Volume 3 Issue 3
NAAAPI ANNOUNCES NEW BOARD OF DIRECTORS
PREEMPTION, TAX HIKES AND AFRICAN AMERICANS
PEOPLE, PEOPLE, PEOPLE
William S. Robinson
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS
DECLARATION OF COOPERATION --- A milestone event
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.
of these national African American organizations met on July
16, 2002 to address tobacco use prevention for people of African
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
organizations hereby declare to work collaboratively and cooperatively
on a national level to:
and implement national African American tobacco conferences,
comprehensive approaches to counter-advertising,
new leaders and advocates in tobacco use prevention,
parity of tobacco use prevention (i.e. funds, resources,
education and technical assistance) across the United States,
a commitment and spirit of collaboration and unity amongst
partners in a national effort to effectively eliminate the
impact of tobacco use, these organizations hereby declare
This declaration of cooperation was signed on July 16, 2002
Clergy for Substance Abuse Prevention
African American Tobacco Education Network
African American Tobacco Prevention Network
Association of African Americans for Positive Imagery
Jesse W. Brown, Jr.
Tobacco Independence Campaign
regarding the Declaration of Cooperation:
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.
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.
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.
NAAAPI ANNOUNCES NEW BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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:
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
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.
support the findings of the CSPI poll, NAAAPI released a press
statement on July 18. To view the NAAAPI press release.
read the CSPI polling data, click:
TOBACCO TAX HIKES AND AFRICAN AMERICANS
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.
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:
"Reaching New Heights, Building Partnerships for Comprehensive
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
PEOPLE, PEOPLE, PEOPLE
(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/
MEMBERS TO NAAAPI
NAAAPI membership campaign has been quite productive! NAAAPI
wishes to welcome its newest members:
Beginning Covenant Church (Rev. Michael Langford)
Williams, Howard University Cancer Center
Davis, Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE)
Heard, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)
McGruder, POLARIS, Inc.
San Francisco, CA
St. Louis, MO
NAAAPI extends a special "thank you" to the New
Beginning Covenant Church for their contribution of
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.
membership information, contact NAAAPI at firstname.lastname@example.org
or 215-235-6488. Carmella Chandler is the membership coordinator.
The membership application is available on the NAAAPI website
"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
1231 N. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Jesse W. Brown, Jr., Executive Director
Alice Dixon, Director of Operations
Carmella Chandler, Use Prevention Specialist
Raquel Abrantes, Administrative Assistant
Communities to a Healthier Lifestyle"