Sunday, March 27, 2011

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Prayer Breakfast & Founders’ Day Ticket Information

Jefferson City, MO Branch NAACP
Prayer Breakfast & Founders’ Day Ticket Information

What is the NAACP Prayer Breakfast?  The Prayer Breakfast brings people from public and private life together to celebrate our common spirituality and build bridges through a message of love, prayer and worship. The event is coordinated by volunteer staff each year. 
Who attends the event?  Participants have included the Governor, state and federal representatives, mayor, city council members, members of the judiciary, peace officers, county officials,  spiritual leaders and many other elected officials, as well as top business leaders and everyday citizens. In addition, we encourage all attendees to bring a younger family member or younger business colleague, in order to perpetuate and grow our community of faith.
How can you help?  Because the breakfast is meant to be a grassroots community event — the price of individual tickets is just $15, so that all may participate — individual ticket sales only cover part of the cost. Memberships are critical to the event’s success. Please consider supporting the NAACP nationally and locally by becoming a subscribing life member, a renewing member or purchasing a membership for your child.
We truly hope that you and your family will join us Saturday, March 26th, 2011 from 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM, at Ryan’s (730 West Stadium Boulevard Jefferson City, MO 65109 (573) 636-7926). Let's unite to share our faith and show the world the joy of living in a faith-based community.  You may purchase tickets from Mr. Nimrod Chapel 573-230-6424, Mrs. Sandi Robinson 573-636-6638, or Mr. Joseph Ward, III 573-690-4033.

Mrs. Sandi Robinson, Co-Chair
Second Vice President

Mr. Joseph Ward III, Co-Chair
Third Vice President

Jefferson City Prayer Breakfast & Founders Day Committee

AUDITIONS FOR THE CENTRAL MISSOURI PREMIERE OF "DREAMGIRLS" Sunday, April 3 at 6:30pm Location: Shikles Auditorium P

Sunday, April 3 at 6:30pm
Location: Shikles Auditorium

Please help us spread the word to any African American actors, singers, and dancers you know about auditions for our Mid-Missouri landmark production...the first time for such an all African American theatrical spectacular! Here's all the details:

The Capital City Players

6:30 P.M.

Sunday, April 3

Shikles Auditorium
1200 Linden Drive
Jefferson City, Missouri

Seeking approximately 35 African American
Men and Women Actors/Singers/Dancers

For Landmark Central Missouri Production
Of The Broadway and Film Hit
Based on the Lives of The Supremes

Prepare Song (Bring Music if Needing Accompaniment)
Wear Comfortable Shoes for Dancing Audition
Script Cuttings Available for Cold Readings

Any questions, contact director Branden Bise 573-544-8473

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

NAACP Supports Union Workers' Rights to Collective Bargaining - balance the budget on someone else's back

NAACP Passes Resolution Supporting Union Workers’ Right to Collective Bargaining
Budgets should not be balanced on the backs of America’s working families
February 25, 2011

(Baltimore, MD)—On Saturday, February 19, the NAACP National Board of Directors unanimously passed a resolution supporting the right of public sector employment unions to engage in collective bargaining, marking their opposition to the bargaining restrictions sought recently by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, and many other states.

“The NAACP stands in solidarity with our union brothers and sisters in Wisconsin, and throughout the country,” stated Chairman Roslyn M. Brock. “This coordinated effort to desensitize and misinform public opinion as it relates to workers’ rights is unconscionable in these times of economic strife.”
Governor Walker – and over two dozen other state elected officials – has proposed legislation that would strip state workers of nearly all their collective bargaining rights, in addition to cutting pay and benefits. The legislation has been met with massive protests by organized labor across Wisconsin and throughout the country.

“The NAACP, along with our over 1200 branches and youth and college chapters, stands with the teachers, service workers, public employees and hundreds of thousands of Wisconsin residents in opposition to Governor Scott Walker’s short-sighted state budget,” stated NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous. “As this nation pulls itself out of the Great Recession, state budgets should not be balanced on the backs of Wisconsin hard working state and local employees who provide vital services to our communities. Governor Walker should do the job he was elected to do, which is to put people back to work – not on the unemployment line.”

“Our nation must enact smart policies to stimulate economic growth and create jobs,” continued Jealous. “We cannot cut our way out of the recession. Job creation increases our tax revenues and consumer dollars, which will grow our economy and ultimately reduce our deficit. The NAACP stands ready to fight in opposition to similar legislation in any state where the rights of workers are being eviscerated, and jobs are being severely cut, whether it is Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee or Indiana or any other state in our union.”

“This issue is actually a lot more than it appears,” stated NAACP Wisconsin State Conference President Tom White. “There are people with jobs and livelihoods at stake, and they are not going to take this change lightly. Wisconsin is one state and we should function as one. Wisconsin’s government cannot move forward on this without the support of Wisconsin’s residents. This legislation provides an opportunity for all workers, in all professions, to come together, gather their resources, and speak out. After all, it could easily be our own co-workers who come under fire next.”

The Board’s measure resolves that the NAACP “will fight to protect the rights of workers to engage in the process of collective bargaining, and NAACP oppose the continued elimination of public sector jobs which only adds to our nation’s unemployment misery.”

Additionally, the resolution says that the NAACP “will use agitation and mobilization wherever necessary to prevent these draconian proposals from becoming public policy in any jurisdiction.”
Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Witness Justice in Action - MO Western District Will Hear Cases and Take Questions at LU

Scruggs Ballroom
March 23, 2011
9:00 am - Noon

               For the second time in its history, the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District will convene court at Lincoln University. On Wednesday, March 23, 2011, oral arguments will take place in Scruggs Ballroom beginning at 9:00 a.m.

A three-judge panel consisting of Chief Judge Lisa White Hardwick, Western District Judge James Smart and Cole County Circuit Judge Patricia Joyce will listen to arguments in five cases.  The cases are appeals from previously held trials in area circuit courts.  The judges will hear attorneys argue whether the trials had errors, which should cause them to be retried, or the trial court's judgment reversed. The judges will read written arguments before the court session, and may interrupt the attorneys' arguments with questions.

The judges will take a break between cases to answer questions about the court system in Missouri, especially the appellate courts.

"It is important for the Court to convene oral arguments outside of Kansas City," Hardwick said. "This gives individuals an opportunity to observe a part of the judicial system they normally do not see.  We hope those attending will gain a better understanding of the Court's function."

           The last time the Western District held court at Lincoln was in April 1998. It convenes regularly at its courthouse in downtown Kansas City, but it also convenes frequently in other locations within the Western District. In the last 19 years, the court has held sessions in Chillicothe, Clinton, Columbia, Gallatin, Huntsville, Independence, Jefferson City, Keytesville, Kirksville, Lexington, Liberty, Linneus, Macon, Marshall, Maryville, Nevada, Platte City, Richmond, St. Joseph, Savannah, Trenton, Tuscumbia and Warrensburg.  The Western District consists of 45 counties in central and western Missouri.

                For additional information, please contact Dr. Amy Gossett at 681-5220 or by e-mail<>

Monday, March 7, 2011

Your civil rights are a changing, but for the worse.

In 1923 there was a lynching of an African American man accused of a crime in Columbia Missouri.  He was murdered by a mob.

There are efforts that have been going on for sometime to correct the record about the incident.

Can you imagine how long it will take to correct the revisions to the Missouri Human Rights Act that are currently being worked on by the Missouri Legislature?

Read SB 188 - it is the last thing that has to be voted on before the Missouri legislature will have ushered Jim Crow back into Missouri.  It would allow people to discriminate against people.  It is immoral, unjust and should not be tolerated.

Hats off to the media attention that this abomination of a law is now starting to receive.  After it passes through the Missouri Legislature, many will be asking how could this happen.  But it is those that are suffering from all sorts of discrimination that will ultimately pay the price - as they wait for someone to fix it by restoring justice and equality.  That is not a easy process nor quick.

Prepare to stand with all those that are prepared to defend the American Dream of equal justice under the law.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

United State Supreme Court calls into Question the validity of HB 205 and SB 188 as well as the Motives for Advancing Them

As Missouri is running headlong into legalizing discrimination by individuals by passing HB 205 and SB 188 - the Feds - nothing short of a unanimous United State Supreme Court rules that those individuals should not be discounted or excused for the discrimination that they  inflict.  Compare that to the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and its bills referenced above that is determined to exclude those exact people.  So who says it wants to emulate the feds, but apparently did not anticipate the extension of discrimination protection by the Court in this way.  

Further proof that the rest of the world is choosing democracy and the constitutional protections Americans hold dear, while the United States Supreme Court is extending the protections of our civil right by extending prohibitions against discrimination, but somehow Missouri has passed a bill in the House HB 205 and intends to pass SB188 out of the Senate that would actually legalize discrimination.  Lets get back on the democracy for the individual page and drop the corporate greed program. More to follow . . ..

Read the case for yourself.