Advancing the Cause of Civil Rights and Social Justice since 1993
Message from President Lee Fisher, May 31st, 2020:
Dear NAACP Family,
When we saw the heinous act of another black man, George Floyd, intentionally being held down by four relaxed policemen and George not resisting arrest, but resisting suffocation and pleading "I can't breathe, please let me stand,” it makes us return to the actions during the Civil Rights Movement of the 60’s. It was difficult to watch one policeman putting his knee with increased pressure on Mr. Lloyd's neck and three (3) policemen watching until another black man's life was painfully lost.
We could go back to Emmett Till in Mississippi, Ronna Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky, Eric Garner in New York, Trayvon Martin and just a few weeks ago, Ahmaud Arbery, in Georgia shot dead running through a predominately white neighborhood, along with many others too numerous to list or mention. We are not surprised, we are angry.
Yes, again we are shocked when most of these killings we have witnessed, through new technology, except Emmett Till, result usually without immediate arrest. When these incidents happen they continually make your blood pressure spike for weeks, but we are not surprised of the bad police action throughout our nation and time and time again our justice system not resolving cases
Shocked? No. Surprised? No. Outraged? Yes! And we exclaim, “Not again!” When is enough going to be enough? A national communication process will certainly not even start with this person presently living in the "wrong house" for three years.
Thursday evening, Joanne and I participated, along with 1200 others, in a webinar presented by Derrick Johnson, CEO and President of our National NAACP, and panelist including, Presidents of the Minneapolis, Georgia, Louisville, New York Branches each explaining the situations happening in their communities, what they are doing to resolve their immediate problems but also what they are doing with actions moving ahead.
President Derrick Johnson strongly emphasized that if change is to be made, people must use positive energy to complete the Census, get to the polls on November 4, 2020, make a concerted effort to know your legislators and community leaders.
As our Vice President, Michelle Osterhoudt, stated in her memo to each of you--"Talk abut it, Denounce Social Injustice, Raise Awareness and most importantly, join your local NAACP." These are the way that you can make your communities stronger.
THIS MOMENT IS CALLING US TO STAY STRONG EVEN THOUGH WE ARE OUTRAGED AND NOW MORE THAN EVER, WE MUST FIGHT AND DEMAND JUSTICE, AND "WHEN WE FIGHT, WE WIN"!
Lee Fisher, President
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ONEONTA NAACP AT A GLANCE
The Oneonta Area NAACP branch was organized in 1993. Its mission has been to eradicate racism, eliminate racial profiling and secure justice. The NAACP promotes equality before the law; equity in education and employment, and fairness in housing and financing.