Committees

Greater New Haven NAACP Committees

Political Action: The Political Action Committee shall: Seek to increase registration and voting; Work for the enactment of municipal, state and federal legislation designed to improve the educational, political and economic status of minority groups; Seek the repeal of racially discriminatory legislation; Work to improve the administration of justice; Work to secure equal enforcement of the law; and Keep the National Office and the Unit informed of all proposed legislation which affects minority groups. The Committee shall be nonpartisan and shall not endorse candidates for public office.

Health Committee: The Health Committee Shall: Work to promote, protect and maintain the health of African American; Assess the health needs of the community; Advocate for equal access to health education, care, treatment and research for all Americans; Sponsors health-related activities such as health forums, fairs and workshops highlighting issues of importance to people of color; and Support health initiatives of the Association

Education Committee: The Education Committee Shall: Seek to eliminate segregation and other discriminatory practices in public education; Study local educational conditions affecting minority groups; Investigate the public school system and school zoning; Familiarize itself with textbook materials there from which is racially derogatory; Seek to stimulate school attendance; Keep informed of school conditions and strive to correct abuses where found; Investigate the effects of standardized and high stakes testing practices; Teacher certification; Promote parental involvement in education; and Aim to be a center of popular education on the race question and on the work of the Association

Religious Affairs: The Religious Affairs Committee shall include ministerial and lay religious leaders who are members of the Unit. It Shall: Promote an educational program designed to give moral and ethical interpretation to the civil rights struggle; Interpret the work of the Association to organized religious groups of all faiths; Enlist the support of such organized religious groups of all faiths; Enlist the support of such organized religious groups for membership, fundraising, and the struggle for equality and full civil rights; and Provide resource assistance for religious education and social action activities, Associated with the improvement of race relations.

Economic Development: The committee on Economic Equity & Development shall implement local efforts and support national programs to preserve and expand economic empowerment among African Americans and other communities of color by: Researching and establishing relationships with private and public entities; Supporting the work of the National Office in monitoring the progress and activity of private and public entities designated by national programs; and implementing local efforts to promote the growth of business ownership; Increasing employment and job creation; and encouraging business development and home ownership

Legal Redress: The Legal Redress Committee: Investigate all cases reported to it; supervise all litigation in which the Unit is interested; And keep the National Office and the Branch informed on the progress of every case. It shall not give general legal advice.

The Young Professional: The Young Adult Committee shall consist of Branch members, ages 21-40. It shall be the function of the Committee to; Support all branch activities; Stimulate interest through advocacy training and solicit membership of 21-40 years olds; Create a mentorship program (Branch to Young Adults and Young Adults to Youth Units) to serve as a support bridge from Youth and College to Branch participation; Provide networking and social opportunities for young adults in the local community; and Encourage the participation of young adults in all activities and leadership within the Branch.

Community Coordination: The Committee on community coordination shall enlist the support of other community organizations on issues affecting the interest of African Americans and other communities of color.

Finance: The finance committee shall consist of the President, Treasurer, and at least one other member. It shall study the financial needs of the Unit and shall be responsible for drafting an adequate annual budget.

Freedom Fund: The Freedom Fund Committee shall plan and conduct fundraising activities, entertainment and other projects, for local and national purposes within the scope of the Association’s program. It shall work closely with the Finance Committee

Membership & Life Membership: The Membership Committee shall work throughout the year to maintain and increase the membership of the Association; be responsible for planning and organizing the annual membership campaign; be responsible on a continuous basis for soliciting new members and for securing renewals; and initiate all possible means to obtain Life Members and sponsor a continuing program toward this end.

Youth Work: The Youth Work Committee shall monitor the youth membership in the Branch. If there is no local youth unit recognized by the National Office, the Committee shall recommend the Branch apply to the National Office for Youth Charter and organize the appropriate youth group.

Women in the NAACP (WIN): WIN shall address within the framework of the NAACP, civil rights issues affecting women and children and shall carry out other civil and cultural activities to enhance membership and provide financial support to the branch.

Armed Services and Veterans’ Affairs: The Committee on Armed Services and Veterans’ Affairs shall: seek to establish a working relationship with those agencies in government, national, state and local, having the responsibility in the affairs of members of the various Armed Services and Veterans and to see that the programs to which they are responsible are administered fairly and justly to members of the minority community; study conditions pertaining to veterans and members of the minority community; study conditions pertaining to veterans and members of the Military Service and their dependents and/or survivors in the community; serve as a center of information on matters affecting the members of the Active Military, Reserves, State National Guard and Veterans; maintain a repository of materials, information and forms to be used in assisting veterans and/or dependents of veterans and military personnel with their problems; receive and act on all complaints relative to acts of discrimination on account of race, color, creed, or denial of benefits to which they are entitled because of discrimination; prepare a quarterly report on committee activities to be submitted to the Executive Committee of the Unit and the National Director of Armed Services and Veterans Affairs.

Housing: The Committee on Housing shall: study housing conditions in the local community; receive and seek to address complaints of discrimination; oppose all restrictive practices whether public or private; and disseminate information and render such other assistance which may eliminate discrimination in housing.

Labor and Industry: The Labor and Industry Committee shall seek ways to improve the economic status of minority groups by: working to eliminate discriminatory employment practices in industry and government, wage differentials based on race, unequal opportunities for training, promotion and unfair dismissals; encouraging greater participation in the trade union movement; working to end discriminatory practices in labor unions; securing the enactment of state and federal fair employment practices legislation; and working for improved opportunities in vocational and apprenticeship training.

Communication, Press and Publicity: The Committee on Communications, Press and Publicity shall: seek to promote media content consistent with fundamental NAACP goals which include the elimination of racial isolation and fear and the furtherance of multiracial and cultural understanding; work to eliminate employment segregation and discrimination in those industries , comprising the communications arts and sciences , radio, telephone, television, motion pictures, newspaper, books, related computer communications, business, cable television; seek to ensure black and minority ownership and control of print and electronic media both hardware and software; monitor local and national media, especially advertising performance; provide the National Office with research and data on those local businesses engaged in communications arts and sciences; seek to ensure that all people have a meaningful right to choose from and have access to all variety of high quality telecommunications goods and services at reasonable cost; endeavor to secure publicity for the work of the Unit and the Association in the local press and on radio, television and other media; attempt to interest persons in charge of local news media on conditions affecting minority groups; seek to counteract derogatory and erroneous statements in local news media about blacks and other minority groups; be responsible for forwarding to THE CRISIS items covering Unit activities and important local affairs; and act as far as possible as an agency for the promotion and sale of THE CRISIS.

Environmental Justice & Education: The Mission of the committee is to Educate and advocate for conservation, ecology and Green Jobs in the minority community. The committee focus is to investigate and reform policies and practices that adversely impact the environment and to promote sustainability in the urban community. The committee is also responsible for educating and developing initiatives and programs for the community that reduces the carbon footprint as well as advocate for green jobs and training in distressed communities.

The Prison Branch Support Committee shall:

Work closely and directly with the members of their respective Prison Branch and the Regional Prison Coordinator. Maintain contacts with, and report regularly to the Regional Coordinators. Build, cultivate and maintain positive relationships between prison officials, Prison Branch members and members within the local Branch. Solicit community organizations and businesses to establish a volunteer bank (teachers, writers, poets, businessmen, ministers, lawyers, policemen, judges, government officials, and politicians, media personnel) to assist the Prison Branch carrying out its program.