WTNH: ‘The State of Race:’ How do we begin the healing process?

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(WTNH) — In the weeks since George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis police custody, one thing has become clear — this country is hurting. The question now is how do we begin to heal? On Thursday, News 8 was proud to bring you “The State of Race” — an exclusive Town Hall aimed at helping to answer that question and taking a step to bridge the racial divide.

The show brought together government and community leaders, activists and law enforcement officials to discuss how we begin the healing process.

Many of the panelists said it was hard to watch the video of Officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on George Floyd’s neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds, but some said they weren’t surprised by Chauvin’s actions.


Like many of the guests on this Town Hall discussion, Dori Dumas has made some history in her current position as President of the New Haven chapter of the NAACP. Dumas is the first woman to hold that position since the New Haven chapter’s inception in 1917.

An Elm City native, and James Hillhouse High School and Albertus Magnus College graduate, Dumas entered the role of chapter President in the summer of 2014 saying that closing the education gap would be a primary objective during her first term.

Recently, Dumas and the New Haven chapter were involved with a drive to help black and brown communities in the city with access to PPE like masks during the COVID-19 pandemic, telling News 8, “Black and brown people matter. We want to live and be safe. We think it’s so important that everyone has a mask. Even those who can’t get someplace, purchase one that everyone has a right to be protected, everyone matters, we want our community protected.”

This article has been edited to highlight the Branch president's participation. To read the full article, please click HERE

GNH NAACP Response to Recent Events

June 2, 2020



The Greater New Haven NAACP shares in the pain, outrage, disgust, and frustration over the tragic murder of George Floyd by the police. We mourn his death, we are fed up, and we unite with communities throughout this country to say enough. Black and brown communities are being disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and health disparities, as we are experiencing a much higher rate of fatalities. We are experiencing a life and death crisis due to not only the virus but also domestic terrorism in the United States at the hands of law enforcement.  Yet hope is alive.  Seeds of resistance planted decades ago by organizations such as the NAACP still grow, and reseed.


The recent deaths of George Floyd in Minnesota, Breonna Taylor in Kentucky, and Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia have served as a catalyst to awaken those who never doubted their own safety jogging, bird watching, sleeping or shopping.  It has also brought to the surface the rage and sorrow of the people whose basic civil rights are constantly denied.  People in both groups are crying out together and are seeking ways to put an end to centuries of racial injustice in the USA.  While America looks for strong voices to lead us through these turbulent times, where days feel like never-ending nightmares, we at the The Greater New Haven NAACP will continue to work locally, and will follow the National Guidelines that are strategic and offer hope and a path forward.


We encourage brown and black people as well as our white brothers and sisters and all others who want to commit to being anti-racist to join us.  We invite community members, who feel like being inactive right now is to be a bystander and to be complicit, to join us.


We are working with other local organizations, the faith community, and our local officials to find ways to bring about the needed change. We share the aims and direction of the National NAACP and will keep the focus on redressing the institutional racism against our communities everywhere and work to bring an end to the criminalization of black people and dismantle the systems that perpetuate racism and unjust policing.  We will post opportunities for engagement on our website and social media. Institutional racism in America is problem that all of her citizens need to actively address.  The Greater New Haven NAACP has a long history of fighting for justice and we will continue that work, and we need you join us.  I am including resources that are aligned with the work we will be doing.


Yours in the struggle,


Dori Dumas


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WTNH Feature

NAACP of Greater New Haven distributing face masks at churches throughout Elm City

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — The New Haven Branch of the NAACP began their face mask distribution efforts this weekend.

The group met at Goffe Street Park Saturday morning and distributed masks at the Bethel Church.

They were also posting signs throughout the Elm City encouraging safe practices during the pandemic.

The group says it’s important to get the word out because the community of color has been disproportionately affected by COVID-19.

“Black and brown people matter. We want to live and be safe. We think it’s so important that everyone has a mask. Even those who can’t get someplace, purchase one that everyone has a right to be protected, everyone matters, we want our community protected.”


Next week, they will continue the distribution at New Haven’s Varick Church.

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Great Give

Great Give

The Greater New Haven NAACP is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization striving to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons. It was granted its charter to become a NAACP branch office in 1917. The Greater New Haven Branch has worked in alignment with the vision, mission, goals, and objectives of the national organization for more than 90 years. It has become the largest branch office in New England and, besides New Haven, it serves the towns of Bethany, Branford, Cheshire, East Haven, Guilford, Hamden, Madison, Milford, North Branford, North Haven, Orange, West Haven, and Woodbridge.

The branch has three (3) key programs: Health & Wellness Expo, Economic Summit, and NAACP Scholarships for graduating seniors in the Greater New Haven area. Our Annual Health & Wellness Expos are in collaboration with community partners aiming to provide health screenings and medical information, Zumba, yoga, and more to our communities most vulnerable. The Economic Summits are centered on promoting and supporting small business and education on homeownership, investment and finding employment.  The academic scholarships are geared to graduating seniors in the Greater New Haven area who have demonstrated academic excellence, community service, and leadership. With every program, we continue to focus on voter registration and voter education in the community as well.


Donate HERE: https://www.thegreatgive.org/organizations/greater-new-haven-naacp-59376232-c47e-4b3e-b933-37e2eb3863a6

Census Weekend

May 1-3, 2020 is 2020 Census Digital Census Weekend. This is an opportunity to join the effort, to do our part and promote the census on all social media platforms (e.g. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and etc).  On every post, please:

➔ Tag @USCensusBureau in your posts. Census is on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

➔ Use the official campaign hashtags: #2020Census and #ShapeYourFuture

➔ Link to 2020Census.gov so your followers can learn more and complete the census online

Tag the Greater New Haven NAACP page on Facebook

May 1, 2020:
You can inspire others to take a pledge - with your friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers- to complete the census and respond now.
May 2, 2020:
For day two, tag 3 friends and CHALLENGE them to complete the census. Use the 2 attachments named Census Square- I challenge you  (suitable for posts on your feed). There are English and Spanish versions.
As an example, for Instagram stories, post the challenge to your story and tag the friends (at least 3) you are challenging. Then, post a second slate with the blank challenge/pledge so friends can easily share the graphic from there !
Sample: The #2020Census informs hundreds of billions in funding for things like education and health programs hat communities need? I pledge to complete the 2020 Census, and I am challenging [@ your friends] to do the same.
May 3, 2020:
Create and post a video or PSA (Public Service Announcement) by using a sample video script below.
10 second video scripts
1. When you respond to the 2020 Census, you help to ensure that your community receives the funding for healthcare that it deserves.  You can do it online, by phone, or by mail. Respond today at 2020Census.gov.
2. In our country, everyone counts- no matter who you are, how you worship, or whom you love. The 2020 Census is how this great American promise is kept. Respond today at 2020Census.gov
15 second video scripts
1. The COVID-19 pandemic underscores the importance of census data and responding to the 2020 Census. Respond today at 2020Census.gov and make sure your family, friends, and neighbors do too! It's safe, easy and important.
2. Spend a few minutes online today to impact the next 10 years of funding on healthcare, infrastructure, and education. We all see how important these are today. Your community needs your help. It's essential that everyone gets counted, including young children.Please go to 2020Census.gov and respond today to make America's tomorrow brighter.
30 second video scripts
1. The COVID-19 pandemic underscores the importance of responding to the 2020 Census and the importance of census date. That's because your response helps shape decisions about how billions of dollars in federal funds flow into communities each year for the next 10 years for critical services like health care clinics, hospitals, and emergency services (e.g. EMTs and fire departments). Emergency situations like COVID-19 illustrate just how important it is to respond to the census. Please go to 2020Census.gov today!
2. Getting an accurate count of everyone who lives in the Unites States is so important, especially right now! The census helps inform how billions of dollars in federal funds are spent every year for services that are critical to all of us, including hospitals, health clinics and emergency responses like EMTs and fire departments. Today, we all see how important services are so please respond at 2020Census.gov as soon as you can!

Stay Safe, Stay Home





In the midst of the pandemic, its important to social distance as much as possible. It is imperative to distance until the numbers of cases and deaths go down.

The governor is calling this his “Stay Safe, Stay Home” initiative. The plan recommends that state residents do the following:

  • Effective at 8PM on Monday, March 23, all non-essential businesses statewide should close;
  • Non-essential public community gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason should be canceled (e.g. parties, celebrations or other social events) are canceled or postponed at this time;
  • If you must leave your home, do not travel in groups -groups must be limited to workers providing essential services;
  • Everyone should keep at least six feet away from each other whenever possible;
  • Businesses and entities that provide other essential services should implement rules that help facilitate social distancing of at least six feet;
  • Individuals should limit outdoor recreational activities to non-contact and avoid activities where they come in close contact with other people;
  • Individuals should limit use of public transportation to when absolutely necessary and should limit potential exposure by spacing out at least six feet from other riders;
  • Sick individuals should not leave their home except to fill critical needs or to receive medical care, and only after a telehealth visit to determine if leaving the home is in the best interest of their health;
  • Young people should also practice social distancing and avoid contact with vulnerable populations; and
  • Use precautionary sanitizer practices such as using soap and water, hand sanitizer, or isopropyl alcohol wipes. Washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds works best.


Here is the latest on Hospitalization in CT: (These numbers are subject to change. For updates, visit Governor Ned Lamont's Twitter and Facebook).

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There is a lot of confusion on what we can or cannot do:

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Covid-19 Virtual Town Hall

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We hope you can join us this week Thursday, April 23 at 5 PM for an important conversation on COVID-19 and the impact on the Greater New Haven Community - Virtual Town Hall. Register today: bit.ly/NHCOVID19

Learn more about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and help address the crisis in communities of color. Tune in to hear about life-saving information: safety, hot spots, mental health, testing, and advocacy

Special Guest Include:
Dori J. Dumas, President, Greater New Haven NAACP
Akia S. Callum, CT NAACP State Conference Youth & College
Dr.Gary Desir, Chief of Internal Medicine, Yale-New Haven Hospital
Dr.Gretchen Chase Vaughn, Licensed Clinical Psychologist
James E. Rawlings, Health Chair, CT NAACP State Conference
Sandra Gibson, Program Director, Cornell Scott-Hill Health Center, Child, and Family Guidance dept.

2020 Lime Connect Fellowship Program


The Lime Connect Fellowship Program For Students with Disabilities is our flagship program in the U.S. designed for highly accomplished rising university juniors.

This prestigious program kicks off with a trip to our Leadership & Development Symposium in New York City this summer for professional development training, access to our U.S. corporate partners and potential Summer 2021 internships. Upon completion of the program, Fellows will join the lifelong experience of the Lime Connect Fellows community, where they will receive ongoing support and mentoring, continued professional development, community, and networking opportunities throughout their careers. Learn about the experience from current Fellows: EmelineJimTyler.

2020 Lime Connect Fellowship Program Eligibility Requirements:

  • A current sophomore at a four-year university in the United States
  • Continuing studies as a full-time student for the 2020 - 2021 academic year
  • Eligible to work in the United States
  • A person with a (visible or invisible) disability.*

Lime Connect Fellow Benefits:

  • Participation in an expense-paid Leadership & Development Symposium in New York City
  • Access to Lime Connect's partner companies (BloombergGoldman SachsGoogleJPMorgan Chase & Co., MicrosoftPwC and Unilever) via networking events, career workshops & more for potential Summer 2021 internships
  • Ongoing professional development, coaching, and mentoring for internship and career success
  • Lifelong benefits of The Lime Connect Fellows Network
  • Further development of Lime Connect's Fellowship Program and mentoring for future Fellows classes

**This is a two-part application. The first round of applications are due by Sunday, March 1st at midnight PST and will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Selected semi-finalists will be required to submit additional essays (by Sunday, March 29th) and a letter of recommendation (by Sunday, April 5th).  


Learn more here: https://www.limeconnect.com/fellowship