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April 30, 2011 Freedom Fund Concert

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

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!

New book on MLK by our own Jennifer Yanco!

Mystic Valley Area Branch is delighted to announce the availability of a new book written by our very own Executive Committee member Jennifer Yanco: "Misremembering Dr. King: Revisiting the Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr" (purchase on Amazon and Barnes & Noble) highlighting important aspects of Dr King's work which have all but disappeared from popular memory.

After briefly telling the familiar story of King’s civil rights campaigns and accomplishments, she considers the lesser-known concerns that are an essential part of his legacy. Yanco reminds us that King was a strong critic of militarism who argued that the United States should take the lead in promoting peaceful solutions rather than imposing its will through military might; that growing materialism and an ethos of greed was damaging the moral and spiritual health of the country; and that in a nation where racism continues unabated, white Americans need to educate themselves about racism and its history and take their part in the weighty task of dismantling it.

Listen to Prof. Yanco talk powerfully about Dr. King's true legacy in this Indiana University Press podcast. More information is presented on the new book's Facebook page.

1964 MLK speech at Arizona State University discovered

An audio recording has recently been found of a speech Martin Luther King, Jr. gave at Arizona State University on June 3rd, 1964. Please visit this ASU page for more background on the speech and its discovery. The recording (listen here) also includes a brief talk with Arizona NAACP supporters at the Tanner AME Church in Phoenix earlier the same day.

Welcome to Black History Month!

Welcome to our members and visitors to Black History Month, observed annually throughout the month of February. Local celebrations are held, along with TV specials and movies.

Sign up here to receive free daily facts about Black History during the month of February texted to your mobile phone from the NAACP.

7pm Fri Jan 24: Freedom Fund Committee mtg

There will be a 7pm meeting Friday January 24th of the Freedom Fund Committee at Carolyn Shepard's home in Medford.

Martin Luther King, Jr Day

Wishing our members and community a happy and meaningful Martin Luther King Day.

TPM has posted some rarely seen full-color photos of the civil rights hero.

7pm Thu Jan 9: Freedom Fund Committee mtg

There will be a 7pm meeting Thursday January 9th of the Freedom Fund Committee at Carolyn Shepard's home in Medford. Her special treat for the night will be chicken soup -- see you then!

NAACP and HRC letter on Phil Robertson comments

On December 18th, NAACP and Human Rights Campaign released the following letter (full PDF) to A & E about Phil Robertson's recent comments:

"As leaders of the nation’s premier civil rights organizations for African Americans and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Americans, we’re writing to express our outrage and deep concern about the recent racist, homophobic, and ill-informed remarks made by Phil Robertson, a cast member on your network’s show ‘Duck Dynasty.’ As you may know, Phil attacked both African Americans and LGBT people in a recent GQ interview (January 2014) – saying that African Americans were happier under Jim Crow laws, and equating being gay with bestiality and promiscuity."

Lisa Riddick recovering after auto accident

Mystic Valley Area NAACP extends its wishes for strength and a speedy recovery to NEAC secretary Lisa Riddick and her mother Elsie and brother, who were injured in an auto accident near Hartford on November 30th on their way back from a Thanksgiving family trip. Lisa's father was not injured.

Her mother and brother have since been released from Hartford Hospital, and Lisa has been moved to Spalding Hospital where she's recovering.

7pm Executive Committee & Freedom Fund Subcommittee meetings

There will be a 7pm meeting tonight of the Exec Committee and the Freedom Fund Subcommittee at Carolyn Shepard's home. After the meeting we'll hang around to share some holiday cheer together. See you soon!

Branch meeting in Arlington: Mon Nov 25th at 7:30pm

All are welcome to join us at our branch membership meeting at 7:30pm on Monday November 25th at the Robbins Library Community Room at 700 Massachusetts Ave in Arlington (Google map).

Our meeting features a presentation from Voury Ignegongba, founder and President of Africans in Boston. Mr. Ignegongba [pronounced: I - ne- gon- ba], a son of a diplomat, is a Chadian-American businessman and real estate developer who founded the organization in 2010. Africans in Boston fosters the socio-economic and educational development of its members by offering a platform that connects the African Diaspora in the greater Boston area and across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

This meeting will be our second in a series scheduled outside of Medford as we seek to engage the surrounding communities we serve. We hope to meet new members and visitors from Arlington and other areas. See you then!

Election Day: Tuesday, November 5th

Don't forget, today is election day across the Commonwealth. Most polling places are open until 8pm, but a few will close an hour earlier at 7pm. Find your polling location here. More info available at the MA Elections Division.

Branch meeting in Arlington: Mon Oct 21st at 7:30pm

All are welcome to join us at our branch membership meeting at 7:30pm on Monday October 21st at the Robbins Library Community Room at 700 Massachusetts Ave in Arlington (Google map).

Tonight's meeting is our first in a series scheduled outside of Medford as we seek to engage the surrounding communities we serve. Our own Regina Caines will do a presentation on Today’s Students, Tomorrow’s Teachers (TSTT), an organization whose mission is to recruit, mentor, and train culturally diverse and economically challenged students from high school through college and place them as effective teachers and committed leaders who strengthen schools and communities.

We hope to meet new members and visitors from Arlington and other surrounding areas. See you tonight!

Sharewood: Free health clinic Tuesday evenings in Malden

The Sharewood Project offers free, unscheduled health care to the medically underserved populations of the greater Boston area every Tuesday evening from 6-8pm in Malden. Please visit our Health page for details.

Branch meeting Mon Sep 23rd at 7:30pm

All are welcome to join us at our branch membership meeting at 7:30pm on Monday September 23rd at the West Medford Community Center at 111 Arlington Street (Google map).

This month we'll give an update on our trip down to the March on Washington, a preview of the NEAC annual meeting, and we'll be accepting free youth membership applications sponsored by our Executive Committee.

FREE Youth Memberships in September!

For a limited time, the Executive Committee of the Mystic Valley Area NAACP is donating free one-year memberships to interested youth.

To take advantage of this opportunity, please fill out our membership form and mail it to:

Mystic Valley Area NAACP
P.O. Box 5600132
Medford, MA 02156

by the end of September, or bring the application to our next branch meeting on Monday September 23rd at 7:30pm

MLK Dream speech on MSNBC this afternoon & tonight

MSNBC will be broadcasting Martin Luther King, Jr's entire I Have A Dream speech today: Once uninterrupted after President Obama's 3pm address, and then again with commentary during their 8pm program.

Exec Cmte meeting Mon Aug 26th at 7pm

The Executive Committee will be meeting at the West Medford Community Center at 7pm. We'll get to hear about Neil's and others' adventures at Saturday's March on Washington. There will be no general meeting this month.

March on Washington D.C. Aug 24th

50 years later we are going back to Washington DC, because our collective voices are needed again.

We the Mystic Valley Area Branch community can be a part of shaping history - Let's get on the bus.

If you want to reserve space on the NEAC bus, please email or call Neil Osborne at 617-721-5545.

See attached NAACP March on Washington flyer and NEAC bus reservation form.

NAACP petition to open a civil rights case against George Zimmerman

We ask our members and others devoted to universal equality to sign our petition to the Department of Justice today:

Attorney General Eric Holder,

The Department of Justice has closely monitored the State of Florida's prosecution of the case against George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin murder since it began. Today, with the acquittal of George Zimmerman, it is time for the Department of Justice to act.

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