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 April 18, 2015 from 9am to noon at Montvale Plaza in Stoneham. For more information, directions, the event flyer, and to purchase tickets please visit our event page!
Mystic Valley Area Branch is grateful to Jack McGoldrick of McGoldrick Marketing for his creative and professional production work, to Jemima Valdouin and others at Team Medford for their research assistance and organizational help, and to Nick Tucci, assistant headmaster at Medford High School, for assembling the cast of talented student actors.
Mystic Valley Area NAACP will be hosting our Freedom Fund Annual Breakfast on Saturday April 18th from 9am to noon at Montvale Plaza in Stoneham (Google map).
The theme of this year's breakfast will be Fair and Just Legislation Promotes Quality Education, Civil Rights and Greater Voter Participation. Music by Geoffrey Dana Hicks. Tickets are $50. Download our event flyer.
For more information, please call Carolyn Shepherd 781-483-3343 or Edna Gavin 781-935-5356.
All are welcome to join Mystic Valley Area Branch NAACP and Medford's Human Rights Commission for our 3rd Annual MLK, Jr event discussion "Where is the 'Beloved Community' in Medford? A conversation with our High School Youth" from noon to 2pm on Monday, January 19th at the West Medford Community Center at 111 Arlington Street (Google map).
Arlington's 27th annual Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Observance will be held on Monday, January 19th at 7:30pm at Robbins Memorial Town Hall, 730 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476 (Google map).
Doors open at 6:45pm with light refreshments. The guest speaker will be Afaa Weaver, poet, playwright, scholar, and winner of the 2014 Kingsley Tufts Award. Please see more details in the event flyer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?)
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.
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!