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NAACP: Steadfast and Immovable

The Toledo Branch NAACP would like to extend a THANK YOU to our community, our sponsors, and friends for your support of our 102nd Freedom Fund Banquet which was held recently on October 28 at the Stranahan Great Hall.  

We do not take your support likely nor do we take you for granted.  The Freedom Fund Banquet is held annually to provide funding for both our local and national NAACP operating expenses.  And in addition your support also helps fund our ACT-SO program for local youth giving them an experience of a lifetime as they compete for bronze, silver, and gold awards, potential scholarships and other great opportunities. 

Please save the date for next year’s banquet, Saturday, October 27, 2018.  Look forward to a new format for our banquet.  Throughout 2018 we will bring you informative programs to keep you engaged with issues within our community.

Also in October, we partnered with the Art Tatum African American Resource Center Citizens’ Advisory Board to sponsor an event for candidates for mayor and city council.  In 2018, our focus will be on voting and engaging the voting concept.  We will continue this theme.   IT’S YOUR RIGHT TO VOTE! We ask that you join us as we advocate and commit to raising awareness for political, educational, social and economic equality of minority group citizens in the electoral process.

Toledo NAACP Executive Board with Freedom Fund Banquet Speaker Benjamin Jealous

Freedom Fund Banquet Honorees: Rev. Edward Skip Turner - Amazing Grace Christian Center,  Billie Johnson - President/CEO-  Northwest Ohio Area Office on Aging,  Alicia Smith - Executive Director of Junction Coalition

NAACP Ray Wood, Baldemar Velasquez, President of FLOC, Mayor Paula Hicks Hudson and other community leaders during the signing

With approximately 2,000 adult branches, youth councils, and college chapters in 49 states, five countries and the District of Columbia, the NAACP is actively engaged in increasing the African-American responsiveness of citizens to be fully engaged in the democratic process.

On Saturday Nov 4, the Toledo Branch NAACCP was part of the signing for the Code of Conduct Agreement for the Black/Brown Coalition.  This agreement spells out and illustrates ways in which the Hispanic and black communities engage and interact with the Toledo Police and Law enforcement agencies. 

In the four-page document, the Toledo Police Department agrees that “officers will be encouraged to spend a minimum of one hour on foot patrol to know members of the community.”  It also guarantees citizens the right to request a police officer’s name and badge numbers and to record a stop on their cell phones. 

After nearly two years of negotiations, an agreement was reached and presented to the mayor's office. This agreement allows for Toledo to be proactive and progressive in our relationship and interaction with each other. 

Other groups involved in the signing were the Toledo Community Coalition, the AFL/CIO, Local 500, FLOC and many other Latino and Hispanic groups.  We expect this agreement to be precedent setting around the State! Many thanks to all for their sincere efforts... .Stay tuned for more to come from the Black/Brown Coalition!

Remember our monthly meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m.  Meetings for November and December will be held at the Mott Branch Library at 1085 Dorr Street.  Please join us! Become a member at $30 per year! Not registered to vote??  We can get you registered. Your engagement is necessary for the continuing fight for equality and social justice.  Review our website at www.naacptoledo.org and contact us at 419-214-1551.



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