GAME CHANGERS FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
The NAACP’s work is far from being done. We remain focused on fighting the injustices in our county through our “Game Changers” and partnerships with other organizations. In Cayuga county we continue to fight the disparities in our schools with a lack of African American representation – disproportionality in hiring, curriculum and deficit mindsets.
General Membership Meetings
Join us at our general membership meetings. You don’t have to be a member to attend meetings, but of course we hope you’ll want to join our ranks and get involved.
Protect and enhance voting rights and fair representation
The NAACP, along with our half-million adult and youth members throughout the United States, are frontline advocates committed to raising awareness for political, educational, social and economic equality of minority group citizens in the electoral process.
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.
The NAACP is actively engaged in increasing the African American responsiveness of citizens to be fully engaged in the democratic process. You can support the civic engagement committee by being an active voter, educating yourself on your voter rights and by joining our team to register voters.
PUBLIC SAFETY AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE
Equitable dispensation of justice for all
The NAACP advocates for smarter, results-based criminal justice policies to keep our communities safe, including treatment for addiction and mental health problems, judicial discretion in sentencing, and an end to racial disparities at all levels of the system. 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 United States is home to the world’s largest prison population. As “tough on crime” laws have put an unprecedented number of non-violent offenders behind bars in recent years, our neighborhoods feel no more secure.
We pursue police accountability on their treatment of African American citizens, provide legal rights seminars for the formerly incarcerated, and creating a more diverse law enforcement project-training recruits to take law enforcement tests monitoring police body camera implication in law enforcement agencies.
In Auburn and Cayuga county our focus is on ensuring the police and sheriff departments are trained in implicit bias training and that the community and law enforcement undergo training on how to better protect the lives of all citizens in Cayuga county.
A free, high-quality, public education for all
The NAACP works to ensure that every disadvantaged student and student of color graduates ready for college or a career by ensuring access to great teaching, fair discipline, equitable resources and challenging curriculum. We are dedicated to eliminating the severe racial inequities that continue to plague our education system. Our ultimate goal is that every student of color receives a quality public education that prepares him or her to be a contributing member of a democracy.
The Auburn/Cayuga branch is dedicated in ensuring the school districts have culturally responsive educational curriculum and diversified staff.
Health equality for all Americans including a healthy life and high-quality health care
The mission of the NAACP is to ensure equal political, educational, social, and economic rights for all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination. This mission includes a focus on the right of African Americans and other people of color to have optimal health outcomes and access to timely, quality, affordable health care. African Americans continue to have the highest incidence, prevalence and mortality rates from chronic diseases like cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity, and issues like HIV/AIDS continue to overwhelm the Black community more so than any other racial or ethnic group.
The NAACP is committed to eliminating the racial and ethnic inequities that exist within our healthcare system that undermine communities of color their life opportunities and their ability to contribute fully to the common good. Everyone will have equal access to affordable, high-quality health care, and racially disparate health outcomes will end.
A chance to live the American Dream for all
Every person will have equal opportunity to achieve economic success, sustainability, and financial security. The NAACP Economic Department recognizes the importance of the economy and economic issues in advancing an equal opportunity society and aims to address the challenging economic realities facing our country including poverty, lack of jobs and disproportionate high unemployment, lack of affordable housing, foreclosures, etc. The NAACP Economic Department’s work enhances the capacity of African Americans and other underserved groups through financial economic education; individual and community asset building initiatives; diversity and inclusion in business hiring, career advancement and procurement; and monitoring financial banking practices.
The Goals of the NYS Economic Department include:
- Empowering local communities with the necessary education, resources and partnerships to develop sustainable economic models that advance diversity and equity.
- Ensuring that government and industry are knowledgeable and committed to bridging racial inequality particularly as it relates to employment, wealth, lending and business ownership.
- Growing a movement of concerned citizens and organization who work together to produce an inclusive and strong middle class economy for the 21st century.
“There is no noise as powerful as the sound of the marching feet of a determined people."
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.