In April, NAACP President and Prison Chair Denise Ransom met on behalf of the Black Prisoners Caucus at the Monroe Correctional Complex to connect with the organization and build relationships to support their vision and mission.
On May 17th, the NAACP met with Mike Obenland, Superintendent of the Monroe facility (pictured, with NAACP President Sadiqa Sakin, right, and NAACP Prison Chair Denise Ransom, left), to begin open dialogue on behalf of the Black Prisoners Caucus as we move forward and advocate for issues and topics that are important to their organization. The most-urgent agenda item of discussion was the ability for prisoners' families to be able to come up for an annual Juneteenth celebration. The Black Prisoners Caucus does have various topics they're passionate about and formed committees which include Education, Legislative, Health and Family.
Next month, a meeting will be held with the Department of Corrections to continue to build relationships and bring important issues and topics to the forefront.
The Seattle King County NAACP is appalled at the news coming out of Missouri and Alabama on abortion bans this week.
The NAACP has a long history of supporting women. Women in NAACP (WIN) was founded in part to serve as an advocacy vehicle for issues affecting women and children. Our own NAACP chapter spoke at Planned Parenthood Lobby Day in March 2019 on the importance of reproductive health access and sexual education.
Here's how we can help end this assault on women's rights. We fight. We vote or we register to vote. We boycott establishments supporting misogyny. We volunteer at health clinics. We donate to local organizations that fight for reproductive rights. We speak to those around us about the devastating effects on abortion bans, especially to those who don't understand the disastrous effects these laws have. We vote out those politicians who don't believe women have the ability to choose what happens to their own bodies.
The NAACP Seattle King County is watching and will fight for women's health, we cannot keep letting history make the same mistakes. We will always fight against misogyny and ignorance, and we ask you to join us.
Support our NAACP ACT-SO Students!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 16, 2019
Spokes Person: Sadiqa Sakin, President, Seattle/King County NAACP
The Seattle King County NAACP, under leadership of President Sadiqa Sakin, is so pleased and proud that ten of our talented high school students are headed to the NAACP ACT-SO Nationals to complete in Detroit this July 2019. This is particularly special, as we are celebrating our 40th anniversary of the Seattle King County NAACP ACT-SO.
Since 1978, NAACP ACT-SO has been a yearlong enrichment program that culminates in a local and national competition where students compete for scholarships and prizes totaling over $250,000. The NAACP ACT-SO Program, known as the “Olympics of the Mind”, was developed to enhance and showcase the academic and artistic achievements of high school students of African descent, and seeks to promote positive self-esteem, academic and artistic excellence, and positive interaction between our youth and the adult professional community. This includes areas of STEM, humanities, performing and visual arts, and business.
We need the community’s help!
The NAACP ACT-SO program is volunteer-operated and fully funded through community donations. In addition to programmatic expenses, our youth rely on donations to help fund their trip to the National Competition. Below are ways you can help send our youth to the NAACP ACT-SO National competition in Detroit in July!
Ways you can help:
$1,370 fully funds one student trip
$400 funds one student a plane ticket
$295 funds 10 medals
$200 funds one workshop
$179 funds one night hotel stay
$150 funds materials needed by the students
$75 funds an accompanist
$50 funds 1 person per night in the hotel (Students share rooms)
$25 covers meal expenses for one student for one day
Support builds up confidence. When the community supports our children financially we are pouring into their future success. Thank you for your contribution!
Seattle King County NAACP ACT-SO Co-Chair
We, the Seattle King County NAACP, are saddened to hear of the shooting in the Central District on the afternoon of May 10th, 2019, which left one dead and two injured. It's reported the police gang unit was doing a regular emphasis patrol in the Central District neighborhood and other neighborhoods affected by gun violence. It's unfortunate and devastating to continue to hear reports of gun violence/death in our community, this is not a culture we should tolerate. We extend our heartfelt prayers and condolences to the family of the deceased victim.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call 206-233-5000.
Seattle King County NAACP
Religious Chair-Tramaine Palms
NAACP Statement on I-940
The Seattle King County NAACP, under leadership of President Sadiqa Sakin, is working to aid and educate the community over measure I-940, which passed in fall of 2018 in thanks to Washington State voters.
The NAACP Seattle King County supports I-940, as it makes it easier to prosecute police offices in situations of use of deadly force. It also requires police training to de-escalate volatile situations and avoid the use of deadly force, as well as requires of police mental health intervention and first aid on the spot.
I-940 is an important step toward better Police Accountability and Criminal Justice. Without this overhaul being effectively put in place and trainings moving forward of police officers, there is far less accountability in instances of deadly force used by police officers as it relates to people of color. In our continued efforts to educate the community on its rights as well as implementation of I-940, the NAACP Seattle King County is holding another Community Discussion this Thursday, May 9, from 6-8pm, at WEA Hall at 32032 Weyerhaeuser Way S., Federal Way, WA. Our NAACP President Sadiqa Sakin will be presenting, among other Board members and guests, all are welcome!
We thank our many community partners who support this passed measure, and aid in its education and accountability of enacting into law.
The Seattle King County NAACP, under leadership of President Sadiqa Sakin, is clear in our inclusion and acceptance of all religions and creeds.
The mission statement of the NAACP declares that the mission of the Association is to ensure the “…political, educational, social, and economic equality rights of all persons…” Thus, the NAACP decries the discrimination or violence against any individual or group of people through any means, including religious discrimination.
The NAACP both locally and nationally have stepped forward to denounce religious discrimination in any form, incident after incident. We are grateful to be working with other like-minded groups in the community on coming together to eliminate discrimination in its many forms, and welcome other groups to join us.