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    • Economic Sustainability

      A chance to live the American Dream for all.
      Every person will have equal opportunity
      to achieve economic success, sustainability, and financial security.

    • Education

      A free, high-quality, public education for all.
      Every child will receive a free, high quality, equitably-funded, public pre-K and K-12 education followed by diverse opportunities for accessible, affordable vocational or university education.

    • Health

      Health equality for all. Americans including a healthy life and high-quality health care.
      Everyone will have equal access to affordable,
      high-quality health care, and racially disparate health outcomes will end.

    • Public Safety and Criminal Justice

      Equitable dispensation of justice for all. Disproportionate incarceration, racially motivated policing strategies, and racially biased,discriminatory, and mandatory minimum
      sentencing will end. Incarceration will be greatly reduced and communities will be safer. The death penalty will be abolished at the state and federal
      level, as well as in the military.
    • Voting Rights and Political Representation
      Protect and enhance voting rights and fair representation. Every American will have free, open, equal, and protected access to the vote and fair representation at all levels of the political process.
      By protecting democracy, enhancing equity, and increasing democratic participation and civic engagement, African Americans will be
      proportionally elected to political office.



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NAACP Springfield Lobby

May 9 th, 2018

Civil Rights Advocacy Training Institue

Looking forward to seeing you all in Springfield, Illinois.
“The Call” to establish the NAACP was issued after a race riot in Springfield in 1908.

Please View this brief Video:

The Springfield NAACP Branch will be Hosting the Civil Rights Advocacy Training. Civil Rights Advocacy Training Institute (CRATI) trains officers and representatives of local units to do the work of the NAACP. The CRATI reaches out to empower our Civil Rights leaders with new information and skills to aid in our fight for justice and equality. The CRATI is designed for each Unit (Adult and Youth) to send participants that will train and lead others. Participants will be able to: Gain information related to advocacy campaigns in economic empowerment, education, justice, health and voter empowerment; learn New methods and techniques for designing impactful Civil Rights Campaigns; Connect with other Activists, Members, and State Conference Officers; and hear from members of the National Board of Directors, and National Staff.

Registration is available at the link above. (Room block hotel reservations at the Crowne Plaza will open next week).

Civil Rights Advocacy Training Institute

Registration Form


The Room Block at the Crowne Plaza Springfield for the Region 3 CRATI is now Open!

See below the link to reserve rooms for the Region 3 CRATI sat the Crowne Plaza Springfield.

Crowne Plaza Room Reservation Block Link

The Regional Civil Rights Advocacy Training Institute is an annual leadership training conference designed to empower volunteer youth and adult leaders become more adept in carrying out the civil rights advocacy responsibilities of Midwest Region III NAACP units. Conference delegates participate in training workshops and clinics designated to improve program development to implementation toward programmatic areas of concern within the Region. The Regional Field Director is responsible for all aspects of planning the conference with the assistance of the Regional Planning Committee

History of the Civil Rights Advocacy Training Institute

In 1944, Ella Baker, Director of Branches NAACP, “initiated a series of regional leadership training conferences that brought branch leaders in adjoining states together with national staff members, including Thurgood Marshall and Leslie Perry, administrative director of the Washington Bureau, to share experiences and strategies and discuss the NAACP’s legal and legislative initiatives."

Sullivan, Patricia. (2009). Lift Every Voice. New York: The New Press. The Regional Leadership and Training Conferences developed from 1944 through 2002 when the National Board of Directors adopted Strategic Priorities and Goals. The Civil Rights Advocacy Training Institute was implemented to enhance advocacy by NAACP Units:

Advocacy Training Programs
Goal 2.1: Expand and enhance the Association’s advocacy training programs.

• Expand training at regional conferences into full day programs covering political advocacy; community organizing; coalition building; program development; use of the media; organizing educational forums and protest demonstrations; and effective use of NAACP’s advocacy networks.

• Presidents and political action chairs would be the targets of these programs and would be required to attend at least once during their tenures.

• Improve follow-up and support for training programs. At a later stage, explore incorporating these programs into state conferences, with each state participating every three or four years.

• Work cooperatively with units to identify their training needs and issues. Create an effective system of sharing best training practices across units through special sessions at conferences, publications, and on-line list serves or program banks.

• Include discussions of the Association’s high priority advocacy goals and explanations of the resources the national office will provide to help units in their efforts to pursue these goals during the “presidents’ meeting” at the national convention.

Goal 2.2: Create a Civil Rights Advocacy Training Institute to enhance NAACP advocacy training.

• Draw upon policy and training experts working at both the National Office and the Washington Bureau to staff this new institute.

National Board of Directors, NAACP (April 21, 2001). Proposed Strategic Priorities and Goals,
2002-2006. Baltimore, MD: NAACP.

This year, the Region III Civil Rights Advocacy Training Institute (CRATI) will focus on the “Game Changer
Advocacy Strategies:

Long Term Goals: Five Game Changers

• Economic Sustainability
• Voting Rights
• Education
• Health
• Public Safety & Criminal Justice
• Youth Engagement


NextGen is a 12-month leadership development training program for NAACP members between the ages of 21 and 35.
The NextGen curriculum focuses on leadership development but also includes training in legislative action, advocacy and program planning consistent with the six NAACP Game Changer areas – Economic Sustainability, Education, Health, Criminal Justice, Civic Engagement and Youth Engagement.


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If you have ever been discriminated against or passed over for a promotion like I have. I am asking you to please support HJR0086.

I attended conference recently and more then 80% of Minorities said that they have been discriminated against and/or passed over for a promotion.

Therefore, we must support this House Joint Resolution HJR0086.

NAACP Among Local Groups Filing Complaint Against

City Water, Light and Power Over Coal Ash

Springfield NAACP in the News
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Local groups file complaint against CWLP over coal ash John Reynolds Posted Sep 27, 2017 at 2:46 PM Updated Sep 27, 2017 at 7:12 PM

The Sangamon Valley Group of the Sierra Club and two other local organizations are asking the Illinois Pollution Control Board to order City Water, Light and Power to clean up contaminated groundwater at its coal ash storage site near the Dallman power plant.

The Sierra Club, the NAACP and the Prairie Rivers Network filed a complaint against CWLP with the Pollution Control Board Wednesday. The complaint states that there have been 623 instances of self-reported groundwater violations at the coal ash site since 2010. These include violations for elevated levels of arsenic, lead, boron, chromium, manganese iron and other pollutants.

Andrew Rehn, water resource engineer at Prairie Rivers Network, was one of the people who spoke at a noon press conference to announce the filing. The press conference was held on the 12th floor of the Crown Plaza Hotel, 3000 S. Dirksen Parkway, which provided an aerial view of the coal ash site on the opposite side of Interstate 55. Rehn explained that coal ash is a by-product of coal-fired power plants.

“There is a groundwater problem in the coal ash ponds at CWLP’s Dallman power plant,” Rehn said. ”…These coal ash ponds are unlined, which means the ash has no barrier between it and the groundwater. It sits directly on the ground, meaning that any water that is there can saturate the ash, and contaminates from the ash can spread into the groundwater. From there, this groundwater can migrate offsite and contaminate groundwater, as well as come up through the ground and into places like Sugar Creek where there could be contamination as well.”

Amber Sabin, spokeswoman for CWLP, said the utility was unable to comment on the complaint because it had just been filed. The complaint includes results from tests conducted by CWLP at monitoring wells at the site since 2010. In one instance in November 2016, arsenic was found to be 22 times the groundwater standard, the complaint said.

Rehn said the tests also revealed boron to be 9 times the accepted standard, iron was at 12 times the accepted standard and manganese was 54 times the standard. “We’re filing this complaint because something needs to be done about the persistent and ongoing groundwater contamination at this site,” Rehn said. “And, Springfield needs to start thinking about the future. The coal ash should never have been put where it is. It is in the floodplain and directly adjacent to water bodies. This is no place to leave coal ash forever. Sooner or later, Springfield is going to have to do something about this coal ash.”

Teresa Haley, president of the state and Springfield Branch of the NAACP, said her group was pleased to join the Sierra Club and Prairie Rivers Network in filing the complaint. “We are most concerned about what is happening environmentally,” Haley said. “We see it as a social justice issue, we see it as a civil rights issue.”

Scott Gauvin, chair of the Sangamon Valley Group of the Sierra Club, said they have had meetings with CWLP and Mayor Jim Langfelder on the coal ash issue. “The answer we usually get from CWLP is that it’s not drinking water so there’s nothing to worry about,” Gauvin said. “The fact remains that there are state regulations, there are federal regulations and they are there for a reason. CWLP is showing us, 623 times, that they are violating state regulations.”

In addition to groundwater, coal ash can also contaminate the air, Gauvin said. “Anytime you move it from one location to another, it is going to be airborne. It is something that is contaminating our environment,” Gauvin said. Sierra Club officials said the next step would be for CWLP to file a response to the complaint. At some point, a hearing will likely be held. Specifically, the complaint asks the pollution control board to declare that CWLP has violated the Illinois Environmental Protection Act’s prohibitions on groundwater pollution at its Dallman plant and impose civil penalties.

The complaint also requests that the pollution control board order CWLP to:
* Cease and desist from causing or threatening to cause water pollution.
* Modify its coal ash and coal combustion waste disposal and storage practices so as to avoid future groundwater contamination.
* Remediate the contaminated groundwater so that it meets applicable Illinois groundwater quality standards.

–Contact John Reynolds:, 788-1524,

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