A meeting of the Brooklyn NAACP Branch was held on Wednesday, May 28 at Restoration Plaza, located at 1368 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY. President L. Joy Williams chaired the meeting and Secretary Shonté M. Harrell recorded the minutes.
President L. Joy Williams called the meeting to order at 7 pm. Rev. Dr. Agnes Blackmon gave the invocation.
Approval of May Minutes – The meeting minutes for the month of May were presented to the Brooklyn Branch. A motion was made to accept the June meeting minutes. Motion carries.
President’s Report – The Brooklyn Branch is having a town hall discussion in Brooklyn, “A Call to Action to Stop Gun Violence,” in collaboration with the Coney Island Anti-Violence Collaborative and National Action Network – South Brooklyn Chapter, on Friday, June 27 at 6 pm at P.S. 329 The Surfside School, located at 2929 West 30th Street. All are invited to attend. We also have a new intern, Kayla, who will be working at the Brooklyn Branch office this summer two days per week; she will also blog about her experience with the NAACP. Our National Convention will be from July 19-24 in Las Vegas, Nevada; L. Joy Williams and Rev. Dr. Agnes Blackmon will be in attendance. An email will be sent on resolutions this coming Monday, June 30, for those who have any questions or concerns about issues that the organization should cover during the convention. Reports on the conference will also be presented at the September membership meeting.
Membership Kudos to the Brooklyn Branch for continuing to bring in members during our Membership Drive, where we have gotten at least 10 memberships per week
Civic Engagement – The NAACP represented NYC Votes in Albany, NY, where children are able to register early to vote, and learn specific instructions on how to vote. Melanie Lewis will lead Brooklyn Freedom Summer, where members volunteer 10-15 hours to get registered voters in various parts of Brooklyn.
Education – The Education committee is currently working on a Parent/Teacher conference where both parties will be trained to educate their children so they become stellar students. We will also adopt a school where we will have parents actively participate in their children’s education; Felicia Alexander will be leading this project.
Health – We have written Gov. Cuomo in regards to vacant seats in office, for there are many districts in Brooklyn, specifically those in which people of color reside, without representatives. There will also be a press conference on Friday, June 27 at 10 am where we will participate and discuss the status of Long Island College Hospital.
Economic Empowerment - The Economic Empowerment committee will be holding credit awareness events throughout the summer, as well as launching the “Buy Black, Buy Local” Campaign, where we encourage everyone to recycle money by supporting Black businesses.
ACT-SO – Currently, there are 19 youth in 22 categories, including biology, physics, and mathematics, for this year’s competition. We will be leaving for Vegas for Convention on July 17. Rev. Dr. Agnes Blackmon will come back and provide a report at the September membership meeting.
Freedom Fund – Our annual Freedom Fund event will be held on Thursday, November 11. Details to be announced.
New Business/Member Updates - SMILE (So Much Inspiration Through Love and Empowerment) will have an event this Saturday, June 28 at Saratoga Park, from 1-7 pm. All are invited to attend. We will have a Voter Registration Drive at Prospect Park on Friday, July 11 for “Celebrate Brooklyn!”, starting at 4 pm. We need 40 volunteers to help with voter registration.
Some suggestions that were made by the general membership include having meetings in other venues, the Brooklyn Branch starting a Summer Day Camp, and starting a Summer initiative in Black History.
The Brooklyn Branch welcomes new member JoAnn Challenger (Regular Adult Membership - $30)
The meeting was adjourned at 8:35 pm. The benediction was given by Rev. Dr. Agnes Blackmon.
Shonté M. Harrell
Shonté M. Harrell