Dear Mr. President…..

By Thomas Breen – New Haven Independent:

The New Haven Alumnae Chapter (NHAC) of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and members of the Greater New Haven community penned a letter to President Donald J. Trump expressing concerns about policies and appointments that many feel run counter to the principles and values of the country.

The letter-writing campaign grew out of a series of ongoing, community meetings called “Conversations That Matter” that have been hosted by the chapter’s social action committee since Trump’s election. (Read more about the meetings here, here and here.)

2 Paths Seen To Black Power

By Thomas Breen – New Haven Independent:

Fighting back in 2017 requires crafting a “black agenda” or an “American agenda” — two different approaches suggested in a passionate community discussion held Tuesday night in Newhallville. Read more here…2 Paths Seen To Black Power

 

Abandon All Hope? Not Just Yet

By Thomas Breen – New Haven Independent:

Amid all the talk about impending dangers from the incoming regime in Washington, Karen DuBois-Walton offered a glimmer of hope Tuesday night: Perhaps, just perhaps, there is opportunity in uncertainty?

DuBois-Walton, who runs New Haven’s housing authority, was one of three expert speakers at a “community conversation” on what New Haven should expect from, and how it should respond to, President-Elect Donald Trump’s recent choices to run federal departments. DuBois-Walton specifically addressed the selection of neurosurgeon Ben Carson’s appointment to become the next secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Read more here…..Abandon All Hope? Not Just Yet

Deltas’ Message: Don’t Move; Organize

By Thomas Breen – New Haven Independent:

One week after a nationwide wave of populist, conservative discontent helped Donald J. Trump win the presidency and Republicans retain majorities in both houses of the U.S. Congress, community leaders called for frustrated New Haveners to work together to protect abortion rights, protect immigrants, and prepare voters for the next election.

Dori Dumas, president of the Greater New Haven NAACP, called for more volunteers to help out with her branch’s year-round voter registration and civic education drives. Mary Elizabeth Smith, program director at Junta for Progressive Action, encouraged all New Haveners to participate in Junta’s regular Know Your Rights clinics. Susan Yolen, vice president at Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, asked for more friendly faces to volunteer at their Whitney Avenue office on Saturdays to help welcome patients otherwise greeted by a weekly encampment of abortion protesters.

These calls to action, along with many other words of encouragement, soul-searching, concern, and resolve, were offered Tuesday night at a post-election conversation organized by the New Haven Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and held at the Bethel AME Church on Goffe Street. Read more here….Deltas’ Message: Don’t Move; Organize

New Haven Sorority's Annual Free Market

Photo By: Catherine Avalone

Philanthropy is something members of the New Haven Alumnae chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., understand when it comes to paying it forward. And on Saturday, they will act as host for their annual citywide Free Market event as a philanthropic effort of serving individuals and families in need.

The event, during which items are free of charge, is scheduled to run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Elks Club, 87 Webster St. Items have been donated by a variety of sponsors and supporters.

New Haven Sorority’s Annual Free Market