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The Committee on Armed Services and Veteran's; Affairs shall: (1) study conditions pertaining to veterans in the community; (2) serve as a center of information on material issued affecting African American veterans; (3) serve as a source of information to veterans and their families seeking information on government agencies serving veterans and; (4) receive and act on all veteran's; complaints relative to discrimination on account of race, color or creed, or denial of benefits in local areas because of discrimination.

The function of the Communication, Press & Publicity Committee is to: (1) seek to promote media content consistent with fundamental NAACP goals which include the elimination of racial isolation and fear and the furtherance of multiracial and cultural understandings; (2) work to eliminate employment segregation and discrimination in those industries, comprising the communications arts and sciences (radio, telephone, television, motion pictures, newspapers, books, related computer communications, business, and cable television); (3) seek to insure minority ownership and control of print and electronic media; both hardware and software; (4) monitor local and national media, especially advertising performance; (5) provide the National office with research and data on those local business engaged in communications arts and sciences and; (6) seek to insure that all people have a meaningful right to choose from and have access to a variety of high quality telecommunications goods and services at reasonable costs.
Ms. Annette Hines
This committee enlists support of other community organizations on issues affecting the interests of African Americans and other communities of color. The committee is made up of individuals with and interest in promoting engagement at the local level and represents and is affiliated with a broad diversity of institutions and organizations. The committee brings a variety of experiences, background and perspectives.  
Mr. Charles Deberry, Chair

The Economic Development committee is to promote the growth of entrepreneurship among African Americans, and increase employment opportunities with private and public entities. The Economic Development Committee shall implement local efforts and support national programs to preserve and expand economic empowerment among African Americans and other communities of color.

Dr. Al Baldwin, Chair

The function of the Education Committee is to: (1) seek to eliminate segregation and other discriminatory practices in public education; (2) study local educational conditions affecting minority groups; (3) investigate the public school system and school zoning; (4) familiarize itself with textbook material used in the school and seek to eliminate material there from which is racially derogatory; (5) seek to stimulate school attendance; (6) keep informed of school conditions and strive to correct abuses where found and; (7) aim to be a center of popular education on the race question and on the work of the association.

Mr. Mark Harris, Chair

The Finance Committee shall: (1) consist of the president, treasurer, and at least one other member; (2) study the financial needs of the branch; (3) be responsible for drafting an adequate annual budget; (4) draft the annual branch budget with executive committee and ask each standing committee to give an estimate of budgetary needs for the year.

Dr. Vidya Puthenveetil, Co-Chair
Dr. Paul Morgan, Co-Chair

The Health Committee shall: (1) work to promote, protect and maintain the health of African Americans; (2) assess the health needs of the community; (3) advocate for equal access to health education, care, treatment and research for all Americans; (4) sponsor health-related activities such as health forums, fairs and workshops highlighting issues of importance to people of color; and (5) support health initiatives of the Association. The local Health Committee partners with the State Conference Health Committee to host the State Health Summit and develop a State Annual Health Action Plan. The Health Committee should interface with the superintendent and the local health agency, as well as the members of the legislative health committees.

Mr. Stacy L. Bullard, Chair

The Housing Committee shall: (1) study housing conditions in the local community; (2) receive and seek to adjust complaints of discrimination; (3) oppose all restrictive practices whether public or private and; (4) disseminate information and render such other assistance which may eliminate discrimination in housing.

Mr. David Boguille, Chair

The function of the Labor Industry Committee is to: (1) seek ways to improve the economic status of minority groups by working to eliminate discriminatory employment practices in industry and government, wage differentials based on race, unequal opportunities for training and promotion, unfair dismissals; (2) encourage greater participation in the trade union movement; (3) work the enactment of state and federal fair employment practices legislation and; (4) work to improve opportunities in vocational and apprenticeship training; (5) provide competent vocational guidance and training on an integrated basis for young African American, e.g., to make it possible for competent, highly trained African Americans to compete on an equal basis for managerial, scientific, skilled, professional and other desirable jobs and to encourage qualified African American youths to seek admission to local apprenticeship training programs and; (6) work for the attainment of equality of opportunity in on-the-job training in upgrading and promotions in pay scales and in seniority.

Atty. John L. Joanem Esq., Chair

The function of the Legal Redress Committee is to: (1) investigate all cases reported to it; (2) supervise all litigation in which the branch is interested and; (3) keep the National office and the conference informed on the progress of every case. The Legal Redress Committee shall not give legal advice.

Geraldean Hughes, Co-Chair
Teresa Winters, Co-Chair

The function of the Membership Committee is to: (1) work throughout the year to maintain and increase the membership of the Association; (2) be responsible for planning and organizing the annual membership campaign; and (3) be responsible on a continuous basis for soliciting new members and for securing renewals.


The function of the Political Action Committee is to: (1) seek to increase registration and voting; (2) work for the enactment of municipal, state and federal legislation designed to improve the educational, political and economic status of minority groups; (3) seek the repeal of racially discriminatory legislation; (4) work to secure equal enforcement of the law and; (5) keep the National office and the conference informed of all proposed legislation which affects minority groups. The Political Action Committee shall be non-partisan and shall not endorse candidates for public office.

Ms. Debrah Neal, Chair
The purpose of the NAACP Prison Project is to promote partnerships, legislation and initiatives that positively impact inmate recidivism, ex-felon re-enfranchisement and racial disparities within the criminal justice system; as well provide the incarcerated with a vehicle of empowerment through the formation of Prison Branches. The priorities for the Project are to assist in national, state and local efforts to re-enfranchise former felons who have served their sentence, reactivate former prison branches and activate new prison branches, assist in providing voter registration and voter education, address disparate treatment of inmates, identify and provide referrals for inmates and their families through collaborative partnerships.

Pastor John I. Caples, Chair

The Religious Affairs Committee shall include ministerial and lay religious leaders who are members of the branch. It shall: (1) promote an educational program designed to give a moral and ethical interpretation to the civil rights struggle; (2) interpret the work of the Association to organized religious groups of all faiths; (3) enlist the support of such organized religious groups for membership, fund raising and the struggle for equality and full civil rights; and (4) provide resource assistance for religious education and social action activities associated with the improvement of race relations.



Ms. Wendy Swopes, Chair

(WIN) is an official committee of the NAACP. The purposes of WIN is to enhance the leadership role of women; to serve as an advocacy vehicle for issues affecting women and children; to advocate for the positive development of children and to support the on-going work of the NAACP and its units, especially civil and cultural activities to enhance membership. Each Region has a coordinator designated as Regional Vice Coordinator. Each state shall designate a WIN State Chair. Each local NAACP branch may establish a WIN chapter. WIN's national theme is "Outstretched Hands and Open Hearts to Women and Children." 

Ms. Vicky Brown, Chair
Ms.  Beverly Phelps, Advisor

The Youth Council Advisor shall assist Youth Councils and College Chapters in achieving NAACP goals. The Committee on Youth Work shall consist of a Youth council Advisor(s), the Youth Council President(s), and five (5) persons appointed by the State President. The Youth council Advisor shall chair the committee.



Lake County Branch NAACP * P.O. Box 272 * North Chicago, IL * 60064
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