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Indianapolis NAACP to highlight accomplishments at final meeting of the year

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The Greater Indianapolis NAACP will hold its final meeting of the year Dec. 1 at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom to highlight this year’s accomplishments for racial justice and civil rights. Here are some of the NAACP’s 2022 accomplishments. 

Indiana Black Academic Excellence Plan 

In April, Indiana NAACP leaders released the Indiana Black Academic Excellence Plan which outlines four steps and 15 strategies for student success. The organization met with school superintendents, the Indiana Department of Education and legislators to educate them on the need to implement the plan and achieve educational equity.

Police Reform and Improving Public Safety 

In June, the NAACP called for a 24-hour medically trained resource officer available to assist Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department after the in-custody death of Herman Whitfield III. In August, Mayor Joe Hogsett proposed $2 million to fund a 24-hour crisis response team. NAACP Branch President Chrystal Ratcliffe now serves on the General Orders Board, which sets policies for IMPD officers. 

Improving Community Health 

In partnership with the Indianapolis Recorder and WFYI, the NAACP hosted a virtual forum with hospital CEOs to urge public health systems to make a commitment to address health equity. Hospital leaders signed a pledge recognizing racism as a public health crisis. 

Both Community Hospital and Indiana University Health have continued to work with the NAACP in equity and inclusion efforts. The NAACP also collaborated with the Indiana Finance Authority to test 323 daycare facilities for lead in water fixtures. It also worked with the Indiana State Department of Health, the Hoosier Environmental Council and the Minority Health Coalition to encourage Black parents to lead testing for toddlers. 
Register to attend the meeting here
Register to attend the meeting 

Contact staff writer Jayden Kennett 317-762-7847. Follow her on Twitter @JournoJay. 

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