponsor health-related activities such as health forums, fairs, and workshops highlighting issues of importance to people of color; and
(5) support health initiatives of the Association.