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New London — NAACP chapter president Donald Wilson wasn’t disappointed when only one person showed up in January at the first meeting of a group dedicated New London’s future.
When two more people attended the second meeting Wednesday, Wilson said it’s just the beginning of forming a “building safe cities” group interested in working towards certain goals concerning for New London.
Those goals have yet to be fully hashed out, but Wilson, New London Police Officer Carl Brisson-Lopez and newcomer Nicholas A. Fischer, New London schools superintendent, began that process during the one-hour meeting at the New London Public Library.
Wilson said the idea for the group arose after he applied for a grant from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People that would have funded a “safe cities” group. But when the New London chapter was turned down for the money, Wilson said, the NAACP encouraged his chapter to “establish a working relationship primarily between city leaders and the police to make our city safe.”
Wilson said it has to begin with an “expectation that things are going to be right in the world.”
The meeting served more as a brainstorming session, Wilson said, and both Brisson-Lopez and Fischer brought some ideas. But both, too, expressed some reservations about the scope of the group’s goals, and Wilson promised to create a more specific focus.
Wilson said the meetings most likely will shift to a quarterly schedule. He said he’d like to get Mayor Daryl Justin Finizio involved, and said future meetings would be open to the public.