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Standing Committees

Springfield NAACP


Kathy Davis, Chair

The Committee on Armed Services and Veteran’s; Affairs shall:

(1) study conditions pertaining to veterans in the community;
(2) serve as a center of information on material issued affecting African American veterans;
(3) serve as a source of information to veterans and their families seeking information on government agencies serving veterans and;
(4) receive and act on all veteran’s complaints relative to discrimination on account of race, color or creed, or denial of benefits in local areas because of discrimination.


Robert “Bob” Moore, Chair

The NAACP Criminal Justice Committee aims to advocate for and advance a better public safety system that reduces the reliance on prisons as a means of solving social problems, advances effective law enforcement, and removes barriers to voting and employment for formerly incarcerated people. The Criminal Justice Department will accomplish its goal in ways that are responsive to individual needs and builds stronger families and communities. In efforts to advance Criminal Justice goals, the Criminal Justice Department has developed a “smart and safe” framework to implement an advocacy agenda to ensure public safety as a civil and human right for all communities and more specifically the many communities in crisis. Instead of calling for “tough on crime” rhetoric and lock’em up practices, Smart and Safe was developed to capture the true goals and aspirations of how public safety and criminal justice institutions should operate and perform in communities. Our communities will only become safer when trust is built between the criminal justice system and the communities they serve, when more help and services are provided as opposed to prison, when citizens coming home from prison can vote and work freely and when we expand and reinvest our prison budgets on education and other civic institutions that helps and serves communities.


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.


Sherri R. Hamilton, Chair

The NAACP National Education Program strives to ensure that all students have access to equal and high-quality public education by eliminating education-related racial and ethnic disparities in our public schools.  The function of the Education Committee is to: (1) seek to eliminate segregation and other discriminatory practices in public education; (2) study local educational conditions affecting minority groups; (3)investigate the public school system and school zoning; (4) familiarize itself with textbook material used in the school and seek to eliminate material there from which is racially derogatory; (5) seek to stimulate school attendance; (6) keep informed of school conditions and strive to correct abuses where found and; (7) aim to be a center of popular education on the race question and on the work of the association.


, Chair

When folks think about climate change, what often comes to mind are melting ice caps and suffering polar bears. In the past, and to some extent still now, when people think of environmentalism, they often think of saving whales or hugging trees! Historically, American society has failed to make the connection in terms of the direct impact of environmental injustices, including climate change, on our own lives, families, and communities, which depend on the physical environment and its bounty. Toxic facilities, like coal-fired power plants and incinerators, are emitting mercury, arsenic, lead, and other contaminants into the water, food, and lungs of communities. Many of these same facilities are also emitting carbon dioxide and methane – the #1 and #2 drivers of climate change. At the same time, not all are equally impacted. For example, race – even more than class – is the number one indicator for the placement of toxic facilities in this country. And communities of color and low-income communities are often the hardest hit by climate change.


Mary Hardy Hall, Chair

The committee shall: (1) consist of the president, treasurer, and at least one other member; (2) study the financial needs of the branch; (3) be responsible for drafting an adequate annual budget; (4) draft the annual branch budget with the executive committee and ask each standing committee to give an estimate of budgetary needs for the year.


Unita Boyd, Chair

The Housing Committee shall:

(1) study housing conditions in the local community;
(2) receive and seek to adjust 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.


James Bass, Chair

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Austin Randolph, Chair

The Legal Redress Committee shall:

(1) Investigate all cases reported to it
(2) Supervise all litigation in which the Branch is interested
(3) Keep the National Office and the Springfield Branch informed on the progress of every case and it shall not give general legal advice.


Carol Hale, Chair

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; and
(3) be responsible on a continuous basis for soliciting new members and for securing renewals


, Chair

In the past year, the NAACP has registered hundreds of thousands of Americans to vote and has equipped vulnerable communities with the resources to fight back against attacks on fundamental voting rights through our nationwide campaign, This is My Vote. Visit the This Is My Vote microsite for more information or to register to vote online: . Or call 1-866-MyVote1 to register by phone. The function of the Political Action Committee is to:

(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 secure equal enforcement of the law and
(5) Keep the National office and the conference informed of all proposed legislation which affects minority groups.
The Political Action Committee shall be non-partisan and shall not endorse candidates for public office.


Austin Randolph Jr., Chair

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 HE CRISIS items covering Branch activities and important local affairs
(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.


Kimberly Hamilton, Chair

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 a moral and ethical interpretation to the civil rights struggle;
(2) interpret the work of the Association to organize 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; and
(4) provide resource assistance for religious education and social action activities associated with the improvement of race relations.