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UPDATE: The Supreme Court decision may not have granted Trump full immunity from prosecution but did ensure he won’t face trial before Election Day.

On one of the darkest days in American history, former President Trump sent a violent mob to the capital to stop the peaceful transfer of power in an attempt to overturn a free and fair election.

Gallows were erected outside the halls of Congress and our representatives were chased from the chambers. Now the man that sent that mob could skirt facing criminal conviction.

This sets a worrying precedent for evading accountability while in office. This ruling puts our democracy in jeopardy.

The combination of the high court’s actions and Trump’s statements presents an existential crisis for the country. That is a danger, not only to the African-American community – it is a danger to this society as a whole.

The NAACP is calling on Congress to pass a constitutional amendment restoring presidential liability because there are no kings in America

Amherst County Branch of the NAACP 2024 Scholarship Award

The Amherst County Branch of the NAACP is proud to announce Mr. Johnathan Craig Goins, Jr. as the recipient of our annual scholarship. Jonathan graduated from Amherst County High School with an advanced diploma with a grade point average of 4.361. In addition, he was also awarded an Associate Degree in Arts and Sciences from Central Virginia Community College. His accomplishments include receiving the Governor School Medal, Golden A recipient, being a member of the National Honor Society and the Talented and Gifted Program, student representative to the Amherst County School Board, and membership in the Amherst Chapter of the NAACP.

Johnathan has volunteered as a Salvation Army bell ringer, and with the Daily Bread Food Kitchen, Operation Christmas Child and with Meals on Wheels. He was captain of his school’s football team for three years, and was awarded all region and district linebacker honors, the Lancer Football Dedication Award and was a Titan Commanding Officer Award finalist.

Johnathan will be attending Hampton University (HBCU) in the fall of 2024 and plans to major in psychology. He is the son of Craig and Kim Goins.

This scholarship is awarded in the amount of $2500 and is available to Amherst County High School seniors with a minimum grade point average of 2.5 and with plans to attend an accredited two- or four-year college, community college or trade school. The Amherst NAACP is extremely proud of Mr. Goins and all of the applicants who competed for this year’s scholarship.

News Update

Reuters: Exclusive: NAACP asks Biden to halt weapons to Israel as he seeks to shore up Black voter support
The NAACP urged President Joe Biden on Thursday to “indefinitely” halt all weapons deliveries to Israel and pressure the U.S. ally to end its war in the Gaza Strip, sending a reminder that his support for Israel could hurt him among Black voters in November’s election.

Newsone: NAACP Threatens To Reinstate American Airlines Travel Advisory After ‘Recent Discriminatory Actions’
The nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization is threatening to reinstate a travel advisory against American Airlines following “recent discriminatory actions” against Black passengers in what’s emerged as a pattern over the years.

Why you should vote in Local Elections? News and Advance Editorial

The decisions made by local elected officials impact our daily lives. So, it is vital that we head to the polls on November 7 and vote for those who prioritize what is best for a growing Amherst County and not a political agenda. VOTING MATTERS!!!!

Voting gives you the power to create positive change for our community and determine a better quality of life for us and our family. The more we vote, the more powerful our voices become, and the likelier the issues that are important to us will be heard.

Why VOTE? 1. Elections impact your everyday life and family. Voting gives us a stake in our community. 2. Every Vote Counts. Your decision to vote could sway an election from someone who doesn’t have your best interests at heart to someone who does. Don’t sit out this election.  3. Decide where your tax dollars go. Everyone pays taxes, so we should all have a say in where that money goes 4. Fight against racism and discrimination. Vote to ensure our communities feel safe in the places we live and work. 5. Protect our voting rightsMany states are enacting increasingly strict voting laws that suppress our right to vote early, vote-by-mail, and even register to vote. Your freedom to vote is a right that is being clawed back by these new restrictions and laws.

Voting is so much more than a presidential election. Leave no power on the table!!!  Local elections shape our communities and impact our lives.  Leaving no power on the table means using your vote in every race in every election because it matters. Your Vote is Your Voice.

Beverly Jones

Amherst County Branch of the NAACP 7045

Madison Heights, VA

The Amherst County NAACP branch recently asked the Board of Supervisors to address the monument, which it called an “anomaly” in a letter to the board, specifically wording on an accompanying plaque stating the Confederacy’s fight in the Civil War was a “noble cause.”  The plaque is “out of sync with our times” and an artifact to another era that should be removed to another location or change the wording. The noble cause wording on the plaque is “controversial, divisive and a liability.”

         Black Enterprise: NAACP Condemns Chicago Hate Crime of Killed Palestinian Child
The NAACP has released a formal statement condemning the hate crime that resulted in the murder of a Palestinian-American child Oct. 14 in Chicago. Wadea Al-Fayoume was 6 years old when his life was taken just over a week after his birthday, according to CNN.

Truthout: Study Finds 16% Increased Infant Mortality in States that Restrict Abortion
States with abortion restrictions suffer a 16 percent increase in infant mortality rate, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. “There is no denying the fact that this is a direct attack on all women, and Black women stand to be disproportionately impacted by the court’s egregious assault on basic human rights,” Janette McCarthy Wallace, general counsel for the NAACP said.

NBC 15 News: NAACP demands justice after Mobile police officer ‘body slams’ teen: A call for more de-escalation training
The Mobile chapter of the NAACP is demanding justice after a Mobile police officer was caught on camera “body slamming” a teen girl, calling for further de-escalation training. “The Branch is demanding a thorough investigation and justice in this case and all violent acts of this nature especially when they are perpetuated upon a youth by an adult who’s sworn to Protect and Serve.”

Manchester Ink Link: Manchester NAACP announces ‘Healing Circles’ initiative
The Manchester branch of the NAACP is now offering a program of monthly Healing Circles for adults and teens of color who have experienced racism. The circles will be led by trained counselors from Therapists of Color New England and funded by the Point32 Health Foundation.

New York Times: Black Voters Have New Power in Mississippi. Can They Elect a Democrat?
Mr. Taylor and the local NAACP have begun a new program to reach out to Black voters. Calling themselves the Front Porch Focus Group, the canvassers — run by Working America, a labor organization, in collaboration with the national and local NAACP — have knocked on nearly 5,000 doors. Voters’ top priorities are clear: economic opportunities, affordable housing, and health care.

Richmond Times-Dispatch: Virginia NAACP threatens suit for more records on rights restoration process
After receiving some information on how rights are restored to formerly incarcerated people, the Virginia conference of the NAACP has identified additional documents it alleges the Youngkin administration should have produced — and the organization is preparing to go to court for them.

The Columbus Dispatch: NAACP, Columbus City Council ask residents to take ‘We Got US’ pledge to end gun violence
The NAACP Columbus Branch and Columbus City Council are teaming up on a new anti-violence campaign called “We Got US,” which includes pushing legislators at the Republican-dominated Statehouse to pass stricter gun laws.

C-SPAN: Alexander v. South Carolina Conference of the NAACP Oral Argument
The Supreme Court heard oral argument in Alexander v. South Carolina State Conference of the NAACP, concerning congressional redistricting and racial gerrymandering. The South Carolina State Conference of the NAACP filed suit, alleging that the movements resulted in splitting up thousands of Black voters and diluting their voting power.

The Post and Courier: Pickens County district faces setback in fight to ban book from school shelves
The reversal by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals means that South Carolina’s federal court will reconsider a request to put the banned book, “Stamped: Racism, Antiracism and You,” back on school library shelves while the case awaits trial. The appeals court agreed with the ACLU of South Carolina and the local NAACP chapter that the lower court didn’t properly consider its legal arguments, according to court filings.

First Coast News: Camden County NAACP calls on Sheriff’s Office to release deputy-involved shooting bodycam footage
The Camden County NAACP is calling on the Sheriff’s Office to release body camera footage from Monday’s deadly deputy-involved shooting on Interstate 95. Leonard Cure, 53, served 16 years behind bars in Florida for a wrongful conviction, before he was exonerated and released in December 2020.

Springfields News-Sun: Civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump to headline Springfield NAACP event
The Springfield Chapter NAACP’s largest fundraiser of the year will feature a national civil rights figure, attorney Benjamin Crump, in a program that Denise Williams, chapter president, hopes “will bring some unity within the community.”

Amherst VA NAACP 2023 Scholarship Winner

Congratulations to the winner of the 2023 Amherst VA NAACP Scholarship, Mikayla Davis!

Mikayla Davis receiving the Amherst County Chapter of the NAACP Scholarship at our Juneteenth Celebration!!