Sunday, June 30, 2013

Freedom Fund Banquet

Freedom Fund Banquet

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Freedom Fund Banquet
This event is a celebration of the legacy which has brought the most oppressed to the most blessed throughout our countries history. Join us during the 104th year of our existence as we will have a special guest speaker and will also recognize successful people from the Longview Area. Our major fundraising effort of the year, we plan to give our supporters a night to remember.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

News from Garland TX NAACP

In less than 24 hours after the Supreme Court's egregious ruling on Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott started implementing a strict new voter ID law in our state.

And he's pushing through the patently discriminatory Texas redistricting plan, too.

It's time to be vocal. Let Attorney General Abbott know what you think of his plans to disenfranchise Texas voters by sending him one (or all) of these tweets:

@GregAbbott_TX Stop your blatant attempts to discriminate at the polls. #ThisIsMyVote and I won't give it up.

We should be making it easier to vote in Texas, not harder. @GregAbbott_TX #ThisIsMyVote

@GregAbbott_TX The voter ID law puts "strict, unforgiving burdens on the poor," as Bull Connor did 50 years ago. #ThisIsMyVote

A clear direction has been set by Attorney General Abbott's office:

A federal court originally struck down the Texas voter ID law because it would hurt turnout among minority voters and impose "strict, unforgiving burdens on the poor."

And the redistricting plan? According to a separate federal court, there was "more evidence of discriminatory intent [in the plan] than we have space, or need, to address."

We have a choice in Texas, Texas Youth & College. We either sit idly by while Attorney General Abbott destroys voting rights for communities of color and the poor, or we start fighting back against him right now.

Tweet @GregAbbott_TX and tell him to stop his assault on voting rights:

"In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends." 
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Election Identification Certificates

View original article here from the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Election Identification Certificates Available starating June 26th

AUSTIN – Pursuant to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling issued today, new voting requirements passed by the Texas Legislature in 2011 will take effect immediately. Photo identification will now be required when voting in elections in Texas.

On June 26, 2013, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) will begin issuing Election Identification Certificates (EIC) to individuals who do not already have an acceptable form of photo identification (ID) to present when voting. Applications for the EIC will be accepted at DPS driver license offices across Texas.

If an applicant already has any of the following documents, they are not eligible to receive an EIC:

  • Texas driver license – unexpired or expired less than 60 days
  • Texas personal identification card – unexpired or expired less than 60 days
  • U.S. passport book or card – unexpired or expired less than 60 days
  • Texas concealed handgun license – unexpired or expired less than 60 days
  • U.S. Military identification with photo – unexpired or expired less than 60 days
  • U.S. Citizenship Certificate or Certificate of Naturalization with photo
To qualify for an EIC, applicants must be:
  • A U.S. citizen;
  • A Texas resident;
  • Eligible to vote in Texas (show a valid voter registration card or submit a voter registration application when applyingfor the EIC); and
  • 17 years and 10 months or older.
Beginning June 26, individuals may apply for an EIC by visiting a Texas driver license office and completing an EIC application (DL-14C). Applicants must also bring documentation to the office to verify U.S. citizenship and identity.

The EIC receipt an individual receives will include their photo and can be used for voting until the permanent card is delivered by mail.

The EIC is free of charge to qualifying applicants and is valid for six years. There is no expiration date of an EIC for citizens 70 years of age or older.

The EIC can only be used for the purpose of voting in an election and may not be used as personal identification.

Residents with a documented disability may apply at their county voter registrarfor a permanent exemption from the photo ID requirement. If approved, they will not need a photo ID to vote. Also, if individuals are voting by mail, they do not have to submit a photo ID.

For more information on the requirements, exemptions and process for obtaining an EIC, please visit:

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Juneteenth Celebration

Juneteenth Celebrationposted Jun 30, 2012, 5:04 PM by Branden Johnson

Saturday June 16, 2012
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

The parade begins at Interstate 20 and travels north on Martin Luther King Blvd to El Paso St. at Broughton Recreation center. The booths will open after the parade and stay open until 7:00 p.m. We will be participating in the parade and having a booth during the day at the park.

7:00 PM - Midnight

Juneteenth Party

Held at the Ramada Inn on McCann
This party is organized by local business owners and invites all to come and enjoy the live band, refreshments, and more. We will be recoginzed as a local entity helping to bridge the gap. There is a small cover charge to enter the event.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Longview crowd honors civil rights leader Medgar Evers on 50th anniversary of assassination

By Richard Yeakley

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More than 100 people honored one of the civil rights movement’s heroes Wednesday near the steps of the Gregg County Courthouse.

The ceremony was held to remember the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Medgar Evers, a black civil rights activist who was at the forefront of the fight to desegregate Mississippi schools.

Evers was shot in the back June 12, 1963, outside his home in Jackson, Miss.

Wednesday’s ceremony was one of countless gatherings across the nation to commemorate Evers’ sacrifice and resolve in a continued fight for equality.

“I would just like to say, that although we have come a long way, we still have a long way to go,” said Ernie Smith, who along with his wife, Faye, said they remembered reading and hearing about Evers’ death.

Evers, an early leader in the civil rights movement, fought the University of Mississippi Law School to desegregate after his application to the school was rejected.

He was prominent in voting drives for Mississippi’s black residents.

Evers was shot to death in his driveway, and his death has been credited for helping spur the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Branden Johnson, president of the Longview Chapter of the NAACP, which sponsored the event, told the gathered crowd about the goals of the organization, to which Evers belonged, and how the NAACP continues to fight for what Evers died for.

“What we want to do at the NAACP .. we want to make it clear that any blood that has been shed, and any injustice has been done will not go away until we get the stain out,” Johnson said.

The ceremony included the reading of poems and historical writings about Evers as well as a selection of his quotes.

“ ‘Let men of good will and understanding change the old order, for this is a new day,’ ” read Victoria Wilson.

“ ‘Hate is a wasteful emotion; most of the people you hate don’t know you hate them, and the rest don’t care,’ ” read Sophia Brewer.

Mandel Stoker repeated Evers’ words from a national broadcast in 1963, saying “’ In the racial picture things will never be as they once were. History has reached a turning point, here and over the world.’ ”

Stoker said it is important people remember the sacrifice.

Johnson mirrored the message, calling every child in attendance, including about a dozen from a summer day camp, to come to the stage as he praised the hope for the future.

Vik Verma, a leader in the Longview chapter of the NAACP, encouraged all in attendance to join with the group in continuation of Evers’ work.

“People can and do make a difference. We achieve maximum success when we have an entire community involved. Our strength is in numbers, and it starts with you,” Verma said.

About Medgar Evers

Civil rights activist Medgar Everswas a civil rights activist assassinated in 1963 in Jackson, Miss.

A World War II veteran and a graduate of Alcorn College, In 1952, Ever began working in 1952 for the NAACP in Jackson, Miss. From his home in Jackson, Evers travelled Mississippi to encourage voter registration and working to enforce federally-mandated integration laws. On June 12, 1963, hours after President John F. Kennedy gave a televised speech condemning segregation, Evers was shot in the back and killed by a high-powered rifle after returning home. He crawled to the house and collapsed in front of his wife and three children; he died an hour later.

The rifle found at the scene belonged to Byron De La Beckwith, a member of the all-white Citizens' Council, a statewide group opposed to racial integratio. Beckwith was tried twice, but both trials ended with a hung jury, and he was released. Almost 30 years later, thanks to the persistence of Evers's widow, Myrlie Evers-Williams, the case was reopened, and Beckwith was tried and convicted in 1994 (the conviction was upheld by the state supreme court in 1997).