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Investing in Community Violence Intervention to Reduce Gun Violence in Raleigh

February 28, 2022

Raleigh faces a crisis of gun violence that requires city-level investments in community violence intervention programs (CVI). In 2020, 22 residents died by gun homicide and 96 were shot and wounded. This gun violence disproportionately impacts Black residents in Raleigh, who are ten times more likely to die by gun homicide than their white counterparts. Much of this violence occurs within neighborhoods that face systemic inequities and racial discrimination, and it is highly concentrated among small numbers of people who are caught in cycles of victimization, trauma, and retaliation. 

Making the Grade: A Toolkit on the Every Student Succeeds Act

October 13, 2017

The NAACP has established internal policy objectives for education reform. A number ofthose policy objectives coincide with aspects of ESSA. The purpose of this toolkit is to explain the new laws, methods and grants integrated into the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 as a result of the amendments brought in by the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015. In the end, we aim to equip NAACP units with the knowledge to help our constituents access the benefits promised under ESSA to improve schools within their jurisdiction. This toolkit also provides information on civil rights approaches to addressing education equity challenges. In doing so, we hope we improve public schools in every neighborhood through a combination of local, state and national activism and community engagement.

The Black Church & HIV: The Social Justice Imperative

September 12, 2017

In the United States, the Black community bears the greatest burden of the HIV epidemic, more than any other racial or ethnic group. While African Americans represent just 12% of the total population, they account for 41% of all people living with HIV and 44% of all new infections. In fact, if the African-American community were its own country, it would rank 11th in the world for new HIV infections. Today, the HIV epidemic is one of the most pressing health issues facing the Black community.To address the urgent need for action, The Black Church & HIV initiative was established to form a national network of faith leaders, religious institutions, and community members committed to making change and ending the HIV epidemic in Black America. There is an immediate need for faith leaders to take action for what is happening with HIV in the Black community. For generations, the Black Church has been a leader for change in the Black community on issues of social justice, including voting rights and employment opportunities. Today, we are applying this tradition of social justice advocacy to the HIV epidemic.The NAACP, in partnership with Gilead Sciences, Inc., made a Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Commitment to Action in 2013 to further the initiative and enlist faith leaders as change agents to address the disparate and severe impact of HIV on African Americans. The initiative is working to overcome stigma and address HIV as an issue of social justice by:Conducting faith leader trainings across the 30 U.S. cities with the greatest HIV burdenObtaining formal resolutions from mainline denominations to incorporate HIV messaging into Church activitiesIntegrating HIV-related materials into required course curricula in predominantly Black seminaries.

Pathways to Police Reform Community Mobilization Toolkit

September 14, 2016

The NAACP knows that police reform is urgent and necessary. The necessity for change is also being acknowledged by police departments around the country. Over the past thirty years, there has been growing awareness of the importance of community perceptions to effective policing. Law enforcement agencies have created community-police partnerships and engaged in dialogues with community leaders. These efforts at community oriented policing have shown us that police cannot do their jobs well without strong relationships between police and the communities they serve. We need each other.Comprehensive change is required to create the climate of trust that is needed for the community and police officers to be safe. The NAACP's police reform agenda focuses on three key areas of reform that have the potential to make this fundamental change. Our communities need police forces that are held accountable for misconduct, that have strong policies and relevant training, and in which the community plays an active role.The topics discussed in this toolkit are key areas where community pressure can lead to a change in how our police operate. Not all of these problems may apply to your local police department, and there may be areas for reform that your community will want to address that are not included here. This toolkit builds on the NAACP's 2014 Born Suspect report about anti-racial profiling activism.

Born Suspect: Stop-and-Frisk Abuses and the Continued Fight to End Racial Profiling in America

September 25, 2014

The report provides a critical analysis of advocacy efforts to end racial profiling in New York, offering lessons learned and recommendations for advocates across the country. It also contains a review of every state racial profiling law, breaking each down to better understand the law's effectiveness and to identify where improvements are needed. The report concludes with several resources to help advocates build and manage campaigns to increase police accountability and enact community policing strategies that eliminate the practice of racial profiling by law enforcement.

Coal Blooded Action Toolkit

January 22, 2013

With this toolkit, your community now has the necessary framework and tools to build a foundation for eliminating pollution from coal, one of the most important steps we can take, in our march to advance Environmental and Climate Justice. Whether you are a leader, partner or participant in a coal campaign, your role is critical to creating change. By following the modules in the Coal Blooded Action Toolkit, your unit will experience writing letters to decision makers, using the media to advance your cause, organizing community meetings, negotiating with plant owners, etc., towards the ends of reduction of harmful pollution, improving health outcomes, increasing investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy, creating sustainable, healthy jobs/careers, and more. These activities were designed for communities to succeed and most importantly, use them as tools to do so.