Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons.
The vision of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure a society in which individuals have equal rights without discrimination based on race.
As we continue to deal with this global pandemic of COVID-19, we are grimly reminded that the coronavirus does not take a break and that, in some areas, it is still hazardous to be “black while minding your own business”. In the last few weeks, we were shocked and appalled to hear about jogger Ahmaud Arbery and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Breonna Taylor being needlessly gunned down in their own communities. In the case of Arbery, he was shot and killed while jogging in his community after being stalked by a former law enforcement officer and his shotgun wielding son, while Breonna Taylor was shot to death while in bed in her apartment in a drug bust gone horribly wrong.
We, of the Greater Huachuca Area Branch of the NAACP stand with our national association in the call for a complete and transparent investigation of both incidents and demand that those responsible be brought to justice. Is it not enough that we must fight the invisible enemy of COVID-19, with all of its socially debilitating and divisive consequences, while at the same time endure the injustices driven by apparent racial prejudice and misinformation? Will we ever stop jumping to conclusions and start loving and protecting each other, regardless of skin color, age, race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, or social status? Now is the time for us to come together with one voice and purpose: the eradication of this terrible virus. We can only do this by putting aside our petty differences and start watching out for each other.
While we pray that our national and global leadership will get serious and provide the guidance that they were elected to give, we must also do our part. Wash your hands, cover your face with a mask and cover your mouth with your sleeve when you sneeze or cough. Get tested! Stay home if you feel ill. Practice social distancing of at least six feet from each other when out in public (which should be kept to a minimum anyway). If we take these simple measures, we can speed up the day when we can join and fellowship with each other in our communities. Please watch out for each other, pray, and stay safe. We will see you all on the other side.
Information for You...Our Community
The City of Sierra Vista, Sierra Vista African American Community Coalition (SVAAC), Southwest Association of the Buffalo Soldier (SWABS), Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Greater Huachuca Area Branch NAACP, and participants throughout our community have joined together to celebrate this historic event. In light of our current situation, much of the celebration will be over virtual media. We will host multiple events during the month June. Commencing with the Juneteenth Flag Raising Ceremony on June 6th, a Poetry Slam on June 19th and culminating with our Juneteenth Ceremony on June 20th.
A few sights and sounds from the Juneteenth 2020 Virtual Celebration
Color is not a Weapon - Taylor Watson
History of Juneteenth - Marie McCaa
The Fight for Change - Tobias Temple
Get out the VOTE....Let’s Make Every Vote Count!!!
Now more than ever we need every to exercise the right to VOTE. There is a lot at stake at every level from our City Council to the Presidency of the United State of America. Let your voice be heard...VOTE like you LiFE depended on it. Go to our Get Out the VOTE page - learn more - take action.
Voter Registration Deadline:
Monday, Oct 5, 2020
Early Voting - First day for counties to mail ballots to voters (and first day of in-person early voting):
Oct 7, 2020 - Oct 30, 2020
Deadline to Request and Absentee Ballot:
Received by Friday, Oct 23, 2020 5:00PM MST
Deadline to Return Completed Absentee Ballot:
Tuesday, Nov 3, 2020 7:00PM MST
State and Local COVID-19 Sources to help us keep safe:
- City of Sierra Vista: sierravistaaz.gov
- Fort Huachuca Facebook page: @us.armyforthuachuca
- Cochise County Coronavirus Response Hub:
- State of Arizona: AZ.gov
Response rates show Sierra Vista is off to a strong start with the 2020 Census, exceeding both state and national rates, and it's vital that citizens continue the positive momentum.
Filling out your 2020 Census survey has never been easier, thanks to the option to complete it online. Just head to My2020Census.gov to get started. And it's not just easy, completing your Census survey is vitally important to your community, county, and state. It ensures we have the resources and representation we need.
Census 2020 Response Rates (As of June 20, 2020)
Our local Point of Contact (POC):
Shelby Goodman, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: (646) 714-1196
A Public Conversation About Race and Law Enforcement in Cochise County
The Greater Huachuca Area Branch of the NAACP hosted a virtual conversation with our community on Race and Law Enforcement on June 4th. The goal was to address the issues and discuss the situation before it lands in Cochise County. The forum was moderated by Tony Isom, NAACP Chapter President. The panel included representatives from the Cochise County Sheriff Office, Sierra Vista and Huachuca City Police Departments, the Judicial System, Fort Huachuca Military Police, the Cochise County Attorney, and the Sierra Vista Mayors Office. Up to 100 participants from the community attended the virtual forum and also presented questions to the panel.
NAACP Position and Recommendations to Maintain Strong Community Relations
Southwest Association of Buffalo Soldiers Inc. Periodic Newsletter
General Membership Meetings
NAACP General Membership Meetings
Greater Huachuca Area Branch NAACP Monthly General Membership meetings are held the
FIRST Saturday of each month,
at 1:00 p.m.
During these times of social distancing and other restrictions, our General Membership Meetings will be held virtually via ZOOM. Information to attend the branch virtual meetings will be distributed with each meeting notice.
Save the Dates – and stay tuned
2020 Virtual March on Washington
August 27-28, 2020 Sign up for alerts
111th NAACP National Convention Virtual
September 13 - 26, 2020
Election Candidate Forums
State and National Offices
Thursday, October 1st, 6pm to 8pm (via Zoom)
Thursday, October 8th, 6pm to 8pm (via Zoom)