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April 30, 2011 Freedom Fund Concert

Welcome to the home page for the Mystic Valley Area Branch, Unit #2054 of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

Don't miss our Freedom Fund Annual Breakfast on Saturday June 7th from 9am to noon at Montvale Plaza in Stoneham. For more information, directions, and the event flyer please visit our event page!

Remembering friend and member Frances Cooper-Berry

Mystic Valley Area branch NAACP expresses our deepest sympathy to the family of longtime member Frances Cooper-Berry, who passed away on October 22nd.

Condolences may be left with the A. J. Spears Funeral Home website, which also has information about visitation and funeral service at St. Paul AME Church in Cambridge on Saturday, November 1st.

Branch meeting Mon Oct 27th at 7:30pm

All are welcome to join us at our branch membership meeting at 7:30pm on Monday October 27th at the West Medford Community Center at 111 Arlington Street (Google map).

Branch meeting Mon Sep 22nd at 7:30pm

All are welcome to join us at our branch membership meeting at 7:30pm on Monday September 22nd at the West Medford Community Center at 111 Arlington Street (Google map).

We'll be going over some election matters before a presentation from Boston NAACP's ACT-SO group.

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.

NAACP Statement: Justice for Michael Brown

The NAACP mourns the shocking loss of Michael Brown. Our hearts are with his family, and all who were touched by his death.

We need answers on his shooting – answers the Ferguson and St. Louis County Police Departments seem disinterested in providing. But our efforts will continue unabated. We will seek and ultimately find the truth about Michael Brown’s killing.

Full statement available at http://www.naacp.org/ferguson.

Branch meeting Mon Aug 25th at 7:30pm

All are welcome to join us at our branch membership meeting at 7:30pm on Monday August 25th at the West Medford Community Center at 111 Arlington Street (Google map).

Part of the meeting will be getting out a mailing to all current members of the branch on the election schedule this fall. We need to prepare for the NEAC annual conference. Also on the agenda is preparing for Medford Community Day and possibly Arlington Town day and Tuft Community Day.

Welcome NEAC and MA Gubernatorial Candidates!

From today's NEAC media advisory:

Four Massachusetts gubernatorial candidates will make presentations at the Quarterly Meeting of the NAACP, New England Area Conference. The candidates are expected to discuss how their election would benefit the citizens of the Commonwealth. Further, if their election would advance social justice and equality of opportunity, such that all of Massachusetts' citizens share in the treasures of the Commonwealth, they are expected to illuminate those proposed policies in their presentation.

The following candidates are expected:

Meeting Details:

10:00 AM
Saturday, June 21, 2014
Grace Episcopal Church
160 High Street
Medford, MA, 02155

The media is invited.

Happy Juneteenth!

Wishing our members a happy Juneteenth, also known as Emancipation Day, an annual June 19th celebration of the abolition of slavery in Texas in 1865.

More information on the history and commemorations in this thoughtful Slate article by Jamelle Bouie and on the Juneteenth.com website.

Branch meeting Mon May 19th at 7:30pm in Malden

All are welcome to join us at our branch membership meeting at 7:30pm on Monday May 19th in the Community Room at the Robinson Cuticura Mill Apartments at 59 Green Street in Malden (Google map).

This meeting is also important because it is the last meeting before our Freedom Fund event. You can come to this meeting to purchase your tickets to the June 7th event. If every member of the branch commits to buying or selling one ticket, the event will be an overwhelming success.

As members and friends of the branch we do not expect you at every meeting, but once a year we all need to do our part so we can continue to do the work of a civil rights organization in our local community.

Condolences on the passing of branch founder Theresa Bazar

The entire Mystic Valley NAACP branch is saddened to learn of the passing of Mrs. Theresa Bazar. Mrs. Bazar was a founding member of the branch back at its origins in 1977. Mrs. Bazar was also the wife to the long serving President Mr. Phillip Bazar, and she served the branch and our community in a critical supportive role.

Our condolences are extended to the Bazar family. Mrs. Theresa Bazar will be gravely missed, but we are grateful for every moment we shared in her company.

Please view branch president Neil Osborne's public statement on the passing of Mrs. Bazar.

Donald Sterling's Willing Enablers

We had an excellent discussion about L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling and racism at Monday night's branch membership meeting. This article from The Nation has a thoughtful perspective, and we encourage our members to continue the dialogue.

2014 Freedom Fund Annual Breakfast: June 7th

Mystic Valley Area NAACP will be hosting our Freedom Fund Annual Breakfast on Saturday June 7th from 9am to noon at Montvale Plaza in Stoneham (Google map).

We'll be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Presenters include Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley. Music by Geoffrey Dana Hicks & Lori J. Dow. Tickets are $50. Download our event flyer.

For more information, please call Carolyn Shepherd 781-483-3343, Edna Gavin 781-935-5356, or Juanita Payne 781-488-3570.

APRIL 26! The Rally to End Mass Incarceration and Create Jobs

Join us and 10,000 other community activists on Boston Common on Saturday April 26th from 1 - 4pm to show your support for ending prison expansion and for aiding job growth in Massachusetts. There will be speakers and entertainment. More information at the JobsNotJails.org website.

Honor student Trevon Wright recognized

We were very pleased to recognize honor student Trevon Wright at last night's member meeting, shown here with Neil. Congratulations Trevon on your hard work and accomplishments!

Proud new NAACP member Barbara Boltz!

Mystic Valley Area Branch is delighted to welcome new member Barbara Boltz, shown here receiving her membership card at last night's membership meeting. (Now can we convince her to run for the Executive Committee?)

Branch meeting Mon Mar 24th at 7:30pm in Medford

All are welcome to join us at our branch membership meeting at 7:30pm on Monday March 24th at the West Medford Community Center at 111 Arlington Street (Google map).

This month Jennifer Yanco will present on her recently published book about MLK, Jr. We will also have her book available for purchase. Additionally, youth group members on the honor roll will receive recognition.

Mystic Valley Branch hosting June 21st NEAC meeting

Mystic Valley Area Branch is pleased to announce that we'll be hosting the next NEAC quarterly meeting on Saturday, June 21st. We are expecting that both Republican and Democratic candidates for Governor will present to NEAC.

Branch meeting in Winchester: Mon Feb 24th at 7:30pm

All are welcome to join us at our branch membership meeting at 7:30pm on Monday February 24th at the Winchester Public Library on the second floor at 80 Washington St in Winchester (Google map).

This month our special guest speaker will be Joel Thompson, Esq. from Prisoners' Legal Services, a not-for-profit legal services corporation that provides civil legal assistance to people who are incarcerated in Massachusetts state prisons or in the county jails and houses of correction.

We'll also be having planning discussions to prepare for our June 7th Freedom Fundraiser. We hope to meet new members and visitors from Winchester and other surrounding areas. See you then!

New book on MLK by our own Jennifer Yanco!

Mystic Valley Area Branch is delighted to announce the availability of a new book written by our very own Executive Committee member Jennifer Yanco: "Misremembering Dr. King: Revisiting the Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr" (purchase on Amazon and Barnes & Noble) highlighting important aspects of Dr King's work which have all but disappeared from popular memory.

After briefly telling the familiar story of King’s civil rights campaigns and accomplishments, she considers the lesser-known concerns that are an essential part of his legacy. Yanco reminds us that King was a strong critic of militarism who argued that the United States should take the lead in promoting peaceful solutions rather than imposing its will through military might; that growing materialism and an ethos of greed was damaging the moral and spiritual health of the country; and that in a nation where racism continues unabated, white Americans need to educate themselves about racism and its history and take their part in the weighty task of dismantling it.

Listen to Prof. Yanco talk powerfully about Dr. King's true legacy in this Indiana University Press podcast. More information is presented on the new book's Facebook page.

1964 MLK speech at Arizona State University discovered

An audio recording has recently been found of a speech Martin Luther King, Jr. gave at Arizona State University on June 3rd, 1964. Please visit this ASU page for more background on the speech and its discovery. The recording (listen here) also includes a brief talk with Arizona NAACP supporters at the Tanner AME Church in Phoenix earlier the same day.

Welcome to Black History Month!

Welcome to our members and visitors to Black History Month, observed annually throughout the month of February. Local celebrations are held, along with TV specials and movies.

Sign up here to receive free daily facts about Black History during the month of February texted to your mobile phone from the NAACP.

7pm Fri Jan 24: Freedom Fund Committee mtg

There will be a 7pm meeting Friday January 24th of the Freedom Fund Committee at Carolyn Shepard's home in Medford.

Martin Luther King, Jr Day

Wishing our members and community a happy and meaningful Martin Luther King Day.

TPM has posted some rarely seen full-color photos of the civil rights hero.

7pm Thu Jan 9: Freedom Fund Committee mtg

There will be a 7pm meeting Thursday January 9th of the Freedom Fund Committee at Carolyn Shepard's home in Medford. Her special treat for the night will be chicken soup -- see you then!

NAACP and HRC letter on Phil Robertson comments

On December 18th, NAACP and Human Rights Campaign released the following letter (full PDF) to A & E about Phil Robertson's recent comments:

"As leaders of the nation’s premier civil rights organizations for African Americans and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Americans, we’re writing to express our outrage and deep concern about the recent racist, homophobic, and ill-informed remarks made by Phil Robertson, a cast member on your network’s show ‘Duck Dynasty.’ As you may know, Phil attacked both African Americans and LGBT people in a recent GQ interview (January 2014) – saying that African Americans were happier under Jim Crow laws, and equating being gay with bestiality and promiscuity."

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