Founded in 1909 in New York City by a group of black and white citizens committed to social justice, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is the nation’s largest and strongest civil rights organization. NAACP founders include Ida Wells-Barnett, W.E.B. DuBois, Henry Moscowitz, Mary White Ovington, Oswald Garrison Villard and William English Walling. They answered a clarion “Call” to renew the struggle for civil and political liberty in response to the unrelenting lynching of blacks that were occurring with impunity in 1909.
Today the NAACP is a network of more than 2,200 affiliates covering all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Japan and Germany. Headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland, total membership exceeds 500,000. Today the California State NAACP boasts 72 branches and youth units mobilized across the state to help ensure racial justice and equality.
The NAACP’s principal objective is to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of minority citizens of the United States and eliminate race prejudice. The NAACP seeks to remove all barriers of racial discrimination through democratic processes. This mission is accomplished by seeking the enactment and enforcement of federal, state and local laws securing civil rights, and by informing the public of the adverse effects of racial discrimination. From school desegregation, fair housing, employment and voter registration, top health and equal economic opportunity, the NAACP is working successfully with allies of all races, plays a significant role in establishing legal precedents in order to improve the quality of life of America’s downtrodden.
The California State NAACP Chapter works as a liaison between legal agencies and services, but does not offer any on-site legal services. If you wish to file a complaint, please contact your local NAACP unit and fill out a complaint form.
For issues concerning employment, please contact the Department of Fair Employment and Housing. Also contact the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, with offices located in Oakland and San Francisco.
For issues concerning racial profiling, contact your local Sheriff's Office or your local police department.
For human rights issues, you can file a complaint with the Sacramento County Human Rights Commission.
For all low-income civil cases, you can obtain free representation with the Legal Services of Northern California.