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HOME > NEWSLETTER > AUGUST-SEPTEMBER 2002

August-September 2002
Volume 3 Issue 3

In this issue:

DECLARATION OF COOPERATION
NAAAPI ANNOUNCES NEW BOARD OF DIRECTORS
ALCO-POPS
PREEMPTION, TAX HIKES AND AFRICAN AMERICANS
UPCOMING EVENTS
PEOPLE, PEOPLE, PEOPLE
William S. Robinson
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS
NAAAPI MEMBERSHIP


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DECLARATION OF COOPERATION --- A milestone event

On July, 16, an historic event occurred when heads of National African American Tobacco Control organizations met in Sacramento, CA. The topic of discussion was to work collectively to help African Americans combat the effects of tobacco use in its community. The meeting was hosted by the National African American Tobacco Education Network (NAAATEN), headed by Pamela R. Jones who also provided the facilitator. Other attendees included Reverend Jesse W. Brown, Jr., National Association of African Americans for Positive Imagery (NAAAPI), Bishop S.C. Carthen, Black Clergy for Substance Abuse Prevention (BCSAP), Mildred S. Morse, National Tobacco Independence Campaign (NTIC) and William S. Robinson, National African American Tobacco Prevention Network (NAATPN). Reverend Brown initially contacted Pam Jones with the idea of her facilitating such a meeting.

A result of the meeting was the creation of a "Declaration of Cooperation" which was signed by all the attendees.

DECLARATION OF COOPERATION

Representatives of these national African American organizations met on July 16, 2002 to address tobacco use prevention for people of African descent:

Black Clergy for Substance Abuse Prevention
National African American Tobacco Education Network
National African American Tobacco Prevention Network
National Association of African Americans for Positive Imagery
National Tobacco Independence Campaign

These organizations hereby declare to work collaboratively and cooperatively on a national level to:

  • Plan and implement national African American tobacco conferences,
  • Develop comprehensive approaches to counter-advertising,
  • Develop new leaders and advocates in tobacco use prevention,
  • Create parity of tobacco use prevention (i.e. funds, resources, education and technical assistance) across the United States, and
  • Maintain a commitment and spirit of collaboration and unity amongst the organizations.

As partners in a national effort to effectively eliminate the impact of tobacco use, these organizations hereby declare to cooperate.

This declaration of cooperation was signed on July 16, 2002 by:

Black Clergy for Substance Abuse Prevention Bishop S.C. Carthen
National African American Tobacco Education Network   Pamela R. Jones
National African American Tobacco Prevention Network   William S. Robinson
National Association of African Americans for Positive Imagery   Rev. Jesse W. Brown, Jr.
National Tobacco Independence Campaign   Mildred S. Morse


(Signing of the Declaration of Cooperation. Standing left to right:
Rev. Jesse Brown, Bishop. S.C. Carthen, William Robinson and
Mildred Morse. Seated: Pamela Jones)

Click to view the Declaration of Cooperation in PDF format

Comments regarding the Declaration of Cooperation:

Bill Robinson (NAATPN): I think the day resulted in something rather unique, historic and sets the tone for levels of cooperation and expansion that will be unprecedented in tobacco control in our communities across the country.

Pam Jones (NAATEN): Last week's meeting was a great example of what can be accomplished when we work together collaboratively. I think we are poised to accomplish great things in the African American tobacco control movement as we work in unity for this common goal.

E. Yvonne Lewis (CDC): This is wonderful notification. It is important for us (African Americans) to be united on this issue nationally as it will support and enhance the work being done in local communities.

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NAAAPI ANNOUNCES NEW BOARD OF DIRECTORS

NAAAPI is pleased to announce that new members have been selected to serve on the Board of Directors. Through the expertise and guidance of these individuals, NAAAPI will move forward in conducting some important and meaningful work in the arena of tobacco and alcohol control policy. The board members include:

Chuck Caldwell, Esquire---St. Louis, MO (Interim President)
Denise Adams-Simms---San Diego, CA
Marilyn Aquirre-Molina---New York, NY
Carol Black, Esquire---Philadelphia, PA
Al P. Black---Philadelphia, PA
Adewale Troutman, MD, MPH---Atlanta, GA

Welcome aboard!

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ALCOPOP ADS-HIT AFRICAN AMERICAN CHILDREN HARD
Malternative beverages, also known as "alcopops" have become popular in recent years with the introduction of products like Smirnoff Ice and Barcardi Silver. While NBC recently reversed its decision to air hard liquor ads on television, the advertising of alcopops on television has continued. Recent polling data from the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) on the exposure of American youth to alcopop advertising is particularly alarming to NAAAPI. "Alcopops reflect a new alcohol industry marketing strategy, combining the sweet taste of soda pop in a liquor-branded malt beverage.

To support the findings of the CSPI poll, NAAAPI released a press statement on July 18. To view the NAAAPI press release.

To read the CSPI polling data, click:

http://www.cspinet.org/new/200207161.html

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PREEMPTION, TOBACCO TAX HIKES AND AFRICAN AMERICANS

Preemption is a legislative or judicial provision whereby a higher level of government, (federal or state), supersedes the authority of a lower level of government (state or local). Preemption is used for issues such as gun control, alcohol control and of course, tobacco control. In tobacco control, preemption addresses issues of clean indoor air, youth access to tobacco and advertising of tobacco products. Recently, Pennsylvania became the latest state to enact preemption in tobacco control regarding youth access. In response to this legislative move, NAAAPI released a press statement denouncing Governor Mark Schweiker's support of the legislation.

Charyn Sutton of the Onyx Group takes the preemption issue a step further. Ms. Sutton states that African Americans represent a minority of the statewide voting public in all 50 states and tend to be concentrated in a few urban communities. As a result, most statewide laws ignore the special needs and circumstances of African Americans. She cites as an example the preemptive gun control state legislation in Pennsylvania that overrode Philadelphia's strong local gun control laws.

For the full press release, go to:
/documents/preemption_release.asp

 

 

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UPCOMING EVENTS

November 21-24, 2002
"Reaching New Heights, Building Partnerships for Comprehensive Prevention"

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, this conference is the 16th Annual National Meeting of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse. For registration information contact Kathie Gorham at 858-551-1326 or go to the Department of Education's website at www.edc.org/hec/natl/2002

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PEOPLE, PEOPLE, PEOPLE

William (Bill) Robinson is a founding member and the Chairman of the Board of the National African American Tobacco Prevention Network (NAATPN). He has been involved in the tobacco control movement since 1990. He headed Project Assist (American Stop Smoking Intervention Study) in South Carolina. He coordinated and implemented two statewide African American conferences on tobacco in South Carolina which resulted in the creation of the SC African American Tobacco Control Network (SCAATCN). SCAATCN is the nation's first independent, statewide, non-profit African American organization created specially for tobacco use prevention. Bill is a curriculum developer, writer and presenter---providing training and technical assistance throughout the country in building infrastructure for tobacco use prevention. Currently, he is assisting NAATPN with the selection of a new executive director. The website for NAATPN is http://www.naatpn.org/

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NEW MEMBERS TO NAAAPI

The NAAAPI membership campaign has been quite productive! NAAAPI wishes to welcome its newest members:

  • New Beginning Covenant Church (Rev. Michael Langford)
    Cinncinati, OH
  • Carla Williams, Howard University Cancer Center
    Washington, DC
  • Jonnetta Davis, Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE)
    Calverton, MD
  • Bobby Heard, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)
    Irving, TX
  • Carol McGruder, POLARIS, Inc.
    San Francisco, CA
  • Daphne Walker-Thoth
    St. Louis, MO

    NAAAPI extends a special "thank you" to the New Beginning Covenant Church for their contribution of $250.

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NAAAPI MEMBERSHIP

We continue to invite you to become a member of NAAAPI. For $25/year, you can be part of an organization that has been active for the last decade in mobilizing communities across the country to address issues of target marketing and promotion of alcohol and tobacco products to African Americans.

For membership information, contact NAAAPI at info@naaapi.org or 215-235-6488. Carmella Chandler is the membership coordinator. The membership application is available on the NAAAPI website at:

/membership/membership_form.pdf


"Words to the Wise" is a bi-monthly newsletter of the National Association of African Americans for Positive Imagery (NAAAPI). Alice Dixon is supervising editor of the newsletter. Carmella A. Chandler is the editor.

The National Association of African Americans for Positive Imagery
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Philadelphia, PA 19122
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info@naaapi.org

Reverend Jesse W. Brown, Jr., Executive Director
Alice Dixon, Director of Operations
Carmella Chandler, Use Prevention Specialist
Raquel Abrantes, Administrative Assistant

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