President Naomi Rainey, on behalf of LB Branch NAACP, wishes you a Happy New Year and presents the Branch’s 2022 resolutions regarding protecting our community’s health, and promoting peace, unity, and inclusion.
Resolution #1: Protect the health of my community
We are bringing with us into the new year the threat known as Omicron. This variant poses an even greater danger to our well being than previous ones. The CDC warns that Omicron is more contagious than the original variant, has more severe symptoms, and can even infect those who are fully vaccinated. As cases in the U.S. are increasing on a daily basis, we need to ensure that we are being safe, both for ourselves and our community. The CDC recommends getting a booster shot for extra protection against this variant. In order for us to have a prosperous New Year, we need to create a safe and healthy environment to thrive in. Let’s continue to be mindful of how we can combat COVID-19.
Resolution #2: Promote peace, unity, and inclusion
There is no denying that 2021 was challenging. We faced some tumultuous developments—whether it be racial tensions or ideological divides—and as a society, we are holding so much mental stress. It is hard to exist in a society that is constantly divided by hostility and injustice. Therefore, let’s work towards harmony and peace in our progressive causes this upcoming year. Unity is the best way we can make a difference.
This New Year, let’s acknowledge the perseverance and strength we have. Let’s remember that it
got us here. Let’s enter 2022 with the fortitude and courage to make our world just for all.
Dr. Naomi Rainey Pierson, President
Long Beach Branch NAACP