This committee continues to be Visible, Valuable and Viable. Each election year, they organize and facilitate candidate forums. The NAACP is a non-partisan organization allowing for each platform to be represented. We adhere to and look to see our National agenda for positive change implemented through elected officials.
The Peekskill NAACP partners with the Regeneration farm to ensure we advocate for healthy eating. Peekskill is the dumping ground for all of Westchester through the Wheelabrator facility. We are actively communicating with this facility to ensure they have plans to dismantle the facility and/or enable the idea of composting through our county. In addition, we are monitoring the dismantling of Indian Point which may be a huge health risk to all.
The Peekskill NAACP has actively and effectively participated in the Peekskill Police Task Force. This task force was part of Executive Order 203 under the Cuomo Administration. Additionally, The branch submitted the first Peekskill CCRB that is currently being implemented.
The Health committee continues to bring awareness to our community through workshops and presentations. Maternal mortality rates, sickle cell, diabetes and other health risks to a high percentage of Black and brown people are major focal points being discussed and researched to end the inequity and injustice of these health disparities.
As strong advocates for our youth, the Peekskill NAACP has an MOU with the PCSD. This MOU allows us to partner with the school district on DEI matters. In addition, we continue to fight for equity in education and during the pandemic, we were major contributors and participatory facilitators in making sure our youth had access to tablets and wifi.
The Economic Empowerment committee continues to bring awareness to our community through workshops and presentations. We are looking to build Black owned businesses and not sustain poor conditions. We continue to monitor big business (absence and addition) and their effect on our community.
To keep this branch running, we have several officer seats that continue to work behind the scenes. In addition to administrative work, we have a Membership Committee and PR/Communications. to continue to keep us Visible, Valuable and Viable.