Alaska Oregon Washington State-Area Conference

The Alaska Oregon Washington State Area Conference (AOWSAC) of the NAACP is dedicated to improving the political, educational, social and economic status of all persons, eliminating racial prejudice, and keeping the public aware of the adverse effects of discrimination at the state level.

We have 13 local unit Branches and multiple youth councils, high school councils and prison Branches throughout Alaska, Oregon and Washington committed to addressing issues of discrimination and inequality affecting members in our communities and at the state level.

With this site, our goal is to provide you with information on local Branch events, and links to current news stories featuring AOWSAC’s advocacy efforts.

With the recent Supreme Court decision regarding the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the need is greater than ever for the NAACP to continue our voting rights advocacy and registration program.

Education Chair Rita Green on the Seattle Channel's City Inside/Out: McCleary Mess

On the show:
Rita Green, Education Chair, NAACP
Leslie Harris, V.P., Seattle School Board
Eden Mack, Legislative Chair, Seattle Council PTSA
Kim Mead, President, WA Education Association
Erin Okuno, Exec. Dir., Southeast Seattle Education Coalition
Chris Reykdal, Superintendent, Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction
Summer Stinson, V.P., Washington's Paramount Duty

Upcoming Events!


Anchorage - Annual Freedom Fund Celebration, September 23rd featuring North Carolina NAACP President Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II.


Corvallis-Albany - Don't miss our Juneteenth Celebration -- Saturday, June 24, 1:00- 4:00 pm, Lions Shelter, Avery Park. Picnic-style BBQ with all food provided! Entertainment, music, dance, and fun activities for kids and adults! Learn more about the history of Juneteenth at this free community celebration hosted by the NAACP Corvallis/Albany Branch. More info to come. Please save the date! Facebook event page.


Spokane - Saturday June 24th 5pm-8pm: 13th Annual Spaghetti Feed and Silent Auction. Join us at East Central Community Center, 500 South Stone, Spokane. Cost is by donation (suggested is $10 for adults and $7 for children under 12. Dine in and Take out available! For more information call us at (509) 209-2425.

News Highlights:

June 19, 2017
Pregnant mother shot dead by police whom she called for help

NBC News
"What police are touting as improvement, we rebuke," said Gerald Hankerson, president of the NAACP of Seattle-King County. "If you ask the black community, things are just as bad today as they were before the consent decree so what is the point of even having one," he said. "How is it possible that a woman who called the police for help ended up dead?" he said.

June 1, 2017
South Seattle Emerald
Repealing Obamacare will disproportionately harm black people and people of color
OpEd by President Hankerson:
Blacks maintain the highest unemployment rate in King County. Trumpcare targets precisely these populations for the elimination health care. In our state and across the country people of color will be forced into medical debt, which is the biggest barrier for wealth in communities of color.

May 25, 2017
Alaska Dispatch News

Alaska's senators must do right by Alaskans on health care
OpEd by President McGee: It is unrealistic to expect Donald Trump to read or understand TrumpCare, and he apparently does not care if it results in the bankruptcy or premature death of Alaskans who would be affected by this bill. If Trump doesn't care, it is particularly important that Murkowski and Sullivan represent Alaskans at this critical moment.


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