Monday, November 17, 2008

Real issues up for discussion

NEW HAVEN — The Greater New Haven Branch of the NAACP will act as host for a discussion on challenges faced by public defenders, and on Yale University’s investments in the city, during its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at St. Luke’s Church, 111 Whalley Ave.
New Haven Public Defender Thomas Ullman will give an account of the many serious challenges facing his office and those around the country in defending the poor. Ullman also will address the local and state correctional system, cases of innocence, and the death penalty.
Bruce Alexander, Yale University’s vice president and director of New Haven and state affairs, will lead a discussion on the ongoing development and investment plans of the university in the city of New Haven. Alexander will provide insight into how neighborhoods, residents and businesses might benefit from Yale’s expansion projects.
The aim of the event is to provide information on subjects that have raised many questions from NAACP members and the general public, organizers said.
"Our goal during general meetings is to educate and inform our membership of activities that impact those living in greater New Haven. That is our charge," noted Branch President James E. Rawlings.
The Branch also will finish the election of officers to serve for 2008-10.

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