Montclair NAACP

Your Power, Your Decision, Vote!

August 2012


The Montclair NAACP is taking our Get Out to Vote drive seriously! Our Political Action committee, chaired by 1st Vice President Roz Samuels (fun fact: she was a "super delegate" in 2008), has started weekly voter registration drives and they will last until October 16th. Why October 16th? That is the last day to register to vote for the November General Election.

At our August General Membership Meeting, we had a guest speaker, Jackie Cornell-Bechelli, NJ Director of the Obama for America campaign. She spoke about organized strategies across the country to suppress the vote. The NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund and National Office are working diligently to prevent voter disenfranchisement, and in states where voter ID laws exist, that everyone has the necessary identification to vote.

As you all know, this November we will elect a president. The names Barack Obama and Mitt Romney... AND Merlin Miller, Virgil Goode, Jill Stein, Gary Johnson, Ross Anderson, Jeff Boss, Peta Lindsay, and James Harris will all appear on the ballot for President of the United States of America. There are a lot of people on the ballot this November, and for Montclair, we have Senate and Congressional elections as well.

Learn about who the candidates are, what your rights are, and be prepared to vote on November 6th.

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Presidential, Senate and Congressional Elections are November 6th

Rev. Dr. William Barber, II (abridged July 11 "If we ever needed to vote..." speech)

Financial Well Being

We have gained serious traction with our Financial Freedom Campaign. At our last workshop, we teamed up with the Montclair Neighborhood Development Corporation, NJ Financial Planning Association, and an author and entrepreneur, Chike Uzoka. We had about 75 students learn about entrepreneurship and how to follow their dreams. We've all had ideas and never knew what to do with it. Chike inspired those students (and the faculty) about how to chase your dreams, and monetize it.

The Montclair NAACP has received a second round of grant funding to host financial literacy programs. We've put together a schedule for the upcoming workshop series and are extending our outreach to families. We will give you the tools, so that you can have the discussion around the dinner table. The Financial Well Being program will focus on various areas including savings, banking, credit building, credit repairing, mortgages, foreclosure, investing, retirement planning, taxes and more.

The family Financial Well Being campaign will include trips to William Patterson's trading floor, career advice from the VP of Bloomfield College, and more. We will include healthy food at all our workshops.

NAACP Train the Trainer Testimonial

New Website Launch

We've launched a new website! It is visually more appealing and as we start recording more of our workshops, we will be uploading them onto the new website. Check it out and our Communications, Press and Publicity committee are always taking suggestions. Share your thoughts and suggestions with us at

Save the Date!

The 96th Annual Thurgood Marshall Freedom Fund Dinner and Awards Ceremony

Sunday, Oct. 28th 2012 at 2-7pm

420 Bloomfield Ave

Verona, NJ

The annual fundraising dinner for the NAACP, named after Supreme Court Justice and litigator for the NAACP, the Honorable Thurgood Marshall, is an awards ceremony where the Montclair Branch pays tribute to those who have dedicated their time and energy in education, government, business, community service and more to the ideals, vision and mission of the NAACP.

The dinner will be held at the Richfield Regency, on October 28th. Tickets are available at: Ticket cost is $100, with discounts to Seniors, Students and Life Members.

The NAACP Freedom Fund began in 1953 (on a national level) as a ten-year program to intensify efforts to complete the job of emancipation. Near the culmination of this effort, Medgar W. Evers, a heroic NAACP Mississippi Field Secretary, was killed by an assassin’s bullet. This prompted the NAACP Chairman Bishop Stephen Spottswood to pay tribute to this gallant warrior at the NAACP Convention in Chicago, Illinois in July 1963. He did so by proclaiming that the NAACP Fighting Fund for Freedom will continue until the job of emancipating our people is complete.

The theme for this year: "Your Power, Your Decision - Vote!" is a reminder that, as the Rev. William Barber put it, "If we ever needed to vote, we sure do need to vote now."

Montclair NAACP

President, Thomas L Reynolds

1st Vice President, Christine Roz Samuels

2nd Vice President, Keith Ali

Secretary, Beverly Bussey

Asst. Secretary, Jennifer Escobar

Treasurer, Marcia P Brewington

Asst. Treasurer, Rosita Dotson