NAACP Working to Protect Churches Following 2012 Election

Concern comes after 2008 church arson

Published : Tuesday, 25 Sep 2012, 10:14 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The President of the Springfield NAACP believes America’s racial climate is worse than it was four years ago, and he’s Springfield’s African-American Churches to protect themselves on election night.

Rev. Talbert Swan wrote to each local African American church pastor, to alert them to the possibility of election night vandalism.

Bishop Bryant Robinson’s nearly-finished Macedonia Church of God in Christ was burned to the ground the night Barack Obama was elected president four years ago.


NAACP President Reaches Out to Casino Operators

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WSHM) – The Springfield branch of the NAACP is calling for operators vying to place a casino in the city to provide fair participation of all aspects of casino employment for residents of color. The branch reached out to all four casino operators interested in Springfield and scheduled meetings with two of them. The first meeting was held Thursday with MGM Resorts. “Our communities are hurting and we want to make sure that any type of investment to the tune of [$800 million] to $900 million that is going to produce the level of opportunity that this will that those communities have an opportunity to fairly participate,” said Springfield NAACP President Rev. Talbert Swan.


The Black Church & HIV: Social Justice Imperative

Throughout our history, the NAACP has fought to combat policies and practices that undermine human rights and social justice. HIV is now one of these important issues for our community. Black people are more likely to become infected, less likely to know they have the disease and more likely to die from HIV/AIDS than any other race. Visit to learn what you can do in your faith community.



Thank you for your support of the2012 Annual Membership Banquet. We had a great time, heard a great speaker in John J. Johnson, and were inspired to remain vigilant in the struggle for freedom, justice and equality! The theme of this year’s banquet was “Your Power, Your Decision, VOTE! We encourage you to ensure that you are registered and that you not allow anything to keep you from voting your conscious in this year’s fall election. Many of our predecessors struggled, suffered and even died to ensure that we would have the right to vote. We cannot allow the tactics of a vocal, well-financed few to set back the clock on the gains made by others. Exercise your power, VOTE!

A special thanks goes out to Sophia Jeffery, Banquet Committee Chair, and the entire Banquet Planning Committee. We would also like to thank all of our sponsors with a special recognition to our major Gold Sponsor, Baystate Health and Bronze Sponsors, American International College and Massachusetts Mutual Financial Group.


NAACP to Sponsor Black History Month Lecture Series at Spring of Hope Church

The second annual “Lift Every Voice” free lecture series in celebration of Black History Month will be held Tuesday during the month of February at 6:30 p.m. at the Spring of Hope Church, 35 Alden Street, Springfield. The series is presented by COGIC Family Services, the church and the Springfield branch of the NAACP.


U.S. Sen. Scott Brown agrees to meet with Springfield NAACP leader Talbert Swan after initially saying no

Published: Friday, January 27, 2012
By Robert Rizzuto, The Republican

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U.S. Senator will be meeting with the Springfield NAACP after all.

Republican Sen. Scott P. Brown agreed to meet with local NAACP President Rev. Talbert Swan II on Friday, hours after Swan took his refusal to accept no for an answer public.

Brown’s office in Washington D.C. reported Friday afternoon that the senator is now tentatively scheduled to meet with Swan in March while Jerry McDermott, the state director for Brown’s office, will appear at Swan’s church in February.

“The NAACP is pleased that Senator Brown has agreed to schedule time to meet with us in March and will make his staff available to us for a preliminary meeting in February,” Swan told The Republican. “We understand Senator Brown is balancing the needs and concerns of multiple constituents, however, we also believe it is important for him to hear the concerns of those we represent. The upcoming meetings will illustrate that Senator Brown’s is devoted to listening to all of his constituents. We appreciate the commitment to meet with us and look forward to Senator Brown honoring that commitment.”


Springfield NAACP leader Talbert Swan calls on Sen. Scott Brown to reconsider invitation for “town hall” meeting

Published: Friday, January 27, 2012
By Robert Rizzuto, The Republican

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SPRINGFIELD- The Springfield chapter of the NAACP is renewing its request for a sit down with Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, after Brown’s office declined an invitation to hold a town hall style discussion with local members.

On Dec. 20, Rev. Talbert W. Swan II, president of the growing Springfield NAACP chapter, sent Brown’s office a request for him to come to the city and hear directly from the group’s members.

“You are well aware of the difficulties suffered by middle class and poor Americans in the current economic climate. You are also keenly aware that the American people grow weary of partisan politics in Washington taking priority over the best interests of the American people,” Swan wrote in his initial invitation. “Senator, we want you to directly hear from residents from all walks of life, from small business owners and their employees to the unemployed, on their ideas how to increase jobs and prosperity in our area along with many other concerns. It is important that the constituents understand your priorities and to work together with you to craft a consensus solution for Massachusetts.”


Investigating the Springfield Police Department

Hampden County’s new DA takes on a police shooting case that dredges up years of trouble between Springfield police and the community they are sworn to serve.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

By Maureen Turner, Valley Advocate

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In the early morning hours of Nov. 6, four Springfield police officers pursued a Pontiac Grand Am that had been reported stolen from a Boston Road gas station the day before.

The car was driven by 18-year-old Tahiem Goffe of Springfield, who had two teenage passengers. According to reports of the incident, two officers followed the car as it headed east on Taylor Street, while a second pair of officers drove ahead to cut it off by blocking the car with their cruiser at the intersection of Taylor and Kibbe Avenue.

His path forward blocked, Goffe put the Grand Am in reverse, smashing into the cruiser that was pursuing him. Then he drove forward, in the direction of the two officers who’d parked on Kibbe Avenue and were now approaching the car on foot. As the car came at the officers, one of them, Matthew Benoit, fired one shot, which hit Goffe. Benoit was then struck by the car.