Community Rally, June 6

Our nation finds itself at a moment of disharmony and division. Far too many people believe they have not been heard by those in power. Earlier this evening, our presidents met with the Amarillo Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance and other local pastors in order to develop a coordinated response to the troubling events in our nation.We irrefutably condemn the police brutality which resulted in the tragic loss of Mr. George Floyd, and we similarly condemn any violence perpetuated by any human being anywhere.Therefore, in order to remind Amarillo citizens their voices are heard and to begin finding meaningful ways to address the issues pertinent to our community, the Amarillo Branch NAACP (6151) intends to collaboratively host a peaceful community rally, voter registration, and census drive on Saturday, June 6, 2020 @ 11:00 AM at Bones Hooks Park.We will share more details with you all later.

Virtual Memorial For George Floyd

“The North Heights Advisory Association invites you to a virtual memorial for our brother George Floyd. It will be Monday, June 1, 2020 beginning at 9:15 PM and will only run about 15 minutes…please share this flyer so that we may celebrate him together and demand the justice that he deserves…” – Melodie Graves, North Heights Advisory Council

Faith: Men in Community Leadership

 Rev. Reginald Lillie, Co-Chairman Religious Affairs
 Committee Texas NAACP State Conference. Posed for portrait, shown seated in a suit with hands folded.

Faith: Men in Community Leadership
Brought to you by the San Angelo NAACP Unit 6219
Thursday, April 30, 2020 at 6:30 pm
Special Guest Speaker, Rev. Reginald Lillie
Virtual Meeting– via Zoom Connect at:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/2540889214
Phone Only: 346 -248-7799
Join the discussion!
Virtual Meeting with special guest, Rev. Reginald Lillie, Co-Chairman Religious Affairs
Committee Texas NAACP State Conference.
Session will discuss the important work required by the local NAACP and the faith community to empower and serve our community through faith and action.
We will discuss critical 2020 topics that require full engagement from the total
community- 2020 Census and COVID-19.

Be a part of this discussion focusing on Men in the community and the work they can do by using their faith and leadership to make our community whole. Invite other men you know who have a mind to do the work that is needed in our community.

Unmasked: A Covid-19 Town Hall Series

The COVID-19 pandemic has altered the educational experience for millions of students.

While many school buildings remain closed, K-12 districts, colleges and trade schools have turned to virtual learning with varying degrees of success.

Join us this Wednesday, April 22 at 7pm ET for part three of Unmasked: A COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall as Sen. Elizabeth Warren and other featured panelists discuss what students, parents, and educators can do to safeguard the education of our students.
 

Unmasked: A COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall Series Part 3 - RSVP at naacp.org

Moderated by Marc Lamont Hill, the Virtual Town Hall will feature the following panelists:

  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Member, Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee
  • Becky Pringle, Vice President, National Education Association

RSVP to join the town hall now.

With COVID-19 disproportionately impacting the Black community, we must keep fighting to ensure equitable access to the quality education our students deserve. As Congress considers legislation to ease the burden of student debt and alleviate the harm to schools, we must also use this moment to drastically change an antiquated and unequal education system.

This will be a defining moment for our country. It’s on us to ensure that the future of our students is not stifled by this crisis.

I hope you will join us.

Fighting Forward,

Derrick Johnson
@DerrickNAACP
President and CEO
NAACP

Save the Date!

Amarillo Branch NAACP

2020 Scholarship Awards Banquet

“Inspiring our youth to……. Create a better Future”

Thursday May 7, 2020
Amarillo Civic Center Grand Plaza
6:30 P.M.

Donation $35.00

Table Sponsor $325 Non-profits

Students and Seniors $30.00

$500 Businesses/Corporations

Congressman Al Green Passes H.R. 149, the Housing Fairness Act of 2019, at Financial Services Bill Markup

February 28, 2020
(Washington, D.C.) – On Friday, February 28, 2020, Congressman Al Green’s  bill – the Housing Fairness Act of 2019 – passed out of the Financial Services Committee with a 33 to 25 vote. Congressman Green released the following statement:

“More than 50 years ago, the Fair Housing Act of 1968 was enacted to protect all Americans from invidious discrimination in housing. Unfortunately, Newsday’s 2019 testing investigation report on Long Island real estate practices highlighted an alarming unfairness in housing that continues to persist. The report revealed a 19% rate of housing discrimination against Asian Americans, 39% rate of housing discrimination against Latinos, and 49% rate of housing discrimination against African Americans. H.R. 149, the Housing Fairness Act of 2019, aims to stop this phenomenon by increasing funding for existing fair housing programs as well as providing additional funds for much-needed research into the various types of housing discrimination.

“This bill would provide a $735 million funding increase for: 1) nationwide testing for discrimination in housing, 2) qualified private nonprofit fair housing enforcement organizations, 3) increased funding for the Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP), and 4) grants to private entities to study housing discrimination. The nationwide testing required would detect and document disparate treatment of persons seeking housing opportunities, measure patterns of adverse treatment, as well as measure the prevalence and nature of discriminatory practices.

“Increasing funding would permit FHIP to continue investigating the lion-share of fair housing complaints without interruption while yielding more attention to sophisticated testing for housing discrimination. An increase would also provide for essential housing discrimination research – including evaluation of the harms of residential segregation – so that we may work toward finding more effective solutions to existing fair housing problems. Such research could help build the case for the expansion of fair housing rights as the housing market evolves.

“I thank each of my colleagues that cosponsored H.R. 149 as well as the National Fair Housing Alliance, Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Center for Responsible Lending, National Low Income Housing Coalition, National Association of Realtors, Asian Real Estate Association of America, National Association of Real Estate Brokers, Appraisal Institute, Americans for Financial Reform, and National CAPACD for their organizational support. Additionally, I thank Chairwoman Maxine Waters for her tireless leadership in working to end discriminatory financial practices in the United States. No one should have to endure unnecessary scrutiny and bias as they attempt to rent or buy homes, obtain a mortgage, or seek housing assistance. I look forward to seeing this bill pass the full House of Representatives and hope to see it become law.”

March Schedule

NAACP Activities and Community Activities of interest in March

  • March 1st – Scholarship Application Open– Mt. Olive Bapt. Church 1015 N. Monroe – AISD Counselor or Online @ www.amarillonaacp.org
  • March 3rd – Super Tuesday – Your Polling Place – VOTE !!
  • March 12th – Executive Committee Meeting – Warford Activity Center NW 18th – 6:00 pm
  • March 14th –General Membership Meeting – Mt. Olive Bapt. Church 1015 N. Monroe- 1:00 pm Cancelled due to Spring Break

North Heights Advisory Committee: Unveiling Plans

The North Heights Advisory Committee will share the plans for a new industrial laundry project. This project is expected to create living wage jobs handling industrial laundry orders from hospitals and hotels, and will provide opportunities for employee ownership of the business.
At that same meeting, learn about plans to sponsor historical district sign toppers for street signs in North Heights.


When: February 13th 6pm
Where: Black Cultural Center at 901 N Hayden

This is not an NAACP sponsored event, but is an important community event that anyone interested in building a stronger Amarillo should attend.