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Message From The President

Dear NAACP Members, Friends and Supporters:

Now in my eighth year as president, the N.A.A.C.P. Providence Branch continues to be a leading advocate on civil rights and for diversity on behalf of the community. The N.A.A.C.P. Providence branch over the last decade has established strong partnerships with groups like the Racial Justice Coalition of Rhode Island, the Economic Progress Institute, the Justice Reinvestment Task force, the Voting Access Coalition and the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force.

I invite you to our general body meetings that are held every third Thursday of the month, year round, at 6pm at the Prince Hall Masonic Lodge, 588 Eddy Street, Providence.  

Since last year’s Freedom Fund Gala, our focus has continued to be advocacy. Unfortunately, racial discrimination and other complaints continue to come to the branch. Our Legal Redress Committee continues to address complaints of racial injustice on a daily basis. Jobs has been another focus with the branch posting dozens of job openings on a weekly basis.

Over the past year, there have been several positive changes which had particular relevance to our community: Automatic Voter Registration was approved; Justice Reinvestment was approved; there are now two African Americans in the Rhode Island State Police Department Command Staff where previously there were no officers of color; 64% of the incoming Providence Police Department cadets are persons of color and, last but not least, Melissa Long was sworn in as a Superior Court Judge, the second female judge of color in Rhode Island history!

- Jim Vincent, President