August 2016
Monthly General Membership Meeting

Don’t forget we meet on the 2nd Saturday of every month for a two-hour update on local NAACP initiatives and statewide and national legislative developments. We’d love for you to join our growing ranks. Our next meeting will be held on Saturday, August 13th from 10 AM – Noon at the Kings Park Library in Burke (Supervisor Cook’s meeting room). Join a lively discussion of current issues and long-term goals. Let your voice be heard!
Elections Slated for Fairfax County NAACP Officers

The Fairfax County NAACP will hold elections this fall for officers and at-large members of its Executive Committee for the 2017-2018 calendar years. Elections for these positions are held every two years. All members in good standing are eligible to vote in these elections, which will occur at the Fairfax County NAACP’s November membership meeting. Here is the election schedule:  
  • The Nominating Committee will be selected at the September membership meeting (9/10).

  • The Nominating Committee will reveal its slate of officer candidates at the October membership meeting (10/8); in addition, nomination petitions will be accepted from the floor at this meeting. Petitions need to be signed by at least 3 active members of the branch.  

  • The election will be held for officers at the November membership meeting (11/12).
For more information about the election process, please contact Florine Murphy, Fairfax County Branch Secretary at fairfaxnaacp@gmail.com .
Happening Now

“Change the Name” Initiative Makes Progress

At their meeting on July 28, 2016 the School Board passed a motion to create a working group to "determine if there is a compelling reason and sufficient support for the school name to be changed".

Our next step is to work with Superintendent Garza and the School Board regarding the selection and operation of the Ad Hoc Committee to assure that our interests are well represented in this next phase of the discussion. At the same time we have also begun making plans for this next phase of our advocacy. We had outstanding speakers at the July 28 school board meeting, including students, recent alumni, and Evelyn Spain, the Second Vice President of our Fairfax County NAACP Branch. If you haven't had a chance to watch them, you can check them out by clicking on these links:  

We need more help so please let us know if you would like to join us in this advocacy. To find out how you can help, please call George Alber at 703-628-0377 or email him at georgealber76@yahoo.com.

Thank you for your continued support.

81st Virginia State Conference in Alexandria,
October 28th - 30th

This year’s NAACP Virginia State Conference will be held locally, at the Alexandria Westin, 400 Courthouse Square, Alexandria, Virginia 22314. If you’ve always wanted to participate in a statewide NAACP conference, now would be your opportunity. The meeting will commence on Friday, October 28th and extend through Sunday, October 30th.

The theme of the meeting concentrates on the national NAACP’s “Game Changers for the 21st Century”:  
  • Economic Sustainability
  • Education
  • Health
  • Public Safety and Criminal Justice
  • Voting Rights and Political Representation
  • Expanding Youth & Young Adult Engagement
Contact Fairfax County NAACP Branch President Shirley Ginwright if you are interested in attending.
Voting is a Civil Right

Voting is one of the most important events you will ever engage in. Voting is a way to make your voice heard, by voting for the individual(s) you want to rep-resent you at the local, state and national level.

Fairfax County NAACP will be hosting Voter Registration drives throughout the County. Join us as we reach out to our friends and neighbors. Let us join together to make sure every voice is heard. for more information, please contact  Kofi Annan ( kofiannan321@gmail.com ) or  Karen Campblin ( ktc1426@gmail.com ).

Upcoming Events 

Please contact us to RSVP your participation and get more information.
  • August 18, 2016 - Mt. Vernon High School from 2 pm to 6 pm
  • August 20, 2016 - Herndon Community Center from 10 am to 1 pm

NAACP volunteers Kofi Annan (l) and Karen Campblin (center) staff the Fairfax County NAACP Voter Registration table at Lorton Community Center National Night Out even in early August.
NAACP volunteers Kofi Annan (l) and Karen Campblin (center) staff the Fairfax County NAACP Voter Registration table at Lorton Community Center National Night Out event in early August. 
NAACP Approves Resolution Calling For Moratorium On Charter School Expansion

At its Annual Convention in Cincinnati this summer, the NAACP approved a resolution calling for a moratorium on charter school expansion. "Charter schools have contributed to the increased segregation rather than diverse integration of our public school system," the resolution reads in part.   On NewsOne’s cable channel, the NAACP’s chief lobbyist Hilary Shelton defended the decision as he countered arguments from NewsOne commentator Roland Martin, who supports the charter school movement.  

Listen to the debate and read more about the NAACP’s position:

Join Us

Membership in the NAACP makes you a part of a force of more than 500,000 people who stand for the freedoms guaranteed in our Nation’s Constitution. The fight for freedom is not free! Your membership will help fund initiatives and programs to support our mission of racial equality and equal justice. It is an opportunity to give back to the organization that has done more to change this country for the betterment of people of color, women and the disenfranchised than any other in the nation’s history.  

When you join the Fairfax County NAACP ,
your membership makes a direct and positive  impact in your community