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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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Springfield Illinois Branch State Quarterly Meetings

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Rededication of the 198 Race Riot Walking Tour

 

1908 Race Riot Walking Tour Now Open


by Nikki McGee

Tuesday, August 14th 2018

1908 Race Riot walking tour dedication now open.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS) — Starting August 14 in 1908, within 48 hours, seven people were killed and 24 businesses destroyed in Springfield. Now, monuments line the city to mark significant events during the 1908 Race Riots.

"A lot of people don't know the history of the race riots here in Springfield,” Monument 1908 founder Carle Madison said. “That's because people were embarrassed to talk about it. However, what you should take away from it is that even though it was a tragic event, it created one of the greatest, most beloved civil rights organizations in the nation, the NAACP."

You can now take a walking tour, guided by eight markers total. They begin at Seventh and Jefferson and end on Adams between Fifth and Sixth Streets. You can find a list to all the sites here.

Teresa Haley is both Springfield and Illinois' NAACP president. She hopes residents and visitors will pause when they pass these monuments.

"I want them to think about the history,” Haley said. “I want them to think about that awful, horrible thing that happened in Springfield, Illinois. And I want them to challenge themselves to how we can make it better? How can we live in not only Springfield, but in the united states as one body, together?"

She also hopes the monuments will fight modern-day hatred between all races.

"If you're living next door to someone, and you don't like them, and you don't know why you don't like them, challenge yourself to get to know your next door neighbor, your coworker, even driving down the street,” Haley said.



“The Call” to establish the NAACP was issued after a race riot in Springfield in 1908.

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NAACP Alternative Program seeing a Younger Trend


by Em Nguyen

Tuesday, August 21st 2018

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS) — Springfield’s NAACP said they’re seeing the age of kids getting expelled from local schools get younger and younger. The NAACP Alternative Program said recently, they've seen more middle school kids in their classrooms. It's an unsettling trend with some questioning of why it’s happening.

The program usually sees high schoolers who get in serious trouble from places like Springfield, Chatham, and Litchfield. The NAACP President Teresa Haley said at the alternative program, they do their best with the resources they have.

"Make sure the kids are getting the same education that they would be getting in our program,” Haley said.

Usually the program accepts around 35 high school students a year for several reasons including fighting, bringing weapons including pocket knives, and threatening teachers. They accepted 38 last year and in general, they are seeing more students in their program. The reasons can vary.

"Bullying, threatening other students, wanting to fight, not knowing how to control their anger and maybe other behavioral problems as well,” Haley said.

Parents can also call the alternative program to request to have their children take part. But in just the last few years, Teresa Haley has seen a 10 to 20 percent increase in middle school kids, as young as 11-years-old.

"This is generation Z - they're getting faced with everything,” Haley said.

One Springfield mother, Kim McWhorter, said the trend is disturbing.

"It scares me,” McWhorter said. “Bringing three children of my own into this generation the way it is."

She feels uneasy about how other kids could affect her son, Anthony.

"As each year goes by,” McWhorter said. “You never know what to expect when you're going to school or what's going to happen."

The NAACP program offers classes, with teachers like Art and Computer Graphics teacher, Mr. John Chrisp Jr. He’s taught at the alternative program behind the Calvary Baptist Church for 12 years. He said he fears kids are getting younger because of their exposure to the digital age.

“You can't get away from it,” Mr. Chrisp said. “Younger and younger and younger; TV, Internet and computers.”

Mr. Chrisp said social media can play a big, troubling part. He said kids can get influenced and can find anything good or bad from the Internet. McWhorter said parents should instill good values early, have kids put down the technology, and always be open with their kids.

"I want to take care of my baby brothers,” McWhorter’s 5-year-old son, Anthony said. “I want to take good care of my parents.”

The Alternative Program sees a 99 percent success rate, which allows the students to walk across the stage with their peers. NAACP said they don't know if this young trend will continue but they're prepared to help the kids, no matter what.

Monday night, District 186's school board approved $190,000 to the NAACP Alternative Program.

It will help pay for staff, supplies, and material. NAACP said they're grateful and relieved.




YOUNG PROFESSIONAL LEADERSHIP PROGRAM


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.

THE APPLICATION DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO FRIDAY DECEMEBER 1ST 2017.




Save-The-Date

October 7th 2018

NAACP East St. Louis Branch

Freedom Fund Banquet


NAACP East St. Louis Branch Freedom Fund Banquet




Save-The-Date

October 12th 2018

Bloomington-Normal Freedom Fund Banquet

Bloomington-Normal Freedom Fund Banquet

 


Save-The-Date

October 14th 2018

Carbondale Branch NAACP

41stFreedom Fund Banquet

Carbondale Freedom Fund Banquet

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RACISM IN STATE GOVERNMENT

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: john.reynolds@sj-r.com, 788-1524, twitter.com/JohnReynoldsSJR.


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