Our mission is to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of rights
of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and discrimination.
FEBRUARY 2010:BLACK HISTORY CELEBRATION: Our Black History Celebration was held at Gloucester County College. Theme: "Through the Eyes of Our Youth". The account showed the effects of bias, hate and discrimination through the eyes of our youth. This was an awesome presentation by (C.O.W.) Changing Our World Project.
MARCH 2010: WALMART MARCH 17, 2010: GCNAACP responds to a global concern about Racial remarks OVER THE WALMART INTERCOM SYSTEM.. The remark was “Attention all Wal Mart shoppers, will all Black people please leave the store, NOW”!
Loretta gave Walmart three initiatives, which they have responded favorable to and is working with to complete as indicated below.
1.Retrain all store managers in areas of Civil Rights and discrimination, etc.,
2.Educated the youth in our community by initiating a program that teaches the impact of discrimination and bias, and,
3.Settle all law suits as expeditiously as possible.
76ER'S. Another successful fundraiser for our youth. This money helped them on the road to the State competition!!
TEAM BUILDING SEMINAR at Gloucester County College for the Officers and Committee Chairs.
APRIL 2010: BLOOD DRIVE: We held a Blood Drive dedicated to the Sickle Cell Donor Program with the American Red Cross. This Blood Drive was held at Second Baptist Church, Paulsboro, NJ. Our drive helped 30 people live another day!
CENSUS 2010: Gloucester CountyNAACP partnered with the 2010 Censusto spread the word on the importance of being counted. The GC NAACP was asked to participate in the 'National Neighborhood Blitz' campaign. NAACP Members, family, friends, census workers and residents participated in a parade- type event through the neighborhoods in Paulsboro. Loretta and members of the NAACP later gave out hats, t-shirts and bags at three locations.
RAISE YOUR GANG AWARENESS “RECOGNIZE THE SIGNS” The New Jersey State Police was invited in by Loretta Winters to present a powerful andgraphic power point presentation on gang awareness. This presentation was very educational and eye-opening to all who attended.
WRONGFUL CONVICTIONS; JUDICIAL INJUSTICE: We went to the College of NJ to hear firsthand the accounts of a victim’s positive, but mistaken, identification that was the compelling evidence that put an innocent man behind bars for a 10 years. He was a Black man wrongfully incarcerated for a brutal rape that he did not commit against a white female.
GCNAACP met with theGloucester County Chiefsof Police at their monthly breakfast on Wednesday April 14, 2010. We were received graciously and openly. We now have communications with the police chiefs and an opportunity to promote our vision upfront and close. We talked about ways of increasing the numbers of minorities on the force and police relationships in the minority communities.
We supported Dr. Warren Wallacein his legal efforts against the UMDNJ School of Osteopathic Medicine for racial discrimination.
MAY 2010:WIN CONFERENCE: The GCNAACP Ladies attended the WIN Conference (Women in theNAACP) Willingboro Kennedy Center,Willingboro, NJ. We participated in workshops and Loretta Winters was on the program.
JUSTICE JOHN E. WALLACE: At the urging of our President Loretta Winter the Gloucester County Mayors and Council Members were asked to submit Resolutions requesting Governor Christie to renominate Justice John E. Wallace to theNew Jersey Supreme Court.
GLOUCESTER COUNTY FREEHOLDER AND THE 5TH LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT: We met with these entities to discuss employment opportunities, education, high taxes, apprenticeship programs in the Unions, and support of our efforts for laws such as: reentry programs
TRENTON RALLY: "Standing Up Together” a rally to protect NJ's families and communities. Many of the GC NAACP members participated in this rally to at the State House to demonstrate against tax cuts and for the restoration of the millionaires' tax!
JUNE 2010 TAKE THE BALICKI CHALLENGE fundraiser at the NJ Motorsport Park. This was a day of family fun and a trophy to the fastest Go-Kart driver.
GOLF TOURNAMENT: The GCNAACP held theirfirst Golf Tournamentat theRiverwinds Golf Courseon Friday, June 18, 2010. WHAT A SUCCESS!!!
SCHOLARSHIPS: We presented five-$500.00 scholarships. (Total $2,500.00) as follows:
Washing ton Township HS- Ayana Moxey Williamstown HS - Chandlee A. Jackson
WOODBURY BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB: We supported the Woodbury Boys and Girls Club "Founders Dinner". We (Gloucester County NAACP) are a Community Circle Donor of the Club.This is a fundraising event toward theestablishment of a Boys and Girls Club in Woodbury, NJwhich would be the third Club to be established inGloucester County.
JULY 2010:RACIAL SLURS IN WILLIAMSTOWN: Racial slurs against black people, the President of the United States and swastikas were spray painted on several fences in Williamstown, NJ. Loretta Winters, a resident of Williamstown for 35 years and president of theNAACP's Gloucester County Branch, address this issue immediately with the prosecutor's office and the local police. We will not tolerate behavior like this. She added all crimes like this must be listed as a "Hate Crime/Incident" not graffiti or property damage.
AUGUST 2010: SWASTIKAS IN FRANKLINVILLE: GCNAACP Attended aTuesday nightFranklinville Council meeting. We informed them that behavior like this will not be tolerated by the NAACP or the Community at Large. A law firm relocating to a new office inFranklinvillefound anti-Semitic remarks at its front door. The Police department led by Sgt. Ken Siderio is investigating the incident as a bias/hate crime.
"FINANCIAL" EDUCATION FOR NAACP MEMBERS AND GUEST: Loretta Winters invited Mr. D. Alexander Washington of the Washington Consulting Group, Inc. to our General Meeting to give a presentation on how to fix your credit, get your credit score up, how to settle debt or if bankruptcy is the best decision. Mr. Washington has a two-hour weekly radio show and has a segment with WDAS-FM Philadelphiaevery Wednesday morning.
NAACP YOUTH COUNCIL, Our Youth Council under this leadership has resurrected the first in over a decade! Congratulations to team member EvangelineBanks. She has done what no one before her was able to do. She has successfully resurrected ourYouth Council!!!
NAACP ANNUAL BBQ: Saturday August 21st2010 at Fasola Park inDeptford, NJ. Friends and Family of the NAACP joined us for a day of fun, food and friendship. WOW, twelve (12) people joined our branch that day!
THE CARTEL: a movie about the educational system in New Jersey hosted by the GCNAACP for all Southern Branches to view. This film was view at the First Baptist Church of Jericho.
SEPTEMBER 2010: The NJ STATE CONFERENCE was held inCherry Hillthis year. Theme: "Honoring Black and Latino Women Who Have Made a Significant Contribution to New Jersey" Our Keynote Speaker for the Gala Awards Dinner on Saturday was Rev. Al Sharpton. We honored all minority female legislatures at our Luncheon and well-known women from New Jersey such as Dionne Warwick, Cissy Houston, Regina Belle, Tasha Smith and Justine Simmons. Smokie Norful Headline the Gospel Event opening the weekend while we honored 22 First Ladies of the Churches.
ENDOWMENT AT GLOUCESTER COUNTY COLLEGE: Met with the Foundation Board of GCC to discuss how we should distribute $4,500.00 of money that was donated by Former GC NAACP President Milton Hinton in 2008. In this meeting we decided to pursue an endowment model. We are pleased to say that we will soon have the first NAACP Scholarship Endowment with a College in New Jersey.
OCTOBER 2010: ONE NATION ONE DREAM: The GC NAACP members gathered in Washington DC on 10-2-10 asONE NATION, ONE DREAM, to demonstrated for more jobs, more justice, more opportunity = economic empowerment!! We join Unions, corporations, businesses and families so our voices could be heard as ONE!
BOOK SIGNING: Mr.Collum “The Black Dragon” is the incredible saga of how the New Jersey State Police invented modern racial profiling on the Jersey Turnpike – aka The Black Dragon – and detained tens of thousands of innocent black and minority travelers. The Oxford English Dictionary credits him with coining the phrase "racial profiling". Reviews have been glowing.
FREEDOM FUND DINNER AND AWARDS: Our Freedom Fund Dinner & Image Awards was held at Riverwinds Restaurant this year on October, 10,2010 (10-10-10). This event sold out in 10 days. We honored those who give back and those who go over and beyond their call of duty.
WALMART'S EDUCATIONAL COMMITMENT: We met with WALMART concerning their responsibility to the education of Bias and Discrimination and its impact on the community. After looking at the model that was presented they said it was the best model that they have seen and was very impressed and touched by the students. They will assist the GC NAACP and COW in getting grants to promote this model throughout the school systems starting in Gloucester County. Walmart's goal is to take this model nationally. Another plus for this Gloucester County NAACP Team!!!
NOVEMBER 2010 Branch Elections all elected officers. Officers will hold their position for two (2) years.
This is just an overview of the Branch’s activity. This does not include the personal and individual fight for equality; nor does it include the many sub-meetings, phone calls and commitment by our dedicated members. The above was completed by a team of dedicated players……welcome to the team.