New York state Youth and College Division President Xavier Hutcherson, sitting, with NAACP Youth Board members (56533)

The NAACP, the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization, with chapters all across New York state, met at 52 Broadway in Manhattan for an all-day session to report on and plan civil rights actions for 2014. The meeting was chaired by New York state NAACP President Hazel N. Dukes.

Over 150 adult members and 75 youth and college members spent the morning and early afternoon reviewing 2013 programs and planning 2014 responses to the current all-out attack on civil rights in New York. The plan, known as the “Five Game Changers,” provides the road map that each unit of the NAACP will implement in their respective communities. They are: civic engagement, criminal justice, health, education and environment. The NAACP is a national organization that has over a half-million adult and youth members. 

Dukes made it clear that the humiliation created by “shop-and-frisk” and stop-and-frisk that African-Americans and Latinos are forced to endure every day across the state of New York is at the top of their list.

Special guests at the conference included Brooklyn Assemblyman Karim Camara, chair of the Blacks, Puerto Ricans, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus, and Rich Graziano of WPIX-TV.