May Newsletter

General Membership meetings are held every fourth Thursday of the month at 6:30pm located at the Allen County Public Library – Main Branch.

Members should have received a 1st Quarter Newsletter in the mail in April along with any membership cards and/or updates.

Resolutions Vote

Our branch recently voted in a resolution to add “Black” as a protected class.

That the National Association of for the Advancement of Colored people stand opposed to prosecutors, district attorneys, and grand juries discriminatory practices of not indicting white police officers who murder black men, women, and children by lobbing for legislation which includes “Black” as a Protected Class. 

That the NAACP and all of it’s 2,000 Units  call upon City Councils to enact ordinances, State Legislatures enact statues, and the United States Congress enact legislation and advocate legislation for “Black” to be included as a Protected Class in the 1964 Civil Rights Laws protecting black victims when Prosecutors, District Attorneys, and Grand Juries who refuse to secure justice.

That City Councils, State Legislatures, and U.S. Congress enact legislation to include “Black” as a Protected Class in the 1964 Civil Rights laws prohibiting Prosecutors, District Attorneys, and Grand Juries who violates Black victims civil rights during the Criminal Justice proceedings.

That all of the NAACP Units urge it’s local City Councils, State Representatives, and U.S. Congressman to write legislation to include “Black” as a Protected Class in the 1964 Civil Rights Act as cited by law when including “Black” as a Protected Class thus condemning the practices of discrimination by Prosecutors, District Attorneys, and Grand Juries. 

American Clean Up Day

The Fort Wayne NAACP Youth Members participated in the 2019 Great American Cleanup on May 4th. Thanks for your service! You are the future!

Thank You Reverend Michael Latham Sr.!

On May 11th 2019, the Reverend Michael Latham Sr. was laid to rest. We thank him for his service to the community and as a former President of the Fort Wayne NAACP branch 3049.

Minority Young Leaders and Entrepreneurs Society (M.Y.L.E.S)

The Fort Wayne NAACP M.Y.L.E.S. (Minority Young Leaders and Entrepreneurs Society) program aims to promote young professionals in the Fort Wayne area monthly. 

Young professionals refers to people in their 20’s and 30’s that are employed in a profession and/or creates jobs and opportunities for others in their community.

Check out our April and May Minority Young Leaders and Entrepreneurs Society: Shi’Dasia James and Dr. Zuri Williams at
http://fortwaynenaacp.org/minority-young-leaders-and-entrepreneurs-society/

Flagstar Crafts Community Grant

We have been rewarded a $5000 grant for the Flagstar Bank Crafts Community grant! Thank you to all that supported the branch by either logging in to the Flagstar website or visiting the Northcrest branch location.

Indiana Hate Crime Bill Rally – Call to Action

Indiana Senate passed a hate crime bill but it wasn’t the same bill the authors originally wrote. On 5/14/19 it was stripped of the list of specific protected groups. Opponents to the amendment argue that specificity is crucial to a hate crime law, while NAACP supporters say a more general law would cover everyone. Indiana remains one of only five states without a HATE CRIMES LAW.

Here’s everything you need to know about the current hate crime bill in the Indiana Senate, what the rest of the country looks like, and what comes next. What is the hate crime bill? The synopsis for Senate Bill 12 originally read: “Makes it an aggravating circumstance (for purposes of imposing a criminal sentence) that a crime was committed with the intent to harm or intimidate an individual or a group of individuals because of certain perceived or actual characteristics of the individual or group of individuals.” It would allow judges to consider a stricter sentence for someone who harms or intimidates a person or group based on a list of protected characteristics including race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.

Hate crime bill: Indiana Senate strips hate crime bill, scrapping gender identity and other protected traits U.S. hate crime law: Here’s how Indiana’s proposed hate crime bills would compare to other states’ What happened to the bill? The bill was sent to the Senate Committee on Rules and Legislative Procedure and then passed out of the Senate Public Policy committee. On Feb. 19, the Indiana Senate voted to amend the bill, eliminating all specific characteristics including race, sexual orientation and gender identity.

The synopsis now reads: “Provides that a court may consider bias in imposing a criminal sentence. Specifies the manner in which bias crime data shall be reported to the state police department.” Have any other states passed hate crime bills like this? Georgia passed a hate crime bill in 2000, but it did not list specific protected groups, and the Georgia Supreme Court threw it out because it was “unconstitutionally vague.” Utah’s hate crime law is also not specific, and no one has been convicted of a hate-based crime in the 20 years it’s been in effect. What about the federal hate crimes law? In 2009, U.S. Congress passed Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which expands the 1969 federal hate crime law to include protections for individuals based on gender, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity. The act also provides federal funding to help state and local jurisdictions more effectively prosecute hate crimes. But experts argue that it is difficult to get this support. Out of 7,175 hate crime incidents reported to the FBI in 2017, more than half were racially motivated, 1,564 were based on religion, 1,130 for sexual orientation and 119 on gender identity.

Environmental Climate Justice

https://www.indystar.com/story/news/environment/2019/05/15/indians-energy-task-force-naacp-requests/3670565002/?fbclid=IwAR2wXulS4UN0WALixOQgXk9FgjbZjjhLkjfQI4dm4MjG8Xj_qNkOplG4xts

NAACP Branch 3049 Executive Committee Member Calvin Kelly and representative delegation of about 15 Indiana State Leaders met with Governor Holcomb to discuss the previous legislative session and our NAACP Game Changers. It was a very productive meeting. Thank you Denise for making this happen.

Upcoming Events and Programs

Our “Healing” Kitchen

The Fort Wayne NAACP Branch 3049 is happy to announce that we are a grant recipient of the 2019 HEAL grant funded by St. Joseph Community and Parkview Health. In the next coming months, we will be preparing to facilitate July classes. Stacia Kelly, our Communication, Press and Publicity Chair will be coordinating and facilitating the classes. If you have any questions, please contact her.

Veteran Affairs Seminar

NACCP Fort Wayne Branch 3049 Armed Services & Veterans Affairs and American Legion Charles C. Anderson Post No. 148 Commander Anthony Payne

Presents Veterans Benefits Seminar
Saturday, May 25, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m
American Legion Charles C. Anderson Post 148 705 East Lewis Street Fort Wayne, IN 46802, Phone: 1-260-423-4751

Learn about federal, state, and local veterans’ benefits. Specific topics will include, among others, medical benefits, disability compensation, non-service connected pension, education, home loans, survivors’ compensation and pension, burial benefits, government life insurance, discharge upgrades, Department of Defense concurrent receipt and combat related compensation benefits, and benefits available for the spouse and children of veterans.

An American Legion, Department of Indiana Veterans Service Officer will conduct the presentation and stay after to answer individual questions. The American Legion will also offer Veterans Affairs accredited representation to claimants seeking appeals assistance with VA claims.

This free service is open to all Veterans of the United States Armed Services, their dependents, and survivors. American Legion membership or NAACP membership is not required. Your attendance will likely benefit you or someone you know.

American Legion Service Officers are experts in their field and secure millions in new veterans’ benefits in the State of Indiana every year, free of charge to our service members.

If you have any questions and to RSVP, please contact Chairperson of the NAACP Armed Services & Veterans Affairs and The American Legion Charles C. Anderson Post NO 148 Post Service Officer, Dr. Calvin Louis Kelly Sr. 720-577-9108 or by email at Freedomfundingnow@gmail.com.

Fort Wayne Heart of Gold Gathering

Heritage Garden by Daughters of Oshun

Be on the look out for more information in the next coming months for the community garden located at Dupree Memorial Church.

https://www.maidenimpression.com/daughters-of-oshun

Press Release 5-17-2019

Action Alert: The Urgent need to fix the Hate/Bias Crime Law (IN)
As you know , Senate Enrolled Act 198 Hate/Bias Crime Law that was signed by the Governor on April 3, 2019 did not remove Indiana from the list of five (5) states without a Hate Crime Bill. This bill failed to include the protected classes of age, gender, gender identity, and sex.

I urge you to sign our petition and or call Governor Eric Holcomb. This is simply one battle and we vow to continue this fight until we have a comprehensive “real” Hate/Bias Crime Bill, in Indiana; then and only then will Indiana come off the “List of 5”.

We will rally in front of the Allen County Courthouse on May 18, 2019 at Noon (12 PM). Additionally, call the Governor.

Veterans Benefit Seminar Event – Press Release 5/20/2019

NACCP Fort Wayne Branch 3049 Armed Services & Veterans Affairs and American Legion Charles C. Anderson Post No. 148 Commander Anthony Payne

 Presents Veterans Benefits Seminar

Saturday, May 25, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m

American Legion Charles C. Anderson Post 148 705 East Lewis Street Fort Wayne, IN 46802,  Phone: 1-260-423-4751

Learn about federal, state, and local veterans’ benefits. Specific topics will include, among others, medical benefits, disability compensation, non-service connected pension, education, home loans, survivors’ compensation and pension, burial benefits, government life insurance, discharge upgrades, Department of Defense concurrent receipt and combat related compensation benefits, and benefits available for the spouse and children of veterans.

An American Legion, Department of Indiana Veterans Service Officer will conduct the presentation and stay after to answer individual questions. The American Legion will also offer Veterans Affairs accredited representation to claimants seeking appeals assistance with VA claims.

This free service is open to all Veterans of the United States Armed Services, their dependents, and survivors. American Legion membership or NAACP membership is not required. Your attendance will likely benefit you or someone you know. 

American Legion Service Officers are experts in their field and secure millions in new veterans’ benefits in the State of Indiana every year, free of charge to our service members.

If you have any questions and to RSVP, please contact Chairperson of the NAACP Armed Services & Veterans Affairs and The American Legion Charles C. Anderson Post NO 148 Post Service Officer, Dr. Calvin Louis Kelly Sr. 720-577-9108 or by email at Freedomfundingnow@gmail.com

Climate Camp Fort Wayne

Climate Camp Fort Wayne is a day-long camp for young people, ages 7-12, to learn about climate change and local climate solutions in Indiana.
During Climate Camp kids will learn how climate change in Indiana affects local wildlife, pollinators, and our health, and the actions we can take to care for the Earth and our future.
Location: Vera Dulin Wildlife Observation Building at Allen County Fox Island Park 
Watch these short videos for an overview of previous Climate Camps: – https://bit.ly/2UHpXbW– https://bit.ly/2uRJhVq
Here’s a story about Climate Camp in Indianapolis by the Indianapolis Star: https://bit.ly/2Vv6DvI
Ages: 7-12 Registration fee: $20 (includes vegan lunch)*The registration fee is a donation to make Earth Charter Indiana’s programming like this possible.*Upon acceptance, you will be given payment instructions at that time. Deadline is May 20th, 2019.
REGISTER here: earthcharterindiana.org/fwclimatecampreg
About Earth Charter Indiana: Earth Charter Indiana is the only organization combining climate stewardship with civic action. In the process, we incorporate  humane education practices while emphasizing racial and social justice issues, along with conflict resolution principles. 
Visit earthcharterindiana.org to learn more.

April Newsletter

Monthly Meeting

General Membership meetings are held every fourth Thursday of the month at 6:30pm located at the Allen County Public Library – Main Branch.

The time is now!
Go to the Northcrest Flagstar Bank Branch to vote! 
OR
1. Go to the website on the flier
2. Enter your email address and 46805 as the zip code
3. Select the Northcrest location Flagstar Bank Branch
4. VOTE FOR US! The Fort Wayne NAACP 3049 Branch for the ACTSO program!
*Note: Voting in person at the physical Northcrest Branch equals 2 VOTES. Get out and help the organization win!!

Remember to Vote in Next Month’s Election

Monday, April 8th 2019 is the last day to register to participate in the May 7th Election.

“Make sure that you and all your friends and family members are registered to vote,” says Sharon Tucker for Council in Fort Wayne, IN.

Register to vote as well as find your voting location on election day at indianavoters.in.gov.

Get involved! Use your vote to express your voice!

Branch Activities from 1st Quarter

Our branch president, Sheila Curry-Campbell ensures that we have a seat at every table and are in every conversation. We have especially been active in environmental conversations. She has attended the Indiana State Conference NAACP Legislative Day 2019 for Environmental &Climate Justice to advocate for Equitable Clean Energy and Air. NE Indiana Local Food Forum 2019 at Purdue University Fort Wayne to speak about how we can reduce our carbon foot print.

We have gained partnership with The 1415 Gallery for ACT-SO. The NAACP’s Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) is a yearlong achievement program designed to recruit, stimulate, and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among African-American high school students.

Sheila also reminds us of the 2020 Census that is to take place one year from April 1st 2019 to ensure that we are counted to ensure adequate resources are given to our community.

As an organization, we celebrated at the W.I.N. (Women in NAACP) Brunch with Dr. Deborah Godwin-Starks as our guest speaker, participated at the 11th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Legacy and Clergy Breakfast, as well as the 100th Anniversary of Pilgrim Baptist Church.

April Branch Activities

CRATI (Civil Rights Advocacy Training Institute) Training Region III

Sierra Club Annual Earth Day Event

Environmental event for the Beyond Coal Campaign and opportunities for people to take action.

Public Safety FBI Crest Program – THIS HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO JUNE

Ivy Tech Public Safety Academy FBI Crest Program focus on 3 items:  violent crime programs (which includes our Safe Streets Task Force, and partners with the local PD), civil rights and our recruiting efforts.

Indiana NAACP Advocate Speaks Out on Climate Change

Indiana NAACP Environment and Climate Justice Chair Denise Abdul-Rahman was in Terre Haute speaking about climate change and what we can do to reduce carbon pollution. “Our Earth is basically letting us know that something is not right,” she said. See the story here.

Minority Business Opportunity: Walmart Soliciting American-made Products

Walmart has made a commitment to purchase an additional $250 billion  in products made, sourced or grown in the United States by 2023. As part of this commitment, the retailer is hosting its fifth Open Call for new U.S.-made products. Application deadline is May 4, 2018. This event will take place on June 13 in Bentonville, Arkansas. For additional details and to access the application link, please click here

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