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NAACP Resolution and Action Item Policy Sun-Set Provision

WHEREAS, the NAACP Annual Convention and Board of Directors establishes the Association's national policy positions through resolutions and action items; and

WHEREAS, the NAACP has passed over 5,000 national policy resolutions and action items since its founding in 1909; and

WHEREAS, the NAACP National Staff is charged with executing plans of action to build the NAACP units' capacity to enforce each of the passed resolutions and action items; and

WHEREAS, limited fiscal resources and capacity at the national, regional, state, and local levels make it very difficult to execute and monitor the large number of resolutions and action items passed since 1909; and

WHEREAS, several of the policy positions are outdated which precipitates a need for an internal process to review previously passed resolutions and action items; and

WHEREAS, a "sun-setting" provision causes the enforcement period for a policy to be set after an identified time period unless the policy is reaffirmed for a new time period.

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that NAACP "non-internal affairs" (those not impacting the NAACP Constitution and Bylaws), resolutions, and action items should remain active for a period of ten years after this period, if the resolution or action item is not reaffirmed, it will no longer be active; and

THEREFORE, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that all existing policies shall be reviewed by the President and CEO, and those that should remain active shall be referred to the National Resolutions Committee for reaffirmation and submitted to the Annual Convention for approval during the NAACP 2008 Annual Convention in Cincinnati, Ohio; and

THEREFORE, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that following the reaffirmation of the past policies at the 2008 Annual Convention, annually, in addition to the newly submitted resolutions and action items, the President and CEO shall recommend to the National Resolutions Committee those resolutions or action items that are subject to the ten-year sun-setting provision, that Should be reaffirmed; and

THEREFORE, BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that every two years, the national staff should produce and update a policy database, accessible to the membership, which sets out the Association's policy on key issues.

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