A Weekend Filled With Hope!

75, 000,000 plus people cheered on Saturday, November 7th when Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were announced as the President and Vice President Elect of the United States of America. For many, including me, this signaled a return to democracy, truth, honesty and working together to uphold the words in our country’s founding documents.

The message delivered by the Vice President and President elect on Saturday, gives us hope and restores our faith that the principles of equal opportunity and justice for all will return to be the norm for the nation. When the news outlets began reporting congratulatory remarks from prestigious former Presidents, such as, George W. Bush and other world leaders; this gives us hope that the United States will return to be the most revered country in the world.

Comments made by the incoming Commander in Chief, align with the mission and goals of the NAACP. Those goals are embedded in principles that promulgate justice and equality for all. Now we have a resurgence of hope in a country where every vote counts and all votes are counted; with an absence of malice void of voter suppression.

An equally important part of his acceptance speech was the statement that he will be the President for 71,000,000 plus folks who did not vote for him. President Elect Biden welcomed those with different viewpoints to join him in restoring a unified United States of America.

The concept of unity aligns with goals for the local branch of the NAACP by focusing on inclusiveness of all citizens interested in the good for all humankind. As President of the Maricopa County Branch, I will Continue to strive for collaborations and partnerships with intergenerational age groups, various faith-based organizations and multi-ethnic alliances.

Working together for better access to health care, advanced educational and economic opportunities for all citizens; we can build stronger cities, counties, and states to form a more perfect Union.

Karen Hardin, Ed.D. Branch President

“Civil Rights Hero- Congressman John Lewis- Gone Too Soon”

We mourn the loss of this iconic leader gone too soon! We must be resolved to continue the legacy of Congressman John Lewis who fought for justice and equality.  Each one of us must carry on his fight for democracy while we remember this stateman’s courage to fight for “The Beloved Community.”  We must honor Congressman Lewis with a resolve to mobilize voters and vote for humanitarian leaders to follow in his path.  Voting to re-claim democracy in the United States is way to pay tribute to his life’s work that was dedicated to civil rights activisms.    

Karen Hardin, Ed.D., Branch President 

4TH OF JULY

Life Every Voice and Sing Until Earth and Heaven Rings! Rings with Justice and Equality for All. This weekend we celebrate the anniversary of American Independence that was achieved in 1776. This weekend I encourage everyone to celebrate this great nation and reflect on how great it can be when we all work together.
Today, I present each one of us with a 4th of July 2020 call to action. That “call to action” is to register for mail in ballots for All elections, reach out to twenty-five (25) people in your circle of influence to ensure they are registered and ready to vote! Then ask them to reach out to 25 people to ensure they are registered and ready to vote! If we all “arrive with twenty-five (25)” on election day we can affect the positive change, we need immediately in this country. It is our individual right and responsibility to help this country live up to its promise of the rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for everyone.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, “That All People are Created Equal” … and this country needs national leaders who believe in the words of our founding fathers. As you celebrate, be safe and follow the advice of our brave medical professionals.
Peace and Blessings to You,
Karen Hardin, Branch President

Statement on the Death of Carlos Ingram Lopez

The Maricopa County Branch-NAACP supports Tucson Branch NAACP and Mayor Regina Romero
(Tucson, Arizona) in the quest for police reform and community reconciliation in the unfortunate death
of Carlos Ingram-Lopez. Mr. Ingram-Lopez died in April and his death and questionable restraint
methods used by police officers have only been recently shared in the media. The Branch regrets
another human life lost in the custody of police or as a result of over-policing. We believe an
independent FBI investigation will better serve the community in obtaining a quick and thorough
investigation.
During these intense and dangerous times, this is another tragic incident symbolizing a cry for leadership
on a national level that can influence police reform nation-wide. Police reforms that includes police
accountability and more de-escalating training are needed to enhance public safety. Additional
resources are also necessary to alleviate the need for police officers to respond to calls involving mental
health related crises.
Karen Hardin, Ed.D., Branch President
Princess Lucas-Wilson, MSW, CPM, 3rd Vice President, Criminal Justice Committee Chair