Ala. NAACP issues gaming proclamation


WHEREAS, The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was founded in 1909 on the principles embodied in the CONSTITUTION of the United States of America; and 

          WHEREAS, Members of the NAACP, in keeping with the charge of the founders, stand against all forms of injustice; and 

WHEREAS, The mission of the NAACP is to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination; and 

WHEREAS, Economic equality and stability are major concerns of the NAACP, especially during this challenging period in our country; and

           WHEREAS, The gaming industry and its status have become a major legal, political and economical issue in the State of Alabama; and 

WHEREAS, Gaming sites are being exposed to raids or attempted raids, following the recent Alabama Supreme Court ruling, and under the direction of the Governor, with visits made by the Gaming Task Force; and

          WHEREAS, Employees at these sites are being negatively affected, with possible unemployment/termination in the immediate future, thereby threatening the financial and economical stability of their families in these devastating financial times. 

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the representatives of the Alabama State Conference of NAACP, attending the scheduled Quarterly Conference Meeting, hereby authorize the Executive Officers to arrange a meeting with the Governor, the Honorable Bob Riley, within the next thirty (30) days, and NO LATER THAN March 1, 2010, with a follow-up report. 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the primary purpose of this meeting will be established, but not limited to: 

  • Sharing concerns by both the Governor and NAACP representatives;
  • Focusing on and analyzing the negative effects of this unstable gaming situation, particularly on the masses of employees and their families;
  • Attempting to reach a consensus on the future of gaming in the State of Alabama with specific attention given to the employment status of the thousands of employees at the state's gaming sites. 

FURTHER, BE IT RESOLVED, That a copy of this Adopted Resolution shall be distributed to all Alabama State NAACP Officials and Executive Committee Members, Alabama State NAACP Units, the NAACP National Office (President/CEO), the NAACP National Board of Directors, Associated Press and other press affiliates throughout the State of Alabama and the Region.

Moved By:

Elaine C. Harrington and

Overwhelmingly Adopted
January 30, 2010 

Bernard H. Simelton                                                              Marie Kirby

NAACP State President                                                         NAACP State Secretary