The Austin chapter of the NAACP is trying to raise awareness about how publicly-funded hospitals spend tax money, and how it can negatively impact people of color and those who are low-income through their new campaign, "Health Equity First," which will launch at SXSW. Read more here.
"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," said NAACP General Counsel Janette McCarthy Wallace. Read the full press release from the NAACP here.
On June 25th, NAACP President Nelson Linder attended the Givens Recreation karate tournament. The picture below includes part of a team led by Grand Master Moses Williams. With these individuals, Linder discussed strategies to ensure that all events are safe. This team will provide security and safety at all NAACP Austin events moving forward.
The purpose of this event is to greet our friends and supporters. We will share updates on our work and focus on the following areas:
1) Employment Discrimination
2) Law Enforcement and challenges
3) Housing discrimination and Median
Wages racial gaps and the impact of inflation and recession.
4) The connection between Juneteenth and current racial disparities in Economics, Housing, Employment, Healthcare, Public Safety and Education.
5) Upcoming elections and voter registration and suppression.
6) The relationship between income and equity.
We'll see you there!
1050 E. 11th Street, #120
Austin, TX 78702
The commercialization of national holidays in the US from Christmas to Memorial Day has become normalized over the years, but activists want to prevent the same fate for Juneteenth by working to preserve its meaning. Austin NAACP President shares how to respectfully observe the day as it becomes more commercialized here.
On Saturday, June 18th, 2022 the Austin NAACP will present the 16th Annual Captain Louie White Celebration/Commemoration. The theme this year is "Freedom Requires Sacrifices and Commitment"
Captain Louie White was a quintessential servant in the Austin Community for over 30 years. His work with the Austin Police Department paved the way for community policing. His commitment to developing youths and adults in the African American community is unprecedented and unparalleled.
Juneteenth was selected as a commemoration to encourage the community to use the holiday to focus on character development and community empowerment.
The program will commence at 1:00pm at the Millennium Youth Entertainment Center located at 1156 Hargrave Street, Austin, Texas.
Sponsored by Frost Bank
Shuronda Robinson is a fourth-generation entrepreneur who currently serves as the President & CEO of Adisa Communications – a boutique PR firm based in Austin, TX. Robinson founded the firm in 1995 and has played an integral part in providing intuitive and creative public relations, training, and diverse communications solutions for clients ever since. Robinson demands clarity and expects success for each project taken on by the firm. She is an expert in turning around projects or programs that have failed or have never gotten off the ground; she prefers to create new experiences rather than maintain what has already been done.
Instead of “solving problems,” Robinson offers innovative solutions. She seeks creatively inspired ideas to solve challenging issues while leading with a heart for equity and fairness. Often called upon to work through difficult conversations, she is a master at facilitating and guiding others to greater clarity and productivity.
For nearly 30 years, she has helped policymakers improve decision-making processes and implement successful multi-million-dollar social services, transportation, planning, natural resources, infrastructure, and public affairs programs throughout Texas. Her private sector clients also rely on her level-headed approach to public relations and include Frost Bank, Lenovo, and Wal-Mart. She enjoys taking on the more interesting and complex projects – often saying, “Call me after you’ve made all of the easy decisions!”
Robinson also connects grass-root community leaders and grass-top policymakers to influence decision-making. In addition, she is an influential civic leader and has established herself as a leader in the Central Texas community through her work with the Austin PBS, Boys & Girls Clubs, Austin Foundation for Architecture, the City-Wide MLK Celebrations, Zach Scott Theatre, and numerous other community service projects and organizations. She is currently working with City, County and community leaders to address the transformation of the homelessness response system to create more equitable housing and programs.
In 2021, Robinson launched The Adisa Foundation. The Foundation’s mission is to support a beloved community of entrepreneurs and leaders by providing leadership development, training, and grants to businesses, nonprofits, and other organizations. The Adisa Foundation also helps bring together global thought leaders to create greater peace and beauty on the planet.
In addition to being an award-winning journalist, Robinson is also the proud recipient of the Austin Woman Magazine Woman of the Year Award (2020), Small Business of the Year Award from Greater Black Austin Chamber of Commerce (2015), Emerging Leader Award from the Black Austin Democrats (2014), Rosa Parks Diversity Award from Women in Transportation - Heart of Texas Chapter (2013), and Outstanding Volunteer Award from YMCA of Austin (2002).
Robinson lives in Austin, Texas and is the mother of three young men, two of whom proudly serve in the US Navy and US Army.
After being told she could not swim in Barton Springs Pool during her Austin High School senior picnic, Joan Means Khabele took matters into her own hands. Read more here.
The SXSW program committee is officially including NAACP President Nelson Linder as part of The Health Equity Collaborative (HEC)’s panel: “Health Equity: Ending Racism in the US Health Care” on March 12th from 10:00 - 11:00am. This panel will also feature Tammy Boyd of the Black Women's Health Imperative; Amy Hinojosa of MANA; A National Latina Organization; Justin Nelson of National LGBT Chamber of Commerce; and Jason Resendez of Us Against Alzheimer’s.
When Carter G. Woodson established Negro History week in 1926, he realized the importance of providing a theme to focus the attention of the public. The intention has never been to dictate or limit the exploration of the Black experience, but to bring to the public’s attention important developments that merit emphasis.
The theme for 2022 focuses on the importance of Black Health and Wellness. This theme acknowledges the legacy of not only Black scholars and medical practitioners in Western medicine, but also other ways of knowing (e.g., birthworkers, doulas, midwives, naturopaths, herbalists, etc.) throughout the African Diaspora. The 2022 theme considers activities, rituals and initiatives that Black communities have done to be well.
In order to foster good health and wellness Black people have embarked on self-determination, mutual aid, and social support initiatives to build hospitals, medical and nursing schools (i.e. Meharry Medical College, Howard University College of Medicine, Provident Hospital and Training School, Morehouse School of Medicine, etc.), and community clinics. Clinics were established by individuals, grassroots organizations and mutual aid societies, such as the African Union Society, National Association of Colored Women and Black Panther Party, to provide spaces for Black people to counter the economic and health disparities and discrimination that are found at mainstream institutions. These disparities and anti-Blackness led to communities developing phrases such as “When white folks catch a cold, Black folks get pneumonia.”
Black Health and Wellness not only includes one’s physical body, but also emotional and mental health. At this point in the 21st century, our understanding of Black health and wellness is broader and more nuanced than ever. Social media and podcasts, such as The Read hosted by Crissle and Kid Fury, have normalized talking about mental health and going to therapy, as well as initiatives such as Therapy for Black Girls. More of us understand the need to hold down, lift up, center, and fight fiercely for our beloved trans siblings and family. Black girls are doing breathwork, and there are whole yoga studios dedicated to people of color.
In the still overhanging shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic, Black people should and do use data and other information-sharing modalities to document, decry, and agitate against the interconnected, intersecting inequalities intentionally baked into systems and structures in the U.S. for no other reason than to curtail, circumscribe, and destroy Black wellbeing. Moreover, Black communities must look to the past to provide the light for our future, by embracing the rituals, traditions, and healing modalities of our ancestors. These ways of knowing require a decolonization of thought and practice.
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