NAACP 2010 Election Chronicles

Refocus. Reform. Restore.

By Patricia Obletz, Editor
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Of NOTE: This chronicle of a 2010 David and Goliath story shows how a group of civil rights activists from various fields of work sat around the small conference table at the Department of Natural Resources every Tuesday and Thursday evening since 4/2010, organizing our campaign to unseat the administration’s 10-year hold on the NAACP (National Association of Colored People) Milwaukee Branch. My invitation to join the campaign strategy committee came in July 2010.

One small band of individual Concerned Citizens for Reform beat the systematic corruption and complicity between Milwaukee NAACP President Jerry Ann Hamilton and the Regional and National NAACP executives.

Seven years later, and the world has a racist, misogynist predator in the White House, portrait of what could be the new world order of Putin led plutocrats for and by themselves, not country or God. Back in January 2011, all hell bust loose in Wisconsin. The resistance born in protest to the new GOP governor of Wisconsin’s attack on the teachers union now encompasses the country.

The enemies today are no different from those we fought and conquered with nonviolent intelligence in 2010, as revealed in these 2010 NAACP MKE election chronicles. The next two elections, 2018 and 2020, are crucial to overcoming the current overwhelming chaos of 2017, as of November 19, 2017.


NAACP Election Update: September 16, 2010

The rebirth of the Civil Rights Movement in 2010 could begin in Milwaukee with seasoned civil rights attorney James H. Hall, Jr. He is running for president of our local NAACP because the current administration has been “idle and dysfunctional” (Journal Sentinel editorial, August 25, 2010).

When James Hall was president of our NAACP more than a decade ago, attorneys were available on Saturdays to offer free legal services to help people win their discrimination cases. That’s just one major restoration that the James Hall slate of officers will implement if elected. Details are at www.concernedcitizensforreform.com

Racism is insanity that often is criminal.

Racism makes Wisconsin the worst state in the USA in educating African American children. And the worst state for incarcerating African Americans.

Racism can be defeated. New local NAACP leadership under James Hall will ensure that corrective treatment will be used to empower intelligent teaching. He will identify every Civil Rights failure to change discriminatory practices that so many elected and appointed officials of Wisconsin cater to. The growing ranks of his supporters include numerous attorneys who will review and monitor every procedure.

Ensure that your vote counts: In order to vote, become a member by October 1, 2010. Send your membership check or credit card payment for $30 made out to “NAACP UNIT 3254″ online at www.naacp.org, or at the next meeting this Saturday, September 18 at 11:30 AM, 2745 N. MLK Dr. #202. Don’t forget to register your name with the James Hall Reformers at www.concernedcitizensforreform.com in order to avoid having your vote confiscated by the old, “idle” regime.

Urgent:

Meetings are as follows at Milwaukee NAACP branch, 2745 N. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive #202.

Saturday, September 18, 2010, at 11:30 AM. Branch Membership meeting to elect the nominating committee.

Saturday, October 16, 2010, 11:30 AM Branch Membership meeting: Report from Nominating Committee and election of Election Supervisory Committee.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010, deadline to become a voting member in the November election.

November 20, 2010, 10 AM to 5 PM Election of new officers at Branch office.


NAACP Election Update: September 19, 2010

by Patricia Obletz, Editor
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Opposition Candidate Retracts Withdrawal

James Hall, Esq., may be the only candidate for the office of Milwaukee NAACP president. His radio and church appearances generated an overflowing crowd of members, new and renewed at the branch meeting.

By 3 pm, membership had overruled sitting president Jerry Ann Hamilton: NAACP bylaws clearly state that the motion to adjourn comes from membership.

Hamilton announced that we were being disrespectful and walked out of the room.

Her candidate for president, Wendell Harris, withdrew his candidacy and announced that he supported James.

Henry Hamilton III, the branch president’s son, took the podium and told us we had to leave. When we insisted that we would finish nominating and voting in candidates for the 2010 Nominating Committee, he left.

He soon returned with a cop, who threatened to call backup if we “didn’t leave the premises” immediately.
We filed outside and reconvened in the parking lot across the street. Accompanied by an officer of the Milwaukee NAACP Branch, we finished voting for seven out of 16 candidates to sit on the Nominating Committee. Officer candidates will be announced at the October 16 Branch meeting. Membership votes for a new president and his slate on Saturday, November 20, 2010.

Join the 2010 Rebirth of Civil Rights in Milwaukee. Join the local NAACP branch: Make your fee payment out to NAACP Unit 3254 to keep the money in Milwaukee. There’s no fee to join the Reformers at www.concernedcitizensforreform.com. Help us end profiteering by the current Milwaukee NAACP administrators.

Thank you.


NAACP Elections Update: September 27, 2010

by Patricia Obletz, Editor
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CYA: The Opposition Strikes Back

At the Saturday, September 25, 2010, NAACP Community Brainstorming breakfast meeting, Wendell Harris, current first vice president, reinstated his candidacy for president in Milwaukee’s NAACP November 20, 2010, election. He had stepped down at the September 18 membership meeting (see below) when members demanded to elect a viable nominating committee. Harris admitted that his reaction to that opposition is embarrassing. What’s even more embarrassing to this writer is his claim that he, with the rest of the current officers, have been effective in their NAACP advocacy role.

If that statement were true, then how in hell did Wisconsin fall into the pit of such foul incompetence as to rank lowest in the nation in educating African American Children?

Effective civil rights attorney James Hall, Jr., calmly reaffirmed his mission that if he elected, he will make the local branch transparent, effective and INCLUSIVE.

Now, there is some confusion about where the November 20, 2010, election will be held. Because, the latest news is that current Milwaukee NAACP president Jerry Ann Hamilton has peremptorily changed the election location — just last week, she had agreed to hold the election at the Metropolitan Baptist Church. As if she never had said that she expected 600 voters to show up, she decreed that she’s moved the election back to the branch at 2745 N. Dr. MLK Drive. You might remember that 150 members had filled to capacity the branch office at the fateful September 18, 2010, meeting. See September 19 Update below.

What’s changed?

What’s changed? Hamilton was reported to have said that she was angry about Georgia Pabst’s October 30, 2010, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel piece on Hamilton’s personally initiated, false complaint to national that requested the suspension of three Milwaukee NAACP members. Hamilton falsely accused these members of speaking with the press about Hamilton’s alleged mismanagement of branch funds and the lack of her accountability.

What we cannot forget is that National NAACP Chief Operating Officer Roger Vann stipulated in an October 25, 2010, letter that both the nominating and voting processes will occur between 10 AM and 1 PM, which streamlines a two-day process into a few hours. Which leads us back to the stolen elections throughout Hamilton’s ten-year presidency and her expectation that 600 members will TRY to vote on November 20, 2010. Also of note is that, to the best of our knowledge, membership has yet to receive an official notification of the election day, time and place.

And Remember: Concerned Citizens for Reform’s Rally is this Thursday, November 4, 2010, from 5:30 to 7:30 at the Department of Natural Resources, 2300 N. Dr. MLK Drive. Find out what we are up against and how we will overcome the criminal insanity that is racism.

Every one of us human beings is colored by the same force of creation

Every one of us human beings is colored by the same force of creation. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is an anti-discrimination advocacy agency. Let’s all use it this way and uplift the quality of life in Wisconsin in general, and Milwaukee in particular. To do less is to admit that apathy and inhumanity own the people of this heartbreaking state.


NAACP ELECTION UPDATE: October 5, 2010

by Patricia Obletz, Editor
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Milwaukee NAACP Nominating Committee Contests Election Takeover by National NAACP

Open Meeting Wednesday, October 6, 2010, 12 noon, 2740 N. MLK Dr.

The Milwaukee NAACP 2010 Nominating Committee will hold a press conference tomorrow, Wednesday, October 6, 2010, 12 noon, 2740 N. MLK Drive. There will be a brief statement by Committee Chair Lauri Wynn, former teacher and president of Wisconsin Education Council (WEAC). to discuss the growing division between current branch president and members.

Mary Glass, self-appointed spokesperson for the 2010 Milwaukee NAACP Nominating Committee, said that tomorrow’s public meeting in the now controversial parking lot across from the local NAACP branch headquarters will expose the “premature and dictatorial statements and charges being alleged…” Georgia Pabst’s October 5 Journal Sentinel piece, at (http://www.2010nominatingcommittee.blogspot.com/2010/10/not-so-fast-georgia-pabst-article.html, quotes current branch president Jerry Ann Hamilton, as saying: “Right now there are no candidates because the process was disrupted and not completed.”

Justice and the order of RIGHT

In her JSOnline comment to Pabst’s October 5, 2010, piece, “NAACP’s national leadership suspends local group’s elections,” Mary Glass wrote, “Just as the days of old wrongdoings of lynching and unjust behavior triggered committed Americans, African Americans and Caucasians, to come together for justice and the order of RIGHT on February 12, 1909, to form the NAACP, the efforts of the people in the Milwaukee parking lot produced the seven required members of the 2010 Nominating Committee” in the September 18 meeting that ended in the parking lot across from branch headquarters after Hamilton’s son Henry brought the police in to evacuate the building.

Glass also reported that the committee believes that the national NAACP office will not “‘usurp’ their bylaws and the membership rights of the Milwaukee branch no matter what is being falsely reported.”

Make history tomorrow. Come to Wednesday’s noon meeting at 2740 N. Martin Luther King Drive. For more information, go to http://2010nominatingcommittee.blogspot.com

Join the Milwaukee NAACP Unit 3254 and vote for reform November 20, 2010. Visit http://www.concernedcitizensforreform.com

National NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous either never receives protest letters from Milwaukee NAACP members about branch election and financial fraud, or he’s not responding to them because he is merely a figurehead. This apparent complicity by some officers, including national NAACP chief operating officer and chief of staff Roger C. Vann, has been reported many times over the years. Vann deemed the 2010 nominating committee null and void and in a letter said that candidates will be nominated from the floor when a national NAACP staff member gets here. For more examples, please visit:
http://www.jsonline.com/news/milwaukee/104319123.html and http://www.jsonline.com/news/milwaukee/42856827.html and more

During current Milwaukee NAACP president Jerry Ann Hamilton’s decade-long tenure, there have been several complaints citing her for violating NAACP Bylaws. In addition, although the following issues have been documented and attested to, under oath in court, by the president’s son and cohort, Henry Hamilton III. When these facts have been included in complaints mailed certified, return receipt requested to the national office, she has always been exonerated.

The facts are these:

— Hamilton used Branch resources to advertise and promote the 2008 president’s recognition luncheon, but proceeds were not reported to the executive committee;

— Hamilton operates a private business using NAACP office, resources and equipment;

— The Milwaukee branch has received numerous donations and grants that have not been reported to the executive committee.

Furthermore, when Hamilton took office ten years ago, she informed the branch that $250,000 was in the Milwaukee NAACP bank account. The April 2010 bank statement shows a deficit of $196.67.

And when card-carrying members, many holding lifetime gold membership cards, came to vote in the 2008 branch election, they were prevented from voting because they were not on Hamilton’s “branch membership list.”

To date, the Milwaukee NAACP 2010 election process is taking the same path. At the September 18, 2010, branch general membership meeting, Hamilton first held a closed executive committee session during which she violated the rights of the members by asserting her unprecedented, illegal endorsement of “her” candidate for president. She again took the unprecedented action of announcing and promoting this endorsement at the recent annual fund-raising dinner. She also had defied NAACP Bylaws by adjourning the membership meeting before completing the voting process for members of the 2010 nominating committee.

Fast-growing new Milwaukee NAACP members are determined to elect new, accountable leadership. In this time of great need, everyone must have a functioning civil rights advocacy agency. If you are not a member now, please join by October 19, 2010, in order to vote whenever the national NAACP decides to send an officer to “oversee” the election process,” as yet to be determined.

Editor’s Note: The Milwaukee NAACP isn’t alone in having election and financial fraud problems at home and with the national office. It’s been reported that the Denver, CO., branch will be holding their election at police headquarters.

Join the Milwaukee NAACP Unit 3254 and vote for reform November 20, 2010. Visit http://www.concernedcitizensforreform.com


NAACP ELECTION UPDATE: October 13, 2010

By Elmer Anderson, Concerned Citizen for Reform

A Milwaukee citizens group, frustrated by repeated attempts to return integrity to the local NAACP operations, says that the National office has been lax, not only in its oversight of the local Branch, but appears to be complicit in the malfeasance that has plagued the Branch for the past decade.

Complaints filed with the National office alleging corruption in the local Branch administration include:

— Using NAACP logo, funds and office resources to stage an “appreciation” luncheon for the local president; no ticket money was added to the Branch bank account;

0perating a private business at the NAACP office, using branch money and other resources

Many long-time members have cited numerous instances of malfeasance in the local branch under the current officers, including flagrant violations of the organization’s by-laws. 

The national NAACP officers with responsibility for Branch oversight ignore these complaints.

The branch’s current operations have been plagued by:

  • NAACP contributions received but not reported.
  • No required audits in 10 years.
  • Corporate contributions are received but not reported.
  • Citizens cannot obtain confirmation of paid memberships

Current NAACP operations have negatively impacted the branch and smeared its credibility.

While the NAACP has been rendered virtually ineffective due to the corruption and incompetence, Milwaukee has earned the distinction of having the fourth highest level of poverty of any US city. The local Black population leads in practically every negative social indicator, yet the local NAACP branch sits on its collective rears. This fact also is condoned by the national NAACP office based in Baltimore, Maryland.


NAACP Election Update: October 27, 2010

By Patricia Obletz, Editor, and Lauri Wynn, Former President, Wisconsin Education Association Council; Retired Teacher; Recently Suspended NAACP Member
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The Dominance of Greed

National NAACP leadership, Pres. Ben Jealous and Chair, Rosyln Brock, still haven’t directly responded to their mail from Milwaukee NAACP members. Instead, they, or their henchmen, allowed Jerry Ann Hamilton to kill the 2010 nominating committee and shut down Milwaukee’s NAACP branch election process.

But Mary Glass continues to uphold the legality of the Milwaukee NAACP 2010 Nominating Committee. Glass also is Researcher, Channel Developer and Designer for Milwaukee Professional Accountability. Glass launched her searing campaign against the corruption and racism within the Milwaukee and Racine NAACP branches, as well as in the national in Baltimore, MD, at http://www.2010nominatingcommittee.blogspot.com Please visit this website as often as possible: Mary posts opportunities to fight racism, as well as her letters to Pres. Ben Jealous and Chair Rosyln Brock that cite local and national NAACP violations that have debilitated the Milwaukee NAACP branch. One of her latest posts is aimed at the NAACP’s report on racism in the Tea Party Movement. An earlier post to Jealous and Brock protested the suspension of Dorothy Coleman, Al Lambert and Bettye Loving, long-time NAACP members who spear-headed the movement to remove Hamilton and restore the branch to fulfill its original mission to fight discrimination. These three people received membership backing for the numerous complaints, resolutions and petitions they have written that list instances of the incompetency and dishonesty of Jerry Ann Hamilton, president these last ten years.

No nominating date yet

National NAACP has yet to disclose the date that Rev. Gil Ford, Director of Unit Capacity Building will arrive to oversee the nomination of officers from the floor. However, he’s been Hamilton’s minion throughout her decade as president. That’s why members, including me, have written letters to Jealous and Brock requesting that national send an objective delegate to oversee Milwaukee’s NAACP election process, someone who hasn’t been here before.

You may still have time to join NAACP Unit 3254 to vote out corruption and install leading civil rights attorney, James H. Hall, Jr., as president. James Hall, Esq., embodies a positive attitude and is dedicated to help residents overcome discrimination with pro bono legal aid to help members fight discrimination and more. Hall and his campaigners, including members of his slate, refuse to attack Hamilton’s pick for the next president of our NAACP branch.

But I googled him and found:

http://wcca.wicourts.gov/caseDetails.do;jsessionid=60EA6965FC37BC86A4168B0BBA32572C.render6?countyNo=40&caseNo=2008SC022315&cacheId=CEEBD4F5EA0DFD499A6DCCA84E148D81&recordCount=9&offset=3 There I discovered that Wendell Harris, current 1st Vice-President, has, since1994, been taken to court for ducking financial obligations to WE Energies, the Department of Revenue, Bell Property Management, Milwaukee City, and more. Whatever the outcome of these lawsuits, their existence testifies to Harris’ lack of management ability. And Hamilton has been his leader for ten years. He knows where the millions of private and public funding goes for our branch of the NAACP. A lot of it goes to national, in Baltimore.

Like the George Bush 2 administration, greed dominates local, regional and national NAACP, and politics in general. Witnessing Hamilton’s corruption first-hand, reading copies of her letters, her son’s testimony, and meeting people who showed their regular or lifetime membership cards at the last election, yet were not allowed to vote, paint the truth of her tactics. Yet the national NAACP continues to exonerate her. Although I now know how she’s managed to steal elections, the mystery of the disappearance of millions of dollars from private and public funding sources may be solved once an outside accountant audits the Milwaukee NAACP books.

In these terrible times of enforced poverty, declining jobs and public education, how can we possibly not work for an America that supports all of its citizens through public education and fair-minded practices?

US President Barack Obama is the closest person we have to universality in the world. Why are people so impatient and unable to give him time to work his practice of the best for the majority? What hot tongue of greed drives you to ignore the fact that it takes time to bring about evolution?

Please Note: Concerned Citizens for Reform Host Brunch to Honor Local Lifetime NAACP Members on Wednesday, November 3, 2010, at St. Mathews Church, 2944 N. 9th St., Milwaukee, from 10 am to 12 noon. All are welcome.


NAACP Election Update October 30, 2010:

By Patricia Obletz, Editor, and Lauri Wynn, Former President, Wisconsin Education Association Council; Retired Teacher; Recently Suspended NAACP Member

NATIONAL NAACP SETS ELECTION DATE for NOV. 20, 2010 @ Metropolitan Baptist Church, 1345 W. Burleigh, Milwaukee.

Milwaukee NAACP Concerned Citizens for Reform were notified Thursday that National has decided to hold both the nominations for and the election of 8 officers and 24 at-large executive committee members on Saturday, November 20, 2010, from 10 AM to 2 PM.

Two-Day Process Streamlined to One Day

This normally two-day process is being crammed into a few hours. Please be prepared to come at 10 AM or earlier with all information that can assist in the verification of your Milwaukee branch membership, such as your canceled check, credit card statement, online membership receipt, and your NAACP card. In order to nominate your candidates, you must be a member of NAACP Unit 3254, our Milwaukee branch.

The nominating process begins at 10 AM. Please do not be late or you will miss the opportunity to support your candidate. Please be patient as the slate is nominated. Bring a book, magazines, portable games; get to know your fellow members. This is key: there is no way to know how long this two-fold process will actually take. As it is, National already has erased the two-minute opportunity in which, according to NAACP Bylaws, each candidate speaks about his and her qualifications.

Hundreds of NAACP members are expected to turn out for this crucial, pivotal vote. But National has stipulated that the nomination process will take only one hour, from 10 AM to 11 AM. At that time, the room is supposed to be cleared for one hour.

Casting your vote will commence at 12 noon. Please be prepared to stay until your ballot is cast.

Vote to Help Overcome the Criminal Insanity that is Racism:

Attorney James Hall, Jr. will announce his slate of Reform candidates at a rally this Thursday, November 4, 2010, at the DNR Building, 2300 N. Dr. MLK Drive, 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM. Candidate Hall will outline his plan for reform and what we are up against in terms of the Milwaukee NAACP Branch election, and for Milwaukee-area residents.

Candidate Hall believes that members should drive the organization.

You can help us raise up Milwaukee from its fourth place position among US cities in poverty that have 250,000 or more people. You can help the State of Wisconsin rise above our bottom rung position as the worst state in the nation for educating black children.

Key Dates to Remember:

—Vote on November 2, 2010, for your National, State and Local Candidates to save us from the whole-hog Republican form of capitalism.

—Concerned Citizens for Reform Honors Lifetime NAACP Members and their Guests at a Free Brunch on Thursday, November 4, 2010, from 10 to 12 noon @ St. Mathews Church, 2944 N. 9th St., Milwaukee. To reserve your place at the table, please call 414–292–7079

—November 4, 2010 Concerned Citizens for Reform Hold Rally at DNR Building, 2300 N. Dr. MLK Drive from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

—Vote on November 20, 2010, for the candidate you KNOW you can trust: Civil Rights Attorney James H. Hall, Jr.


NAACP Election Update: November 3, 2010

By Patricia Obletz, Editor, and Lauri Wynn, Former President, Wisconsin Education Association Council; Retired Teacher; Recently Suspended NAACP Member
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You Be the Judge

Now, there is some confusion about where the November 20, 2010, election will be held. Because, the latest news is that current Milwaukee NAACP president Jerry Ann Hamilton has peremptorily changed the election location — just last week, she had agreed to hold the election at the Metropolitan Baptist Church. As if she never had said that she expected 600 voters to show up, she decreed that she’s moved the election back to the branch at 2745 N. Dr. MLK Drive. You might remember that 150 members had filled to capacity the branch office at the fateful September 18, 2010, meeting. See September 19 Update below.

What’s changed?

What’s changed? Hamilton was reported to have said that she was angry about Georgia Pabst’s October 30, 2010, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel piece on Hamilton’s personally initiated, false complaint to national that requested the suspension of three Milwaukee NAACP members. Hamilton falsely accused these members of speaking with the press about Hamilton’s alleged mismanagement of branch funds and the lack of her accountability.

Also unforgettable is that National NAACP Chief Operating Officer Roger Vann stipulated in a letter that both the nominating and voting processes will occur between 10 AM and 1 PM, which streamlines a two-day process into a few hours. Which leads us back to the stolen elections throughout Hamilton’s ten-year presidency and her expectation that 600 members will TRY to vote on November 20, 2010. Again notable is that, to the best of our knowledge, membership has yet to receive an official notification of the election day, time and place.

And Remember: Concerned Citizens for Reform’s Rally is this Thursday, November 4, 2010, from 5:30 to 7:30 at the Department of Natural Resources, 2300 N. Dr. MLK Drive. Find out what we are up against and how we will overcome the insanity that is racism.


NAACP Election Update, November 12, 2010: Latest Maneuver by National & Milwaukee NAACP Officers

By Patricia Obletz, Editor, and Lauri Wynn, Former President, Wisconsin Education Association Council; Retired Teacher; Recently Suspended NAACP Member
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The election now will once again be at the Metropolitan Baptist Church. 1364 W. Burleigh St., Milwaukee, from 10 AM to 1 PM. Please try to get there by 9:30 AM, so your membership can be verified, you can nominate your candidates, and vote for them. Voting will take place sometime between 11 AM and 1 PM.

Racism rages across the USA stronger and more open than ever. Poverty breeds in some the need to scapegoat. USA President Barack Hussein Obama is the target of the opposition. Nothing new in that, as we know.

But hypersegregation is at work within the NAACP.

Did you ever think about how hypersegregation applies to you? “Hypersegregation’s most dangerous outcome is that it not only creates intense Black segregation, but it isolates people from amenities, resources and opportunities. Left unchecked, it even produces incongruent cultures — one subject to poverty, crime, an inability to organize or plan; the other, affected by the absence of logical thought, is fearful of consequences and avoids conflict. Both become on-going tools that perpetuate the status quo – police harassment, scattered group incrimination, and a total acceptance of the overall lack of any sense of well being.”

The cabal of several NAACP Branch and national leaders is at work again.

National NAACP President/CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous already has sent suspension letters to elected members of the 2010 Nominating Committee who spoke to the press.

A clear view has been signaled that National has attempted division in the ranks when it reversed its decision to suspend only two of the three initial member suspensions initiated by the embattled Milwaukee Branch president earlier this year. These suspensions were a precise retaliation against those who sent complaints about the current branch president’s mismanagement of the branch and her refusal to execute an audit after coming out of receivership ten years ago. Why?

The time to make change is now. The election rules have changed. Please come to be informed of the changes at the Concerned Citizens for Reform Rally next Thursday, November 18, 2010, at the DNR Building, 2300 N. Dr. MLK Drive, 5:30 PM till 7:30 PM. See you there!


NAACP Election Update November 17, 2010: Local Branch Exonerated on ONLY “One Narrow Point”

by Nathaniel Holton, J.D., MPA, Contributing Writer
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Vel Phillips and I just got off the phone with District Attorney John Chisholm, who was very gracious in speaking to us at length on the NAACP investigation issue published in the Community Journal and the Milwaukee Times.

The District Attorney’s office investigated two narrow matters that were brought to their attention. One matter, involving harassment, was brought to their attention by Henry Hamilton, and I believe this situation mirrors the recently dropped case involving Henry. A second matter was brought by an NAACP member who had some narrow concern with the branch. Chisholm was not at liberty to discuss what was specifically investigated nor who filed the complaint. However, he made it clear that the issue investigated was very narrow and that it is in no way accurate that the District Attorney’s office has “cleared the branch of any criminal wrongdoing,” as was reported in the Community Journal. According to Chisholm, the District Attorney’s office does no “fishing expedition”-type investigations and did not in any way conduct an extensive audit of the branch.

The District Attorney’s office sent a letter to the branch indicating that they did not find enough evidence on the narrow issue that they were requested to investigate to continue an investigation. District Attorney Chisholm let us know that we would be able to access this letter if we filed an open records request. I will be writing and sending in that request immediately. Hopefully, this letter should help clarify the Community Journal article.


NAACP Election Update: November 18, 2010

By Patricia Obletz, Editor, and Lauri Wynn, Former President, Wisconsin Education Association Council; Recently Suspended NAACP Member
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Word has it that more suspensions will hit members prior to the NAACP election this Saturday, November 20, 2010. No one but people in love or protecting their money would fight like the local and national NAACP are fighting, unless criminal intent was involved.

Long time Civil Rights hero Vel Phillips recently said, “Additional suspensions would be an attempt to hold us (Citizens for Reform) back. The Milwaukee community needs to know about these local and national NAACP behaviors.”

As Nathaniel Holton wrote in his NAACP Election Update November 17, 2010, “(I)t is in no way accurate that the District Attorney’s office has “cleared the branch of any criminal wrongdoing,” as was reported in the Community Journal (and the Milwaukee Times).”

As we stated in previous posts, we have documents showing financial mismanagement, violations of members’ rights and bylaws, and more.

The November 18, 2010, Shepherd Express article, “NAACP Elections To Be Held On Saturday” by Lisa Kaiser, quoted Milwaukee NAACP 1st Vice President Wendell J. Harris, who is running for president in this Saturday’s election: “Harris said that he would institute best management practices, as well as hire an executive director to provide professional management.” According to NAACP Bylaws, the only paid personnel is the branch secretary. Rumor has it that this executive position would be given to Jerry Ann Hamilton and that she would not take the job for less than $100,000 annually.

Last Rally for James H. Hall, Esq., NAACP Presidential Candidate

Meet James H. Hall, Esq., and his candidates who are running to support him. It’s Thursday, November 18, 2010, at DNR, 2300 North Dr. MLK Drive from 5:30 to 7:30. It’s our final 2010 rally and election update. Refreshments will be served. And remember, voting will take place between 11:30 AM and 1 PM. See you there!


NAACP Election Update: November 19, 2010

GET TO THE CHURCH ON TIME and VOTE for REFORM!

By Patricia Obletz, Editor, and Lauri Wynn, Former President, Wisconsin Education Association Council; Recently Suspended NAACP Member
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It’s the night before the Milwaukee NAACP Branch election. We, the Reformers, urge members to bring the receipt if cards haven’t arrived yet; a copy of NAACP cashed check, or credit card statement bearing NAACP membership charge for $30.

If you signed on with the Reformers, we’ll have a copy of your receipt waiting for you at the door’ of the Metropolitan Baptist Church at 16th and Burleigh from 10 until 1. This will be a meeting and an election, so we need you to be there the entire time, if possible.

Voting will be from 11:30 to 1.

Please bring your membership card or receipt. If you cannot locate your receipt, we’ll have copies with us tomorrow.

Reformers will win in a landslide — unless the election is fixed.

Unless National and Milwaukee NAACP literally pre-load the ballot boxes and throw our ballots out, which they’ve done FIVE times before, Concerned Citizens for Reform will win in a landslide.

Tomorrow, VOTE for REFORM. VOTE for CIVIL RIGHTS ATTORNEY JAMES H. HALL, JR. and HIS REFORMERS:

Officers:

President Atty. James Hall

1st Vice Atty. Barbara Becker

2nd Vice John Riley

3rd Vice Hon. Vel Phillips

Secretary Jessie Spraggans

Asst. Secretary Clarence Nicholas

Treasurer Don Cohen

Asst. Treasurer Ella Dunbar

Executive Committee

Sam Johnson

Millie Colby

Annette Harpole

Alphonso Lambert

Atty. Marcel Reneau

Ben Watson

Mary Walker

Eric Johnson

Atty. R.L. McNeely, PhD

Atty. Milton Emerson

Larry Reed

Larry Robinson

Loren Willis

Jerry Turner

Gloria Pitchford-Nicholas

Atty. Milton Childs

Thomas Malone Lititia Minor

Tellers

Chuck Taylor

Gloria Gilmer

Sid Loveless

Tony Fikes

Deidra Edwards

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