The committee on Communications shall: (1) seek to promote media content consistent with fundamental NAACP goals which include the elimination of racial discrimination and the perpetuation of multiracial and multicultural understanding; (2) work to eliminate employment segregation and discrimination in those industries, comprising their communications arts and sciences (radio, telephone, television, motion pictures, newspapers, books, related computer communications, business, cable television); (3) seek to insure black and minority ownership and control of print and electronic media (both hardware and software); (4) monitor local and national media, especially advertising performance; (5) provide the National Office with research and data on those local businesses engaged in communications arts and sciences; and (6) seek to ensure that all people have a meaningful right to choose from and have access to a variety of high quality telecommunications goods and services at reasonable costs.
The Criminal Justice committee develops Criminal Justice Action Plans that will advance Criminal Justice Strategies at the local level. The committee's work strengthens families and communities through advocating for a decrease in violence, advancing voter and employment rights of the formerly incarcerated and to downscale prisons while shifting dollars/resources from prisons to schools. The purpose of the Criminal Justice Committee is to advance the Smart and Safe Campaign at the local level by promoting alliances, research, legislation and initiatives that will reform criminal justice policies and advocate for public safety as a civil right.
The Education Committee works to (1) eliminate segregation and other discriminatory practices in public education; (2) study local educational conditions affecting communities of color; (3) monitor the public school system and hold it accountable for meeting its statutory and constitutional obligations; (4) and develop relationships and coalitions to promote the mission of the NAACP in the educational context.
The Economic Development committee is to promote the growth of entrepreneurship among African Americans, and increase employment opportunities with private and public entities. The Economic Development Committee shall implement local efforts and support national programs to preserve and expand economic empowerment among African Americans and other communities of color.
The Executive Committee serves as the branch's board of directors. The branch officers who hold the primary positions on this committee, all standing committee chairpersons are also on the executive committee. However, the main purpose of the Executive Committee is to oversee all of the branch's operations. Each committee must submit a report to the Executive Committee on the issues it faces in the community.
The Finance Committee shall consist of the President, Treasurer, and at least one other member of the Branch. It shall study the financial needs of the branch and shall be responsible for drafting an adequate annual budget.
The Freedom Fund Committee shall plan and conduct all fund-raising activities, including entertainment and other projects, for local and national purposes within the scope of the Association's program. It shall work closely with the Finance Committee.
The mission of the NAACP is to ensure equal political, educational, social, and economic rights for all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination. This mission includes a focus on the right of African Americans and other people of color to have optimal health outcomes and access to timely, quality, affordable health care. African Americans continue to have the highest incidence, prevalence and mortality rates from chronic diseases like cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity, and issues like HIV/AIDS continue to overwhelm the Black community more so than any other racial or ethnic group.
The NAACP is committed to eliminating the racial and ethnic inequities that exist within our health care system that undermine communities of color their life opportunities and their ability to contribute fully to the common good.
The Committee on Housing shall (1) study housing conditions in the local community; (2) receive and seek to address complaints of discrimination; (3) oppose all restrictive practices whether public or private; and (4) disseminate information and render such other assistance which may eliminate discrimination in housing.
The Membership Committee shall: (1) work throughout the year to maintain and increase the membership of the Association; (2) be responsible for planning and organizing the annual membership campaign; (3) be responsible on a continuous basis for soliciting new members and for securing renewals; and (4) initiate all possible means to obtain Life Members and sponsor a continuing program towards this end.
The Legal Redress Committee investigates discrimination complaints, oversees litigation in which the branch is interested and communicates with the National Office and Branch members on the progression of discrimination cases. The Legal Redress Committee does not give general legal advice.
The Political Action Committee shall: (1) seek to increase registration and voting; (2) work for the enactment of municipal, state and federal legislation designed to improve the educational, political and economic status of minority groups; (3) seek the repeal of racially discriminatory legislation; (4) work to improve the administration of justice; (5) work to secure equal enforcement of the law; and (6) keep the National Office and the Branch informed of all proposed legislation which affects minority groups. The Committee shall be nonpartisan and shall not endorse candidates for public office.
Press and Publicity
The Press and Publicity Committee shall: (1) endeavor to secure publicity for the work of the Branch and the Association in the local press and on radio, television and other media; (2) attempt to interest persons in charge of local news media on conditions affecting minority groups; (3) seek to counteract derogatory and erroneous statements in local news media about Blacks and other minority groups; (4) be responsible for forwarding to The Crisis items covering Branch activities and important local affairs; and (5) act as far as possible as an agency for the promotion and sale of The Crisis. No publicity shall be released without first being approved by the President of the Branch.
The Religious Affairs Committee shall include ministerial and lay religious leaders who are members of the Branch. It shall: (1) promote an educational program designed to give moral and ethical interpretation to the civil rights struggle; (2) interpret the work of the Association to organized religious groups of all faiths; (3) enlist the support of such organized religious groups for membership, fundraising, and the struggle for equality and full civil rights; (4) provide resource assistance for religious education and social action activities, associated with the improvement of race relations.
The Committee on Youth Work shall consist of the Youth Council(s) Advisor(s), the Youth Council(s) President(s), and five (5) persons appointed by the Branch President. (1) The Youth Council Advisor shall chair the committee. (2) The Youth Work Committee shall develop and coordinate the programs of the senior and youth groups. (3) The Committee shall turn the names, addressees, and membership dues of youth solicited by the Branch over to the appropriate National Office recognized youth group, if any, in their community. (4) If there is no local youth group recognized by the national Office, the Branch must, upon receipt of twenty-five (25) youth memberships, apply to the National Office for a Youth Charter and organize the appropriate youth group.