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MVA branch at Boston University NAACP event on 11/06/14

Welcome to the home page for the Mystic Valley Area Branch, Unit #2054 of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

Don't miss our Freedom Fund Annual Breakfast on Saturday April 18, 2015 from 9am to noon at Montvale Plaza in Stoneham. For more information, directions, the event flyer, and to purchase tickets please visit our event page!

Mystic Valley Area Branch NAACP releases "Statistic" PSA commercial

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The Mystic Valley Area Branch of the NAACP is proud to release our new "Statistic" PSA commercial, which was filmed with twenty Medford High School students highlighting a strong message with positive statistics of young African-American men obtained from sources including the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:

This new commercial has received broad media exposure, including at The Medford Transcript: NAACP commercial aims to open eyes, minds with positive message.

UPDATE: We've been featured on NAACP President and CEO Cornell Brooks' Twitter feed, as well as an excellent Boston Globe article: Statistics open eyes to the debate on race: NAACP’s ad aims to shed light on little-known facts.

Mystic Valley Area Branch is grateful to Jack McGoldrick of McGoldrick Marketing for his creative and professional production work, to Jemima Valdouin and others at Team Medford for their research assistance and organizational help, and to Nick Tucci, assistant headmaster at Medford High School, for assembling the cast of talented student actors.

No meeting tonight!

There will be no meeting tonight on account of the first blizzard of 2015, which is expected to bring as much as two feet or more(!) of snow.

Be safe, everybody!

2015 Freedom Fund Annual Breakfast: April 18th

Mystic Valley Area NAACP will be hosting our Freedom Fund Annual Breakfast on Saturday April 18th from 9am to noon at Montvale Plaza in Stoneham (Google map).

The theme of this year's breakfast will be Fair and Just Legislation Promotes Quality Education, Civil Rights and Greater Voter Participation. Music by Geoffrey Dana Hicks. Tickets are $50. Download our event flyer.

For more information, please call Carolyn Shepherd 781-483-3343 or Edna Gavin 781-935-5356.

3rd Annual Medford MLK, Jr Day Event: Mon, Jan 19th, noon-2pm

All are welcome to join Mystic Valley Area Branch NAACP and Medford's Human Rights Commission for our 3rd Annual MLK, Jr event discussion "Where is the 'Beloved Community' in Medford? A conversation with our High School Youth" from noon to 2pm on Monday, January 19th at the West Medford Community Center at 111 Arlington Street (Google map).

This event concludes Medford's year-long 'Trading Our Faces' Project. Join us for lunch donated by our generous sponsors. Please see more details in the event flyer.

Arlington MLK, Jr birthday observance: Mon, Jan 19th at 7:30pm

Arlington's 27th annual Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Observance will be held on Monday, January 19th at 7:30pm at Robbins Memorial Town Hall, 730 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476 (Google map).

Doors open at 6:45pm with light refreshments. The guest speaker will be Afaa Weaver, poet, playwright, scholar, and winner of the 2014 Kingsley Tufts Award. Please see more details in the event flyer.

Author Debby Irving & Branch Elections Mon Nov 24th at 7:30pm

Waking Up White, by Debby Irving

Please join us to hear a presentation by Debby Irving, author of Waking Up White, and for our annual branch elections.

All are welcome to join us at our branch membership meeting at 7:30pm on Monday October 27th at the West Medford Community Center at 111 Arlington Street (Google map).

Mystic Valley branch at BU lunch for NAACP CEO Cornell Williams Brooks

Neil with NAACP CEO Cornell Williams Brooks

On Thursday November 6th, we attended a luncheon at Boston University honoring NAACP CEO Cornell Williams Brooks.

Remembering friend and member Frances Cooper-Berry

Mystic Valley Area branch NAACP expresses our deepest sympathy to the family of longtime member Frances Cooper-Berry, who passed away on October 22nd.

Condolences may be left with the A. J. Spears Funeral Home website, which also has information about visitation and funeral service at St. Paul AME Church in Cambridge on Saturday, November 1st.

Branch meeting Mon Oct 27th at 7:30pm

All are welcome to join us at our branch membership meeting at 7:30pm on Monday October 27th at the West Medford Community Center at 111 Arlington Street (Google map).

Branch meeting Mon Sep 22nd at 7:30pm

All are welcome to join us at our branch membership meeting at 7:30pm on Monday September 22nd at the West Medford Community Center at 111 Arlington Street (Google map).

We'll be going over some election matters before a presentation from Boston NAACP's ACT-SO group.

The NAACP's Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) is a yearlong achievement program designed to recruit, stimulate, and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among African-American high school students.

NAACP Statement: Justice for Michael Brown

The NAACP mourns the shocking loss of Michael Brown. Our hearts are with his family, and all who were touched by his death.

We need answers on his shooting – answers the Ferguson and St. Louis County Police Departments seem disinterested in providing. But our efforts will continue unabated. We will seek and ultimately find the truth about Michael Brown’s killing.

Full statement available at http://www.naacp.org/ferguson.

Branch meeting Mon Aug 25th at 7:30pm

All are welcome to join us at our branch membership meeting at 7:30pm on Monday August 25th at the West Medford Community Center at 111 Arlington Street (Google map).

Part of the meeting will be getting out a mailing to all current members of the branch on the election schedule this fall. We need to prepare for the NEAC annual conference. Also on the agenda is preparing for Medford Community Day and possibly Arlington Town day and Tuft Community Day.

Welcome NEAC and MA Gubernatorial Candidates!

From today's NEAC media advisory:

Four Massachusetts gubernatorial candidates will make presentations at the Quarterly Meeting of the NAACP, New England Area Conference. The candidates are expected to discuss how their election would benefit the citizens of the Commonwealth. Further, if their election would advance social justice and equality of opportunity, such that all of Massachusetts' citizens share in the treasures of the Commonwealth, they are expected to illuminate those proposed policies in their presentation.

The following candidates are expected:

Meeting Details:

10:00 AM
Saturday, June 21, 2014
Grace Episcopal Church
160 High Street
Medford, MA, 02155

The media is invited.

Happy Juneteenth!

Wishing our members a happy Juneteenth, also known as Emancipation Day, an annual June 19th celebration of the abolition of slavery in Texas in 1865.

More information on the history and commemorations in this thoughtful Slate article by Jamelle Bouie and on the Juneteenth.com website.

Branch meeting Mon May 19th at 7:30pm in Malden

All are welcome to join us at our branch membership meeting at 7:30pm on Monday May 19th in the Community Room at the Robinson Cuticura Mill Apartments at 59 Green Street in Malden (Google map).

This meeting is also important because it is the last meeting before our Freedom Fund event. You can come to this meeting to purchase your tickets to the June 7th event. If every member of the branch commits to buying or selling one ticket, the event will be an overwhelming success.

As members and friends of the branch we do not expect you at every meeting, but once a year we all need to do our part so we can continue to do the work of a civil rights organization in our local community.

Condolences on the passing of branch founder Theresa Bazar

The entire Mystic Valley NAACP branch is saddened to learn of the passing of Mrs. Theresa Bazar. Mrs. Bazar was a founding member of the branch back at its origins in 1977. Mrs. Bazar was also the wife to the long serving President Mr. Phillip Bazar, and she served the branch and our community in a critical supportive role.

Our condolences are extended to the Bazar family. Mrs. Theresa Bazar will be gravely missed, but we are grateful for every moment we shared in her company.

Please view branch president Neil Osborne's public statement on the passing of Mrs. Bazar.

Donald Sterling's Willing Enablers

We had an excellent discussion about L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling and racism at Monday night's branch membership meeting. This article from The Nation has a thoughtful perspective, and we encourage our members to continue the dialogue.

2014 Freedom Fund Annual Breakfast: June 7th

Mystic Valley Area NAACP will be hosting our Freedom Fund Annual Breakfast on Saturday June 7th from 9am to noon at Montvale Plaza in Stoneham (Google map).

We'll be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Presenters include Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley. Music by Geoffrey Dana Hicks & Lori J. Dow. Tickets are $50. Download our event flyer.

For more information, please call Carolyn Shepherd 781-483-3343, Edna Gavin 781-935-5356, or Juanita Payne 781-488-3570.

APRIL 26! The Rally to End Mass Incarceration and Create Jobs

Join us and 10,000 other community activists on Boston Common on Saturday April 26th from 1 - 4pm to show your support for ending prison expansion and for aiding job growth in Massachusetts. There will be speakers and entertainment. More information at the JobsNotJails.org website.

Honor student Trevon Wright recognized

We were very pleased to recognize honor student Trevon Wright at last night's member meeting, shown here with Neil. Congratulations Trevon on your hard work and accomplishments!

Proud new NAACP member Barbara Boltz!

Mystic Valley Area Branch is delighted to welcome new member Barbara Boltz, shown here receiving her membership card at last night's membership meeting. (Now can we convince her to run for the Executive Committee?)

Branch meeting Mon Mar 24th at 7:30pm in Medford

All are welcome to join us at our branch membership meeting at 7:30pm on Monday March 24th at the West Medford Community Center at 111 Arlington Street (Google map).

This month Jennifer Yanco will present on her recently published book about MLK, Jr. We will also have her book available for purchase. Additionally, youth group members on the honor roll will receive recognition.

Mystic Valley Branch hosting June 21st NEAC meeting

Mystic Valley Area Branch is pleased to announce that we'll be hosting the next NEAC quarterly meeting on Saturday, June 21st. We are expecting that both Republican and Democratic candidates for Governor will present to NEAC.

Branch meeting in Winchester: Mon Feb 24th at 7:30pm

All are welcome to join us at our branch membership meeting at 7:30pm on Monday February 24th at the Winchester Public Library on the second floor at 80 Washington St in Winchester (Google map).

This month our special guest speaker will be Joel Thompson, Esq. from Prisoners' Legal Services, a not-for-profit legal services corporation that provides civil legal assistance to people who are incarcerated in Massachusetts state prisons or in the county jails and houses of correction.

We'll also be having planning discussions to prepare for our June 7th Freedom Fundraiser. We hope to meet new members and visitors from Winchester and other surrounding areas. See you then!

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