General Meeting

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FYI: The Greater New Haven NAACP

General Meeting: This Thursday, January 21, 2021~ 7:00pm via Zoom

ZOOM INFORMATION:
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Meeting ID: 840 8027 8751
Passcode: 695603
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Special Guest: One Village Healing: Thema Haida, co-founder of One Village Healing. It’s time for healing and selfcare, she will health, wellness, and creating spaces, gatherings, and programming, rooted in the values of the healing justice movement.

Thanksgiving Canned Food Drive

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Greater New Haven NAACP Youth Council: Thanksgiving Canned Food Drive

Items can be dropped off: Saturday, Nov. 14th 10am – Noon; Sunday, Nov. 15th 1pm – 3pm

At the NAACP Office/Michelle’s House: 1389 Chapel Street, Corner of Chapel and Orchard, New Haven

(Please enter from the Orchard Street Side)

The Youth Council is collecting Canned Food items in partnership with Sickle Cell Association’s Turkey drive

to benefit Greater New Haven Sickle Cell Families.

This is the season of giving…. Please support this worthy cause

*Please see the attached flyer

FYI: Encouraging everyone to enter the Greater New Haven NAACP’s Membership Drive, for a chance to win $500 Gift Card.

Ask your friends, family, club members, sorority or fraternity members, neighbors, church members…

You only need to 10 people to enter, membership is $30. Every 10, is an entry.

You have until 11/30/2020. It is open to all.

New Haven NAACPOur Branch #2009 is kicking off a 2020 Membership Drive beginning today, and it will run through 11/30/2020.

The prize is a $500 Gift Card to Hallock’s.  The winner will be selected on 12/1/2020

To qualify, you must submit 10 Paid Adult Memberships (Names; Addresses; e-mail must be included)

The 10 names and addresses plus proof of payments, must be sent into (gnhnaacplegal@gmail.com), and mailed to Greater New Haven NAACP: 1389 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT 06511

Adult Memberships are $30 Annually. For Every 10 paid memberships, an entry will go in for the Prize.

Checks should be made payable to: Greater New Haven NAACP; you can also pay via CashApp $GNHNAACP

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No Justice or Peace: NHR

‘No justice or peace’: CT activists react to charges in Breonna Taylor killing

Staff and wire reports

Updated 9:46 pm EDT, Wednesday, September 23, 2020

 

Connecticut advocates expressed frustration and exhaustion Wednesday after a Kentucky grand jury decided Louisville police officers would not face charges for the shooting death of Breonna Taylor in March.

Former Officer Brett Hankison was charged with three counts of wanton endangerment from the botched March 13 raid for having fired his weapon into Taylors’ neighbors homes.

“There is no justice or peace in today’s announcement from Kentucky, which is the latest example in our nation’s long history of denying that Black lives matter,” said David McGuire, executive director of the ACLU of Connecticut. “It is a pattern that is all too familiar to Connecticut, where since 2001, prosecutors have investigated 81 police uses of deadly force and refused to pursue charges against police in all but two.”

Along with the killing of George Floyd in Minnesota, Taylor’s case became a major touchstone for the nationwide protests that have gripped the nation since May — drawing attention to entrenched racism and demanding police reform. Taylor’s image has been painted on streets, emblazoned on protest signs and silk-screened on T-shirts worn by celebrities.

The charges drew immediate sadness, frustration and anger that the grand jury did not go further. The wanton endangerment charges each carry a sentence of up to five years.

McGuire said Taylor should still be alive today, as should five people killed by police or who died in police custody in Connecticut this year.

The deaths include Jose Soto, 27, killed in a SWAT raid in Manchester; 57-year-old Edward Gendron, of Waterbury; Michael Gregory, 30, shot dead by police in Ansonia; Mubarak Soulemane, a 19-year-old shot by state police in West Haven; and Justin Griffin, 31, who died while in Milford police custody.

“To those protesting for justice for Breonna, Mubi, Jay, Stephen, and everyone killed and hurt by police across the country and in our state, we are with you,” McGuire said.

Taylor, an emergency medical worker, was shot multiple times by officers who entered her home on a no-knock warrant during a narcotics investigation. The warrant used to search her home was connected to a suspect who did not live there, and no drugs were found inside. The use of no-knock warrants has since been banned by Louisville’s Metro Council.

“I would say that people in the community are reeling over this. It’s still very violent, and this is why we organize for change,” said Ala Ochumare, co-founder and community organizer for Black Lives Matter New Haven.

After months of waiting for the officer’s involved in Taylor’s killing to be charged, she described Wednesday’s announcement as “a slap in the face,” and said she’s exhausted by the news.

“A lot of people are pissed off. A lot of people are still trying to figure out exactly what the hell just happened,” she said.

Doris Dumas, president of the New Haven NAACP, used similar language to describe the grand jury decision.

“Sadly, I am not surprised, but it is shameful, and it’s more proof that there is no real value for the lives of black people. It is like Breonna Taylor’s life does not matter or have any value,” Dumas said.

She said people cannot allow for there to be “two justice systems.”

“Where is the justice? Breonna Taylor’s life matters, black lives matter, and we can’t stop fighting and demanding until we can get justice, equality and fair treatment,” Dumas said.

Wednesday evening, police in Louisville set off flashbang devices to clear a square after several hundred gathered to protest the decision.

Police announced the gathering was an “unlawful assembly,” fired the flashbangs and advanced in riot gear.

President Donald Trump offered praise for Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron for his handling of the investigation, calling him “brilliant,” and said “he’s handling it every well.”

“It’ll all work out,” Trump said.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said he has not received enough information to comment fully, but urged protesters to remain peaceful.

“Do not sully her memory or her mother’s by engaging in any violence. It’s totally inappropriate for that to happen,” Biden said. “She wouldn’t want it, nor would her mother, so I hope they do that.”

NAACP President Derrick Johnson described Attorney General Cameron as patronizing, after 200 days of waiting for accountability and justice.

“One officer was charged for the wanton endangerment of others in connection to the death of Breonna Taylor, but nobody was charged for actually killing her,” Johnson said.

He called the announcement an “insult” to Taylor’s memory, and said the “unsubstantial” charges against Hankinson “are an attempt to placate the Black community.”

Danielle Wedderburn, a Bridgeport photographer who attended and photographed Black Lives Matter protests in the city in late May, said her initial reaction was anger.

“I’m still in awe of the final verdict that was given; a life was lost. Regardless of anything Breonna Taylor and her boyfriend were involved with, that still doesn’t justify her being wrongfully killed,” Wedderburn said Wednesday.

“We deserve the justice we seek when our brothers and sisters get gunned down in the streets. Otherwise, civil unrest will continue. Our people aren’t going to stop until we see the results we’re fighting for — inside and outside of Connecticut,” she added.

The case exposed the wide gulf between public opinion on justice for those who kill Black Americans, and the laws under which those officers are charged, which regularly favor working police and do not often result in steep criminal accusations.

At a news conference, state Attorney General Cameron spoke to that disconnect.

“Criminal law is not meant to respond to every sorrow and grief,” Cameron told reporters after the charges were announced.

“But my heart breaks for the loss of Miss Taylor. And I’ve said that repeatedly. My mother, if something was to happen to me, would find it very hard,” he added, choking up.

But Cameron, who is the state’s first Black attorney general, said the officers acted in self-defense after Taylor’s boyfriend fired at them. He added that Hankison and the two other officers who entered Taylor’s apartment announced themselves before entering — and so did not execute the warrant as “no-knock,” according to the investigation.

“According to Kentucky law, the use of force by (Officers Jonathan) Mattingly and (Myles) Cosgrove was justified to protect themselves,” he said. “This justification bars us from pursuing criminal charges in Miss Breonna Taylor’s death.”

Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, opened fire when police burst in, hitting Mattingly. Walker was charged with attempted murder of a police officer, but prosecutors later dropped the charge.

Walker told police he heard knocking but didn’t know who was coming into the home and fired in self-defense.

Before charges were brought, Hankison was fired from the city’s police department on June 23. A termination letter sent to him by interim Louisville Police Chief Robert Schroeder said the white officer had violated procedures by showing “extreme indifference to the value of human life” when he “wantonly and blindly” shot 10 rounds of gunfire into Taylor’s apartment in March.

Hankison had previously been placed on administrative reassignment, as were Sgt. Johnathan Mattingly, Officer Myles Cosgrove and the detective who sought the warrant, Joshua Jaynes.

On Sept. 15, the city settled a lawsuit against the three officers brought by Taylor’s mother, Tamika Palmer, agreeing to pay her $12 million and enact police reforms.

Jasmine Thomas, point guard for the Connecticut Sun, a professional basketball team, called the news “disappointing.”

Sun players have dedicated their season to social justice, printing Taylor’s name on the back of their jerseys. The Players Association and Social Justice Council plan to discuss more ways to use their platform.

“More should be done, it’s not enough,” Thomas said. “But we can’t just give up.”

Staff writers Peter Yankowski and Doug Bonjour and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

 

https://www.nhregister.com/local/article/No-justice-or-peace-CT-Activists-react-to-15592354.php?src=nhrhpcp

Freedom Fund Event

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Please join the Greater New Haven Branch of the NAACP for the

103rd Annual VIRTUAL Freedom Fund Event

Thursday, October 8, 2020, 7pm

Keynote Speaker:

The Honorable Congressman Hakeem Jeffries

United States Representative for New York

Please click on the link below for tickets and other information

The ticket includes Annual NAACP Membership

Please support the NAACP via tickets, ads and/or sponsorship

Linkhttps://www.eventbrite.com/e/greater-new-haven-naacp-103rd-annual-freedom-fund-virtual-event-tickets-96001068781

Town of West Hartford Job Opportunities

 

 The Town of West Hartford Vacancies

The Town of West Hartford has a vacancy for the position of Assistant Corporation Counsel. This job has not been posted on CT Hires website.

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The Town of West Hartford has a vacancies for the positions of Legal Administrative Assistant (PT) and Property Appraiser III - Residential. Please see the attached announcements (also CT Hires Jobs #296318  and 296308), for detailed job descriptions.

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WTNH – ‘Outraged Elders’

Outraged Elders’ call for social justice on New Haven Green

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — It was a different kind of social justice rally in New Haven. Around a hundred members of the area’s elderly population took to the green.

Usually, it is young people taking to the streets to speak their minds. Tuesday morning, however, it was a different looking group.

They called themselves the “Outraged Elders.” Its members are just as outraged about police brutality and racial inequality, but old enough to have seen it going on for decades, not just years.

“We’re standing against racism and demanding action,” said Greater New Haven NAACP president Dori Dumas.

There may not be as much marching at a rally like this, but there is just as much caring. Caring about no-knock warrants, like the kind used when Breonna Taylor was killed in March. Also caring about the use of dangerous police holds, like the one that resulted in the death of Geroge Floyd in May. Also caring about the police using military hardware, vehicles, and tactics.

“When we turn citizen into the enemy by militarizing the police, that creates a major problem,” said Dottie Green of the National Council of Negro Women.

They say solving the police problem means creating civilian police review boards. Not just creating them, but giving them subpoena power and more.

“They need to be independent from the police departments, have adequate authority, proper access to records and witnesses,” Dumas explained. “And the cooperation of the police chiefs, executives, officers, and other stakeholders.”

The”Outraged Elders,” are about more than just talk. They had a table where they were registering people to vote, and they are encouraging everyone to support police accountability legislation that will part of the upcoming special legislative session.

 

https://www.wtnh.com/news/connecticut/new-haven/outraged-elders-call-for-social-justice-on-new-haven-green/