Position Papers and Public Statements

Executive Committee Votes to Remove School Resource Officers - July 24, 2020

Arlington, Virginia – On Thursday, July 23, 2020, the Executive Committee of the Arlington Branch NAACP voted in favor of removing School Resource Officers (SROs) from Arlington Public Schools (APS). Branch President Spain stated,

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Letter to Mr. Earl Conklin, Arlington Juvenile Detention Center

The events of the past few weeks have shone a light on the injustices of our criminal justice system -- injustices centuries old, but that will never again be hidden from view. It is in this context that we must take a hard look at the Northern Virginia Juvenile Detention Center, which serves Arlington, Alexandria, and Falls Church, and ask who is being sent there and why.

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Letter To Arlington County, Body Worn Camera and Civilian Review Board

On behalf of the members of Arlington Branch NAACP#7047 and over 9,600 petitioners, we urge you to listen to the members of the local community who have requested and continue to request that the Arlington County Police Department (ACPD) implements, as soon as possible, five research- backed life-saving measures listed below.

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Letter To Editor

SYMBOLS MATTER
Arlington County’s most prominent symbol is its logo and seal. A symbol that is everywhere ... on government correspondence, uniforms, buildings, vehicles, websites. A symbol of a slave labor camp. A symbol of the southern plantation economy designed to ensure White privilege and Black subjugation.

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Fair Housing Letter

In the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. this year marks the 52nd year the Fair Housing Act, which Congress passed one week after the assassination of Dr. King in 1968. Dr. King dedicated the last years of his life to fighting housing discrimination and government policies that created segregation and trapped blacks in high-poverty neighborhoods.

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Letter To The Sherriff & Arlington Police, Death of Inmate

Arlington Branch #7047 of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) calls for a full AND independent investigation (to include policy, procedural, and criminal violations) into the death of Mr. Darryl Becton, 46, who died while in your custody on October 1, 2020, after he was found unconscious in his cell at the Arlington County Detention Facility.

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Letter To Arlington Public Schools, Budget

Due to the significant adverse impact of Coronavirus COVID-19 (COVID-19) and virtual learning which we believe exacerbate pre-existing opportunity gaps, we urge Arlington Public Schools (APS) not to eliminate or delay funding for any of the instructional priorities outlined in this letter, or delay compliance with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Settlement Agreement regarding English Learners (ELs).

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NAACP and Black Parents of Arlington Letter of  October 31, 2019

The need to eliminate the achievement or opportunity gap for Black and Latino children in Arlington Public Schools (APS) is a common APS staff and School Board refrain. Recent data indicates persistent and, in some areas, growing disparities between these children and their White counterparts. These ongoing disparities are one of the most pressing issues facing APS.

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Arlington Branch NAACP Condemns Acts of Hate Speech, March 19, 2021

Arlington, Virginia - The revelations of racially charged, abusive, disparaging, and threatening hate speech by student-athletes of Marshall High School, Falls Church, Virginia (Fairfax County) towards black student-athletes of Wakefield High School, Arlington, Virginia (Arlington County) is atrocious. 

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Arlington Branch NAACP and Fairfax County Branch NAACP Joint Public Statement Surrounding Racist Actions at Fairfax County and Arlington Public Schools, March 19, 2021

The Fairfax and Arlington branches of the NAACP join to express both horror and sadness regarding the bigoted acts on display at a high school football game between Fairfax County and Arlington County schools.

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Arlington Branch NAACP Response to Proposed APS (FY22) Budget, March 21, 2021

Dear Dr. Durán and Arlington Public School Board (APS) Members:

We have had a chance to review portions of the proposed Tier 1 and Tier 2 adjustments for the fiscal year 2022 budget (FY22). We are concerned that equity appears not to have been considered in creating the current Arlington Public Schools (APS) budget. 

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Arlington County Police Chief Selection Process, April 5, 2021

Dear County Manager Mark Schwartz: The Arlington Branch #7047 of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is a nonprofit social justice organization comprised of 800 members as of April 5, 2021. Along with many of our allies and citizens of Arlington, we know that the Arlington County Police Department conducted a national search for the next Chief of Police. 

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Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) Scoring Guidance,  April 7, 2021

The NAACP is committed to ensuring that low-income Arlington residents have access to safe, decent, and affordable housing. The county’s Committed Affordable Units (CAFs) represent a critical partnership between non-governmental organizations and the county to ensure that low-income residents continue to live in and enrich our community.

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Presentation to Arlington Committee of 100

Briefing by Branch President April 14, 2021 Arlington Committee of 100 

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Arlington County Board Meeting – Saturday, April 17, 2021, 8:30 a.m. Public Comments by Julius “J.D.” Spain, Sr., President of the Arlington Branch of the NAACP 

To be clear, the community will benefit from a Chief of Police who will lead us forward. We do not need status-quo law enforcement cronyism or anyone who stagnates with practices that we know historically harm our communities, especially our Black and Latino community. Finding a quality Chief of Police and improving the community's confidence in law enforcement lies entirely the County Board and an open and transparent recruitment process. This has not occurred.

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Regional Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (AI), April 29, 2021

The Alexandria City, Arlington County, Fairfax County, Loudoun County, and Prince William County National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) branches are committed to advancing fair housing in Northern Virginia by integrating segregated neighborhoods and eliminating opportunity gaps between residents of color and white residents. We support the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments’ (COG) efforts to conduct a regional Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (AI) inclusive of Northern Virginia, the District of Columbia, and Montgomery County, Maryland. 

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Controversial Imagery?? New Signage at the Market Common (now The Crossing Clarendon), April 29, 2021

Arlington Branch NAACP asked our members and allies to provide input on new signage in Clarendon. Read more to view the responses.

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Letter to County Manager and County Board - Serrano Apartments, April 30, 2021

On April 23, 2021, the Arlington Branch NAACP President and Housing Committee Co-Chair participated in a walk-through of the Serrano Apartment buildings and six apartments organized by Serrano Tenant Association leadership.

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