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President's Message

August 2022

Now that we have returned as your elected delegates to the 113th National NAACP Convention, I want to personally and officially say “Thank You” to you the members of our East Valley NAACP for the opportunity to represent us and to participate in an energizing and information-packed convention. This year’s theme of the national convention was “This Is Power”! As we look toward forwared the fourth quarter of this year, I want to “Finish Strong”! It is the third quarter, but it is also the start of the election season (primary election on August 2) and the start of the Fall semester at our local K-12 schools, colleges, and universities.

“Voting Truly is Power,” and we know education can be one of the greatest tools for economic empowerment. I saw that with my own eyes and felt the new wave of leaders at the national convention (they are young, unapologetically Black, not concerned about political correctness, and unafraid to challenge old systems and beliefs). I am empowered, inspired, and energized by these young leaders. They demand that their voices be heard, valued, and respected.

Let’s all do our part in getting our communities to exercise the right to vote! Let us not be silent about the advocacy work of the oldest and strongest social justice organization in the United States of America--our organization, the NAACP! Encourage and move friends and family to join forces with us.

The work of the NAACP is more important than ever, and we must continue to build. We are only as strong as our membership. Membership is the life source of NAACP, our beloved organization. I encourage you to renew your commitment to the cause as the NAACP nationwide implores organizers to get out the vote, with special attention given to Arizona. Renew your membership, upgrade your membership to become a Lifetime member, ensure that your family and friends are members. It’s so easy, and as a member you can be proud of the work we are doing locally and nationally.

As we march forward to November 8, General Election day, let’s be diligent. As we prepare to host our first hybrid (both in-person and virtual) meeting of the year, let’s come together to celebrate our accomplishments as well as do the business of the branch, while inviting new Social Justice Warriors to taken part in our collective Freedom Fighting.

Again, I am humbled and eternally grateful and thankful to serve as your President and to have the honor and privilege to represent us at the 113th National NAACP Convention as one of our delegates and as your president.

Be Well and Stay Safe.
President Kiana Maria Sears
East Valley NAACP

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Promotion of Maricopa County Attorney Town Hall, hosted by NAACP Arizona State Conference Criminal Justice Committee. Open to the public via Zoom webinar on July 30th 2022 at 2PM MST. Meet the candidates, ask questions, and hear answers to the NAACP's questions. Contact Tony Isom, State Criminal Justice Committee Chair at for questions. Register at the following URL.

What: The Maricopa County Attorney Candidates Virtual Town Hall hosted by the NAACP Arizona State Conference Criminal Justice Committee was held on Saturday, July 30th at 2:00 PM. It was open to the public and free to attend.

Which candidates were invited to participate? All candidates for Maricopa County Attorney who received enough signatures to qualify for the ballot and who had not dropped out of the race were invited to participate. Ms. Julie Gunnigle was the only candidate who accepted the NAACP Arizona's invitation.

Still have questions? The contact for this event is Tony Isom, the NAACP Arizona State Conference Criminal Justice Committee Chair. His email is