LETTER FROM PASTOR RICHARD PITTMAN SR.
Greetings, on behalf of the Executive Committee, the members and the volunteers of the Saint Paul Chapter of the NAACP. We need your support!
Today, the Saint Paul Branch of the NAACP finds itself needed as much as ever. We find ourselves immersed in a time of political division like none before. More than 220 mass shootings so far this year alone; voter suppression; a pandemic that seems to refuse to die; and our youth seeming to wander aimlessly. We have tremendous inequities in health, in housing, in education and in almost every quality of life category. And what are we doing about these challenges and opportunities. And what are we doing about these challenges and opportunities?
We are responding to continuous requests for assistance with criminal justice, legal redress, discrimination, equal opportunity, voting rights and other civil rights issues, that are brought to our attention from around the region and the country; Testifying before government bodies on bills to require independent, external investigations of all officer-involved deaths and claims of excessive force; Conducting workshops on Home Ownership, “Get Smart About Credit,” and initiatives which promote financial literacy and independence; Testifying before the Saint Paul Board of Education and meeting with legislators, administrators and the MN Commissioner of Education, regarding hyper segregation, and the continuing underachievement of Black, poor and children of color; and diversifying the curriculum and workforce.
We are also participating in voter registration initiatives throughout the community and in the correctional facilities; Meeting regularly with the leadership of the Saint Paul Police Dept. to advise, monitor and work to maintain and update our 21 yr. old consent decree and resolve community issues before they grow out of control; Providing technical and supportive assistance to faith-based groups, community and government organizations that are working to eliminate racial, economic and political disparities in our community; Focusing on increasing home ownership in communities of color; and just as important, we assisted in providing 2,000 backpacks, school supplies, food and haircuts for children throughout the city prior to the start of school this past fall.
Our work obviously continues and for your support we say, “thank you,” from the bottom of our hearts. The NAACP welcomes new members and has volunteer committees working in the areas of: Armed Services & Veterans Affairs; Communications; Criminal Justice; Economic Development; Education; Health; Housing; Legal Redress; Political Affairs; Religious Affairs and on other issues as they arise.
Please consider joining or donating today to make a difference.
Pastor Richard Pittman
WELCOME TO THE NAACP
The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination.
Founded in 1913, the Saint Paul branch serves all individuals who may experience discrimination based on race, gender, religion, age, disability or culture. We welcome members of all races who would like to help make our city and state a more tolerant, equitable, and just community for all.