Annual Freedom FUnd Event
3 pm, February 18, 2024
@ CU Boulder’s Macky Auditorium
Full event details below.
Experience the Beloved Community for yourself !
While free and open to the public, donations are welcome
Join us for an unforgettable evening at the 2024 Freedom Fund Celebration! Our featured guest, the incredible Mr. Anthony Ray Hinton, endured and triumphed over nearly 30 years on Alabama’s death row for a crime he didn’t commit. Thanks to the Equal Justice Initiative, led by Attorney Brian Steven, Mr. Hinton was exonerated in 2015. Get ready for a captivating experience as Mr. Hinton, a dynamic speaker, shares his powerful story and offers a glimpse into his lived experiences. But that’s not all – kick off the night with the soulful sounds of Danielle Ponder, a talented entertainer and musician who will set the stage for an evening of celebration. Don’t miss out on this inspiring event of resilience, justice, and music!
The NAACP’s mission is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination. It is clear that the role of the NAACP, as the organization of change and social justice, is more critical than ever before. At this pivotal time in our history, we are proud to feature many activities to help highlight our efforts to lead, advance, and advocate.
Get the most out of your 2024 Freedom Fund experience
by attending 1 of 3 free, open to the public screenings of ‘True Justice’
Call to Action
Because facts matter!
Following revelations that Deputy Chief Redfearn of the Boulder Police Department changed call logs the night of Elijah McClain’s brutal arrest by Aurora police in 2019 from “suspicious person” to indicate an alleged “assault on an officer” without investigating the validity of those claims from officers on the scene, and his subsequent hiring by the Boulder Police Department, we demand that Deputy Chief Redfearn immediately resign from BPD.
Click HERE to learn the details and extent of Redfearn’s conduct and actions against Elijah McClain and the community when employed by the Aurora police department. Then, take a stand by signing the petition asking for his immediate resignation from the Boulder Police Department.
We urge those who want a safer, more just, equitable, and transparent city for everyone to stand with us by signing on to our petition demanding Deputy Chief Redfearn’s immediate resignation.
Is the NAACP anti-cop?
No, the NAACP is pro accountability!
Learn more about the origins of modern day policing and the changes we are advocating for at the links below:
“The crisis in policing is the culmination of a thousand other failures — failures of education, social services, public health, gun regulation, criminal justice, and economic development.”
The New Yorker, July 13, 2020
The work we do
Chartered in 2017, the Boulder County Branch of the NAACP works with advocates and agencies throughout the county on issues that affect our greater community. Joining a committee is a great way to share your gifts and talent, meet new people, and stand as an ally for justice and equity.
— Political Action
Formerly known as Civic Engagement, Politics Action is committed to raising awareness and power through community forums and events to foster positive political, social, and economic change.
The Communications team works to promote media content consistent with fundamental NAACP goals which include: the elimination of racial isolation and fear and the furtherance of multiracial and cultural understanding. Outreach to allies and membership throughout Boulder County, as well as the promotion of information and events, are top priorities.
— Criminal Justice
Our Committee actively engages with Community Members and Leaders, Students, City Councils, the Boulder County DA’s Office, Law Enforcement to guard against Civil Rights abuses and transgressions.
— Economic Opportunity
The Economic Opportunity committee works to ensure that our local economy leaves no one out. Our objectives include the promotion and growth of Black and People of Color entrepreneurship and to increase workforce diversity in both public and private businesses.
We are focused on the opportunity gaps between students of Color, students in economic need, and students learning English. We address structural racism within our schools, including disproportionate discipline, bullying and special education identification of students of color as well as advocating toward more equitable longterm outcomes and access.
— Environmental & Climate Justice
We work to address the many practices that are harming communities, at the local and state level, addressing the policies needed to rectify these negative impacts and advance a society that fosters sustainable, cooperative, regenerative communities that uphold all rights for all people in harmony with the earth.
— Freedom Fund
The Freedom Fund planning committee is responsible for organizing our branch’s annual fundraising event. While the event varies from year to year, the Freedom Fund’s primary goal is to financially support our local branch and work with community organizations whose mission align with ours.
— Religious Affairs
The religious affairs committee (RAC) of the Boulder County NAACP is committed to following a moral compass in our pursuit of racial justice. We are made up of clergy and lay leaders who honor the commitment to the religious language of diverse faith traditions, while acknowledging that we need to view each other and our connections as one human family, living on a shared planet.
NAACP Boulder County is committed to and advocates for: the prioritized access to quality/adequate affordable housing; the proactive elimination of housing discrimination practices—including those that systemically pose barriers to securing fair housing (both public and private); and homeownership lending programs that purposefully accommodate qualifying families with low-to-moderate incomes.
Annett James, President
Alicia Graves, 1st Vice President and Education Chair
Judith Landsman, 2nd Vice President and Economic Opportunity Chair
Gabriela Kioupakis, Secretary
Lawrence Pevec, Assistant Secretary
Veronica Sommers, Treasurer
Sandra Daniel, Communications Chair
Darren O’Connor, Criminal Justice Chair
Dr Sheila Davis, Environmental & Climate Justice Chair
Madelyn Woodley, Freedom Fund Chair
Kenneth Flowe, Membership Chair
Dr Stuart Lord, Political Action Chair
Judy Huston, Religious Affairs Chair
Dr Thomas Windham, at Large
Glenda Robinson, at Large
Velveta Golightly-Howell, at Large
Louisa Matthias, at Large
John Howell, at Large
NAACP STATE CONFERENCE
The Boulder County Branch is part of the NAACP Colorado, Montana, and Wyoming Tri-State Area Conference, Rocky Mountain Region.
The NAACP CO MT WY State Conference coordinates the Civil Rights activities of freedom fighters and game changing activists within our three state area in keeping with the NAACP’s mission.
The CO MT WY State Conference holds quarterly meetings and leadership trainings throughout the Denver Metro area. All are welcome to attend.
NAACP CO MT WY State Conference
Immediate Past President
NAACP CO MT WY State Conference
Thank you !
NAACP Boulder County is a 501(c)4 nonprofit organization. Contributions or gifts to this NAACP Unit are not tax deductible for Federal Income tax purposes.
NAACP Boulder County welcomes everyone interested in ensuring the equality of rights of all persons. NAACP Boulder County will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, gender expression, national origin, age, ability, religion, marital status, or sexual orientation, in membership or in any of its activities.