NAACP Celebrates 109 Years

On February 12, 1909 The NAACP was founded.  Still relevant and fighting for civil rights, it is unfortunate that many people do not understand why an NAACP membership is necessary.  Yet, when these same people need the services, they call and can be disappointed that the resources needed to handle the volume of cases presented is simply not there.  Being  a lifetime member of this amazing organization, I try to spread the word to others that they need to support the organization before they need it.

On the other hand, many millennials have not been taught the history or legacy of this important organization. Nor have they been taught that Rosa Parks’ sitting in the white section of that bus, in Montgomery, sixty three years ago was planned by the NAACP.  It was not happenstance.

Just as Blacks, Browns and the poor are experiencing  today:   our rights and freedom have to be maintained once we get them.  That means we have to stay engaged or what was fought and sacrificed for can be lost.

For the youth, the NAACP has one of the best academic and leadership programs called ACT-SO.

Learn more and share this link about the NAACP, its’ programs, and services with your circle of influence throughout Black History Month and beyond.

http://www.naacp.org/oldest-and-boldest/

There is no better time than during Black History Month for you, your friends, and family to join and support the oldest Black  civil rights organization!!

Celebrate Rosa Parks Birthday During Nat’l Transit Equity Week – Feb. 4-8

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Today is Rosa Parks’ birthday.  And, it was 63 years ago that she sat down in the white section of the bus and refused to get up to protest the injustice.

Across the nation there is a National Transit Equity movement that uses Rosa’s story to raise awareness today about inequities.  So, Monday, February 5 is National Transit Equity Day of Action.  Because transit equity is a social, economic, and environmental justice issue, everyone is affected.  As reported by NPR/WABE 91.5fm, ‘In the 50 cities across the country with the worst traffic, it is $600 billion in transit projects.’

What I am reporting is that $600 billion represents a huge number of “living wage jobs”.  It also represents opportunities for us to be at the table as planning is done, and a chance to hold our elected officials accountable as they propose and enact transit legislation.

So, join the National Transit Equity Day of Action Events on Monday, February 5 and the other events for Transit Equity Week in Atlanta.

 

For more information, use the following links:

https://saportareport.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/2017-PSE-Opportunity-Deferred4.pdf

https://urbanedge.blogs.rice.edu/2017/02/08/new-study-examines-how-historic-racism-shaped-atlantas-transportation-network/#.WnH0bLynGUk

http://partnershipforsouthernequity.org/images/stories/PSE_MTO.pdf

With several billion dollars being projected cost of the planned expansion of MARTA heavy rail, light rail, expanded bus service, etc, we need to be at the table during these important planning stages.

For more information about these events and Transit Equity in metro Atlanta and across Georgia, contact Georgia Stand Up at:

http://www.georgiastandup.org

info@georgiastandup.org

(404) 581-0061