About

Founded in 1909 in response to the ongoing violence against Black people around the country, the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) is the largest and most pre-eminent civil rights organization in the nation. We have over 2,200 units and branches across the nation, along with well over 2M activists. Our mission is to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons.

Vision Statement

The vision of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure a society in which all individuals have equal rights without discrimination based on race.

Objectives

  • To ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of all citizens
  • To achieve equality of rights and eliminate race prejudice among the citizens of the United States
  • To remove all barriers of racial discrimination through democratic processes
  • To seek enactment and enforcement of federal, state, and local laws securing civil rights
  • To inform the public of the adverse effects of racial discrimination and to seek its elimination
  • To educate persons as to their constitutional rights and to take all lawful action to secure the exercise thereof, and to take any other lawful action in furtherance of these objectives, consistent with the NAACP’s Articles of Incorporation and this Constitution.

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FOR JUSTICE

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PORTLAND NAACP

 

Calendar
General Meetings are every fourth Saturday of the month from 12 p.m.-2 p.m.
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Location
  • Address

    1257 Lloyd Center Portland OR 97232

  • Telephone

    503-438-7096

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  • Hours
    Tuesday - Friday: 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    Thursday: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I become a member?

  1. Go to our about page & click the link titled "Join the Fight for Justice."
  2. Portland Metro Area residents can use the zipcode 97232 and select branch #1120-B.
  3. Screenshot a verification of your membership & email it to secretary@pdxnaacp.org with "Membership Verification" as the subject.
  4. Stay tuned for newsletters, volunteer opportunities, & community resources. Thank you for your support! 

What membership types do you have?

REGULAR ANNUAL MEMBERSHIPS

Regular Adult – $30*
(Ages 21 & Older)

Youth with Crisis Magazine – $15*
(Ages 20 & Under)

Youth without Crisis Magazine – $10
(Ages 17 & Under)

WIN (Women In The NAACP) Membership – $10
Only available to active members 

 

LIFETIME MEMBERSHIPS

Junior Life (Payable in annual installments of $25 or more) – $100**
(Ages 13 & under)

Bronze Life (Payable in annual installments of $50 or more) – $400**
(Ages 14-20)

Silver Life (Payable in annual installments of $75 or more) – $750**

Gold Life (Payable in installments of $150 or more) – $1,500**
Only available to Silver or Regular Life Members

Diamond Life (Payable in installments of $250 or more) – $2,500**
Only available to Gold or Golden Heritage Life Members

 

CORPORATE MEMBERSHIP

Annual Corporate  – $5,000*
*Includes a 1-year subscription to The CRISIS Magazine
**Fully-paid Life Memberships include a 10-year subscription to The CRISIS Magazine

 

What is the difference between a national and local membership?

The national membership allows you to vote for the national organization, but a local membership allows you to vote for your branch. A local membership allows you to have your voice heard through voting at the local membership meetings. 

Where can I purchase a Black Lives Matter Sign?

Signs can be purchased at https://www.signsofjustice.com.

 

For press inquires please contact E.D. Mondainé's email: president@pdxnaacp.org. Thank you!

 

 

What ways can I volunteer?

  • Join a committee.
  • Encourage voter registration.
  • Join our phone banking efforts.
  • Create content for Social Media & Web. 

How much time should I commit to volunteering?

This is completely up to you! Whether you have a few minutes or a few hours we appreciate your support.

Is volunteering COVID-19 safe?

Definitely! Most of our work is done from home right now, with the exception of rallies and protests where masks are necessary. We encourage our members to participate safely by joining us for our Zoom meetings! 

Can I still volunteer if I don't identify as Black?

Of course! We welcome people of all races and ethnicities who want to join us in the fight for justice. When we fight, we win!

What committees can I join? 

We currently have 12 committees! Here are the official descriptions so you may make an informed decision about which committee best suits your interests.

1. COMMUNICATIONS
The Communications Committee shall: (1) seek to promote media content consistent with fundamental NAACP goals which include the elimination of racial isolation and fear and the furtherance of multiracial and cultural understanding; (2) monitor local and national media, especially news performance; and (3) maintain and monitor web presence and Social Media.

2. COMMUNITY COORDINATION
The Committee on Community Coordination shall enlist the support of other community organizations on issues affecting the interests of African Americans and other communities of color.

3. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
The Committee on Economic Development shall implement local efforts and support national programs to preserve and expand economic empowerment among African-Americans and other communities of color by: (1) researching and establishing relationships with private and public entities; (2) supporting the work of the National office in monitoring the progress and activity of private and public entities designated by national programs; (3) implementing local efforts to promote the growth of business ownership; (4) increasing employment and job creation; and (5) encouraging business development and home ownership.

4. EDUCATION
The Education Committee shall (1) seek to eliminate segregation and other discriminatory practices in public education; (2) study local educational conditions affecting minority groups; (3) investigate the public school system and school zoning; (4) familiarize itself with textbook material there from which is racially derogatory; (5) seek to stimulate school attendance; (6) keep informed of school conditions and strive to correct abuses where found; (7) investigate the effects of standardized and high stakes testing practices; (8) teacher certification; (9) promote parental involvement in education; and (10) aim to be a center of popular education on the race question and on the work of the Association.

5. ENVIRONMENTAL & PRESERVATION JUSTICE
The Environmental & Preservation Justice Committee shall work at addressing the many practices that are harming our communities and the policies needed to rectify these impacts and advance a society that fosters sustainable, cooperative, regenerative communities that uphold all rights for all people in harmony with the earth.

6. HEALTH & WELLNESS
The Health Committee shall: (1) work to promote, protect and maintain health of African Americans; (2) assess the health needs of the community; (3) advocate for equal access to health education, care, treatment and research for all Americans; (4) sponser health-realted activities such as health forums, fairs and workshops highlighting issues of importance to people of color; and (5) support health initiatives of the Association.

7. LABOR & INDUSTRY
The Labor and Industry Committee shall seek ways to improve the economic status of minority groups by: (1) working to eliminate discriminatory employment practices in industry and government, wage differentials based on race, unequal opportunities for training, promotion and unfair dismissals; (2) encouraging greater participation in the trade union movement; (3) working to end discriminatory practices in labor unions; (4) securing the enactment of state and federal fair employment practices legislation; and (5) working for improved opportunities in vocational and apprenticeship training.

8. LEGAL REDRESS
The Legal Redress Committee shall: (1) investigate all cases reported to it; (2) supervise all litigation in which the Branch is interested; and (3) keep the National Office and the Branch informed on the progress of every case. It shall not give general legal advice.

9. MEMBERSHIP
The Membership Committee shall: (1) work throughout the year to maintain and increase the membership of the Association; (2) be responsible for planning and organizing the annual membership campaign; (3) be responsible on a continuous basis for soliciting new members and securing renewals; and (4) initiate all possible means to obtain Life Members and sponsor a continuing program towards this end.

10. POLITICAL ACTION
The Political Action shall: (1) seek to increase registration and voting; (2) work for the enactment of municipal, state and federal legislation designed to improve the educational, political and economic status of minority groups; (3) seek the repeal of racially discriminatory legislation; (4) work to improve the administration of justice; (5) work to secure equal enforcement of the law; and (6) keep the National Office and Branch informed of all proposed legislation which affects minority groups. The committee shall be nonpartisan and shall not endorse candidates for public office.

11. RELIGIOUS AFFAIRS
The Religious Affairs Committee shall include ministerial and lay religious leaders who are members of the Branch. It shall: (1) promote an educational program designed to give moral and ethical interpretation to the civil rights struggle; (2) interpret the work of the Association to organized religious groups for membership, fundraising, and the struggle for equality and full civil rights; and (4) provide resource assistance for religious education and social action activities, associated with the improvement of race relations.

12. YOUTH COMMITTEE
The Mission of the Loudoun NAACP Youth Council: To develop strong leadership skills in the areas of advocacy, activism, social justice and equality for all persons.