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2006 NAACP Civil Rights Training
People For the American Way and PFAW Foundation were actively engaged in the 54th Annual NAACP Southeast Region Civil Rights Advocacy Training Institute which took place in Charlotte, North Carolina, March 29 – April 2, 2006. This NAACP Southeast Regional Conference focused on “Closing the Gap” as they work to bridge various aspects of African American concerns with viable solutions through training for motivated and qualified individuals. PFAW & PFAW Foundation were sponsors for this training, providing workshop facilitators and panelists, covering topics that include Election Protection, Faith and Values Messaging, and Emerging Leaders. Board members and national staff from AAMIA, AA Outreach, and YEO were key presenters and panelists.
Three members of the Young Elected Officials Network participated in the NAACP Southeast Regional Conference in Charlotte on April 1, 2006. Khaatim S. El, Atlanta School Board Member; Andrew Gillum, Tallahassee City Commissioner; and Alisha Morgan, Georgia State Representative were one of the weekend’s highlights during the “Emerging Leaders” series focusing on the 25 to 45 age group within the association.
The session focused on taking “voter empowerment” to the next level. YEOs recounted their stories of how they became elected. Then they challenged participants to go beyond voter registration and to become more engaged in the political process, through lobbying as a citizen, running for office, and contributing to candidates of their choice. There was also a lively discussion on the responsibility young professionals have to give back to their respective communities and how to bring other young people into the organization. The three YEOs also gave tips on running for office, raising funds and lobbying as a citizen. Attendees gave glowing reviews of a session that left them inspired and ready to act.