N.A.A.C.P. Makes Cutbacks

The N.A.A.C.P. is facing fundraising problems and it's forcing the nation's largest and oldest civil rights organization to make cutbacks.

About 40 N.A.A.C.P. positions are being cut.

An N.A.A.C.P. spokesperson says several of the regional offices will be closing. The Tallahassee Branch president says this includes the Atlanta office, of which the Tallahassee Branch is a part.

Dr. Charles Evans says this will not hurt too much locally, but the chapter is familiar with the struggles of fundraising.

He says it took $100,000 to move their new 122-foot building to Brevard Street and it'll take another $200,000 to renovate it.

Dr. Evans said, "We don't think it'll affect the local office at all because we have our strong relationship with our partners. With that relationship, we believe that we'll continue to do the work of the N.A.A.C.P."

Some say they don't fully understand the work of the N.A.A.C.P outside of the civil rights era.

But Evans says there's still the need to fight for justice for all today.

"We have a youthful generation that needs to know more about the civil rights issues. We have as many complaints now as we did when I first took over as president over twelve years ago, so it is relevant, there's a great need for the N.A.A.C.P. Discrimination still exists."

The N.A.A.C.P. spokesperson says there is money in the bank and all bills are paid. They just have to make cutbacks to live within their means.

The spokesperson says the shortage in fundraising could be because of several recent transitions in upper-level management. He says the N.A.A.C.P. is hopeful the reductions are temporary.

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